EMEC Ecology's staff have carried out botanical surveys throughout England including counties in the East Midlands. We have recently undertaken NVC Surveys near Bakewell in Derbyshire, as well as Japanese knotweed surveys across Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Staffordshire.
If you require a quotation for a botanical survey or an invasive species survey (such as a survey for Japanese knotweed) please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org including any site plans that you have available (or details and photographs of the site if applicable), along with your name and contact details. Should you wish to contact us at the office please call 0115 964 4828.
The National Vegetation Classification (NVC) is a standardised classification developed for plant communities in the UK. It aims to use the relative abundance of floral species within a quadrat to classify the habitat, which is then represented on an electronically produced map. It covers the majority of terrestrial, freshwater and maritime habitats across the UK (excluding Northern Ireland). However, as it relies solely on floristic compositions, it does not cover habitats that lack floral species, such as rock habitats or include non-native conifer plantations.
Japanese knotweed and Himalayan balsam were introduced into the UK as ornamental plants. However, they are extremely invasive and have taken over large areas of habitat, reducing the success of native floral species.
Under Schedule 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (WCA) 1981 (as amended) it is an offence 'to plant or otherwise encourage' the growth of Japanese knotweed or Himalayan balsam in the wild. With Japanese knotweed this includes cutting the plant or roots and disturbing surrounding soil if not correctly managed. Soil within 7m of a stand of Japanese knotweed can contain its rhizomes and therefore, specific mitigation will be required for any work within 7m of any stands of Japanese knotweed that are identified.
A full floral species list may be required in order to determine appropriate management options for a site. Additionally, the presence of certain floral species may influence the management with regards to protected/notable faunal species. For example, the dingy skipper, a UK BAP Priority Species, prefers to feed on common bird's foot trefoil, therefore the areas where this species is present may require management in order to ensure the butterfly's continued persistence.