Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey

Location: Zoom & Woodah Farm Rural Skills Centre, Nr Exeter, Devon EX6 7PR

Date: 18th January 2021 (online session) & 19th January 2021 (fieldwork)

Price: £95

This introductory level course aims to provide an overview of the Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey methodology. The course is suitable for graduates and early-career ecologists who wish to learn about this industry standard technique and increase their confidence in carrying out this type of survey.

Phase 1 habitat surveys are a way of classifying and mapping a range of British habitat types. The Extended part of the description refers to the identification of potential protected species which may utilise the habitats surveyed. The Extended Phase 1 Habitat survey is the the standard initial survey to indicate the types of habitats on a site and to determine the need for further ecological surveys. This survey forms the basis for a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal which is the type of report usually submitted as part of a planning application for development.

The course is taught by practicing professional ecologists and offers a combination of online work and fieldwork exercises in order to give a thorough understanding of the survey methodology, and the opportunity to gain practical experience using this survey technique.

Devon Wildlife Consultants have been working to develop a new course format for Extended Phase 1 Habitat Training that would be both effective and safe during the current pandemic running.

The first part of the course will comprise a half day online event which will include the information which would normally be presented in the classroom section of the course. The second part will involve a half day field event the following day, which would allow the original group of course attendees to be split into separate groups. All training will be run in accordance with strict risk assessments to protect both attendees and DWC staff and remain in line with current COVID-19 guidance.

The online session will be run on the 18th January 2021, with the following day (19th January 2021) for the fieldwork session.

The course will involve a morning classroom based session covering when and why Extended Phase 1 Habitat surveys are used and how to classify habitats according to the Phase 1 methodology, as well as botanical indicator species for commonly encountered habitats. The session will include how Geographical Information Systems (GIS) can be utilised for mapping. An afternoon practical session will allow attendees to put into practice what has been learned in the morning to map a proportion of the habitats across Woodah Farm and identify protected species issues which would need to be considered in a development context.

The aim of the course is to provide attendees with the knowledge required to carry out an Extended Phase 1 Habitat survey, with emphasis on the reporting required within a consultancy environment. Course material will be provided.

The online morning session course will start at 10am and continue until 1pm. The practical session the following day will start at 9am and will run until roughly 1pm. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendees will be required to bring a packed lunch and drinks. Please note that as the course is partly field based all attendees will need to be fit and able to walking a distance of up to 1km in an farm environment. Please bring appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear.

If you would like to discuss course content or have any questions, please call/email Tom Nitti (Ecological Consultant) on 01392 455930 / tnitti@devonwildlifetrust.org