As part of this 10-year scheme, it was acknowledged that identifying, protecting and managing archaeological features would be required during ground work such as stream restorations and felling.
Remote sensing techniques such as Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) were quickly identified as a rapid survey technique that could be used to prospect archaeological sites that may be affected by these works.
As part of the HLS scheme, 10% of the open Crown lands were surveyed by lidar analysis and ground verification to ensure a complete record of all sites found within the area was obtained.
This work helped to identify sites and monuments that may have fallen out of favourable condition through damage, erosion or vegetation growth. As a result, a number of sites identified will have improvement works undertaken on them as part of the HLS scheme.
For further information and to explore the remote sensing data visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/heritagemapping.