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These surveys are often required when a development site includes areas of priority habitat (i.e. blanket bog or heath on a proposed wind farm site). Surveys are conducted by cataloguing the species present in a 2m x 2m releve (or quadrat) based on their relative abundance. This information is used in conjunction with a number of computer programmes and NVC guides to classify the habitats present in a given area to their NVC code (i.e. M23).
As with Phase 1 surveys, a colour map is prepared using GIS software and an appropriate scaled figure produced, most often as part of an EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment).