Often the first piece of ecological information obtained about a site is a extended Phase I habitat survey, based on the Joint Nature Conservation Committees (JNCC) methodology. This standardised methodology enables the ecologist to rapidly describe broad habitat types and target note any features of interest. These habitats can then be assessed for their intrinsic ecological value and potential to support protected species.
In some cases it may also be appropriate to conduct a more detailed vegetation survey, classifying habitats on a smaller spatial scale and to a greater level of detail. This is done to the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) system.
The information gathered will then be used to inform a full extended Phase I report for submission to the relevant planning authority. Details of any recommendations for further surveys and mitigation measures will be included.
To remain in line local and national planning policy, ecological enhancements will also be recommended, however we always ensure that these are practical and achievable for our client prior to submission.
Ecosupport are competent botanists and can carry out both Phase I and NVC habitat and vegetation surveys to the highest possible standards.