Introduction to Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA)


A one-day introductory course designed for those new to EcIA or practitioners requiring an overview of the process.


Teaching will be delivered through a combination of presentations and simple case study examples with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss. This course does not cover how to present the outcomes of EcIA in a report – this is included in the ‘Developing Practical Skills in EcIA’ course (see course listings for dates/venues).

This course is one of three levels of EcIA training currently being provided by CIEEM:

Level 1: Introduction to EcIA

Level 2: Developing Practical Skills in EcIA

Level 3: Advanced course in EcIA

Guidance of appropriate level of EcIA course>>

In-house training available on this topic:

Please note that these courses are also available as bespoke, in-house training events, tailored to the specific needs of your organisation. This includes adapting the level of the training as well as the specific case studies that are included. If you would like more information about booking an in-house course please email

Who Should Attend?

  • Those who only want an overview of the EcIA process (LPA ecologists or EIA co-ordinators, for example).
  • Ecological consultants with up to 2 years’ experience but limited experience of EcIA
  • More experienced ecologists with no previous experience of EcIA
  • Recent graduates looking to improve their CV

Note: Practitioners with existing experience of EcIA should consider the level 2 course instead (see course listings for dates/venues). Please contact if you feel you require further advice before booking.

Knowledge Level


Learning Outcomes

  • Basic understanding of what EcIA is and the main legal and policy drivers behind it
  • Understanding of when an EcIA is required, and how this fits with other assessment frameworks (Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitat Regulations Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment) and CIEEM’s Guidelines on Preliminary Ecological Appraisal
  • Understanding of the terms ‘scoping’, ‘Zone of Influence’ and ‘baseline’ and how to relate these to the EcIA process
  • Understanding of how ‘important ecological features’ are identified
  • Understanding of the importance of characterising impacts using a range of parameters (i.e. not just magnitude)
  • Understanding of what is meant by the term ‘likely significant effect’
  • Understanding of the terms ‘mitigation’, ‘compensation’ and ‘enhancement in the context of EcIA

How to Apply

To book your place on this course:

  1. Call: 01962 868626
  2. Email:
  3. Book via website

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Key Information

Start date:

23rd January 2018 at 10:00am


CIEEM Member: £215 | Non-Member: £265






Biodiversity, Ecology, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Research


Leeds, United Kingdom

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