PEA, BNG & NVC Surveys

A Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) is the typical starting point for most projects, and is commonly requested by the Local Planning Authority.


Types of Surveys we can help with

Preliminary Ecological Appraisals

UK Habitat Classification

National Vegetation Classification (NVC) Surveys


Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)

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Preliminary Ecological Appraisals

We have an experienced in-house team of ecologists ready to assist you with the full spectrum of ecological survey requirements. The starting point for many projects is a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA). This type of survey provides an initial baseline site audit and will highlight the need for any further survey work.  It is usually supported by a third-party data search. We pride ourselves on the expertise of our in-house botanical surveyors, who are all experienced in the survey and identification of a wide range of species and habitats. In addition to baseline botanical audits, we can deliver detailed UK Habitat Classification condition assessments and National Vegetation Classification (NVC) Surveys.

The Environment Act (2021) places a statutory requirement for most developments to deliver a minimum of 10% Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG). We have responded to this new ecological challenge through a major focus on training and certification of our consultants. With in-house River Condition Assessment (RCA) accredited surveyors we are well equipped to deliver the comprehensive service our clients expect.

Why Choose Focus Environmental Consultants for Your Ecology Surveys?

We have a proven-track record in delivering ecological solutions and planning consents for clients. We maintain a proactive and open dialogue with our clients and council officers to ensure that the process is smooth, and developments are delivered in line with requirements and expectations.

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Our Expert Ecologists Can Help

Focus Environmental Consultants can provide advice, surveys and reports as required for the following:

  •  Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (PEA)
  •  Third-party Data Searches
  •  BREEAM Ecology Assessments
  •  UK Habitat Classification Surveys & Condition Assessments
  •  Hedgerow Regulations (1997) Surveys
  •  Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) Assessments & Metric
  •  River Condition Assessment (RCA) Surveys
  •  BNG Credit Opportunities for Landowners
  •  National Vegetation Classification (NVC) Surveys
  •  Plant Species Identification
  •  Bespoke Botanical Investigations
  •  Fungal surveys & identification

Free Ecological Survey Calendar

Download our free Ecological Survey Calendar to help keep your development on track. Please seek advice from one of our qualified ecologists before scheduling any work.

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