Breaking New Ground

Reconnecting People with The Brecks

How to survey a Pine Line

Surveying a pineline is easy. The main thing is to stay safe, as many of them are on roadside verges. First find somewhere safe to stop. Most pinelines are on private land, so our best observed from public highways or footpaths. We rely on the goodwill of landowners to look after their pinelines, so please don’t trespass on their land to get a better look. Wear a hi viz jacket with sleeves if you are getting out of your car and walking alongside a road. Some of the most iconic pine lines in the Brecks are adjacent to very busy roads. Don’t take risks. 

We have designed a survey form which will guide you through the information that will be most useful for us. We are interested in things like:


  • Location of the line. We don’t need a grid reference as there is an interactive map on the website where you will input your results which will allow you to click on the line you have surveyed.
  • an estimate of the age of the line
  • the condition of the trees, including the presence of ivy (link to ivy document)
  • whether the line is continuous or whether it is gappy
  • whether the trees are contorted or have straight trunks

Make a note of these features together with anything else that strikes you about the line. For example has the landowner ploughed right up to the base of the line, or has he left a healthy margin? Finally, make a note of the date in case you don’t get round to entering your results onto the website for a while. Record your findings on the website here

More information on what makes a good biological record can be found on the NBIS website here Thank you very much. Your results will be very useful and will help add to the general knowledge of pinelines, which in turn will help their conservation for the future.


Pine Line Information