Desktop Study & Ecological Risk Assessments
Desktop studies and ecological risk assessments are required to inform feasibility studies, planning applications and to determine the likely scope of ecological work necessary for a project.
CEC Ecology has access to an extensive database of ecological information through its links with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS) and other local biological record centres.
Each project we undertake begins with the consultation of definitive wildlife designation maps to determine if the project site falls within any sites of importance for conservation. Following this a search of all species records is undertaken. Published and unpublished sources of information held at county biological records centres and site registers for various species groups such as bryophytes are also consulted.
The desk study provides a sound basis for outlining the ecological scope of the project in terms of:
- whether or not there are expected to be issues of ecological importance and
- identifying the range of additional survey information which will be required
With our intimate knowledge of Cornwall’s wildlife and our links with local wildlife experts and groups, we are well placed to collate information on species and habitats and prepare desktop reports on the wildlife status of any site in Cornwall and across the South West.
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