Introduction to Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)


A one-day introductory course designed for those new to EcIA or practitioners requiring an overview of the process. The course will follow the approach to EcIA set out in CIEEM’s guidelines, and will focus on the terrestrial (rather than the marine) environment.


Teaching will be delivered through a combination of presentations and simple case study examples (all relating to terrestrial ecology). There will be plenty of opportunity for delegates to ask questions and discuss examples.

This course does not cover how to present the outcomes of EcIA in a report – this is included in the ‘Developing Practical Skills in EcIA’ course (see course listings for dates/venues).

Who Should Attend?

• Those who only want an overview of the EcIA process (LPA ecologists or EIA co-ordinators, for example).
• Ecological consultants with up to 2 years’ experience but limited experience of EcIA
• More experienced ecologists with no previous experience of EcIA
• Recent graduates looking to improve their CV

Note: Practitioners with existing experience of EcIA should consider the level 2 course instead (see course listings for dates/venues). Please contact if you feel you require further advice before booking.

Knowledge Level


Learning Outcomes

  • Basic understanding of what EcIA is and the main legal and policy drivers behind it.
  • Understanding of when an EcIA is required, and how this fits with other assessment frameworks (particularly Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and CIEEM’s Guidelines on Preliminary Ecological Appraisal).
  • Understanding of the terms 'scoping', 'Zone of Influence' and 'baseline' and how to relate these to the EcIA process.
  • Understanding of how 'important ecological features' are identified.
  • Understanding of the importance of characterising impacts using a range of parameters (i.e. not just magnitude).
  • Understanding of what is meant by the term 'likely significant effect'.
  • Understanding of the terms 'mitigation', 'compensation' and 'enhancement in the context of EcIA.


Lunch will be provided, together with tea/coffee during the day.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £215.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £265.00