It’s not often I get to survey a SSSI, so this was a really interesting project for me. I acted as lead surveyor working with a colleague from another consultancy to systematically survey the vegetation communities on a section of a moorland SSSI associated with an existing wind farm. As there’s a lot of managed dry heathland in the area, this involved much yomping through a patchwork of man-eating heather and burnt bits searching for anything that wasn’t heather, bilberry or crowberry – some cracking views too…We both saw common lizard whilst quadratting and also had the pleasure of visiting some rather nice flushes influenced by base-rich waters which were studded with the white flowers of grass-of-Parnassus. In case you think it’s all blissful botanising in the sun, please note this is a WIND farm site and we regularly got blasted with horizontal rain as well as the occasional hail shower ! All good fun though, and it was nice to have a survey partner as I usually go out on my own.