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General

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Yes, you get 30 days to trial the app and Coreo.  Contact us to get set up.

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Yes. We have a 2 min video that shows how the app works.

We also have a range of other videos that deal with specific parts of the app and data workflow on our UKHab Vimeo channel.

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The app runs on the Coreo data collection platform. However, you won’t be able to download and run the UKHab Survey just by signing up to Coreo.  You need to speak with one of our team members first so that we can set the app up for you.  We also provide everyone with an onboarding session covering both the app and backend system to make sure that you and your team get off to a great start with the software.

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Yes, the app is updated by authors of the UKHab Classification and Directors of UKHab.org to keep it in step with emerging changes to the Biodiversity Metric.

The app currently supports version 3.1 of the Metric.

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No. Coreo, the platform on which the UKHab Survey App runs, has been designed specifically to accommodate people without extensive GIS training. The app itself has been built so that the workflow is both intuitive and supportive. There is strict logic built into the app, meaning you only ever see relevant questions based on the answers you provide. There are also resources built into the app to explain what each of the UKHab features and codes relate to.

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Yes. The UKHab Survey App supports habitat condition assessment of polygon and line UKHab features, using the criteria published in the Biodiversity Metric v3.1. These data can be exported from the App and then be fed into the Biodiversity Unit Calculator Tool. You may need some additional data, such as the habitats included in local strategic plans.

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Yes, you can invite other team members to join your Coreo Organisation and projects, allowing you to make sure everyone has trialed the system before you sign up.

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Yes. Anyone can join your “Organisation” and projects in Coreo. You need to have enough seats available to accommodate them and then it’s simple to invite them to join by email. This guide explains how to do this.

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The records that you collect via the UKHab Survey App are colour coded according to the form they relate to in Coreo.  For example, pre-survey records are shown as pink in colour. We don’t attempt to utilise UKHab codes to colour code since Coreo is not intended to be a report production or data analysis tool – it is focused on data collection and data management.

In order to produce colour coded maps using the UKHab codes you will need to continue to use your GIS. Natural England provide a QGIS template for producing UKHab maps, along with a number of other useful resources here.

Pricing

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If you’re a commercial enterprise, the UKHab Survey is £370 per person, per year.

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The cost of a standard UKHab licence covers your use of the UKHab Survey App for one year and also provides you with a Coreo Fundamentals licence.  Coreo is the platform that the UKHab Survey App is built on.  The Fundamentals licence enables you to build an unlimited number of other surveys for your business. It also gives you access to a growing number of pre-built ecological templates, which are ready for you to download and use immediately.

Updates to the UKHab Survey App are also included in your subscription cost.

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The standard licensing for the UKHab Survey app is per user/seat. Therefore, if you have 5 people in your organisation needing to do UKHab Surveys you will need 5 licences.

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If you are a charity wishing to collect data using multiple volunteers, or an educational establishment interested in allowing students to use the app then we allow you to purchase a bulk licence (100 seats)

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Currently the UKHab Survey App is only available with an annual subscription.

Technical

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The UKHab Survey App should run on most contemporary devices.  However, here are a few of the key things to look out for:

  1.  You will need a device with a Sim card so that you can access records, maps and submit data in the field.
  2. Your device must have a GPS chipset.  For example, the non-cellular (Wi-Fi only) iPads do not have a GPS.
  3. Check the device’s battery life.  Look for a device that has better than average battery life. If you’re using the device all day in the field, you need to make sure that the battery will last.  Generally speaking tablets have superior battery life to phones.
  4. In terms of storage, processing speeds and RAM always aim to get the best specification you can comfortably afford. These will all enhance your experience of using the application.
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Yes, you can export boundary files from your current GIS and then import them for use in the UKHab Survey App. To do this you will need to follow these steps:

Export from your GIS as a CSV in WKT format (Well Known Text).

Make sure the co-ordinate system you use is WGS84/EPSG:4326.

In the Records view of your UKHab project in Coreo, select the Import button from the toolbar and then work through the import process. This also allows you to map any existing attributes if you wish.

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It’s easy to get your survey results into your GIS. In Coreo, we have several output formats for you to use. The UKHab Survey Results presents your data in the UKHab data model and is ideal for exporting as a Shapefile. You can pull this straight into your GIS. If you have a template set up to create styled habitat maps using UKHab codes then everything should just work straight off the bat.

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Yes. When you add polygons or lines Coreo calculates the area or length of the feature on submission.

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The habitat outputs from the App use the UK Habitat Classification (“UKHab”). Correspondence tables exist to help with translation into UKHab of habitat data collected using NVC and Phase 1. These are provided free on the UKHab website https://ukhab.org/. However, it should be noted that translation between survey types is not recommended, since information will always be lost in the process.