Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey

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This course will enable you to plan for and conduct a Phase 1 Habitat Survey. This practical event is very hands-on and includes exercises throughout.


We consider the uses of the phase one survey technique, it's limitations and best practice. We focus on survey methodology, rather than plant identification. Day one covers survey planning, mapping techniques and identifying habitats. Field work includes a range of habitat types. On day two you will conduct your own survey of a site not previously visited and discuss best practice in reporting.

Who Should Attend?

Ecological Consultants, Wildlife Trusts, Statutory Agencies in England, Scotland & Wales.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

Basic plant identification skills assumed. However informal help with plant identification given throughout.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the uses for Phase 1 habitat survey (in both commercial ecological consultancy work and in conservation) and its limitations
  • Plan a strategic approach to a Phase 1 habitat survey
  • Use aerial photographs as a base map to map site features during field work
  • Recognise key Phase 1 habitat types in the field and describe the three coding systems used to represent habitat types
  • Produce a Phase 1 habitat map during a mock site survey, using target notes appropriately
  • Compare & contrast ‘good’ and ‘poor’ Phase 1 survey reports and discuss best practice in reporting
  • Evaluate the use of Phase 1 habitat survey in the planning system & in the conservation sector
  • Assess the skills needed to conduct a Phase 1 habitat survey competently and plan how to develop those skills


The course fee includes refreshments throughout the day. Please bring your own packed lunch.


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