Landscape science introduction

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    Landscape science is the application of environmental and ecological expertise in the assessment, analysis and resolution of practical landscape issues, and in the enhancement of the landscape.

    When working in the context of landscape science, Chartered Members of the Landscape Institute focus on research and analysis, planning and strategy in relation to landscape assessment, design of habitats and strategic landscape enhancement. The landscape scientist also provides expert advice on landscape processes, land reclamation and restoration, landscape ecology, habitats and vegetation.

    Typical activities include:

    • evaluation of significance, effects and proposed amelioration of planning proposals

    • detailed assessments and studies including:

    • ecological risk assessments
    • Phase 1 habitat surveys and ecological assessment
    • environmental impact assessments
    • screening and scoping studies
    • strategic environmental assessment and sustainability appraisals
    • arboricultural impact assessments
    • agricultural land capability and soil assessments
    • groundwater assessment, hydrological assessment and flood risk
    • pollution analysis and remediation studies
    • conducting landscape and habitat surveys, protected species and other surveys and monitoring

    • advising on integrated solutions for ecological mitigation and landscape mitigation

    • advising on sustainable landscape reclamation, restoration and sustainable drainage

    • preparing management plans

    • designing and creating habitats and restoration proposals, including translocation of species and planting

    • managing projects and contracts

    • providing advice on policy and strategy

    • contributing to public inquiries and acting as an expert witness