Preliminary Ecological Appraisal: An Applied Approach – CIEEM Training Course

Date: September 13, 2017
Time: 9:00 am  to  5:30 pm


This full day of training will provide participants with a solid introduction to site assessment and the process of Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA).


The one day training course will provide participants with a solid introduction to site assessment and the process of Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA). The course will cover why we need PEAs, completing an effective desk study, survey preparation as well as the hierarchy of mitigation, compensation and enhancement. It will also cover habitat compensation/enhancement techniques, report writing (in line with industry standards and best practice guidance), and how to provide feedback to clients.

The training venue is located within the beautiful South Downs National Park at a modern village hall with car parking and a train station situated 5mins from the venue.

A field trip is included to practice Phase 1 habitat survey and protected species risk assessment of farmland and park adjacent to the venue.

This course does not go into detail on the ecology and identification of individual species/species groups, or how to carry out Phase 2 surveys, but resources are provided to assist with these skills.

Who Should Attend?

This training is aimed at professional and graduate ecologists in the public and private sector, but also of relevance to developers, industrial operators and land managers, planners, students, environmental managers, practical conservation workers etc.

Delegates should be familiar with extended Phase 1 habitat surveys.

Knowledge Level

Beginner – Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

Familiarity with extended Phase 1 habitat surveys

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowing the key components of an appropriate and effective desk study.
  • Being able to set up and arrange a field visit for a lone worker and identify health and safety risks
  • Demonstrating a clear understanding of the key components that make up a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal
  • Understanding the key requirements of a report that aims to meet the requirements of BS 42020:2013 and CIEEM’s Guidelines for Ecological Report Writing and Guidelines for Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (GPEA) (NB: 2017 version pending)
  • Consideration of what compensation/enhancement/habitat creation is most appropriate to the project and in the long-term


Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Lunch is not provided.


Giles Coe BSc MCIEEM, Principal Ecologist 

Giles has received ‘Train the Trainer’ training from CIEEM.
Giles has more than 10 years’ experience in ecological consultancy with wide experience of surveying a variety of species groups and developing/implementing mitigation measures. He manages the Lewes Office and a team of ecologists on a variety of projects.

Ben Kimpton Dip(Hort), BSc, MSc, MCIEEM Principal Ecologist, The Ecology Consultancy.

Ben has over 10 years’ experience and is trained in botany and habitat assessment techniques. This is supported by his knowledge of countryside management, agri-environment schemes, horticulture/landscape, green infrastructure and BREEAM/Code. He works hard to ensure that spaces are designed and managed for wildlife in a sustainable way. He is a consultant for The Ecology Consultancy’s partnership company, The Green Roof Consultancy.


CIEEM members early bird: £90

CIEEM members full price: £110

Non-members early bird: £160

Non-members: £180

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

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