Plant and Habitat Surveys

From broad-brush Phase 1 Habitat Surveys to more detailed NVC and UKHAB or peat depth surveys, EP Ecology’s team of skilled ecologists can help.

Our skilled team of ecologists at EP Ecology are fully capable of delivering plant and habitat surveys to help our clients. We have years of experience of identifying plants and habitats and can collect data which helps inform your Local Planning Authority.

Phase 1 Habitat Surveys

A phase 1 Habitat Survey is a broad-brush assessment of the habitats present on a site. We look at what plant species are present and assess this against standard guidance on phase 1 surveys to determine the habitat types present on site.

After our site visit, a phase 1 habitat map is prepared. This map shows the layout of the different habitats on the site. The numbered target notes provide detailed written descriptions for each habitat or could refer to signs of protected species.

Do you need a Phase 1 Habitat Survey for your development project? Get in touch with us today for a free no-obligations discussion about how we can help you.

National Vegetation Classification (NVC)
and UK Habitat Classification (UKHAB)

A more detailed assessment of a sites floral interest.

Our skilled team of associate consultants contains some great botanists who can undertake targeted, detailed plant surveys for your site. These surveys help to further classify the habitats present within a site and relate these to their level of protection. These surveys can provide invaluable data for the assessment of effects on designated habitats in a proposed development site.

Peat Depth Surveys

If your project might affect peatlands, we can help you to identify where there is deep peat on your site, and help provide you with the means to avoid this protected habitat.

One of our specialisms here at EP Ecology is the survey of depth on peatland sites. There’s a general principal against any development on deep peat and peat depth surveys are used to determine where such a habitat occurs within a development site. It’s also used commonly in peatland conservation works where the topography of peat depth can be used to determine the extent of a bog habitat to promote restoration of this internationally important habitat type.

EP Ecology are specialist providers of bespoke ecological consultancy solutions throughout Scotland.
Get in touch today for a free, no-obligations discussion about your project.