FAQs for UKHab

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Categories: Technical, UKHab

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

  1.  With the current version of Coreo you will need a device with a Sim card so that you can access records, maps and submit data in the field. The alternative is to tether or hotspot from another device that does.
  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.
Categories: Technical, UKHab

Yes, you can export boundary files from your current GIS and then import them for use in the UKHab Survey. You can import:

  • Shapefiles (in either EPSG:4236 or EPSG:27700)
  • GeoJSON (in EPSG:4236)

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.

Categories: Technical, UKHab


Uploaded polygons will be imported as pre-survey data. When doing a survey using the app you base your full survey on a pre-survey habitat feature. When you do this you copy the pre-survey geometry, you don’t use it directly.  This allows you to e.g. adjust the feature’s extent if required. Your pre-survey data remains untouched and another record (your full UKHab survey record) is created.

Categories: Technical, UKHab

This will entirely depend on a) the condition of the shapefiles you import or b) how many nodes you add when you digitise your polygons in Coreo.  Coreo doesn’t automatically create boundaries from mapping so it’s up to you how many nodes a polygon would contain when adding them.

Categories: Technical, UKHab

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.
  • The UKHab Condition Assessment Results format provides you with an output file that neatly presents all the data you need to feed into NE’s Biodiversity Metric 3.1 Calculation Tool.
Categories: Technical, UKHab

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

Categories: Technical, UKHab

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 However, it should be noted that translation between survey types is not recommended, since information will always be lost in the process.