Environmental assessments range from comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessments for large-scale developments at one end of the scale to Appropriate Assessment (AA) Screening reports and everything in between.
At the next level up from an AA Screening report is an Appropriate Assessment which requires a more detailed evaluation of specific impacts on an area and there are also specific types of assessment.
BioLogiQ carries out baseline ecological surveys for terrestrial or aquatic habitats to identify the habitats present (e.g. type of bog, meadow, woodland etc.) and the species of flora and fauna found there. This includes AA screening reports and Appropriate Assessments.
We perform Biotic Quality Index (BQI) surveys to determine the water quality of rivers and streams. This is done by identifying and quantifying the macroinvertebrates to be found there and comparing the results against a checklist which classifies the water quality as Q5 (pristine) to Q2/Q1 (heavily polluted). (A macroscopic invertebrate is an aquatic organism such as a crustacean, a mollusc, or an aquatic insect).
We do ecological surveys for the Native Woodland Conservation Scheme
to assess the suitability of sites and prepare appropriate restoration management plans in association with an approved forester.
The aim of this scheme is to support the appropriate restoration of existing native woodlands and (where appropriate) the conversion of existing non-native forest to native woodland, in order to promote the restoration of Ireland’s native woodland resource and associated biodiversity.
All bats are protected species and BioLogiQ can carry out bat surveys to determine if they are present in an area or nearby, and how they use the site. Mitigation plans may be required to detail how a development will avoid, reduce or manage any negative effects.