People conduct different types of surveys for different reasons, mostly to find out about the happenings around them. An ecology survey is usually done in the surrounding environment to find out about the organisms living within that area. Although these types of surveys are usually done for various reasons, one of the major ones is to determine if the area is suitable for developing a construction project by finding out if the area has any habitants that could hinder the development process from taking place. Other reasons may include assessing the diversity of organisms within the area as well as determining the value of that particular place.
Like other surveys, an ecology survey involves sampling some of the organisms found in that particular place. This is usually done in one of three ways which include random, stratified and systematic sampling methods. For the random sampling, the surveyors have to collect samples in different places of the habitat without using any specific system when choosing the location.
The systematic method uses a specifically designed line within a specified duration. Because of this, this type of sampling during an ecology survey takes longer than all the other methods and yields trusted results. The stratified method on the other hand involvescollecting samples in different places within the same location. Unlike random sampling, this method doesn’t miss out on any important areas within the habitat.
Other than the need for a specific period to conduct an ecology survey, you need to have professionals for the job. The reason for the timing during the survey is because most organisms found in the ecological spaces have seasonal tendencies. This makes it easier to miss out on some of the most important ones without proper timing. In addition to these, you need to have proper plans in place when preparing to conduct an ecology survey. You should stick to the rules set by the authority governing the environmental aspects in your location. It’s also important to submit your plan to this governing body in order to get authorisation for your survey.
An ecology survey usually brings many benefits but it can also be costly if not done properly. It could also lead to misconceptions if the report is not written properly or if the timing is wrong. You should therefore have professional ecologists to handle the process and follow the required procedures that begin with writing and submitting a plan then using the correct procedures.