Edmonston's Chickweed (Cerastium nigrescens) at Keen of Hamar, Unst. An endemic and endangered species in Britain.
Scotia Ecology regularly undertake monitoring for government and non-governmental organisations. Monitoring is of fundamental importance to our understanding of the natural environment. Many floristic and habitat changes are the result of man's activities. However, natural changes due to climate or biologically intrinsic factors are also responsible for some of the changes that we are seeing today. In fact, climate change could become one of the main driving forces for this change and unless plant and animal species can adapt to the new environment, many are threatened with extinction.
Extensive habitat and vegetation monitoring has been undertaken since 2000. Key habitats that have been monitored include upland assemblages, blanket bog, raised bog, alkaline fens, sub-alpine base-rich mires, heathland, grassland, woodland and saltmarsh.
The monitoring of vascular plants has also been a key activity of this consultancy. In Scotland the vast majority of all Nationally Scarce and Nationally Rare terrestrial plants have been monitored in detail since 2000, working with teams of up to seven motivated and experienced botanists.