Topic: Mapping Phase 1 habitats: Which category is best for urban/suburban?
There appears to be overlap in which Phase 1 (Phase1) type and code to use for urban or suburban ‘habitat’ types.
For example on land between buildings and roads the Grassland Categories (B1-4, B6) could be used, but so too could the category ‘J: Miscellaneous’ (J1.2/J1.3). We do not mind which one we agree to use, but the choice needs to be consistent.
In Brighton and Hove there is no Phase 1 map, only a series of different habitat maps compiled over the decades which are incompatible. Secondly, as most people’s contact with nature is now in an urban or probably mostly suburban setting it will be useful to have agreed national categories so change can be monitored. How are other groups defining their (sub)urban habitats?
· scrappy areas on the edge of recreation grounds/parks
· domestic gardens and land next to property which is apparently ‘unmanaged’
· roadside verges with ruderal plants or tall herbs which is neither grassland nor scrub wider areas of road/rail verge which appears ‘unmanaged’ (apart from an occasional brushcutter visit or dangerous tree felling)
We have got a set of 'IHS codes' for land beyond the (sub)urban area which includes GN10, HSO, OT3. But these do not really capture the habitat types listed above.
*QUESTION* Is there a national standard for Phase 1 suburban and urban habitats to refer to?
[nb: JNCC and NE have not been able to help(!) but as a local wildlife forum we will want to follow existing national protocols; if they do actually exits ]
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