Preliminary Ecological Appraisal: An Applied Approach – CIEEM Training Course

Date: September 27, 2018
Time: 9:00 am  to  5:15 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 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 is jointly led by Ben Kimpton and Giles Coe and offers a great opportunity to update on the recently published changes to CIEEM’s Guidelines for Preliminary Ecological Appraisal.

The training venue is located within the 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 signposting to further resources is 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.

Anyone who wants to update on the application of the new PEA Guidelines.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

Delegates should be familiar with extended Phase 1 habitat surveys and the mitgation hierarchy

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 2nd edition of both Guidelines for Ecological Report Writing and Guidelines for Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (GPEA)
  • Consideration of what compensation/enhancement/habitat creation is most appropriate to the project and in the long-term


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


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

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