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The Integrated Habitat System (IHS) has been developed by SERC in consultation with other organisations over the last eight years.


IHS Objectives
IHS represents an integration of existing classifications in use in the UK:
• Biodiversity Broad Habitat Types (Complete)
• Biodiversity Priority Habitat Types (Complete)
• Annex 1 Habitats Directive (Complete for UK)
• Phase 1 (NCC/RSNC) (Partial)

Its objectives are:

  • To provide an integrated approach to the collection, management and analysis of habitat data in the UK
  • To optimise use of existing habitat data through effective translation
  • To provide a basis for overviews of the habitat resource, for biodiversity planning and other purposes

IHS represents an integration of existing classifications in use in the UK with particular emphasis on Biodiversity Broad Habitat Types, Biodiversity Priority Habitat Types, Annex 1 of the Habitats Directive and Phase 1.

IHS comprises:

  • The integrated classification, including definitions of over 400 categories
  • A software translation tool, including translation of Phase 1 data to BAP priority habitats and the full IHS
  • Field survey & air photo interpretation manuals
  • GIS data capture, management and analysis protocols

The latest version (2.0) incorporates feedback from early users and changes made in 2006 to BAP Priority Habitat coverage, and is available from January 2007

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