Before planning any development, it is necessary to consider the site’s ecological value which includes the habitats and floral species present. Important questions to answer are:
- Does it contain any rare or important habitats?
- Are there any protected or invasive plant species present?
The surveys detailed below go towards answering the above questions, and our specialist team of ecologists are on-hand to answer any queries you may have relating to these surveys for your project.
The Phase 1 Habitat Survey
The phase 1 habitat survey is a method of habitat assessment which is undertaken in accordance with phase 1 habitat survey guidelines produced by JNCC. It enables habitats at a site to be placed into defined categories such as broadleaved woodland, calcareous grassland, scrub etc. A species list of the botanical species present is also taken. This habitat identification allows an ecologist to make an informed decision as to whether the habitat requires further assessment.
Here at Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants we have specialist consultants who are skilled in botany to a standard which is recommended by the Botanical Society for Britain and Ireland for phase 1 surveys. Should you wish to discuss your project or habitat surveys particularly please contact our ecology team who will be happy to help.
National Vegetation Classification (NVC) Survey
National Vegetation Classification (or NVC) surveys are a method of assessing and categorising the vegetative communities present at a Site to allow appropriate impact assessment and mitigation (if required to be devised).
Here at Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants we have specialist consultants who are skilled in botany to a standard for NVC survey which is accredited by the Botanical Society for Britain and Ireland. Should you wish to discuss your project or NVC surveys particularly please contact our ecology team who will be happy to help.