Surveying and monitoring
Understanding the environment is essential for planning future works, and this background information is needed for funding applications, grazing, habitat and fire management plans.
We can provide:
- Phase 1 and Extended Phase 1 habitat surveys. These assessments provide baseline data for targeted follow up work such as NVC surveying, grant applications and practical works.
- Phase 2 National Vegetation Classification surveying tailored to the important features of the site and gives a detailed description of the plant communities present.
- Common Standards Monitoring; a range of survey techniques for priority habitats and species to assess their condition.
- Sites of Importance to Nature Conservation (SINC) are used by local authorities within the planning process. A variety of techniques are used to categorise habitats which meet SINC criteria.
- Hedgerows are protected under the Hedgerow Regulations (1997) and surveys can identify protected ‘important’ hedgerows.
- Grazing and palatability surveys for the establishment of grazing level recommendations.
- Veteran Tree Surveys using specialist methods to assess their value to target management.
- Moss and liverwort surveys.
- Invasive plant surveys to facilitate effective and targeted control of problem species.
- Monitor specific species and habitat over time. . A range of techniques based upon the key ecological characteristics of the area and its management are used to show change over time.
- Establish fixed-point photography grids/sites. This visual technique provides a useful record of change over time to provide evidence of works undertaken.
- Establish GPS fixed monitoring grids. As part of a monitoring strategy permanent survey locations can be established to add data confidence.
Data analysis and presentation
- Report survey results tailored to the needs of the client and the site
- Produce GIS maps. Map environmental constraints and zones of visual influence
- Survey using GPS
- Develop management recommendations, plans and reports