Ecological reports identify the effects a development might have on biodiversity and how those effects can be reduced.
Some developments require an ecological report as part of the formal planning application.
When should an ecological report be carried out?
A report is likely to be needed if there is a suggestion that the development site has:
- habitats that protected species can use
- evidence of protected species living in the area
You should carry out any surveys, assessments or reports before formally submitting your planning application.
What is included in an ecological report?
Ecological reports will look at your development’s effect on the biodiversity in and around your site. Only qualified and licensed surveyors can carry out this work. The ecological surveyor who will conduct your report will:
- assess the wildlife, particularly protected species, that might be using or living in the area, e.g. birds and bats
- consider whether or not your development will affect any habitats important to protected species
- look at ways your development can enhance biodiversity in the area
If protected species have been found, your planning application should include information about:
- how you will avoid potential effects on biodiversity
- how you will mitigate unavoidable impacts on biodiversity
- how you will compensate for residual effects
There is a large number of protected species within the National Park. Protected species status is usually given to species whose numbers are in decline, or their preferred habitat is under threat.
Examples of protected species in Snowdonia include:
- Red squirrel