Phase 1 Habitat Survey is a technique that is widely used in environmental appraisal: in particular it is expected as part of most planning applications and is integral to any Preliminary Ecological Appraisal. This one day course will introduce technique, using a combination of desk-based and fieldbased practical exercises. The course will make good use of the many habitats found on Beverly Westwood Common, which include grasslands, hedgerows, woodlands, ponds and small area of fen, to familiarise the student with scales, ecotones and indicator species.
Trainee ecologists, Planners, Engineers and Developers would all benefit from this course.
- To be able to identify habitat types in the field
- Acquire basic plant identification and indicator species
- Understand scale and ecotone issues
- Know how to create a Phase 1 Habitat Map
- Know how to produce Target Notes
- Understand why habitat mapping a description is important
Kieran Sheehan BSc MSc PGCE CEnv MCIEEM MIfL
Kieran is a Technical Director and Head of the Catchment and River Restoration team. He is a plant phytosociologist with an expertise in upland and wetland ecosystems. Kieran has taught ecology at Bishop Burton College (University of Hull) and has under taken ecological works, including planting schemes, for local authorities and drainage boards. He also co-delivers the River Restoration and Sustainable Floodplain Management PgCert course for Lancaster University.