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An introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey methodology as used by professional ecologists to map and record sites.

  • 10:00am-16:00pm

This course is aimed at professional ecologists, students and interested amateurs who want to learn or improve Phase 1 identification of vegetation habitats. It is useful if participants have some basic knowledge of plant families and species identification but this is not essential.

On Part 1 of this course you will learn to identify key indicator plant species that will help you recognise and distinguish broad habitat types and gain confidence in writing target notes on habitat features.

Outline for the day:

10.00 Classroom – Introduction to phase 1 Habitat Survey methodology

11.30 Tea/coffee Break

12.00 Classroom – Identification of Key indicator plant species for phase 1 habitats

13.00 Lunch

13.30 Travel to a local reserve for a site visit

14.00 Site visit – Opportunity to have a go at identification of key plants and discuss how to classify, map and produce target notes for phase 1 habitats.

16.00 End

By the end of the session, it is expected that you will:

Have an understanding of Phase 1 broad habitat types and how they are defined.

Be able to identify some key indicator plant species to help distinguish different grassland habitats.

Understand the terms and how to identify unimproved, semi-improved and improved grassland.

Learn when it is appropriate to map amenity grassland.

Know what to include in good target notes.

For further practice in plant identification with an emphasis on key indicator species for each habitat and discussion of useful features for target notes, book a place on part 2 of this course on 21st June.

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