What do I need to know about an Initial Ecological Assessment (IEA)?
An 'IEA' is required to demonstrate that protected wildlife have 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.
What does an initial Ecological Assessment involve?
- A 'walk-over' survey & assessment of the site habitats present
- A 'desk-top' study of the area to determine what protected species are known to the vicinity
- 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.)