Habitat Mapping

Understand the distribution and extent of marine habitats at your development site


Our experienced surveyors use innovative survey techniques to deliver robust, detailed habitat maps to support a wide variety of applications



Habitat mapping is the classification of habitats at a site. The resulting maps show the spread of habitat types, such as saltmarsh, sand, mud and cobbles, as well as sub-types within these areas.

By determining the habitats present at the site, ecologists can identify what, if any, protected habitats and species might be supported there, and assess the need for any further, more targeted surveys.

We undertake habitat mapping surveys for numerous clients to support a wide variety of applications. Our experienced surveyors combine established operating procedures with innovative survey techniques, including the use of GPS equipment to map habitat boundaries along the intertidal shoreline, as well as UAVs (drones) to rapidly collect habitat imagery.

Our ecological surveyors routinely conduct intertidal habitat mapping, such as Phase I (walkover) surveys across a range of coastal environments, including:

  • Estuarine complexes
  • Honeycomb worm reefs
  • Mudflats and sandflats
  • Rocky shores
  • Saltmarsh
  • Intertidal seagrass beds

We also capture high-resolution underwater imagery for seabed visualisation and mapping of subtidal areas.

Andrew Pearson

Habitat Mapping
+44 (0)23 8071 1854


  • Baseline characterisation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Habitat classification
  • Marine licence support
  • Monitoring of protected sites and species
  • Seabed classification

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