Brownfield site assessments
Brownfield land includes various forms of previously developed land such as former industrial sites of various kinds, including in Essex old sand and chalk quarries, vegetated foundations, land contaminated by e.g. heavy metals or hydrocarbons, silt or pulverised fly ash lagoons, areas developed on PFA or Lytag spoil, disused railway sidings, etc. Sites of interest for nature conservation are likely to exist around any of the major towns and conurbations in Essex, as well as in the wider countryside, wherever for example mineral extraction has taken place.
An introduction, site assessment form and guidelines are available for non-specialists (and specialists) to use to help identify sites of importance. Please complete the form for any sites that you visit or can complete as a desktop survey.
A paper copy of the form can be downloaded here for use in the field. It is obviously essential that site assessment is either done from outside a site boundary, or with permission of the landowner.
You need to register with us to submit site assessments. Registration allows you to submit site assessments, pictures and supporting files and keep track of your assessments on-line. Please do this even if you only have one site assessment to provide - all assessments form an important addition to our knowledge of the status of brownfield sites in Essex. If you are a member of the Essex Field Club you will also be able to contribute to this website and request greater access to data. How to join
Brownfield Habitat Assessment Form (you need to be logged-on to submit an assessment)