Posts in Category: Desk research

QGIS Suitability Assessment

Client: JNCC

JNCC Quantum GIS QGIS suitability assessment

JNCC contracted Exegesis to undertake a review comparing the functionality available in ArcGIS with that in QGIS. Nearly 1,000 items of functionality were reviewed to ascertain whether they occurred in QGIS. We also assessed the required changes to JNCC’s IT infrastructure in order to implement QGIS, as well as the associated costs.

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The Long Forest

Client: Keep Wales Tidy

The Long ForestexeGesIS were contracted to review the available historic and cultural data and options for a website and mobile app, as part of the Long Forest project in Wales. We considered a wide range of possible options for the website and mobile app, including crowdsourced hedgerow mapping and survey data collection and management.

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Common cord-grass Spartina anglica and its management in estuarine Natura 2000 sites

Client: Natural England

Spartina anglica in Natura 2000 sites

exeGesIS were contracted to undertake a review of Spartina anglica in England’s Natura 2000 Sites. This covered its impacts on designated features, effects on accretion and erosion, distribution and extent, and a review of control techniques. A protocol was developed to monitor S. anglica and help identify any negative impact.

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Definition and mapping of open mosaic habitats on previously developed land: phase 2 testing methods and developing the habitat inventory

Client: Defra

The hoverfly Xylota sylvarumWe identified the key features and enhanced knowledge of the distribution of UK BAP Open Mosaic Habitats on Previously Developed Land. This involved the development of a survey methodology and a survey of 98 sites to identify OMH habitat, including a survey of invertebrates on 50 - the largest single survey of its kind in the UK.

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Mobilisation of species distribution and population data to support UK Habitats Directive (Article 17) reporting

Client: Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Mobilisation of Habitats Directive species data

Exegesis investigated and mobilised the available data on 120 species covered by the Habitats Directive. These data were sought from third-party data holders, determining the data that exists and then working towards mobilising it on the NBN Gateway so that it could be used during preparation of the third Article 17 report.

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Establishing the condition and monitoring baseline for non-SSSI Broad, Priority and Annex 1 Woodland Habitats in England and Wales

Client: Defra

We developed a condition monitoring methodology to gain an insight into and monitor the condition of non-statutory woodlands. The survey methodology was tested on 100 sample sites. The main outputs were a woodland condition assessment manual, survey database, regression analysis, project report and baseline condition data.

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Feasibility study for the development of a Connectivity Assessment Tool for Kent and Nord-Pas de Calais

Client: Kent County Council

Habitat connectivity assessmentexeGesIS were contracted to undertake a feasibility study on the development of a tool to assess functional ecological connectivity. This involved an assessment of user needs, a review of the available methods and approaches, a stakeholder workshop to identify the preferred options and the development of a functional specification.

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