This practical 2-day intermediate course will teach you the fundamentals of using UK Habitat Classification (UKHab) to map and assess a wide range of commonly encountered habitats.

The UK Habitat Classification (UKHab) has become the industry standard, not least because it is integral to DEFRA’s Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) metric. From ecological consultancy to conservation, this system offers a straightforward yet comprehensive system for mapping habitats and their ecological value. 

Field Studies Council and UKHab Ltd. have partnered to deliver these courses and other training related to UKHab surveys.

This course will include:

  • Classroom-based sessions introducing UKHab: the rationale and the methodology.  
  • Practical experience out in the field learning to code habitats according to the UKHab field key, using secondary codes to provide additional information. 
  • Practical experience out in the field of mapping habitats in accordance with UKHab protocols. 
  • Practical experience in the field identifying plant and tree species indicative of a range of grassland, woodland and scrub habitats and/or other example habitats dependent upon course venue. 
  • Interpreting habitat data in relation to relevant legislation and policy.
  • A chance to meet fellow like-minded people from a range of disciplines.

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Interpreting and understanding habitats is the first stage in protecting them. No habitat or species management should be undertaken without first understanding the baseline habitat communities and species present on a site. The UKHab is the perfect tool for this initial assessment.

There will be classroom-based presentations, activities and discussions to introduce the potential applications of UKHab and the methodology.

As much time as possible will be spent in the field, where you will become increasingly independent in classifying and mapping a wide-range of commonly encountered habitats, as well as linear habitats such as hedgerows and smaller point features. There will be a mix of direct tuition, whole group discussion, and practice independently or in small teams.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the potential applications of UKHab.
  • Understand the UKHab methodology, including the field key.
  • Plan a thorough and efficient UKHab field survey.
  • Categorise and map a wide range of commonly encountered habitats using primary and secondary codes.
  • Understand how to interpret habitat data in relation to relevant legislation and policy.

Who should attend? – although anyone who wishes to develop their understanding of plants and habitats is welcome, the following may find the course particularly helpful: graduates, ecological consultants, environmental managers, wardens, rangers, Wildlife Trusts, land managers, rangers, statutory agency staff, conservation practitioners, students, local authority staff.

Knowledge level – Intermediate. Level descriptors can be found on the following web-page: Framework and Course Level Descriptors

Prior knowledge – although no habitat survey experience is necessary, working Botany skills are required for this course. Our ‘Discovering Botany‘ and/or range of botanical in-person courses are recommended prerequisites.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no accommodation or meal facilities provided with this course. Refreshments (tea and coffee) will be available. If we are unable to reach viable numbers for this course, we will inform you of the course cancellation 4-5 weeks prior to the course run. We would recommend when purchasing accommodation and/or travel you should take out your own insurance.

Bookings will close if course capacity is reached.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

About the Tutor

This course is delivered by more than one expert tutor. Your tutor will depend on the location of the course you book.

Laurie Wildwood

Laurie Wildwood is a professional Ecological Consultant and botany tutor who, with his refreshing approach, aims to inspire adults and children to explore and appreciate the natural world. His professional background is in ecology, conservation and habitat management.

Julie Riley

Julie Riley MCIEEM is a Consultant Ecologist with 17 years’ experience of working in the environmental sector, specialising in botany and habitat surveying. Julie is a certified UKHab trainer and has extensive experience of working with and training on JNCC Phase 1 habitat surveying, UKHab surveying and Biodiversity Net Gain work.  Julie holds a FISC Level 4 botanical certification and enjoys helping professionals, volunteers and members of the public to improve their plant identification skills.

Example Timetable

Please arrive in time for the course to start promptly at 10:00 am.

There will be a one-hour lunch break during the day. Lunch is not included so please bring your own food. Refreshments (tea and coffee) will be provided.

The course will finish at  17:00 pm.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created by expert tutors and educators to help you continue to build and develop your knowledge and apply it within the field surrounded by like-minded individuals.

The course includes:

  • Classroom learning covering the theory of the species
  • Field excursions to apply new knowledge
  • Expert tuition for which the Field Studies Council is renowned
  • Clear objectives and progression
  • Refreshments (tea and coffee)

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be provided. In choosing a Field Studies Council course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Bursaries and Subsidies

Student Discount

This course is eligible for a student discount. If you are a current student, please use discount code BioStudent20 at checkout for 20% off all Biodiversity courses.

Natural History Bursaries

There are a number of natural history bursaries available to help with the cost of your course. To find out if you and your chosen course are eligible, read more here.

Before You Attend

What to bring:

  • Desirable to bring any personal field equipment you have such as a clipboard or weather writer hand lens, notebook and pencil, botanical ID guide, binoculars and Tupperware/plastic bags for collecting specimens.
  • A digital download (on phone or tablet) or print out of UKHAB V2 documents, available from the UKHab ltd. website. You can register on the UKHAB website here.
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather as much of both days will be spent outdoors in grassland and woodland.
  • Plant ID books and preferred field guides.
  • A hand lens if you have one.

Recommended Literature

When you book this course, you will receive a discount code for the Field Studies Council recommended guides below.

There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site. If you have special medical or access requirements, please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Sat 20, July 2024 10:00 - Sun 21, July 2024 17:00

    The venue is unable to offer accommodation with this course, please book local accommodation if you require overnight stays and ensure you take out the appropriate insurance. Further information and directions for Oakwell Hall can be found here.

    Location
    Oakwell Hall, Nutter Lane, Birstall, West Yorkshire, WF17 9LG
    Region
    Yorkshire and the Humber
    Price
    £220.00
    Tutor
    Laurie Wildwood
  • Wed 31, July 2024 10:00 - Thu 01, August 2024 17:00

    The venue is unable to offer accommodation with this course, please book local accommodation if you require overnight stays and ensure you take out the appropriate insurance. Further information and directions on Haddon Hall can be found here.

    Location
    Haddon Hall Medieval Park, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1LA
    Region
    East Midlands
    Price
    £220.00
    Tutor
    Julie Riley
  • Wed 04, September 2024 10:00 - Thu 05, September 2024 17:00

    The venue is unable to offer accommodation with this course, please book local accommodation if you require overnight stays and ensure you take out the appropriate insurance. Further information and directions on Haddon Hall can be found here.

    Location
    Haddon Hall Medieval Park, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1LA
    Region
    East Midlands
    Price
    £220.00
    Tutor
    Julie Riley

Progress Your Learning

This is a training course from the Field Studies Council, delivered by expert tutors with an approachable learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning with further relevant courses or branch out into other areas of natural history. The Field Studies Council offers both online and in-person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

The course gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new subject and acquire novel skills. Our online portal gives you time to study at your own pace and fit the lessons around your own schedule.

If you have any questions about our courses please check our Frequently Asked Questions or email [email protected].

Group Bookings Made Easy

If you have a group of 10 or more individuals wanting to complete one of our courses, our team are available to discuss your options – from discounts to private team courses. Find out more!

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing a Field Studies Council course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.