Aluco Ecology  

Survey - Planning Solutions - Implementation

Tel: 01962 88 66 33

01488 648 321
01326 291 064

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Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella in an Oil Seed Rape Field 

A Red Listed Bird of Conservation Concern

Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)


Government policy and Regulation has highlighted the need for consideration of environmental issues and sustainability in planning and development.

At Aluco Ecology we keep up to date with ecology and planning regulation and policy and have extensive experience in the application and interpretation of the law and policy on specific projects and planning issues; we work with our clients to successfully achieve their aims.

A major part of the planning system is consideration of environmental issues in development control. We have a wide range of experience in applying our ecological and planning knowledge to produce Ecological Impact Assessments, Habitat Regulation Assessments & Appropriate Assessments under the Habitat Regulations, and all other ecological impact appraisals (such as Extended Phase 1 Surveys and Ecological Appraisals). We follow the industry standard and use the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) guidelines for Ecological Impact Assessment where appropriate.



Mitigation for protected species or habitats, and biodiversity generally, requires local knowledge and a survey base provided by ecological survey work.  Through this base and impact assessment, the necessity for and degree of mitigation can be tailored to individual projects so that a planning application can have regard to relevant legislation and policy and ensure that best practice measures are proposed.  Mitigation will generally follow the hierarchy of avoid - reduce - offset.
Large and detailed projects that may affect a number of ecological features is likely to require indepth mitigation measures, and we can work with other discaplines such as Masterplanning, Landscape, Recreation & Hydrology to ensure that mitigation is suitable, intergrated and likely to be successful when implimented.



CODE Assessment & BREEAM


We have competent ecologists with relevant qualifications and experience to undertake the ecological elements of Sustainability assessments.  This will ususally involve a pre-construction ecological appraisal/assessment and then working within a team of consultants to provide mitigation measures suitable for a site/project to gain sufficient credits.