Absolute Ecology | Botanical and Hedgerow Surveys
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Botanical and Hedgerow Surveys

Botanical surveys

When conducting an ecological survey such as a preliminary Ecological Appraisal the application site may suggest that a valuable habitat or rare plant species may be present, if this is the case then it may be necessary to complete a more detailed botanical assessment. Following on from that a more specific type of survey would be required to detect a particular species or species group, and it may be appropriate to use the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) survey technique to obtain an accurate picture of plant communities within the application site.

Botanical survey timing

Optimal survey time for NVC is from April to September.

Sub Optimal time but possible: October to March

Hedgerow Assessments

Important hedgerows are protected from removal by the Hedgerows Regulations 1997. Biodiversity, landscape and archaeological factors are used to identify important hedgerows.

At Absolute Ecology LLP we have experience to assess hedgerows and determine whether or not they qualify as ‘important’. We can also advise on which hedgerows may be considered the most ecologically valuable.

Hedgerow survey timing

Optimal survey time for NVC is from April to September.

Sub Optimal time but possible: October to March