Ecological Surveys

What are Ecological Surveys?

Ecological surveys identify the various ecological components present at a particular study site. Such multi-disciplined surveys may incorporate the identification of floral and faunal species present, classification and mapping of habitats, and an assessment of the ecological value of each ecological component of the site. Specialised ecological surveys such as woodland surveys or wetland surveys focus on particular habitat types, while dedicated surveys for particular species are designed to detect the presence and usage of a site by that species. Terrestrial surveys carried out on land can be complemented by aquatic and marine surveys where water bodies are found as part of or adjacent to survey sites.

In what situation would an Ecological Survey be required?

General ecological surveys may be required by local authorities or public bodies to assess the ecological status of a particular site or study area or by private clients seeking to assess the ecological significance of a site prior to purchase or in advance of designing a development proposal. Ecological surveys are also undertaken as the basis of ecological impact assessments.

When can Ecological Surveys be completed?

Where time permits, there are advantages to designing an ecological survey, which spans a number of seasons or even years, as this will allow for the compilation of a more comprehensive and complete baseline of ecological data for the survey site. In general, due to the seasonal nature of many species, where time restrictions apply, it is more beneficial to concentrate general ecological surveys in the summer months when the widest possible range of floral and faunal species can be observed. However, it should be borne in mind, that species not present in summer may not be detected if surveys are not conducted throughout the remainder of the year.

How long do Ecological Surveys take?

The length of time it takes to complete an ecological survey depends on the size of the study area to be investigated.

What is the process involved in completing an Ecological Survey?

General multi-disciplinary ecological surveys involve an initial general walkover of the study area to identify all ecological features present such as habitat types and floral and faunal species including mammals and birds. Where features of particular ecological interest or conservation concern are identified, more in-depth surveys for particular faunal groups or floral or faunal species may be carried out to add to previously compiled data. McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan have a team of in-house ecologists with wide-raging experience capable of completing survey work on your behalf.

Contact our office for more details or click on links to our specialsed ecological services on this website for further information.
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