Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEAs) are used to establish baseline conditions and assess the importance of ecological features and/or protected species present (or those that could be present) within the site and surrounding area and are the standard ecology report to support the majority of planning submissions. AAe can also use Preliminary Ecological Appraisals to:
- Establish any requirements for further surveys
- Identify key constraints to the project and make recommendations for design options to avoid significant effects on important ecological features/resources at an early stage
- Identify appropriate and proportionate mitigation measures
- to identify enhancement opportunities
AAe will also use Preliminary Ecological Appraisals to inform site management plans and gather baseline data for BREEAM/Code for Sustainable Homes ecology credits. AAe understand that the detail required for any ecological survey and assessment will depend on the nature of the development, statutory requirements and the needs of the Client and the regulator.