Using Indicator Species for Habitat Assessment (Phase I and NVC) - Grasslands


A one day course covering the basics of habitat assessment and the key indicator species that can be used to help assess and classify a range of habitats.


The purpose of much botanical survey is to tell us what is going on in the landscape around us – is it being over-managed, or unmanaged? Has the land been subject to agricultural improvement? What type of soil is it? Is it a habitat which is likely to support a wide range of species?

This course covers the basics of habitat assessment, from Phase I through to the very basics of the National Vegetation Classification system. In particular, delegates will become familiar with the key indicator species, which immediately tell you what sort of habitat you are in and point you in the right direction for final classification. Sessions will look at a range of grassland types and look at how their management has shaped the plant assemblages in them. There will be discussion about Phase I methodology, use of target notes and the application of the NVC to habitat assessment. Please note, this training focuses on Grassland species.

Whilst aimed at beginners, the training is more likely to be enjoyed with a basic level of prior plant ID skills. It forms an ideal follow-on from the plant ID training courses offered on 13 and 14 Jun.

Old Sarum is signed off the A345, 2 miles north of Salisbury. Meet in the main car park (where there are loos). Address: Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire - SP1 3SD. There is a £2 charge for parking.

Who Should Attend?

Consultants and those working in the conservation sector.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

It is helpful to know some plants species, but no prior knowledge will be assumed.

Learning Outcomes

  • The skills and confidence to assess habitats, both in terms of type and quality
  • The ability to identify indicator species.
  • An overview of some key Phase I and NVC communities.
  • A chance to do quadrat sampling and share ideas with colleagues.


Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Please bring your own packed lunch.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £110.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00