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Ecology: The Time is Right (Now)

Ecology Surveys

Our team of ecologists are often asked how to best avoid the costs and delays associated with the seasonality of ecology surveys.

The simple answer is always “as soon as possible”. In many cases, this means as the project is being scoped, or the site is being acquired. But what if this isn’t possible?

There is no one good time to complete ecological surveys, but early spring is possibly the best time to get a head start. With most of the common ecological surveys taking place over the early spring and summer months, making a start now could save significant delays.

Consider Ecology: It’s the Law!

Wildlife law protects many species, most of which are considered rare, endangered or in decline.
The role of an ecologist is therefore to protect the client from falling foul of the various legislation.

When to Consider Ecology

Ecology isn’t just limited to sites with significant vegetation. Protected species can be found on sites in urban areas, derelict structures and in modern buildings.

There are two very important points to remember when it comes to ecology:

1. Protected species surveys are seasonal. Some seasons are very tight, and if the deadline passes, then the survey must wait (often up to 12 months).

2. Local Planning Authorities require that all ecology surveys are completed before a planning application is considered.

When taken together, these two factors can create significant project delays and a great deal of frustration.

Considering ecology as early in the project as possible is the best way to reduce significant project delays.

agb Environmental employ a team of qualified and licensed ecologists covering the East, South East and South of England, including London. Our teams have experience of working on small residential extensions, to large 100+ unit developments and EIAs. To book in your ecology survey, contact Richard Parmee (Head of Natural Environment) on 01638 663226 or email

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