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Landscape and Woodland Survey

CBAS Ltd are one of the leading specialists in large landscape and woodland surveys in South-East England. For many years, our archaeologists have been involved in a number of large landscape and woodland surveys. A few notable examples are below:

During 2007 and 2008, an archaeological survey of Ashdown Forest was undertaken to review the Historic Environment Resource (HER) for the Conservators of Ashdown Forest and provide Conservation and Management recommendations for the Ashdown Forest Higher Level Stewardship Agreement. The HER record gives information on the known sites within the area. Prior to the survey, there were some 75 archaeological sites recorded on the HER within Ashdown Forest.

Due to CBAS input a further 498 sites were identified, using a combination of field surveys and desk-top analysis.

Groundbreaking work by CBAS has been carried out using LiDAR to identify potential sites at many locations across the Sussex Weald
. We have then been involved in confirming the presence of these sites with field visits and excavations.

This work was done in conjunction with Vivienne Blandford and Anne Locke. For more details on their work, please click here.

Development at Broadwater Warren has seen CBAS monitoring extensive forestry work, to advise the contractors on how to avoid damaging the known archaeological sites. During this survey newly discovered sites emerged, and CBAS worked cohesively with the contractors to record and protect them.

For more details, please click here.


The Forestry Commission has employed CBAS to complete large woodland archaeological surveys at three major forests across Sussex: St Leonards Forest, Tilgate Forest and Sheffiled Forest. Utilising LiDAR, groundwork and Historical research, our surveys uncovered three very different forests, containing the remnants of their past as well as more recent use, including signs of iron working, woodland industries, rabbit warrens and landscaped parks.

The above are just some examples of the work that CBAS has been involved with. We have also completed surveys carried out for the RSPB at Tudely Woods near Tunbridge Wells, for The Sussex Wildlife Trust at Old Lodge, as well as many more for private landowners.

If you would like more information or have a survey that you would like us to be involved in, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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