The National Vegetation Classification is a detailed classification, which assesses the full suite of vascular plant species within a certain vegetation type. It is based on samples of vegetation which cover nearly all natural, semi-natural and a number of major artificial vegetation communities in Great Britain.
The National Vegetation Classification is more in-depth compared with a Phase 1 Habitat Classification and the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) Broad Habitats. The National Vegetation Classification is a useful tool for complex habitat assessments, and it can also serve as a basis for developing management options for sites or landscapes and as a framework for restoration and design guidelines.
The National Vegetation Classification can identify specially protected habitats and habitats that have the potential to support specially protected species. Undertaking in depth surveys can identify any potential constraints that might impact on a project.