Vegetation Survey Techniques: Extended Phase 1/Phase 2 Using NVC

Please note: This course will be delivered to booked delegates remotely via Zoom 10:00am to 13:00pm on 15 October with a second session 10:00am to 13:00pm on 16 October.

The maximum delegate number for the course remains unchanged in order to ensure value and interactivity and as such if the button below says ‘Add name to waiting list’ then the course is fully booked.




This one day course delivered as two online sessions across two days will help participants understand how to conduct a vegetation survey using Phase 2 habitat survey techniques (also referred to as Extended Phase 1) and the National Vegetation Classification system. Participants will also learn about floristic composition and the different methods for recording species abundance and biodiversity. Training will include a virtual field survey.


This course will cover Phase 2 survey methods using NVC classification and indicator species. We will also look at the taxonomy and classification of common plant species and the habitats in which they grow. Participants will also gain an understanding of the laws surrounding protected species and invasive plants. An important component of surveying is setting objectives and we will cover this alongside identifying the habitat and biotic/abiotic influences on surveying vegetation, the optimum times for surveying vegetation, types of survey techniques (including techniques to record plant diversity and abundance e.g. using DOMIN/DAFOR scale etc), using relevant tools/techniques to conduct a survey and presenting results as an ecological report.

Course delivery will comprise an illustrated talk, followed by identification of common indicator plants and a virtual survey session to identify and map different habitats.

Training will take place remotely via Zoom at a relaxed pace over two half days.

Who Should Attend?

This course is suitable for local authority ecologists and planners, conservation officers and licensing staff within SNCOs or NGO’s, students, ecological consultants, environmental managers, wardens and rangers. This course is also suitable for conservation volunteers.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

Prior knowledge or experience of Phase 1 surveys would be beneficial.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify objectives for conducting additional vegetation surveys and select the most appropriate survey technique (e.g. Phase 2).
  • Understand the laws surrounding protected species and invasive plants.
  • Understand biosecurity controls and use safe, biosecure and legal species handling techniques.
  • Identify plant species as habitat indicators and recognise biotic/abiotic influences on surveying vegetation.
  • Understand taxonomy and classification of common plant species.
  • Identify, classify and evaluate habitats and the influence of the physical aspects of the environment.
  • Identify, classify and evaluate habitats in accordance with local, national and international classifications (e.g. NVC, DOMIN scale) and at a variety of spatial scales.
  • Understand how to present results as an ecological report (following CIEEM guidance and BS42020).


We will take a scheduled break during training for refreshments.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £120.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00