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Botanical Surveys, Aquatic Plant Surveys, Vegetation Description and Analysis

Five Valleys Ecology hold specialisms in aquatic and terrestrial botanical surveys, and vegetation description and analysis.

Sainfoin (Onobrychis viciifolia), yellow rattle (Rhinathus minor) and fairy flax (Linum catharticum)

We have capability to undertake detailed surveys of a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic habitats, and analyses of vegetation datasets including:

  • Detailed botanical surveys including the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) methodology;
  • Hedgerow surveys using the Hedgerow Regulations 1997 methodology;
  • Aquatic plant surveys including the Mean Trophic Rank (MTR) methodology;
  • Multivariate statistical analysis of vegetation datasets using TWINSPAN and ordination with DECORANA;
  • Analysis and interpretation of vegetation data using Ellenberg Indicator Values;
  • Spatial analysis of vegetation datasets using Geographic Information Systems (GIS); and
  • Vegetation description and analysis using the Braun-Blanquet school of phytosociology.

Five Valleys Ecology Ltd


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Survey Season Calendar

Download a copy of our latest Ecology Survey Calendar (pdf, 210 K) to help avoid costly delays to your projects due to missing ecology survey windows.

Start of the Great Crested Newt Survey Season

Surveys for great crested newts (GCNs) can be undertaken from mid-March to mid-June depending on weather conditions. Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) require survey information before planning applications are determined in accordance with Paragraphs 98 and 99 of 'ODPM Circular 06/2005 Biodiversity and Geological Conservation'. We recommend that clients consider the requirement for newt surveys now and plan ahead. Do not miss the narrow GCN survey window. Contact us now to book in surveys and for further advice.

Supreme Court Ruling on the 'Deliberate Disturbance' Offence

In the case of Morge vs Hampshire County Council [2011] UKSC 2 on appeal from: [2010] EWCA Civ 608 the Supreme Court has overruled the Court of Appeal and given a more cautious interpretation of the Article 12(1)(b) 'deliberate disturbance' offence. The Supreme Court believed that the Court of Appeal had set the threshold for 'deliberate disturbance' too high. Whilst no minimum threshold was given by the Supreme Court, a leading environmental lawyer has reviewed the case and believes that in some circumstances disturbance of one or two individuals of a European Protected Species (EPS) may fall within the offence.

Five Valleys Ecology Receive an Ethical Award from the Ethical Company Organisation

Five Valleys Ecology are delighted to have received an Ethical Award and accreditation from the Ethical Company Organisation in recognition of our strong commitment to ethical business practices. The research team stated 'Five Valleys Ecology are commended for puting ethical and environmental considerations at the heart of their business and for providing an ethical alternative within their sector'.


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