Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel courses from March to 1st August, we hope you will find an event later in the year that you can attend.
Accurate habitat assessment and evaluation is a critical element of the ecological appraisal process to ensure that projects are compliant with national and local planning policy. It is therefore important to understand how data should be collected via desk study and field surveys, and then used to evaluate habitats and sites to form a robust baseline that is defendable against scrutiny at all levels, from Local Planning Authority to Public Inquiry.
This course will raise awareness of the importance of accuracy, and will include: Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, UK HAB, Hedgerow Regulations 1997, Hedgerow Evaluation and Grading System (HEGS), Local Wildlife Site assessments, Water Framework Directive Assessments (WFDA) and Biodiversity Offsetting. This is therefore an intensive course involving a minimum of 23 hours contact teaching time. It is NOT an identification course and it is expected that attendees will be familiar with the majority of plant species that might be encountered in any broad habitat type in the lowlands. Delivery will be via indoor lectures, field work, group work using survey data collected during the course, and ongoing assessment.
It is designed for beginners and improvers, particularly for ecologists in the early stages of their careers who are currently wanting to move from doing protected species work into habitat surveys and assessment. The course has been developed by practitioners with hands-on understanding of the skills needed and will be delivered by Nick Law (FPCR – Associate Ecologist) an experienced ecological consultant.