Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey


A comprehensive introduction to Phase 1 survey delivered over two days of training with sessions on background data sources, practice surveys in a range of habitats, recording and reporting on data and the relevance / use of Phase 1 in other ecological assessments.


Phase 1 is the standard technique for mapping habitats in the UK. It is a technique that is used extensively by consultants, land managers and wildlife bodies. It rapidly allows users to both map and read the major habitats within a vicinity. The use of target notes and reports can detail particular areas of interest, be that botanical or protected species, that may potentially require further investigation. An explanation of Extended Phase 1 will also be given.

This course will begin by introducing sources of information that can aid surveyors before entering the field. The training venue houses a variety of habitats, including woodland, grassland, scrub, water-dependant and built-up habitats. Participants will survey these, producing a hand-drawn map.

Towards the end of the course, trainees will discuss how Phase 1 can be used in reports, including PEA / PEAR and EcIA.

Who Should Attend?

Those wishing to gain practical skills in habitat surveying and interpreting such results into an industry-standard report. This may include consultants and members of various NGOs, statutory authorities and wildlife bodies.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge or experience of botanical surveying or Phase 1 is required. Some plant ID knowledge is preferable to assist with understanding and applying the phase 1 methodology.

The Phase 1 Habitat Survey handbook is the basis of this technique. Some familiarity is useful but not essential.

Learning Outcomes

  • Survey according to Phase 1 methodology
  • Produce hand-drawn maps delineating major habitats
  • Record features of interest, using target notes
  • Have an insight into report writing from a Phase 1 survey


Refreshments are provided throughout both days. Please bring your own packed lunch on both days.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £220.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £360.00