Simple Guide to Using Other Specialists:
You will sometimes need the advice of an ecologist if you are planning an extension to a building or are building on land where you may disturb protected species of animals and plants. The ecology of a site can have an impact or even limit the work that can be undertaken. An ecologist studies the relationship between plants, animals and their environment advising on the likely impact of both them on a new project and the project on them. We would recommend that an ecologist should be a member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) who have their own code of practice and ensure their members are trained, licensed and carry the correct insurance.
Generally, ecologists are looking at protected species and undertake a number of surveys of a site to determine which species are present, although they can only carry these out at certain times of the year. Based on their findings they will then develop a strategy to mitigate any impact on these species during and after the project has been built. This information is normally submitted with the planning application and the mitigation strategy forming a condition to the Planning Approval to be implemented as the project is built.
Employing an ecologist will cost from £300 depending on the size of the site, surveys required and the amount of information which needs to be presented in their final report.
3HW will advise you as to whether you need to employ an ecologist and will suggest who you can use