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Phase 1 Habitat Survey

Phase 1 Habitat Survey is the standard method of identifying higher plant communities and species in the UK. The methodology has been adapted to include full species lists and compartment mapping which is known as an Extended Phase 1 Survey.

An ecological survey of this level is essential where land is affected by development or other changes of use, and these surveys are required where planning consent is sought on both green and brownfield sites.

The ‘extended’ survey can be used to evaluate the site in a planning context and to address issues such as biodiversity, protected species issues, potential ecological impacts and mitigation.

Preliminary searches for evidence of badger, water vole, bat, nesting bird and great crested newt potential are often undertaken in conjunction with this survey.

National Vegetation Classification (NVC) Surveys sometimes form a component of an Extended Phase 1 Survey report, especially where particularly sensitive habitats could be affected by development. The NVC is a highly detailed classification of plant communities in the UK and requires experience and skill in its application.

Our surveyors are skilled field botanists capable of identifying and auditing vegetation throughout the full range of habitats of the UK, including some difficult plant groups.

Example contracts include

  • BAE Systems Ltd

    Pennine ecological undertook an Extended Phase 1 Survey of the disused aerodrome at Samlesbury. The surveys form part of a management plan for the site formulated to promote floristic diversity whilst maintaining prime breeding habitat for important ground-nesting birds, including skylark and lapwing.

  • Chorley Borough Council

    Extended Phase 1 Survey and NVC of Withnell Local Nature Reserve.

  • SITA UK Ltd

    Biennial monitoring of new habitats created in response to planning conditions associated with a major landfill site. Surveys include Extended Phase 1 Survey and NVC Survey, Reedbed development monitoring.

  • United Utilities Plc

    Numerous Extended Phase 1 Surveys have been undertaken in relation to UU site remediation works throughout the North-West region, including Manchester Ring Main Phase 4 & 6.

  • Lancashire County Council

    A Phase 1 based survey was undertaken at Brockholes Wood. Surveys included mapping of streams, flushes, dry and wet woodland, and all stands of Rough Horsetail Equisetum hymale with estimated population size.

  • APEM Ltd

    UWWTD Aquatic Macrophyte Survey of Warping Drain. Pennine ecological undertook a detailed study of the aquatic flora of several fenland drains in north Lincolnshire. The survey focussed on all higher plants especially pondweeds, with voucher specimens collected identified and submitted to the Environment Agency.

Phase 1 Habitat Survey Gallery