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Using Indicator Species for Habitat Assessment (Phase I and NVC) - Grasslands

26 June 2017, Salisbury

10am - 4pm


Beginner – Intermediate


The purpose of much botanical survey is to tell us what is going on in the landscape around us – is it being over-managed, or unmanaged? Has the land been subject to agricultural improvement? What type of soil is it? Is it a habitat which is likely to support a wide range of species?

These courses cover the basics of habitat assessment, from Phase I through to the very basics of the National Vegetation Classification system. In particular, we will become familiar with the key indicator species, which immediately tell you what sort of habitat you are in and point you in the right direction for final classification. We will look at a range of grassland and heathland types and look at how their management has shaped the plant assemblages in them. There will be discussion about Phase I methodology and use of target notes, and the application of the NVC to habitat assessment.

Whilst aimed at beginners, these courses are more likely to be enjoyed with a basic level of prior plant ID skills, and they form an ideal follow-on from the training courses earlier in the year.

Although some of the more common species will be seen on both days, the courses will be run separately and can either be attended on their own or as a two day course if you have a particular interest in the habitats.

Learning outcomes

  1. The skills and confidence to assess habitats, both in terms of type and quality
  2. The ability to identify indicator species
  3. An overview of some key Phase I and NVC communities
  4. A chance to do quadrat sampling and share ideas with colleagues

CIEEM Competencies to be developed in the training

S3 – Habitat identification and evaluation

S2 – Species identification, handling and evaluation

Who should attend?

Consultants and those working in the conservation sector

It is helpful to know some plants species, but no prior knowledge will be assumed


Dominic Price MCIEEM


For bookings made by Sunday 14th May our Early Bird rates apply:
CIEEM members: £90/ Non-members: £160

For bookings made on or after Monday 15th May:
CIEEM members: £110/ Non-members: £180

Course fee includes refreshments through the day but lunch is not included.

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Date 26 Jun 2017 - 10:00
Location Old Sarum
Castle Road
Website Book your place now
Organiser CIEEM
Telephone 01962 868626