Phase 1 Habitat Surveys

Are you in need of a phase 1 habitat survey for your land? Or an extended phase 1 habitat survey? We’ve been helping people like you, across the UK, for more than 30 years.

You might be progressing a land development project? If so, your local planning authority will expect to see a survey at the outset. They might also call it a preliminary ecological assessment or simply a habitat survey.

Starting early on your survey requirements will progress your project more swiftly. With Betts on hand, you’ll have all the expert ecological guidance you need.

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What is a phase 1 habitat survey?

Generally the very first survey to be undertaken, a phase 1 habitat survey provides a snapshot of the landscape and surrounding area. An experienced ecologist will arrange to visit your land. They will identify, map and record all evidence of flora and animal habitats, including water features. The structure of the survey has been developed in accordance with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and professional institutes.


What's an extended phase 1 habitat survey?

As the name suggests, an extended phase 1 habitat survey provides more in-depth research that a standard habitat survey. Not sure which you need? Please get in touch and we'll be able to tell you. 

Why is it required?

The survey aims to determine the ecological significance of your land and the surrounding area. It’s a legal requirement to provide this information under planning laws. And yet, it will also help you to move your project forward constructively.

A phase 1 habitat survey will identify any potential constraints to your development, in addition to any opportunities to enhance the biodiversity of the local area. By having this knowledge, you can adjust your plans to accommodate the findings, removing potential obstacles before they arise.


What if a protected species is found?

Should, for example, bats or Great Crested Newts be found in your (extended) phase 1 habitat survey, more detailed surveys will be necessary. From here, it is usually possible to accommodate the protected species in an ecologically sound manner. Sometimes enhancing your development.

For example, if bats are present, we can help you to identify if a specific area should be protected, or if the provision of bat roosting boxes would be sufficient.

The existence of a protected species does not usually prevent development. The earlier you become aware of it, the more easily you can make suitable provision for it.

Badger identified in Extended Phase 1 survey

When should a phase 1 habitat survey be done?

For all ecological surveys, the usual period is from April until October – dependent on likely species and habitats. This timeframe varies across the UK, so please call us for advice. 

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What will it cost?

Survey costs can vary enormously. It’s important that you’re getting the right level of information and ecological guidance. A skilled ecologist can be a tremendous asset and positively help you to a successful planning outcome.

Our (extended) phase 1 habitat survey prices start at £350. Please contact us for a fast, all-inclusive quote.


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