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Stopping Spot Locations

Try to use obvious and stable land-marks to help to describe stopping spot locations as accurately as possible.

Non-permanent features described in the past have included trees with dead branches (the branches often get removed) patches of certain vegetation or crops (these can be ploughed up) and even ‘a field with sheep’!

If the site is completely featureless, you may need to pace it out. 1 large pace should roughly equal 1 metre (or measure the distance of one of your average paces).

If you have a hand-held GPS device this will be really useful to record exact position and grid reference of each spot. You could also take photographs using a digital camera for future reference.

Spot descriptions for REPEAT SITES may need to be altered over time and it is important to check them and amend where necessary.




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If you do the walkover survey only a day or two before the actual survey, you could leave temporary markers such as short sticks with yellow tape at the top or fluorescent twine tied to fences or trees (check with landowner if on private land).

Remember you will have to find these locations in the dark and full explanations and directions will be really useful.


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