What do I need to know about an Initial Ecological Assessment (IEA)?
An 'IEA' is a baseline ecological survey to demonstrate that protected wildlife has been considered as part of your Planning Application. The IEA is usually the first step of the ecological survey process - see our flow chart download below, to understand the full process.
The IEA should be submitted with your Planning Application, or it may be asked for as part of the Planning Consultation phase BEFORE your Planning application is approved.
Contact us for a FREE face-to-face, no obligation site meeting to discuss your requirements, and so we can talk you through the steps required.
What does an initial Ecological Assessment involve?
- A 'walk-over' survey & assessment of the site habitats present
- A Biodiversity Records Search for your location - purchased from the Jersey Biodiversity Records Centre
- An assessment of the suitability of the site to contain protected wildlife
- A ‘Preliminary Roost Inspection’ for bats if any buildings are to be impacted by the proposed works
- An overview of how the proposed works may impact on any protected species groups that may be present
- Recommendations for further surveys that the Department of the Environment / Planning will require prior to determination. Further surveys will always be avoided if at all possible
- Mitigation measures to be followed, if this will avoid the requirement for further surveys to be undertaken (e.g. Ecological Method Statement, Timing of works etc.)
What About Costs?
Our report costs start from £375*
Exact costs will depend on the size of your property and the scope & complexity of the works proposed. That is why we offer a free site meeting to discuss your project and ensure the best value report and approach is quoted for.
*An additional charge from the Jersey Biodiversity Records Centre (to get a report on protected wildlife known to the vicinity of your site) may also be required in some circumstances