Habitat mapping & GIS

A Geographical Information System (GIS) is a system designed to store, analyse and present all types of spatial and geographical data. At Ecosulis we apply our GIS specialisation to a wide range of applications across our Biodiversity and Habitats teams. We also integrate GIS systems and capabilities into developing technology and automated surveys.

 

Digitising data

Our data collection tools can directly upload data into a GIS from site, providing a live feed of information, as well as an accurate record of survey work. In addition, high resolution drone and monitoring data can be captured within a GIS layer, allowing comparison with other datasets. Our digitised, high quality mapping can inform decision-making, as well as measure real-time conditions against targets. Interactive maps can be made available to our clients, including live feeds of site survey data, as well as a live tool to assess how changes can affect biodiversity audit scores.

Map showing water depth information and proposed reedbed planting, as well as the extent of reedbed establishment based on UAV drone data.

 

Analysis

Our GIS systems can be used to analyse site data and map biodiversity trends, as well as changes in habitat resulting from restoration or changes in management practice.  Heat maps can be provided to show biodiversity or recreational hotspots, or areas where habitat restoration works could improve opportunities for wildlife.

We also use our GIS systems in biodiversity audits of landholdings and large sites, and to identify areas where habitat restoration work could provide maximum benefit to wildlife and people.

Biodiversity hotspots associated with beaver presence and associated changes in habitat structure.

 

Network analysis

A shortest route analysis can help to identify links between sites, thereby improving green routes for wildlife.

 

Connectivity is a vital part of biodiversity and habitat restoration. We use landscape scale analysis to identify the shortest routes and connective features between habitats, with the ultimate objective of transforming fragmented habitat into connected green infrastructure.

 

 UAV Drone Surveys and LiDAR 

We overlay high definition drone images on to basemaps to allow analysis of site conditions. These can then be compared with plans and other biodiversity and habitat restoration information. As an example, such maps can include bathymetric information, which is critical to reedbed establishment during lake restoration.

Bathymetric surveys were used during a reedbed establishment project.