National Vegetation Classification

National Vegetation Classification

National Vegetation Classification (NVC) surveys are undertaken where a more detailed habitat assessment survey is required. Generally this level of survey is required to assess sites that contain semi-natural features of ecological value or when a protected site is affected by development. The NVC survey is widely used to assess the floristic value of a habitat and to provide a scientific evaluation. In brief, the NVC is a technique used to classify British Plant Communities (there are over 250 plant communities).

Ecology Services Ltd. have undertaken NVC surveys of the following habitats: aquatic communities, swamps and tall-herb fens, woodlands and scrub, grasslands and montane communities, and mires and heaths.

Photo: Ling Heather (Calluna vulgaris) © Simon Booth

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