This course introduces and gives practical field experience in carrying out habitat surveys of sites as part of an environmental audit to assess their character and wildlife interest. Good fieldwork practices are emphasised throughout the course, in which participants will conduct a survey of the habitats in the landscape around the Field Centre. We will explore the ways to assemble an appropriate account of the local landscape and present effective fieldwork maps, habitat descriptions and considerations for further investigations.

Habitats will be classified and described in the field using the CIEEM’s ‘UKHab Habitat Classification’. Workshops and presentations will demonstrate the relationship of this new framework with the ‘NCC Phase 1 Habitat Survey’ and other tools used to assess the wildlife interest of habitats.

The Phase 1 Habitat Survey methodology was developed by the Nature Conservancy Council (NCC) from a site-based habitat approach in order to provide a rapid system for classifying and mapping wildlife habitats over large areas of countryside. It has been widely used throughout Britain, and still forms part of a standardised system for biodiversity assessment and evaluation within the UK planning system.

This course is suitable for Continuing Professional Development, and a Certificate of Attendance can be provided on request.

Tutor: Jonny Stone

Jonny Stone is an ecological consultant based in East Anglia, specialising in the assessment and management of vegetation. He has considerable experience of surveying landscape and sites in many areas of Lowland Britain. Jonny has conducted extensive landscape-scale Phase 1 surveys in Eastern England, and has developed site-based versions to aid in conservation management planning for nature reserves, country estates and World Heritage Sites, and worked with protected species specialists in developing integrated environmental audits.

Bring a friend!

If you are attending a course at Flatford Mill at the sole occupancy price, we are offering a special rate for a friend or partner not enrolled on the course to also stay at £50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.

Please contact FSC Flatford Mill on 01206 297110 or [email protected] to book this offer.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Weatherproof clipboard (a suitably sized poly bag to cover a normal clipboard is sufficient), notebook and pencil
  • Hand lens (x10 magnification), can be borrowed or bought from the Centre.
  • Outdoor gear for the field visits, including stout shoes or boots, waterproofs (just in case), a small rucksack or bag, sun cream, insect repellent, a lunch box, a flask.

Recommended Reading

  • Joint Nature Conservation Committee, JNCC: Handbook for Phase 1 Habitat Survey – A technique for environmental audit (2010). Please note: The course fee includes a personal copy of this handbook for you!
  • Please bring your preferred portable plant identification books, such as Francis Rose: The Wild Flower Key. Revised and updated by Clare O’Reilly (Penguin Books, 2006).

General plant identification skills will be assumed, but not essential: the emphasis will be on recognising habitat-types and key species groups.