Tricks and Tips for Identifying some Annex 1 Habitats in Ireland


This one day course, led by Robert Fennelly, leads delegates through the recent and emerging guides to criteria for some Annex 1 habitats in Ireland and tips to increase confidence in field ID of Annex 1 indicator species. Habitats covered include grassland and peatland as well as some macrophyte and petrifying spring habitats.


The ability to identify Annex 1 habitats is a skill required by many ecologists, particularly in the context of Appropriate Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment. This desk-based (but interactive) course leads trainees through the key recent and emerging guides to criteria for some Annex 1 habitats in Ireland, published primarily by the NPWS. There will be heavy reliance on photographs from the trainers personal experience, which trainees will assess in a workshop environment.

Habitats covered include Annex 1 woodland, grassland, peatland, (and some macrophyte and petrifying spring habitats). Remaining areas of uncertainty subject to ongoing research are also highlighted. 'Tricks and tips' for the field are also provided to trainees to complement the more detailed source material. The tricks and tips includes characters to increase confidence in field identification of Annex 1 indicator species, including some bryophytes.

Who Should Attend?

Consultants, local authority/state agency ecologists, and rangers who want to increase their confidence in using physical and biological features to identify a range of Annex 1 habitat type. Relevant to those in England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

Trainees should ideally be capable to accomplished botanists/habitat surveyors. Experience with Annex 1 habitat types including wet woodland and peatlands would be beneficial but is not essential. Handy field resources will be provided during the training to enable trainees to rapidly reference course content in the field.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify key resources containing criteria to identify Annex 1 habitats in Ireland
  • Identify the areas of uncertainty applicable to identification of some habitats
  • Identify seasonal constraints (or lack thereof) in the identification of certain Annex 1 habitats
  • Explain identification features for some key indicator species


Tea/coffee is provided upon arrival. Please bring your own packed lunch.

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Course fees in Euros are as follows:

  • Early Bird Member Ticket €100

  • Early Bird Non Member Ticket €180

  • Member Ticket €125

  • Non Member Ticket €205


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