Working with our team of in house and experienced consultant surveyors, our practice can provide all aspects of ecology services for projects throughout the Northwest. Services range from initial Preliminary Ecological Appraisals (Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys) to protected species surveys, and designing pragmatic mitigation to ensure our client's projects do not result in any breaches of wildlife legislation, and stand the best chance of obtaining planning permission.
Lancashire is home to a unique range of precious wildlife, such as sand lizards and natterjack toads along the Sefton coast, red squirrels, ancient woodland, expanses of moorland and internationally significant sites for migratory birds. Lancashire also has one of the highest concentrations of great crested newts in the UK and supports at least nine of the UK's eighteen species of bat. Conservation projects are underway to assist in the recovery of other locally native species such as water voles, otters and kingfisher along our much-improved water systems.
Protected species are not just confined to the nature reserves and untouched habitats within Lancashire, and are often found in unexpected places such as on brownfield sites, treatment works, golf courses, within newly built buildings as well as old dilapidated buildings, quarries, town parks, motorway embankments and we have even witnessed bats roosting within features such as bus shelters and telegraph poles.
Appletons main office is based in Bolton, and we have a strong support for local schemes across Lancashire. Our knowledge of the local area assists in decision making, and we work hard to ensure any mitigation required is sensible and relative to the ecological value of the site and local area.
Appletons are committed to ensuring the best outcomes for both nature conservation within Lancashire and the much-needed economic and social development within our county. Projects Appletons have been involved in within Lancashire include housing schemes, health care projects, utilities, community parks and renewable energy schemes.
If you require an ecological survey for your project in Lancashire, we would first recommend a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (P.E.A.). Our P.E.A.s involve a habitat survey of the site area and a desk top analysis of any local wildlife records. These appraisals aim to inform our clients of any further survey work, mitigation or further consultation required for protected species, notable habitats or nearby nature conservation sites.
It is important to note that many protected species surveys are seasonally constrained. Appletons aim to provide instant feedback following Preliminary Ecological Appraisals so that the client is immediately aware of any potential time constraints the ecology of the site may present. As general advice, it is best to instruct your P.E.A. as early as possible within the year, to minimise the risk of missing crucial spring or summer survey windows for certain protected species.
In addition to supporting native wildlife, Lancashire is also unfortunately one of the hotspots in the UK for invasive plant species such as Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam and giant hogweed. Appletons has extensive experience of surveying and recommending appropriate management for invasive weeds.
Please feel free to explore the ecology section of our website for further details of specific ecological services, or contact our main office in Bolton to book a survey or discuss your project requirements.