Phase 1 Training

Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey

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

Date: 6th April 2020

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 classroom 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.

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 course will start at 10am and continue until 4pm. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided, but attendees will be required to bring a packed lunch. 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