Heritage Council


Best Practice Guidance for Habitat Survey & Mapping (2011)

The final version of Heritage Council's Best Practice Guidance for Habitat Survey and Mapping is now available to download. This publication presents current best practice guidance for survey and mapping of habitats in the Republic of Ireland, and is aimed primarily at those who conduct or commission habitat surveys. Its objective is to standardise and improve habitat survey and mapping methods in order to achieve compatability among surveys and surveyors, and to ensure the quality and consistency of the maps and data produced.
The Heritage Council would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the preparation of the document, the authors, the editor, the Steering Group members, and all those who responded to the consultation process and participated in the peer review. This publication is only available as a PDF that can be downloaded from our website, hard copies are not being made available due to resource constraints. Also available to download are digital examples of a habitat mapping dataset (referred to in Section 7.2 of the publication).

Download the printable publication [PDF 8.2MB].

Download a '.zip' file/folder containing the digital examples of a habitat mapping dataset [56K].

A version for easy reading & navigation onscreen is also available:
The sidebar on the right hand side is hyperlinked for easy movement throughout the document, when you want to find a specific section, as opposed to reading the document through, while the text can be easily read when each page is viewed at 100%. View the on-screen version of the publication [PDF 8.3MB].