Late confirmation of site boundary

The ecologist must be appointed and engaged early on (equivalent RIBA Stage 1)Β so that they are able to inform the design brief. For projects where the site boundary is only confirmed at the next design stage (equivalent RIBA Stage 2), it would be acceptable to delay the full ecology survey until this time. In these circumstances, the ecologist’s input atΒ design briefΒ may be based on a desk study or initial viewing of the site and its potential boundaries.

The aim of early engagement with an ecologist is to facilitate and maximise potential ecological enhancement, exact boundary definition does not negate this.