Phase I vegetation surveys
Phase I surveys form the basis of most ecological site assessments and are designed to ensure all major habitat types are identified, along with target notes of key associated species, potential issues and any features of ecological importance.
The resulting report will highlight key habitats and features, accurately illustrated using GIS mapping and fixed point photography.
Phase II vegetation surveys
For more sensitive sites, detailed Phase II surveys can be undertaken, which aim to classify each habitat compartment based on species composition. A full vegetation survey of the development site accompanies the Phase II survey to ensure that no flora species are missed.
Increasingly, more emphasis is being placed on identifying the importance of individual trees within a potential development site, due to their ecological and landscape value. WTSWW’s team of Arboroculturists can provide a detailed assessment of individual trees, following current best practice guidelines. During assessments, biometric data such as height, girth, spread and age of the tree are measured to inform the scheme and to ensure important trees are protected during and after the development.