Posted: 4 years ago

£80 per course

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Phase 1 habitat surveying is a system of mapping habitats as a baseline to further survey work and is the industry standard used by ecologists and conservationists throughout the UK. This introductory level course will greatly enhance your understanding of Phase 1 habitat surveys and give you confidence in carrying them out. The experience gained will be relevant to both consultancy and conservation.

This course is a series of 3 videos especially prepared by our Principal Ecologist and Senior Tutor Sue Searle BSc PGDip MCIEEM who will talk you through the process as if you are there.

During the course you will:

– Gain an understanding of why, how and when Phase 1 habitat surveys are used in this Video of a classroom theory session. 
– Watch a video of our tutor in the field showing you how to identify and record habitats. 
– Watch a video of our tutor preparing a Phase 1 habitat map in the field and later in the office.

The Phase 1 handbook is essential if you want to carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey and we recommend that you download from the JNCC website prior to attending the course. You will only need Part 2 – Field Manual part (from page 35 onwards).

There is an end of course Quiz which you need to pass to get your Certificate. You can also submit a practice Phase 1 map for critique. 

This is what some of our students have said about this course:

“Despite being taught remotely I still felt like I understood the method from the ‘classroom’ session and the videos of outdoors showing different habitats and how to actually draw the map were covered very well which gave me the confidence to have a go myself. The tutor is also good at replying to any questions.”

“…it was very clear and helpful, especially the examples and live scenarios. I really enjoyed the course…”

“Challenging and interesting. Not as daunting as expected.”

“My note book is full, my colouring pencils are worn and my boots are covered with mud after a successful Phase 1 Habitat test run.”

Other Details:


Links to the videos will be provided when you book.


Start anytime – videos are about 2.5hrs altogether. 

What to bring:

You will need to have a copy of the Phase 1 Habitat Survey Handbook handy (Part 2 – Field Manual – from page 35 onwards) and some coloured pencils (ideally Berol Verithin – 24 crayon set but any coloured pencils will do).

Price: The course costs only £80 (plus VAT).

How to book: 

You can book on-line on

Alternatively, if you are a company, you can request an invoice by emailing

Once you have booked, we will e-mail you to confirm that your booking has been received and you will then be able to start the course.


Email Sue on or call her on 07818073660.

International training:

This course is designed for people seeking to work in the UK. If you’re seeking work in another country, check out our Introduction to Ecology course.