Habitat Survey & Mapping

Habitat survey and mapping is one of FERS core services, having undertaken projects nationwide at a variety of scales. FERS expertise in ecology is matched by our expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), with two of our PhD senior ecologists qualified to M.Sc. level in GIS. FERS proven ecological experience in combination with high proficiency in GIS mapping software enable us to deliver accurate and interactive mapping and analysis of survey data.

Field methodology for habitat survey follows the Heritage Council’s Best Practice Guidance for Habitat Survey and Mapping (Smith et al, 2011). Habitats are classified according to Fossitt (2000) - A Guide to Habitats in Ireland, EU Annex I habitat type or appropriate detailed vegetation classification scheme (e.g. Irish Semi-natural Grasslands Survey) as required by the client.

Detailed Botanical Survey

Where preliminary surveys indicate that plants or habitats of conservation interest are present, it may be necessary to undertake detailed quantitative botanical surveys. FERS botanists are highly experienced in identifying, evaluating and monitoring botanical communities and individual plant species.

FERS has extensive experience in preparing, implementing and monitoring conservation management plans for a wide variety of habitats and species. These plans have included plant species protected under domestic and European legislation for a variety of clients, including the Flora Protection Order species Hairy St John's-wort (Hypericum hirsutum).

FERS range of detailed botanical survey services include:

  • Hedgerow survey and appraisal
  • Invasive plant survey & monitoring
  • River corridor and aquatic plant survey
  • Rare plant survey and monitoring
  • Botanical monitoring
  • Lower plant surveys including bryophytes and lichens