Ecological Surveys Impact Assessment Conservation NVC Phase 1 GIS Internet
Stable Cottage, Strontian, Acharacle, Argyll,
Close-up photograph of the bryophyte Orthotrichum cupulatum on Stirling Castle walls. As well as photography we also do film work.
Recent clients include:
Ecological Consultants based in Central and Western Scotland
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Based in central and western Scotland, we are two freelance ecologists with many years of experience carrying out work throughout Scotland and also England. We are linked to, and have access to the services of, a network of other independent, freelance ecological consultants with different skills.
We are able to carry out a wide variety of services, ranging from baseline vegetation surveys on uninhabited islands in the Outer Hebrides to urban alien plant surveys, development-related impact assessments and management planning.
In 2008 one of our main projects was to carry out vegetation surveys and provide input to the Environmental Statement ES for the proposed Viking Energy windfarm on Shetland, the largest proposed onshore windfarm in Europe. As well as highly detailed NVC footrpint survey and wider scale Phase 1 survey we also devised and carried out a new blanket bog activity survey.
Vegetation Ecological Surveys (NVC and Phase 1), Site Condition Monitoring
The bulk of our work through our early years has been for Scottish Natural Heritage carrying out baseline NVC surveys throughout Scotland. This has given us wide insights into natural and semi-natural habitats and the effects of land management. More recently for SNH we have done a number of SSSI Site Condition Monitoring surveys, Habitat Condition Assessments and red deer impact surveys.
We have also carried out numerous NVC surveys for the National Trust for Scotland, NTS.
Windfarm Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA/EcIA)
We have carried out detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (ecological components, EcIA) surveys for several large windfarms in Scotland and provided input to several Environmental Statements.
We offer the following services:
In addition to normal vegetation survey we also offer specialised lower plant survey for mosses and liverworts. For example we produced a bryophyte flora for the Glencoe mountains of Scotland compiled from all available historical records (for National Trust for Scotland).
Ecological Surveys and Impact Assessment for General Development Work
We also carry out more general planning and development- related work supplying ecological survey and management advice for building developments, pipelines etc.
Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Highland Ecology use the latest version of Manifold GIS (V8) to digitally map and reference survey data. We can supply datasets in most common GIS formats and we have successfully provided spatial data to clients who use ESRI Arcview (.shp), Mapinfo, and CAD (.dxf) for example.
From 2008 we also now use the latest handheld mobile GIS in the form of Mobile Mapper 6, which has enabled us to further enhance the efficiency and accuracy of our field mapping.
Alien Plant Survey and Control (Japanese knotweed etc.)
We have carried out extensive river catchment surveys of alien plants (Japanese knowtweed, Himalayan balsam, giant hogweed) around Edinburgh for SNH. We have also provided advice on control and ecological clerk of works services to MacAlpines.
Photography and Design
We can provide professional quality digital photographs and design of websites, promotional materials etc.
Summary of ecological surveys and other types of work: