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NVC (National Vegetation Classification)

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The National Vegetation Classification provides a structured system for categorising habitat types, arranged in broad groupings such as “woodland”, “acid grassland”, “saltmarsh” and “aquatic communities”. Within each group are numbered communities characterised by the frequency and abundance of key component plant species. Within each community there can be a number of sub-communities, describing marked variations with the general theme.

There is a considerable amount of information available about the reaction of plant communities to different environmental stimuli, from changes in rainfall patterns to, critically, variations in management. NVC not only provides a practical and consistent way to describe habitats, but also allows for detailed monitoring of changes over time and explanations behind those changes. Using this information, an ecologist can make recommendations regarding future management to ensure that a community develops in the way that its manager wishes, for whatever purpose that may be.

The survey involves recording plant species and their abundance in a series of quadrats, the results of which are analysed in bespoke analysis software, providing coefficients that can be analysed by an experienced ecologist. The survey results and their analysis will be presented in a detailed written report that will also include recommendations for future site management based upon the agreed objectives for the site.

If you require a quote please send an email to us at eecos@essexwt.org.uk including site plans. Alternatively you can contact us in the office on 01621 862986. We can carry out NVC surveys in Essex and surrounding counties, including Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and London.