Direct Ecology can perform a range of habitat surveys, from a basic Phase 1 mapping to a full NVC classification. Survey results can be used to inform a habitat management plan when required. We can also survey for invasive plant species such as Japanese knotweed or giant hogweed, should that be a planning condition or requirement for your site.
A Phase 1 habitat survey is a botanical survey which often acts as the basic starting point for a full ecological assessment of a site. During the survey, both natural and semi-natural habitats are mapped, and the presence of various plant species within each is recorded. This survey is the first step toward understanding the ecology of a site, and how it will be affected by a development.
If an extended Phase 1 survey is undertaken then notes on protected animal species are also made, and the results from this survey may highlight the need to carry out further species-specific studies in order to fully inform a planning application.
NVC (National Vegetation Classification)
The NVC is a system of mapping habitat, using a set of defined categories of vegetation types found in the UK. The application of this system can provide a detailed assessment of an area of ground, and help for example in micro-siting within developments such as wind turbine bases. The information gained from an NVC survey can also act as a framework for the development of habitat restoration and/or management plans.
Habitat and Ecological Management Plans
We can create habitat or ecological management plans for your tailored to your requirements. This may be necessary if you have a planning condition which states that you must retain and manage certain ecological features after development has been completed. A habitat or ecological management plan can also be created to satisfy part of a BREEAM requirement.
Direct Ecology has experience of surveying for invasive species such as Japanese knotweed and giant hogweed which may be required prior to works starting on a site. We can inform you if you have any invasive species on your site and advise you on how to progress.