Botanical Surveys



We are among the most experienced botanical surveyors in Britain, with expertise in a wide range of environments and various types of survey:

National Vegetation Classification (NVC), with which we have been working since 1986.  Between us have surveyed well over 2,500 sq. km in Britain using the NVC.  This includes many large Scottish sites such as Ben Nevis, Glen Coe, Cranstackie, Quinag, Ben More Coigach, Rassal, Beinn Eighe, Schiehallion, Beinn a’ Ghlo, the Trotternish Ridge on Skye, and the whole islands of Mull, Eigg, Lismore and Kerrera, a large part of the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, and large areas of Wales including Migneint, Rhinog, Eglwyseg and much of the Carneddau, Cadair Idris and Elenydd uplands.


Phase One Habitat Classification which we have used extensively in many parts of Scotland.


UK Biodiversity Action Plan Habitat Classification with which we have surveyed many sites in Scotland: for example large areas in Sutherland, Inverness-shire, Lochaber, Perthshire and Galloway; also many smaller areas in both uplands and lowlands in various parts of Scotland.


Vegetation condition surveys which we have carried out in many places and using various methods including Site Condition Monitoring (SCM) (which is really ‘survey’ more than ‘monitoring’); we have done SCM habitat work in various environments, especially grasslands, heaths, bogs and montane vegetation, and vascular plant and bryophyte species SCM work in various parts of Scotland and in the Lake District.


Information on the floras of sites has been an important element of most of our vegetation surveys.  This information includes site species lists, details of the locations of species of particular interest, and assessments of conservation value and implications for land management.  Species surveys.In addition to identifying and surveying vascular plant species we are very experienced bryologists.  For example, Ben has done bryophyte (moss & liverwort) surveys at several hundred sites, especially in woodland and upland habitats in Scotland, northern England and Wales.  These bryophyte surveys have been commissioned in order to make assessments in relation to conservation value and management implications (including those of proposed hydro-electric schemes).



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