Once the need for an ecological survey has been identified, this can take various forms, varying from a brief walkover survey to a full suite of various protected species surveys and more.
This will depend on several factors including the site's location, the nature of the development, the proximity to nearby wildlife sites, and the liklihood of protected species (e.g. is there a pond for great crested newts) etc.
The most common survey is an ecological appraisal (extended pahse 1 habitat survey) which will look at the overall habitats within your site and any potential constraints (i.e. protected species). Once the need for specific surveys have been identified, these will be specifically addressed.
Sometimes specific surveys are all that is required from the LPA. In this case, we undertake any such surveys and advise if any other survey may be required.