BS 5837 Tree Survey Software Module


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A Comprehensive BS5837:2012 Data Capture Tool developed in partnership with Aboricultural Association members with over 65 years collective experience.
Easy to use on Site with a simple Tick Box & Slider Bar style of Data Capture.
Import & Geo-reference any AutoCAD DWG Site Plan, PDF or Image.
Built in Street Level mapping and Free online access to Mastermap & Aerial Imagery.
Produces an accurately scaled Tree Crown & Editable Root Protection Area.
One touch Report Generation & export to PDF & Excel.
Export to AutoCAD, interactively share on Google Maps and produce professional looking Templated Drawings. 
Rapid Learning Curve with on Screen Guidance, built in Worksheets and online Tutorials.


Welcome to Portable Mapper 

A modular design survey program that's unique and innovative in every way. One that can be adapted to your current business needs and can grow as your company grows.      
Think of Portable Mapper like the building blocks of a house The Base Program is the foundation containing all the main maps, tools and features. A program based on a desktop GiS for incredible power and flexibility. Now add as many Survey Modules as you wish. Modules which all work together in perfect harmony. 

BS5837 Tree Survey Module Features

  • Windows based. For Office compatibility and design flexibility. Install on any Windows 10 or 11 device whether Tablet, Laptop or Desktop.


  • AutoCAD Compatible. Built in DWG and DXF Import/Export convertor and Geo-referencing Tools.


  • Easily add accurate tree locations. BS5837 Tree Survey locations are added by snapping like a magnet to an imported site plan or map or, can be added manually using the inbuilt location tools. Better still, why not link your handheld GPS or smart phone to your device for more precise positioning. Suggest reading this interesting article about GPS and location accuracy provided by many mobile phone manufacturers.


Record a BS5837 Tree Survey

Tutorial No. 3

  • Tree Groups. Don't waste time entering the same details time and time again. Do it once and then use the Clone tool. Clone will even copy groups or patterns of trees for you. But please remember every tree is an individual and to complete your survey to the BS5837 standard, each tree requires some of your attention.

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  • Capture everything required of the BS5837:2012 StandardFour easy to use and large button dialog boxes help you capture all the important points. Logically ordered with drop down selection boxes and large clear slider bars.


  • Add your comments. Not everything fits neatly in a tick box so we include a section for your observations. Type, write or use the inbuilt microphone but wouldn't it be great if you could walk round the tree talking whilst Portable Mapper captures everything you say. Well you can ! Have a look on our FAQ page under installations for advice on headsets and software to integrate with Portable Mapper.

Complete set of BS5837:2012 Dialog boxes

Scaled Canopy & Root Protection Areas. Includes RPA Editing Tool.

The 'Tree Survey Buffer' tool is a multi function tool that will produce accurately scaled tree trunks, canopies, root protection areas and topple zones depending on the module purchased. With this module you can also amend the RPA. Of course this needs to be done mind full of the need to maintain a sensible area and in line with current guidance. Portable Mapper provides the tool and the on screen calculations. The rest we leave to you, the professional.

Scaled Tree Trunk, Canopy & RPA Shapes

with Root Protection Area editing

Tutorial No. 4

Essential BS5837 Tree Survey & Ecology Mapping Software for an Arborist, Tree Surveyor, Tree Officer or Ecologist | Portable Mapper | Mold

Google Maps Integration

With the touch of a button Portable Mapper exports all your screen features in to a format that simply snaps straight in to Google Maps. Google Maps being freely available to anyone and on any device big or small. Once there you can share your map and tree data interactively with any colleague or client you chose whether on a laptop in the office or an android mobile out in the field.

Report Generation. A single button exports a professional looking report to pdf. That report contains information about your project together with data about all the individual trees recorded.

Drawing Export. Simple to create a professional looking drawing with your own companies branding in a choice of ISO sizes including A3, A2 and A1. Just complete the title block information, press a button and the rest is produced automatically based on the contents of your map window.

BS5837 Tree Survey Report & Drawing from Portable Mapper

Modular by Design


Portable Mapper is a modular designed program.


You will require the 'Base Program' and to that add as many 'Modules' as you wish.


For further information about the Base Program and Modules please use the links to the left or visit the upper menu bar.

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Portable Mapper for Students


We are delighted to announce that arboricultural students on a recognised course or apprenticeship can now use our  latest software  completely for free for a year.


To qualify for your free license :


  • Your main residence must be in England, Scotland or Wales and you are aged 16 years or older.

  • You are enrolled on any recognised arboricultural course offered by any UK based Accredited Training Provider.

To apply for your free license :




Upon receipt of application we aim to provide your free license within one working day. This may take longer if we are unable to verify any of your details provided. In the meantime please download and install our free fully functioning 7 day trial so that you can continue working. Your Free License will activate the Base Program for one year and include the BS5837 Tree Survey module and BS3998 Tree Condition & Works modules.

To Make a Purchase chose an option below.

For more options please visit our Buy page.

For speed and convenience choose from a selection of our pre-bundled options below. Exactly the same base program and modules, just pulled together to make buying from us that little bit simpler.

1 x  Base Program Seat ( Single User License ) for 1 year

1 x  BS5837 Tree Survey Module


1 x  Base Program Seat ( Single User License ) for 1 year

1 x  BS3998 Tree Condition & Works Module


1 x  Base Program Seat ( Single User License ) for 1 year

1 x  BS5837 Tree Survey Module

1 x  BS3998 Tree Condition & Works Module




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