The Phase 1 Habitat Survey was devised to survey large areas of countryside relatively rapidly. It is a well-known initial survey method that describes the basic habitat types and potential importance for nature conservation.
Combined with a desk study, a Phase 1 Habitat Survey is often a good first step towards understanding a site.
We can conduct Phase 1 Habitat Surveys year round, but potentially valuable habitats are best surveyed between April and September to avoid the need for a follow-up botanical survey.
Sometimes, a Phase 1 Habitat Survey is not the most cost-effective option. At RSK, we have the expertise to modify survey methods to meet specific needs. An alternative to a Phase 1 Habitat Survey is the Integrated Habitat System, a hierarchical classification system that integrates UK Biodiversity Action Plans, Annex I habitats and Phase 1 Habitat Surveys. In some cases, a simple report of the key issues is sufficient.