Desk studies

Desk studies are the basic starting point of most ecological surveys and aim to identify what species and habitats are present within and adjacent to the proposed development area to better inform future surveys.

Great crested newt

Great crested newt

Existing ecological information is collated from numerous sources, including Local Records Centres (LRCs), partner conservation organisations, Statutory Bodies and WTSWW’s own extensive species records database. In addition to species and habitats, land designated for its conservation interest is also sought.

The resulting report will not only highlight known protected species and habitats recorded on or in the vicinity of the development site, but will also assess how the site is viewed in a local and national context, through the relevant Biodiversity Action Plans (BAPs).