Certain plant, bryophyte and fungi species are protected by UK legislation against uprooting, picking, destroying or sale. Habitats in the UK are subject to various protective measures.
The UK legislation protects species listed on the appropriate schedules from intentional (in Scotland, reckless) picking, uprooting or destroying, and it is an offence to sell such plants.Some species on Schedule 5 of The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 receive additional protection. UK Habitats are protected through a number of international conventions, European directives and UK laws. Further details of the protection afforded to UK habitats are available at http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-2.
What we do
Where the preliminary ecological assessment identifies habitats which may be of conservation importance, or if more detailed botanical and habitat surveys are required as a part of planning, our experienced ecologists are able to undertake the following botanical surveys:
- Phase 2 (National Vegetation Classification) surveys
- Hedgerow surveys
- Bryophyte surveys
- Fungi surveys
- Species specific surveys
In addition to the above surveys, Middlemarch Environmental has extensive experience of providing cost-effective ecological solutions for all aspects of botanical enhancement and mitigation and can also provide the following services:
- Habitat management plans
- Habitat maintenance and aftercare
- Habitat construction plans and method statements
- Habitat creation