Applied Ecology was employed by Cambridgeshire County Council to undertake detailed botanical survey and assessment of over 18 km of road verge across Cambridgeshire in order to review their existing County Wildlife Site (CWS) and Protected Road Verge (PRV) designation status.
The survey included 27 separate road verges with existing CWS/PRV status and two candidate PRVs. The entire length of each road verge was surveyed with a list of all higher plant species present and their relative abundances recorded. The National Vegetation Classification (NVC) plant community types present along each verge was also assessed.
Following completion of the fieldwork, each road verge was reassessed against the County’s own protected road verge assessment criteria, and recommendations for continued designation and management were reported.