A preliminary ecological appraisal survey can be conducted at the first point of assessment to inform if further assessment of sites for potential ecological and environmental issues.

During preliminary ecological appraisals information on protected species will be gathered using a phase one or extended phase one habitat survey to identify sensitive habitats and potential for sensitive species using the site. Records will be gathered of the plant species and broad habitats found within the site area. All habitats will be mapped and information

A desk study will be carried out to identify designated sites and records of priority species potentially affected by the proposal under consideration. The preliminary ecological appraisal will assess the need for further ecological survey and rule out unnecessary ecological survey that will save the client time and money.