Phase 1 Habitat Survey

Date(s) - 9 Jun 2021 until 10 Jun 2021
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This two-day Phase 1 Habitat Survey course is a must for professional ecologists, students interested in ecology, land managers, landowners and anyone interested in habitat survey.

Phase 1 Habitat Survey is the industry standard used by ecologists across the UK to classify and map habitats; many employers regard it as an essential skill for employment. Yet it is rarely taught on undergraduate degrees, and most available Phase 1 courses are only run for one day.

Phase 1 produces a baseline for further survey work as well as a foundation for developing management plans and monitoring schemes. Ecological consultancies use Phase 1 to identify habitats threatened by development and guide mitigation proposals.

By spending two days on Denmark Farm’s range of habitats, we will be able to combine theory with practical field experience in both indoor and outdoor sessions. We will learn key indicator species for a number of habitats and create our own maps. We will cover practical aspects of survey, such as planning, equipment, best practice and, crucially, how to write up reports. There will be plenty of time to discuss how the technique can be applied to your specific needs and interests. Along with traditional methods, we will explore the digital Phase 1 Habitat Survey toolkit (free version: see and QGIS mapping.

A basic botanical knowledge will help you to get the most out of the course, but not essential.

It is essential to bring a copy of the Handbook for Phase 1 habitat survey – it is available as a free download at:

or to purchase from:

Tutor: Deborah Sazer is an experienced tutor, teaching one and two-day courses for South & West Wales Wildlife Trust, Gower Landscape Partnership, West Wales Biodiversity Information Centre, South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre and National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Fees: £180 per person (£150 students/low-waged)

Fee includes two days teaching, all teaching materials and hot drinks during breaks.

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Accommodation is available for an additional charge:

Self catering Eco Lodge, shared dormitories and eco-camping are all available at Denmark Farm. Please contact us about your accommodation needs.

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Ticket Type Price Spaces
Student & Low Waged Fee
Phase 1 Habitat Survey Course
Standard Fee
Phase 1 Habitat Survey

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