Common Standards Monitoring (CSM) is a systematic survey technique used by Natural England to assess the condition of the habitats within Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). This Condition Monitoring is a key function of Natural England and the results of these surveys are fed back into the conditionstatus of sections of an SSSI on Natural England’s website.
There are a number of different survey methods used in condition assessment, depending on the nature of the habitat being assessed. This course will focus on the CSM guidance for ditches, standing water and Lowland Wetland and will be held at a nature reserve near Doncaster.
This course is aimed at:
- Trainee ecologists
- Land managers
- Conservation volunteers
By the end of this course you will be able to:
• Identify habitats in the field
• Carry out a structured walk
• Know how to construct a grapnel and use it to sample aquatic vegetation
• Understand how a CSM survey is carried out and be able to interpret results
Laura Thomas BA MRes PgCert CEcol MCIEEM
Laura is a highly experienced Chartered Ecologist with over 11 years’ experience. She is a full member of the UK Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (MCIEEM) and a Chartered Ecologist (CEcol). She is an expert botanist, specialising in aquatic plants, and also has extensive experience of ecological survey techniques, including the UK and Irish National Vegetation Classification, Phase 1 Habitat Survey and EU Habitats Regulations Assessments. She also holds a survey licence for Great Crested Newts and Water Vole surveys.