Alar Ecology provides a broad range of assessment methods and reporting formats to serve different purposes, including the following:
- Ecological Survey Report: this provides the results of a specific survey (or surveys), together with a brief assessment, usually without reference to any specific proposals
- Preliminary Ecological Assessment (PEA): a more detailed and comprehensive assessment and reporting method, identifying constraints to development and whether further survey work needs to be undertaken
- Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA): assesses the effects on non-EIA development (usually submitted in support of a planning application), identifying the likely impacts and setting out the mitigation measures required to offset them
- Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA): where an Ecology Chapter is provided for inclusion in an Environmental Statement; similar to an EcIA, but usually more detailed
- Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA): a ‘report to inform’ this type of assessment (which can only be carried out by a Competent Authority) can be produced for the initial screening stage or full Appropriate Assessment
- Protected Species Licence Applications: usually a requirement where a European Protected Species is likely to be adversely affected by development, including all bat species and great crested newt; it includes the Application Form itself and associated documents such as the Reasoned Statement and Method Statement
Other types of assessment supported by Alar Ecology include bespoke research reports and written evidence for Public Enquiry.
As an integral part of the assessment and reporting process, Alar Ecology works with clients and consultees to design and deliver effective mitigation measures, which ensure project success and deliver positive ecological benefits.