Phase I Habitat Survey

A Phase I Habitat survey is a national standard method of environmental audit. It is an initial basic habitat survey that is undertaken to categorise general habitat types and features on a specific site, or an area within a site. The data from the survey is utilised to ascertain any potential ecological value or issues on site and can highlight any more specialist surveys needed prior to the start of any work, ssuch as protected species surveys or an NVC (Phase II) survey.

The standard Phase I Habitat survey can be extended to target note signs of protected or invasive species (sometimes called an Extended Phase I Habitat survey or Phase I Habitat and Scoping survey).

Why do I need a Phase 1 Habitat survey?
A Phase I Habitat survey early in the planning process indicates any possible ecological issues, and aids planners/developers to arrange work on a realistic time scale.

How is the information presented?
A full Phase I Habitat survey report is produced detailing any ecological issues. We use Mapinfo, AutoCAD and Quantum GIS mapping to provide detailed and accurate mapping. Aerial photography is used to show the area from above and can provide further insight about habitats present and terrain.

If you require a Phase I Habitat Survey then call our team on 01228 711841 or email enquiries@openspacegb.com to discuss your project requirements.

Updated April 2017