River Habitat Surveys (RHS)

A River Habitat Survey is a baseline standard survey, which is designed to characterise and assess the physical structure of freshwater streams and rivers, providing broad-based information on the basic geomorphology and vegetation types and other supporting information (such as adjacent land use). The surveys are required to be undertaken by accredited surveyors in the River Habitat Survey methodology to provide consistency and confidence in the data collected.

A River Habitat Survey can be used for general surveillance and site specific surveys, providing input into Environmental Impact Assessments, determining catchment characteristics and identifying the riverine attributes of sites. River Habitat Survey has also been used in the Water Framework Directive to aid assessment of the quality of rivers in the UK.

OpenSpace has an accredited River Habitat surveyor who has undertaken numerous River Habitat Surveys. If you have a project requiring a River Habitat Survey, then call us on 01228 711841 or email us on enquiries@openspace.gb.com. We will be happy to assist you in meeting your requirements.

Updated April 2017