Phase 1 Habitat Surveys/ Preliminary Ecological Assessment

Tamar Ecology staff are experienced in vegetation and habitat surveys within marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats across the UK.  Please contact us if you wish to discuss the potential requirements for your project.

If your site requires planning permission, a Phase 1 habitat survey or Preliminary Ecological Appraisal is usually the first stage in assessing the ecological value of a site. This comprises an initial walkover of the proposed development site, mapping habitats and identifying any signs of protected species or habitats that could support them.  Tamar Ecology would then produce a report, outlining the habitats present on site and their ecological value, alongside any recommendations for further survey or mitigation as required to ensure that the proposed development meets requirements under current planning policy and legislation and gains planning permission, whilst delivering maximum biodiversity gain.

Tamar Ecology also offer habitat specific surveys such as hedgerow surveys, marine and intertidal biotope classification and river habitat surveys, and if further surveys are recommended as part of an initial ecological appraisal, these can be undertaken by Tamar Ecology’s experienced ecologists, alongside advice on ecological design and mitigation.

All our surveys and reports are undertaken in line with latest best practice guidance.

Vegetation and habitat surveys

All Tamar Ecology surveys and reports are undertaken in line with best practice guidance.  We offer vegetation and habitat surveys within marine, freshwater and terrestrial habitats across the UK, including:

  • Ecological site walkovers
  • Preliminary Ecological Appraisals
  • Phase 1 (and extended Phase 1) habitat surveys
  • River Corridor and River Habitat surveys
  • Marine and intertidal biotope classification
  • NVC surveys
  • Invasive species surveys and mapping
  • Hedgerow surveys
  • GIS surveying and mapping

Agricultural Advice

Tamar Ecology, alongside the Westcountry Rivers Trust, offers a range of agricultural advice, surveys and monitoring.  Please contact us for further information.