Botanical Surveys: NVC Survey

What is an NVC Survey?

NVC stands for the National Vegetation Classification. In essence, every habitat and species assemblage which can be found within the UK should have an affinity with one of the categories based on species composition and cover.

Assigning habitats to an NVC category requires identifying visually homogenous stands of vegetation on a site, and then gathering data on species composition and dominance within several representative quadrat squares. Using this information and with reference to the tables in the NVC Handbooks, it is possible to allocate a habitat to a community and sub-community.

 

How can LSC help?

NVC surveys require a high degree of botanical competance in order to confidently identify all species found within a site. The team at LSC include experienced botanists who have the knowledge and experience required to undertake these NVC surveys in a wide range of habitats including woodlands, grasslands, wetlands and uplands.

Our surveys are completed to the Best Practice Guidelines outlined in the NVC Handbook, and our reports consistently and comprehensively provide the information required by our clients to secure Planning Permission.

 The NVC system aims to categorise all vegetation types in the UK, from grasslands to woodlands, dunes to uplands.

The NVC system aims to categorise all vegetation types in the UK, from grasslands to woodlands, dunes to uplands.


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