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National Vegetation Classification

National vegetation classification
National Vegetation Classification survey


  • Classification of NVC community type based on species composition and relative abundance.
  • Recording of environmental data including altitude, slope, aspect, geology and soil condition.
  • Establishment of baseline information for habitat monitoring and development of conservation management plans.


Specialist habitat surveys


  • Woodlands and scrub
  • Mires and heaths
  • Grasslands and montane communities
  • Aquatic communities, swamps and tall-herb fens
  • Maritime communities and vegetation of open habitats


Floristic tables


Displaying the range of variation in the vegetation at the site.


Vegetation Mapping and Data Management


Maps demarcating distinct stands of vegetation, each labelled with their NVC community (sub-community) code and a unique reference number.


Environmental data modeling


Database management of NVC samples and information on the distribution and extent of plant communities.


Impact assessment


  • Descriptions of NVC communities with emphasis on species rich distinctive stands and those containing notable plants.
  • Identification of threats and areas of concern within specific management units.
  • Assessment of habitat condition in relation to nature conservation designation criteria from local to international levels.
  • Strategic advice on project feasibility and site suitability.




  • Management plans for sites or landscapes.
  • Design guidelines and framework plans for the restoration and enhancement of habitat communities.
  • Identification of candidate sites for statutory nature conservation designation.




Design and implementation of a monitoring strategy.