The company employs skilled and knowledgeable botanists who have a wide range of experience in delivering detailed botanical surveys and assessment work for our clients to assist them in achieving their objectives and successful outcomes on projects.
We are able to provide detailed baseline habitat surveys and habitat condition assessment work that can be used to inform ecological impact assessments and biodiversity net gain calculations for development projects, or to formulate habitat management and enhancement strategies for sites, or to simply evaluate sites and update the existing information on them. We are capable of undertaking botanical assessments of sensitive sites comprising habitats and vegetation communities of high conservation value and providing suitable mitigation and management strategies for these. We also have experience in delivering long-term, post-development botanical monitoring of sites to assist our clients in fulfilling specific planning commitments.
Some relevant examples of our work include:
· A five-year programme of detailed botanical surveys of a selected list of locally-designated sites (Sites of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCIs)) on behalf of Guildford Borough Council which was required to provide update survey information and plant records for these sites and to re-evaluate them against the relevant SNCI selection criteria.
· A ten-year programme of post-development habitat and botanical monitoring for a large-scale residential housing development in Bicester, Oxfordshire.
· A three-year programme of detailed botanical monitoring surveys to assess outcomes of trial grassland management techniques along a stretch of the A11 in East Anglia.
· A targeted survey for white helleborine (Cephalanthera damasonium) on a development site at Salisbury, Wiltshire.
· Various examples of detailed botanical surveys undertaken on project sites that encompass sensitive habitat types, including species-rich chalk grassland, acid grassland and heathland mosaics, lowland broadleaved woodlands, and wet alder (Alnus glutinosa) woodland.
The following botanical and habitat surveys and assessment work can be undertaken in-house:
Please note that these surveys should be timed to coincide with the optimal spring / summer botanical season and some habitat types and plant species will require more specific survey timing, so please do get in touch for further advice on this.