The standard vegetation classification method in the UK, the NVC Survey divides vegetation into various types consistently over large geographical areas. This includes around 24 woodland communities, each with 3 sub-communities of their own, and the numbers are similar for grasslands, heaths and so on. An NVC Survey is the basis for deciding what vegetation is present in nature conservation and environmental impact assessments.
NVC Survey Approach
An NVC Survey requires the excellent plant identification skills that Ellendale Environmental can deliver thanks to our extensive experience and training alongside a genuine passion for the work. We deliver comprehensive data that minimises the risk of omitting rare plants, while enhancing the survey's cost-effectiveness.
Our specialists discern different patches of vegetation and judge their affinity precisely to ensure no types are missed and unusual plants receive the special attention they merit. The methods we employ are varied, including computer matching for reliable identification, avoiding simplistic matching of NVC types.
Do You Need an NVC Survey?
A comprehensive NVC Survey takes a while to carry out, it is not a quick process, however, it may not be required for smaller projects. In some cases the local authority requests the survey to establish the range of plants that are on site before making any decision regarding planning applications. This is commonly the case if the site in question is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) or if the site is a Wildlife Site or Site of Interest For Nature Conservation (SINC).
Who Can Carry Out an NVC Survey?
An NVC Survey should always be carried out by experienced botanists or plant ecologists who also carry the necessary qualifications to carry out the work. A poorly written NVC Survey, or a survey that shows a lack of knowledge of the characteristic plants are likely to be rejected by the statutory bodies.