The Forestry Commission (FC) is looking for experts for an extensive survey of woodlands and forests in England, Scotland and Wales.
Working in conjunction with Natural Resources Wales (NRW), it is establishing a framework agreement in 108 geographical lots for the suply of forestry services, to fulfill its obligation to ‘to protect and expand Britain's forests and woodlands and to increase their value to society and the environment’. Interested parties must bid for at least two lots.
Surveyors will contribute to the National Forest Inventory (NFI) of Great Britain, visiting approximately 15,000 one-hectare sample squares randomly located across Britain to gather representative information about woodlands.
NFI surveyors will gather a variety of information, such as tree species, heights and ages, and the woodland area within each 1-ha sample square. The FC will then use this information to assess the biodiversity value and general condition of Britain's woodlands, as well as any potential they have for sustainable timber production.
The survey data will be used to help the FC and other relevant government organisations and forest users to monitor a range of woodland issues, focus attention on what is important, and inform decisions about the future of forestry.
The 48-month agreement is worth up to £3 million in total. The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 31 March. Email Mark Lawrence on firstname.lastname@example.org for more.