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Graham Riley

Graham conducts an NVC survey

Wild Frontier Ecology has a number of capable botanists in the team with a wealth of experience conducting botanical survey of plant communities across the UK. We have worked in a variety of lowland and upland habitats including blanket bog, saltmarsh, woodlands, grasslands, aquatic habitats and heathlands.

Following a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, further (Phase 2) investigation of habitats may be required. National Vegetation Classification (NVC) is the standard method of assigning plant communities, and in semi-natural areas is important for gaining a proper ecological understanding of the habitat. It can also help determine whether Priority Habitats are present. Determining the correct NVC community is essential for appropriate management. It is a relevant technique for both development sites and sites of nature conservation importance.

Botanical Services

  • Extended Phase 1 habitat survey
  • Botanical species lists
  • National Vegetation Classification (NVC) survey
  • Habitat mapping to NVC level
  • Sampling and mapping using GPS technology
  • Common Standards Monitoring for ditches
  • Habitat creation and restoration plans and planting recommendations
  • Invasive species survey

Project Examples

NVC survey of Thompson Water

WFE undertook NVC survey of Thompson Water, Carr and Common SSSI in Norfolk on behalf of Natural England as part of their ongoing monitoring of SSSIs. The surveys focused on…

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Wind Farm Development

WFE also worked on a potential wind farm development in the mountains of mid-Wales. We undertook a set of habitat and protected species surveys. The site consisted of nearly 15km2…

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