The Landscape Partnership has a broad range of experience in habitat and vegetation surveys and we employ methodologies proportionate to the needs of each situation. We work in lowland and upland habitats across the UK, but have particular expertise in the lowland habitats of East Anglia, the East Midlands and southern England.
For many projects, including initial studies of development sites, we normally use an extended version of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) Phase 1 Habitat Survey method, to identify and classify habitat types. Habitats are mapped, detailed notes made of any features of interest and an conditions suitable for protected species identified. Surveys are typically included in our Ecological Appraisal reports, with high-quality mapping of habitat.
A National Vegetation Classification survey provides much greater detail than a Phase 1 Habitat Survey and is usually undertaken when more detailed habitat information is required, perhaps on a botanically rich site or to assess certain types of ecological impact, such as nitrogen deposition.
We also undertake hedgerow surveys to identify important hedges as defined by the 1997 Hedgerow Regulations.