Phase 1 habitat

habitat survey

A Phase 1 habitat survey is the technique of mapping habitats and vegetation as a baseline for further survey work. It is the standard method for assessing wildlife habitats and sites, and is recognised by ecologists throughout the UK. This course is designed to introduce and provide practical field experience in Phase 1 habitat Surveying.

The course will be taught by our director Dr Lindsay Carrington MCIEEM.  Lindsay has been working as an ecological consultant since 2000 during which time she has gained extensive experience in conducting phase 1 habitat surveys. Lindsay’s phase 1 habitat survey involvement ranges from national significant rail and housing projects to small garden plots, to mapping to provide baseline for ecological management plans for habitat restoration.

Course content:

This is an introductory level course suitable for those working in consultancy or conservation. The course will be part classroom and part field based and will cover the following components:

  • Introduction to Phase 1 habitat surveys and extended phase 1 habitat surveys
  • How to plan a phase 1 habitat survey
  • An overview of most commonly encountered habitat categories
  • A practical session producing a phase 1 habitat map, including some basic botanical identification where needed
  • Presenting the results of the phase 1 habitat survey


Course fully booked

Dates: 29/07/2020 Duration: 1

The Old Squash Court, Rempstone Hall, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5JQ

What to bring:

You will need to bring a packed lunch. Further details about appropriate equipment and clothing will be provided in a 'what to bring' list when you book


LCECO Training

Our courses offer a mixture of classroom and practical field work to consolidate new knowledge and skills. We have a designated training room in our new Dorset offices at Rempstone Barns offering a personal learning experience in a relaxed environment.

Current Courses:

General Course Information

The following general information is applicable to most of our Introductory Courses, however, some courses have specific information so please read your course description carefully. If you have further questions, please please contact us.


Our one-day introductory courses cost £90 per person

Our two-day introductory courses cost £160 per person

To book on a course please click here to complete an easy online booking form. We will confirm availability and issue a VAT invoice.

 What to bring: 

You will need to bring a packed lunch for each course day, bring a drink bottle for the field visit. Drinks are available during the classroom sessions. Please also check your specific course details as you may be required to bring additional equipment.


Our introductory courses usually commence at 10am and finish at around 4-4.30pm, however please check your specific course details as differences in timings are stated in the course description. For example two-day courses tend to finish later on the first day.


Most of our courses are held at Unit 3 Rempstone Barns, Rempstone, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5JH. However please check your course details as differences in locations are stated in the course description.


Overnight accommodation is not included in the cost of the course, although we can provide a list of recommended local bed and breakfasts and guest houses on request.

Ecological Services

We are part of Lindsay Carrington Ecological Services (LCECO), an independent ecological consultancy based in Dorset.

Since LCECO was established in 2002 it has been involved in a wide range of  development projects, survey work and ecological research, and our expert ecologists carry out a complete range of ecological services, follow the links to find out about: Badger surveys, Botanical surveys, Barn owl surveys, Bat surveys, Great crested newt surveys, Reptile surveys, or click here to View our projects.