Lower plant surveys
Lower plants are made up of the bryophytes (mosses, liverworts and hornworts), lichens and fungi. Due to its mild, wet climate and varied geology, the British Isles is particularly known for supporting a rich and varied lower plant flora, including several rare and vulnerable species. Several of these species receive protection under Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) as well as through the Natural Environment and Rural Communities (NERC) Act (2006). This places a duty on local authorities to have regard for these species when determining a planning application.
Surveying for lower plants often requires years of experience and highly specialised knowledge. Our botanical team can organise walkover surveys to record the lower plant flora of a site, or design bespoke surveys to determine the presence or likely absence of a particular species.