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National Vegetation Classification (NVC)

NVC quadrat

National Vegetation Classification fieldwork

This survey technique involves use of quadrats within stands of homogenous vegetation.  The survey records all species of plant and bryophyte and their relative abundance to allow an assessment of vegetation character and value.  We use the statistical package MATCH to assist with vegetation categorisation.  The NVC allows systematic classification of vegetation types according to UK standards and is a widely recommended standard methodology for use in environmental assessments and statements.