ACCON UK is able to provide specialist capabilities in ecological assessment. Within this field, our experts cover a broad range of habitats and species including terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.
We are able to provide a full range of ecological survey, assessment and advisory services tailored to the clients’ precise requirements. These include initial scoping studies, habitat surveys, protected species surveys, mitigation schemes, post-project monitoring, ecological impact assessment, inputs to EIAs and expert witness testimony.
We are able to carry out protected species surveys for a wide variety of species including:
- Great-Crested Newts
- Water Shrews and Voles
Our range of habitat surveys include:
- Phase I Habitat Surveys under JNCC Guidelines,
- River Corridor Surveys,
- Invasive Plant Surveys, e.g. Japanese Knotweed, and
- Phase 2 National Vegetation Classification (NVC) Surveys
We are also able to carry out a Habitats Regulation Assessment (referred to as an Appropriate Assessment) which is a requirement of the Habitats Directive on plans or projects affecting specific protected wildlife sites, referred to as ‘European Wildlife Sites’. This requires an assessment process for any land use plan which may have an effect on a Special Protection Area (SPA), Special Area of Conservation (SAC) or Ramsar Site. This requirement can be triggered for development as small as a single house when within 5 kilometres of a protected site.