Comprehensive on-ground assessments, which identify the presence and extent of flora and fauna species and ecological communities, are required to inform the likely impacts a project may have on the natural environment and in-turn, the associated regulatory implications. The data collected through on-ground assessments is supplemented with information obtained through the desktop interrogation of relevant databases, literature and previous assessments.
The scope and intensity of terrestrial and aquatic surveys will vary due to the nature of the project and its geographic location. Despite this, it is critical that sufficient baseline data is captured to inform the impact analysis, regardless of potential future variations in the project’s design or location.
In most instances, a Flora, Fauna and/or Biodiversity Assessment will be the first stage in obtaining environmental approvals for a project.