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.
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.
It will be updated to accommodate the upcoming UKHab Classification v2.0 and future changes to the Metric.
No. Coreo, the platform on which the UKHab Survey 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 UKHab Survey, 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.
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.
If you’re a commercial enterprise, the UKHab Survey is £100 per user, per year.
Because the UKHab Survey is an add-on product to the Coreo platform you will also need to choose your preferred subscription tier for Coreo. Details of the different tiers and what’s included can be found here.
What is Coreo?
Coreo is a data collection platform, designed with ecologists in mind. With a Coreo subscription you can easily switch from paper-based surveys to having everything on your mobile device. Find out more about the benefits here.
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.
The UKHab Survey App should run on most contemporary devices. However, here are a few of the key things to look out for:
Yes, you can export boundary files from your current GIS and then import them for use in the UKHab Survey. You can import:
In the Records view of your UKHab project in Coreo, select the Import button from the toolbar, choose the appropriate form to import your data into (almost always the pre-survey form) and then work through the import process. This also allows you to map any existing attributes if you wish.
It’s easy to get your survey results into your GIS. In Coreo, we have several output formats for you to use:
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.
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.