PBA Applied Ecology
PBA Applied Ecology


PBA Applied Ecology are able to undertake specialist vegetation surveys targeted at the delivery of our client’s projects alongside the protection of ecologically important sites. We are able to apply and adapt all relevant vegetation survey methodologies to deliver ecological solutions for our client’s projects. Survey results are used to inform planning applications including Environmental Impact Assessments and Habitat Regulations Assessments.

What services do we offer?

Our botany team have experience completing a wide range of surveys to inform our reports:

  • National Vegetation Classification (NVC) survey

  • Extended Phase 1 habitat survey to inform a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA)

  • Hedgerow survey

  • Aquatic macrophyte survey

  • Invasive non-native species survey

Do I need a vegetation survey?

If you are submitting a planning application for a project, a vegetation survey may be required if your project has the potential to impact habitats or species present. On large infrastructure projects an NVC survey may be required to help establish the ecological baseline for the Ecological Impact Assessment Chapter of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

When working within a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) a specific aquatic macrophyte or NVC survey may inform a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA). Where there is the potential for invasive non-native species or where they have been identified in a PEA, site specific invasive non-native species surveys may be necessary to inform management plans. Where projects sites are smaller and are located in less ecologically sensitive areas an extended Phase 1 habitat survey to inform a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) may be sufficient.

If you have any queries regarding the services your project may require, please contact our Terrestrial team specialists.