Phase 1 Habitat Survey

Graham conducting a Phase 1 habitat survey

Graham conducts a Phase 1 survey

The JNCC Phase 1 Habitat Survey provides a standard record of habitats and ecological features on a site. It is a key appraisal tool required for most planning applications, and often helps to determine the need for any protected species surveys.

Wild Frontier Ecology has a wealth of collective experience in conducting habitat surveys, and we offer proportionate services for any scale of development. We have worked in lowland and upland habitats across the UK, and have particular expertise and vast experience with the semi-natural lowland habitats, brownfield land and farmland common in East Anglia.

Habitat Survey Services

  • Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey, central to feasibility studies
  • Hedgerow survey (Hedgerow Regulations 1997 assessment)
  • Phase 1 Habitat Survey to inform BREEAM and CSH assessment.
  • Botanical species lists
  • Ecological Constraints and Opportunities Mapping (ECOP)
  • Habitat creation plans
  • Invasive species survey
  • Construction Environmental Management Plans (CEMP) and Landscape and Ecology Management Plans (LEMP)
Will conducts a Phase 1 survey

Will conducts a Phase 1 survey

Project Examples

The largest Phase 1 survey Wild Frontier Ecology has conducted covered the zone of influence of a 45 km underground cable route, stretching from the North Norfolk Coast to central Norfolk. The route was buffered by 70 to 100 metres and walked by a team of trained surveyors. Habitats were classified and mapped to JNCC standards. Habitat maps were provided for the whole route and also at a smaller scale for each 1 km grid square the route passed through. Maps were supported by detailed target notes and photographs which highlighted habitat features and potential protected species issues.

Further specialist arboricultural and hedgerow surveys were then undertaken in some areas to minimise damage to habitats and inform a locally sensitive hedgerow re-planting scheme. WFE provided significant input into the survey design to ensure it provided the developer with all the necessary information to ensure sensitive habitats and features could be avoided.