Botanical Survey

Specialist Botanical Surveys including National Vegetation Classification (Phase 2) Surveys

Our resident botanist is one of a handful of individuals in the country to secure a FISC 6 qualification, enabling us to conduct specialist surveys across the country, including surveys for specially protected and priority plant species, as well as habitat surveys in line with the National Vegetation Classification. 

The National Vegetation Classification (NVC) is a means of dividing broad vegetation types including woodland, heathland or grassland into communities designated by a number and a name (e.g. W8 Fraxinus excelsior – Acer campestre – Mercurialis perennis woodland community). This method provides a greater deal of botanical information on a site as opposed to standard Phase 1 methodology and is often critical in many Ecological Impact Assessments.  To read more on the NVC, see here http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-2656.

Specially Protected Species

Certain species of plant throughout Britain are specially protected under Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) (as amended) and/ or Schedule 5 of the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017 (as amended); here, it is a strict offence to pick, uproot, possess or destroy any plant listed here with minor exceptions.  Over 100 such specially protected species exist within Britain and Tyrer Ecological Consultants Ltd offer specialist surveys and advice in relation to all protected plants.

Our botanical specialist is also one of few people in England to possess a survey licence for Floating Water-plantain (Luronium natans), a European Protected Species whose distribution in England is concentrated across the Greater Manchester area, primarily across canals and other waterways.

Other Botanical Surveys

Tyrer Ecological Consultants Ltd offer surveys and monitoring of all flora including those not fully protected by law; such botanical species that are non-statutorily protected may be of regional / national / international conservation concern but may only be listed on biodiversity action plans for example. Such species, although not strictly protected, are of material importance in the planning process and Tyrer Ecological Consultants Ltd are experienced in all kinds of botanical survey and have been involved in various successful botanical translocation projects.

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Formby Business Centre
42 Duke Street, Formby
Liverpool, L37 4AT

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