Botanæco is experienced in the survey, assessment & management of forestry and native woodland creation or restoration sites. This includes making planting recommendations based upon the existing & potential vegetation and ecological history.
Botanæco routinely undertakes the following activity in relation to forestry sites:
In partnership with the expertise & facilities of Aberdeen University’s Geography Department it is possible to produce an account of the ecological history (‘palaeoecology’) for your site. This has value for the following reasons:
The ecological history of an area is reconstructed through analysis of pollen grains preserved in wetland habitats. Coring the wetland, down to increasingly old sediments, allows a journey back in time by counting the number of pollen grains that record the fortunes of different species.
This service costs around the same as the habitat survey for a typical site. Radiocarbon dates can be included at cost price (c. £450 per sample), or a chronology can be estimated by other means.
Survey & assessment of woodland & forestry sites has regularly been undertaken for forestry companies and for other purposes within the planning system, such as wind farms. Management experience therefore includes consideration of development issues & related species management, such as for red squirrel or golden eagle, as well as consideration of the habitat itself. Botanæco’s experience & quality of work in these areas has led to commissions by the Forestry Commission & Forestry Commission Scotland to assess the effects of riparian restoration on New Forest woodlands; and for field & class-based training in habitat survey & assessment, for example.