Introduction to UK Habitat Classification


This course will enable delegates to plan for and conduct a UK Habitat Classification Survey.

We consider the uses of the UK Habitat Classification survey and best practice. We focus on survey methodology, rather than plant identification. The course covers survey planning, mapping techniques and identifying habitats. Delegates will learn to use the UK Habitat Classification Field Key and how to map polygon, linear and point features using the protocols developed for UKHab.

The course is for beginners and no habitat survey experience is necessary although basic knowledge of survey methods as well as some plant identification skills will be an advantage.

The UK Habitat Classification is set to replace the Phase One Habitat Survey method as the standard survey method used as part of Preliminary Ecological Appraisals. It is therefore expected that the majority of ecological consultancies will adopt the UKHAB in the near future.

Knowledge of the UK Habitat Classification system is essential for consultants using the DEFRA Biodiversity Metric. The Metric has the UK Hab at its core and will be used for calculating biodiversity net gain.


Session Date of session Session Times
Session 1 26 June 2024 10:00 - 13:00
Session 2 27 June 2024 10:00 - 13:00

Who Should Attend?

Ecological Consultants, Wildlife Trusts, Land Managers, Rangers, Statutory Agency staff, conservation practitioners, students, local authority staff.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

Basic plant identification skills assumed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the structure of UK Hab.
  • Plan a strategic approach to carrying out a UK Habitat Classification survey.
  • Understand use of the Habitat Field Key and other UKHab resources.
  • Identify and describe habitat features using the Secondary Codes.
  • Confidently identify and map habitat types and understnad how to collect and interpret ecological field dates.
  • Have an awareness of applications of UKHab in practice.


Tickets Person(s) Price (£)
CIEEM Member Ticket 1 £142.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £205.00