Seeing the Wood for the Trees

Posted on 11 March 2021

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Client: Bristol Water

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Site: Across SWT's Mendip Nature Reserves

The teams at Bristol Water have an enormous task maintaining their sites across the county, so ensuring that their teams are as efficient as they can be and being able to quickly prioritise areas for habitat work is really critical. Information is key...

Aims and Objectives

The main aim in this first phase of work for Bristol Water was to assess 100 hectares of woodlands and trees adjacent to certain roads, footpaths and houses, gathering information on the woodland habitats in order to qualify the type and the quality of these habitats.

Part of this process was to produce maps for use in GIS systems, representing a breakdown of the woodland into compartments. These were to highlight the need to identify and record ecological features, such as potential bat roosts, historical features such as wood banks, plus notable, veteran and ancient trees that would need to be included in the future management plan.

By recording the location of Ash trees adjacent to footpaths and roads with details of whether they were affected by disease, we were able to quantify the risk to the public and prioritise future tree works using visual tree inspections, a quantified tree risk assessment (QTRA) and provide GIS data to be used in the commissioning of these tree works.

Approach and Outcomes

First Ecology reported on all 100 hectares of woodland requested and provided coded polygons, which included the phase 1 category. Additional surveys to cover the remaining 48 hectares of woodland were then commissioned. This was delivered in time and on budget for the client.

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