Our in-house GIS system (MapInfo) is a powerful tool that enables us to digitize survey data and produce accurate maps and gives us the capability to undertake spatial analysis.
We normally use GIS to map Phase 1 or NVC habitat data; however, we have also used it to present bat activity patterns in relation to landscape features, environmental stewardship schemes, mitigation/compensation schemes, ranging patterns of badgers for bait-marking studies.
We were commissioned by Natural England to produce Opportunity and Vulnerability maps for the West Midlands region aimed at creating GIS layers that identified a range of levels of habitat opportunity and vulnerability.
This is a good time to carry out nut searches for signs of dormice. Late September is also the end of the reptile season and bat survey seasons. We start compiling the majority of European Protected Species licence (EPSL) applications from this time onwards.
Please refer to our survey timetable for further information on surveys that can be undertaken this season.
Photo Credits: WWC