Phase 1 Habitat surveys provide a rapid system to record semi natural vegetation and other wildlife habitats. Each habitat type/feature is defined by way of a brief description and is allocated a specific name and unique mapping reference. Extended Phase 1 Habitat surveys also include information on the presence of/or potential presence of, protected or notable fauna species and invasive non-native plants.
Extended Phase 1 Habitat surveys are carried out in line with the JNCC (1990) Handbook for Phase 1 Habitat Surveys.
The findings of the surveys are presented in a comprehensive report including habitat maps showing the specific habitats present on the site prepared using MapInfo Professional and the protected species and invasive non-native plant species present on the site.
The surveys are a basic form of ecological site assessment and can be carried out at any time of year, although certain habitats may need additional more detailed assessments at specific times of year; such as grassland surveys in mid-summer, woodland surveys in the spring and heathland surveys in the autumn. The survey method is designed to catalogue and map the various habitats within the site.
Our team have extensive training and experience in Extended Phase 1 Habitat surveys of all types of habitat.
Extended Phase 1 Habitat surveys were previously sufficient to support a planning application. However, recent regulation changes have resulted in the standard level of survey required to support a planning application being an Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)Contact Now
We cover a wide range of species, find out more by viewing our dedicated species pages.More info