An Ecological Walkover is the simplest form of site study that Five Valleys Ecology undertakes. It is suitable for scoping potential ecological issues and for initial advice at the pre-acquisition stage on relatively small, simple sites. An Ecological Walkover is not usually sufficient to inform a planning application.
An Ecological Walkover typically includes the following elements:
- Basic data search using online resources;
- Site visit and walkover survey to ‘extended ‘ Phase l standard (JNCC 2010); and
- Short report with simple site description, digital photos, basic evaluation of the main ecological receptors present, and a short discussion on the pertinent issues together with recommendation for any further survey work that may be required
An Ecological Walkover typically does not include the following elements:
- Agreeing the scope of study with Natural England (NE), other statutory regulators, or the Local Planning Authority (LPA);
- Summary of relevant legislation and planning policy, or other contextual information such as Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs);
- Habitat plans;
- Full evaluation of ecological receptors;
- Overview Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA);
- Details of mitigation or management; and
Joint Nature Conservation Committee (2010). Handbook for Phase 1 Habitat Survey – a Technique for Environmental Audit. JNCC, Peterborough.