Initial Ecological Assessments

What do I need to know about Initial Ecological Assessments (IEAs)?

An IEA (also sometimes referred to as a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal) is a baseline ecological survey that is often required to demonstrate that protected wildlife has been considered as part of your Planning Application. The IEA is usually the step one of the ecological survey 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 to arrange a no obligation site meeting to discuss your requirements and options. 

What does an Initial Ecological Assessment involve?

What about costs?

Exact costs will depend on the size of your property, plus the scope and complexity of the proposed works. An inital site meeting will allow us to fully discuss your project and ensure the best value approach. 
Costs from £375* 

*There may also be a charge from Jersey Biodiversity Records Centre


For step-by-step Ecological Survey guidance;

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When can this type of survey be undertaken?

This survey can be undertaken at ANY TIME OF YEAR and may be required as part of your Planning Application

What happens next?

If the IEA shows no evidence or suitability for a site or building to contain protected wildlife, then a simple report is written which may include some precautionary mitigation measures.

If protected wildlife is found or is suspected then further surveys may be required – see Protected Species Surveys. Further surveys are typically restricted to certain times of the year so it is important to determine if they are needed as early as possible to prevent unnecessary delays to your project.


Nurture Ecology were key for us in recommending many environmental enhancement measures that both helped our application pass and also should result in a real boost to the wildlife at our site. We found the whole team passionate about their work and always eager to listen and incorporate our plans. I would definitely recommend Nurture ecology for anyone looking for a similar service

Harry Bonn, Mudros, St Brelade

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