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Vegetation survey

Habitat and plant species survey including Phase 1, extended Phase 1, Phase 2, National Vegetation Classification

The Wildlife Partnership undertakes the full range of habitat and vegetation surveys using standard methodologies and best practice. In scale, projects range from small development sites to extensive upland windfarms. Survey types include standard Phase 1, extended Phase 1, Phase 2, National Vegetation Classification and specialist specific plant surveys. Our extended Phase 1 service includes a Phase 1 habitat survey plus a protected species assessment which is ideal to establish what ecological constraints there are on any proposed development site. An example of this would be an extended Phase 1 for a planning application for a single wind turbine submitted by Whitmuir Farm in the Scottish Borders. Our Phase 2 survey includes a standard Phase 1 habitat survey with full higher plant species lists for each habitat present. This may be appropriate on sites where there is semi-natural vegetation of potential importance or on brown field sites where a rich plant species mix has become established. Examples of large scale Phase 1 Habitat Survey include a number of wind farm sites including an Angus windfarm and windfarms in the Scottish Borders.

 Mountain pansy Viola lutea

Mountain pansy Viola lutea

Frog orchid Coeloglossum viride in species rich grassland at proposed wind farm site in the Scottish Borders

Frog orchid Coeloglossum viride in species rich grassland at proposed wind farm site in the Scottish Borders