Client: Somerset Wildlife Trust
Services: Catcott Local Nature Reserve botanical survey
Objective: A botanical survey of wet grassland at Catcott in order to provide SWT with baseline data prior to changes in management technique.
Outcome: A bespoke and repeatable methodology was devised which measured key habitat condition indicators including; thatch depth, rush frequency, height and dominant species, bare ground and broadleaf species frequency, and sward height. The baseline data collected was presented in an accessible format to assist with future statistical analysis.
Client: Natural England
Services: Surveys of Long-term Monitoring Network Sites.
Objective: Natural England is developing a Long-term Monitoring Network (LTMN) which will expand upon the Environmental Change Network (ECN) and the Environmental Change Biodiversity Network (ECBN). This will provide an understanding of the factors driving environmental change, with a particular focus on climate change, air pollution and land management. The sample sites are distributed across the UK and are expected to be surveyed every four years.
Outcome: First Ecology undertook detailed botanical surveys at Epping Forest and, Ludham and Potter Heigham Marsh National Nature Reserves. The surveys at Ludham and Potter Heigham involved the relocation of randomly positioned markers and recording of all species within 2x2m quadrats. The forest surveys involved the deployment of permanent Feno markers using a CAT Scanner to check for underground services and the subsequent survey of 10x10m plots. All data was returned within specified timescales and formats.