Ecology Surveys

Preliminary Ecology Appraisals in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire at an amazing price and unparalleled speed.


Simply book a survey date on the calendar below. We can do our initial ecology survey at any time of year.


Informative and easy to read report, emailed to you on the next available day, this is typically the next working day and will be confirmed when you book.


One fixed price for all of our customers.  No hidden fees. Free Preliminary Roost Assessment (bat survey) included.

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Just check my standard quote then book a date that suits you by clicking the buttons below – I’ll see you soon!

– Note that I only cover Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire –

The Ecology Surveyor

Why choose me as your ecology consultant?

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The Ecology Surveyor only provides one service and covers one geographic area  – Preliminary Ecology Appraisals (Phase 1 Ecology Surveys)  in Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Nottinghamshire.

This means that I can do it fast and you get your planning application approved sooner.

Not only that, but as I only do PEA (and preliminary bat surveys as The Bat Surveyor), I have no incentive to recommend costly phase 2 ecology surveys.

You can see some examples of the ecology projects I’ve worked on here.

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    The Ecology Surveyor

    Common Questions About Ecology Surveys

    How much does an ecology survey cost?

    Preliminary Ecological Appraisals cost exactly £899 (no VAT) if I do them for you. It is difficult to tell how much other consultants charge, because they usually state prices ‘from’ £££, so the actual amount they will quote will be higher and VAT will be added (I’m a sole trader who keeps my number of projects low, so I’m way under the VAT threshold).

    Do I need an ecology survey?

    You may need an ecology survey to support a planning application if your project is going to damage habitats that could support protected species.  This may include buildings or trees that may support bats (although a Preliminary Roost Assessment on its own may be more appropriate and cost effective. Works that involve a change of land use from something semi-natural, such as gardens, arable or pasture should typically have some level of assessment to check if there will be impacts.

    Don’t forget that as well as carrying out a survey to satisfy planning, you may want to get a survey to protect yourself legally. Many species are protected and your project may put you on the wrong side of the law, even if you didn’t need an ecological survey for planning.

    Will wildlife stop my planning application?

    The short answer is no, nothing I find is likely to stop a planning application.Various plants, animals and habitats have some level of protection through planning or legislation, but that doesn’t mean that if you have something notable that you can’t get planning permission. If there is going to be an impact, we can look at reducing those impacts (e.g. avoiding harm) or compensating (e.g. replacing lost habitat).

    How long does it take to write an ecology report?

    I provide my Preliminary Ecological Appraisal on the next available day from the survey. Typically, I spend an hour or two before the survey getting maps, location references and the desk study completed, then after the survey I’ll spend about half a day writing up notes and digitising the survey plan. I will have booked the next available day to write the report, which is usually the next business day to put the report together and send it to you.

    What is included in an ecology survey?

    For a fixed fee of £899 (no VAT), I will carry out a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal at your Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire or Staffordshire site to Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management Guidelines (the method your planning authority will expect) of a site up to one hectare and including a Preliminary Roost Assessment (bat survey) of one standard building* or up to twelve mature trees.

    The report will include the methods used, evidence gathered and the assessment of the potential for the site to support notable species.

    I will also make recommendations for further surveys (only if required), and enhancement of the proposal in line with national planning policy.

    The report will be written in line with best practice (British Standard 4200 2013, CIEEM Guidelines for Ecological Report Writing.)

    *A standard building may include a residential house, barn or workshop.