Vegetation & Habitat Surveys

There are generally two phases of surveys that are most commonly used, the first of which is a general habitat survey and the second phase is a more detailed inspection. The phase 1 extended survey provides a thorough preliminary ecological assessment and is usually the starting point for most inspections.

The second phase is used in the event that the first inspection indicates a potential need to support protected species. These surveys use a variety of methodologies including the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) system to analyse ecological features including hedgerow surveys, river habitat and invasive plant surveys.