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Applying the biodiversity checklist with confidence

Update on the Suffolk Biodiversity validation checklist Sue Hooton CEnv MCIEEM Senior Ecologist, Suffolk County Council


Outline • 1App Biodiversity & geodiversity question • Flowchart for validation • In house evidence base • Suffolk validation checklist: tables & survey seasons


1App Question for Biodiversity and Geological Conservation. Is there a reasonable likelihood of the following being affected adversely or conserved and enhanced within the application site, or on land adjacent to or near the application site? a) Protected and priority species:   

Yes, on the development site Yes, on land adjacent to or near the proposed development site No

b) Designated sites, important habitats or other biodiversity features:   

Yes, on the development site Yes, on land adjacent to or near the proposed development site No

c) Features of geological conservation importance:   

Yes, on the development site Yes, on land adjacent to or near the proposed development site No


Evidence base -Mid Suffolk DC Accolaid system


Signposting for 1 App

• Indicative thresholds for surveys • Criteria for impact assessments


1App Guidance • Table 1 - Protected and Priority Species for which Survey and Assessment will be required (by type of development). • Tables 2 and 3 - Designated Sites, Priority Habitats and other biodiversity features and geodiversity features where Survey and Impact Assessment will be required. • Appendix- identifies the appropriate survey season by species type, published guidance & report template.


Table 1


Table 2

Biodiversity Validation Checklist July 2013  
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