The Phase 1 Habitat Survey methodology was first published by the Nature Conservancy Council in 1990 and has been reprinted on several occasions. Originally intended for county-wide surveys it has become the standard methodology for describing a site's habitats. The standard symbols and colours can be interpreted by anyone with a copy of the Phase 1 handbook, which can be download for free as a PDF document from JNCC's website.

The Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey includes the original habitat survey, but adds other information, such as the results of a data search and a walk-over survey for evidence of protected species of animal, such as badger, bats and great crested newt. Reports highlight the presence of any protected species that may be a constraint to development and recommended further surveys. The Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey methodology has to a certain extent been superceeded by the Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA).

An Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey will normally contain the following:

  • The results of a data trawl
  • A site visit, with a description of the habitats, including ponds and other water-bodies.
  • Evidence of protected species
  • The presence of invasive species
  • Recommendations
  • A Phase 1 Habitat Plan of the site
  • Photographs of the site
  • Target notes
  • A list of plant and animal species
  • References

Cheshire Ecology Ltd. has considerable experience of carrying out Extended Phase 1 Habitat Surveys and would welcome the opportunity to quote you.

The Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey is usually the first ecological survey to be carried out on a development. The survey follows a standard procedure and most local authorities will require one to be carried out before a planning application is submitted.

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