Ecological surveys may be required for a range of reasons, such as:
Recently, an ecological survey was prepared for a landowner who wants to enhance the environment while managing their land for economic uses. The property was surveyed to map & describe areas of ecological value, lists were compiled of native plants and animals and threats to those species were identified. The landowner will use this information to decide how to prioritise pest control, weed control, planting, and fencing.
Assessments of Ecological Effects (AEEs) may be a required as part of the resource consent process for a range of projects, from small subdivisions to large infrastructure projects. Lisette Collins (Principal Ecologist) has prepared numerous AEEs for subdivisions, roads, quarries etc. Typically, an AEE is a report that describes the ecological values present on a project site, identifies potential adverse effects that may be caused by the project, and describes ways that those effects can be avoided, remedied or mitigated. Depending on the scale of the project and the ecological values on the site an AEE can vary from being a fairly straightforward report to a detailed document that includes maps, photographs and species lists. If your project is likely to require an AEE it is never too soon to talk to an Ecologist about your ideas/plans.
Restoration plans and/or Vegetation Management plans are frequently required to satisfy a condition of a resource consent and they are useful to landowners and community groups who want to:
The first photo shows a site that had been mown for many years and suffered erosion. The second photo was taken four years later, after the owners implemented a restoration plan that allowed them to create a habitat for native birds that no longer requires mowing and has not suffered any further erosion.