Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is a system designed to store, analyse and present all types of spatial and geographical data. At Ecosulis we use our GIS capabilities for a wide range of applications across our ecological consulting, contracting and habitat creation departments.
During ecological surveys from Phase 1 habitat surveys to Phase 2 surveys for European Protected Species (EPS) we capture data in the field which can be digitised and presented in a map.
GIS takes away the requirement for traditional mapping techniques on paper with coloured pencils and with our thematic mapping we provide the same, high quality maps every time.
For EPS surveys such as bat activity, great crested newts and reptiles we can provide maps with analysis of the results in order to inform licence applications, constraints and landscaping plans.
Distance buffers from great crested newt populations where risks are increased.
Identifying habitats to be retained on site which provide optimal foraging and commuting opportunities for bats in combination with specialist survey equipment
For specialist surveys including Habitat Regulation Assessments we can undertake route analysis of road, footpath, water and hedgerow networks for visitor access routes, connectivity to habitats with suitability for EPS and habitat ranges for species with specific requirements, such as otters.
We use high quality OS base-maps and the most up to date aerial photography possible for all our maps which provides a well-informed context of the site and ensures all maps are created with accurate geographic referencing and scaling.
All our field staff at Ecosulis are trained in the use of GPS systems including apps on mobile phones to capture vital information whilst out on site.
This data can then be used for accurate habitat area calculations and precise representation of fencing, boundaries or notable areas of site, including extents of invasive species such as Japanese knotweed and locations of badger setts.
From the capture and analysis of field data we can provide accurately calculated and placed exclusion zones, ideal for marking out reptile and amphibian fencing. This can also be used to accurately compile licence applications.
Data recorded on site can be emailed directly to the office, including extents of vegetation cleared or planted. This can then be presented, in a digital map format, to our clients in order to keep you informed of the rate works are progressing and information about unforeseen circumstances which may cause delays to the project.
We are able to undertake bathymetric surveys and produce maps from surveys of water bodies to show water and silt depths. This data is used by our Habitat Creation department to inform landscaping plans for projects including the planting of reedbeds and redistribution of silt for the creation of islands.
The development and use of the biodiversity quality calculator created by Dr Alan Feest at Ecosulis allows the effects of management and mitigation to be measured and quantified. Our ability to map change in biodiversity value and extent of habitats over time provides a good visual representation of the data produced.