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Identification and Field Survey Skills - Plants and Habitats

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Identification and Field Survey Skills - Plants and Habitats

Practical training in how to identify higher and lower orders of plants, how to classify vegetation groups, also survey techniques. This page details courses where a full habitat is considered.


June 2019

24/06/2019    Discovering and Identifying Wild Flowers    4 Days

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will be an introduction to the flowers of the many exciting habitats close to the Centre. It is aimed at anyone who loves plants and would like to know more about them, how and where they live, how to use keys and what books to use.

Cost £300.00


24/06/2019    Wildflower Identification - Neutral and Calcareous Grassland    1 Day

South East England, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/24062019000000WildflowerIdentificationNeutralandCalcareousGrassland.aspx

This training day will familiarise participants with wild flowers commonly encountered in the countryside, as well as the more specialist species associated with species-rich calcareous grassland. No keys will be used, but we will aim to get a handle on the main families of flowering plants in the UK, to help identification skills.

Cost £unknown


25/06/2019    Wildflowers, Orchids and Grasses Identification Workshop    3 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Learn to identify the diverse flowers and grasses of Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve, with Leif Bersweden.

Cost £219.00


25/06/2019    Wildflower Identification and Survey - Neutral and Calcareous grasslands    1 Day

Old Sarum and Figsbury Ring, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wildflower-identification-and-survey-tickets-52262811476

A one-day course giving participants the ability to identify the wildflowers in semi-improved neutral and calcareous grasslands using simple features, a good understanding of key indicator species and an introduction to yellow composites

Cost £85.00


26/06/2019    Chalk Grassland Flowers     1 Day

Sevenoaks , Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://c-js.info/2SpKjRZ

Learn identification of chalk grassland flowers. Also about key plants starting at Sevenoaks and visiting other local reserves. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Cost £33.00


26/06/2019    Introduction to Wildflower Identification    1 Day

Three Crosses, Gower, Swansea, Wild Gower. Contact: 07703343597 ecoleg.sazer@gmail.com www.facebook.com/wildgower/

Booking essential - only a few places left. Learn how to identify our native wildflowers at a special haymeadow reserve managed by the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales. Indoor morning presentation, afternoon plant id experience at Prior's Meadow with Dr Deborah Sazer. £25 (or £40 for two

Cost £25.00


27/06/2019    Grasslands Species Identification Day    1 Day

Ivythorn Youth Hostel, Street, Somerset, Countryside Management Association. Contact: https://c-js.info/2VFgwHJ

We will look at the vast array of species at Ivythorn Meadows then hop across the road to hunt for the enigmatic Large Blue Butterfly with the Somerset National Trust team. Collard Hill is the second best place in the world to see this butterfly…so hopefully we’ll be in with a good chance!

Cost £40.00


27/06/2019    Introduction to soil identification for foresters    1 Day

Main conference room, Alice Holt Research Station, Forest Research, Alice Holt Lodge, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LH, Royal Forestry Society. Contact: https://c-js.info/2QRANWR

Understand the importance of soil recognition in forest management; how to use published geological and soil information to help in soil type identification; how to approach soil investigation in the forest or field and understand the principles behind the FC’s Ecological Site Classification (ESC) System.

Cost £unknown


27/06/2019    Wildflower ID Course    1 Day

Feed Bristol, Avon Wildlife Trust. Contact: 0117 917 7270 learning@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-06-27-wildflower-identification

Join botanist and author Alex Morss on our one-day beginner’s course to discover more about amazing local wild flowers and learn how to identify what’s around you.

Cost £45.00


28/06/2019    Improving Meadows and Grasslands    1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Find out how to create a wildflower meadow or restore your species-rich grassland using local seed and low-impact techniques.

Cost £68.00


28/06/2019    Limestone Flora    3 Days

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

A weekend for buildingbotanical skillswith the specialist flora of limestone habitats amid the magnificent scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Excursions will cover grasslands, flushes, woodlands and limestone pavement to identify a wide range of species in the field. *MMU

Cost £350.00


29/06/2019    Identification of Deciduous Trees in Summer    1 Day

Amersham, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Trees form an imposing and ecologically important part of the landscape of the British Isles: but they are much more interesting if we know their names! During this course we will look at features such as leaves, bark, flowers and fruits which can be used to identify.

Cost £42.00


29/06/2019    Botany Beginnings: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes    1 Day

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This beginners course will cover anatomy and terminology, and will teach simple methods of identification in a relaxed and passionate manner. There will be many handy tips and plenty of indoor and outdoor practical activities to aid learning.

Cost £35.00


29/06/2019    Marshes and Mires    1 Day

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Wet grasslands and mires are amongst the richest of habitats. The hydrology will vary over a site and also change throughout the year which means that a variety of plants adapted to different hydrological conditions will grow in such places. The habitats will be home to numerous sedge species along with different grasses and rushes.

Cost £45.00


29/06/2019    Ecology of Chalk Grassland    1 Day

Steyning, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-06-29-ecology-of-chalk-downland-29062019

Chalk downland is one of Western Europe's richest wildlife habitats. It has up to 40 species of flowering plants per square metre, many of them chalk specialists, and 60% of the UK's butterflies including iconic 'blues' such as the Adonis and Chalk Hill Blues. In this one day course you'll all about this species-rich habitat; how it is created and managed and the species that thrive here.

Cost £75.00


29/06/2019    An introduction to identifying wildflowers    1 Day

New Ferry Butterfly Park, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 07856053210 hilary.j.ash@ntlworld.com https://c-js.info/2TjNyuH

This workshop is a fantastic introduction to the main families of wildflowers. The setting of this course is the species rich award winning location of New Ferry Butterfly Park.

Cost £100.00


30/06/2019    Wildflower & Folklore    1 Day

Bough Beech, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://c-js.info/2SrcNL4

An introduction to the folklore of plants. Learn about the use of wild plants in our culture and everyday life as food and medicines, in healting and superstition. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Cost £33.00


July 2019

02/07/2019    Habitat Indicator Species (Phase 1 and NVC) - Acid and Neutral Grassland    1 Day

Richmond Park, London, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/habitat-indicator-species-phase-1-and-nvc-acid-and-neutral-grassland-tickets-52251807563

A 1 day course giving participants the skills and confidence to assess neutral and acid grassland habitats, both in terms of type and quality, confidence in understanding indicator species, an overview of some key Phase I and NVC communities and a chance to do quadrat sampling and share ideas with colleagues

Cost £85.00


03/07/2019    Wildflower ID: Chalk Grassland    1 Day

Nower Wood, Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-07-03-wildflower-id-chalk-grassland

There is an abundance of beautiful wildflowers found on the local chalk grassland. Learn to find and identify them.

Cost £45.00


05/07/2019    Discovering Mountain Flowers and Ferns    3 Days

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course aims to visit a wide range of alpine flowering plants and ferns, contrasting more acidic habitats with lime rich areas. Although there will be emphasis on identification of vascular plants and ferns, the course will also examine aspects of the ecology and vegetation of the montane flora.

Cost £263.00


05/07/2019    Grass Identification    3 Days

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

With an emphasis on floral characteristics, this course is an introduction to the structure of grasses and the terminology used in identification. Visits to a variety of local habitats will give you experience of using keys and identifying a range grass species in the field. *MMU

Cost £350.00


05/07/2019    One Third of British Sedges in Three Days    3 Days

Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

A course for people who need to identify sedges for survey work, or want to see a good variety of sedges, including some rare ones, and associated plants in diverse habitats. We will practise using flowering part and vegetative keys at what is the best time of year to look at sedges.

Cost £350.00


05/07/2019    Wild flower identification for improvers    1 Day

Broughton Down, Stockbridge, Hampshire, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01489774400 Courses@hiwwt.org.uk

Cost £60.00


06/07/2019    Introduction to Grass Identification    1 Day

Amersham, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Grasses are tricky because they lack showy flowers but they are important in most plant habitats. We will begin with the structure and terminology of the grass plant, then visit local sites to become familiar with the common species that are found in different types of grassland.

Cost £42.00


06/07/2019    Identifying Common Grasses Workshop    1 Day

Cottrell Building University of Stirling, BSBI. Contact: faithanstey@gmail.com https://c-js.info/2SOCncY

If you have a good basic knowledge of plant ID but feel somewhat intimidated when it comes to grasses, this beginners' course promises to help. We will concentrate on the 20 most common grasses of neutral grassland, and the workshop will give you a flying start at grass ID.

Cost £30.00


07/07/2019    Flowers of Saltmarshes    1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://c-js.info/2BS0QZD

Gain a better understanding of plants that live on coastal mudflats and how they have become specialised to cope with harsh conditions. Normal fee - £33 per person per day.Concessionary fee - KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Cost £33.00


08/07/2019    Midsummer grass identification    1 Day

Old Sarum, Salisbury, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/midsummer-grass-identification-tickets-50532463960

A one-day course giving participants confidence in identifying key grasses of neutral and unimproved calcareous grassland, a knowledge of using grass indicator species and a chance to learn memorable features allowing easy grass identification

Cost £85.00


10/07/2019    Identifying Flowering Plants    3 Days

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Betws Bledwrs, Lampeter, SA48 8PD, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre. Contact: 01570493358 info@denmarkfarm.org.uk www.denmarkfarm.org.uk

Examine specimens and become familiar with the huge variety of flower and leaf forms and the equally huge and often confusing terminology used in the wild flower books and 'keys'. You will be given the confidence to use a 'flora' and 'keys' and identifying unknown flowering plant species on your own

Cost £120.00


11/07/2019    Field Identification Skills Certificate    1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk https://c-js.info/2BS0HFz

Take an assessment of your botanical survey skills and receive a certificate from the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland

Cost £75.00


11/07/2019    Grasses rushes and sedges    1 Day

Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Glamorgan CF32 0EH, WYG. Contact: 0113 278 7111 ecology@wyg.com https://c-js.info/31c2Qql

An introduction to identification of these difficult plants, it will explain basic floristic structure, diagnostic features and how to identify common species.

Cost £100.00


11/07/2019    Beginner's Botany    2 Days

Nr Exeter, Ecology Training UK Ltd. Contact: 07818073660 ecologytraininguk@gmail.com www.ecologytraining.co.uk/book-a-course/introductory/

This 2-day course provides you with a basic knowledge of how to identify wild flowers using keys and field guides. You will learn about the commonest plant families and how to recognise them. You will also become familiar with some of the most common flowering plants, grasses and trees.

Cost £unknown


12/07/2019    Sedges and Rushes    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course is designed to give the beginner a sound foundation in these two groups. We shall not be hunting for rarities or clocking up a long list of species, but rather we shall spend time tackling the identification of the commoner members of each family.

Cost £270.00


12/07/2019    Identifying Aquatic Plants    3 Days

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

We will use a range of keys to identify plants to family, genus and species, and laboratory sessions in the evening will provide the opportunity to use microscopes and to see voucher specimens of a wider range of specimens. *MMU

Cost £395.00


13/07/2019    Identifying Grasses, Sedges & Rushes    3 Days

Denmark Farm Conservation Centre, Betws Bledwrs, Lampeter, SA48 8PD, Denmark Farm Conservation Centre. Contact: 01570493358 info@denmarkfarm.org.uk www.denmarkfarm.org.uk

Green leaves that all look the same and no pretty flowers so difficult to identify! Learn essential and valuable skills for any field and conservation ecologists

Cost £120.00


13/07/2019    Forensic Ecology    1 Day

Bushy Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

The use of environmental and botanical data in forensic science has a long history dating to at least the early 20th century. Participants will learn about the ways in which vegetation and other forms of environmental evidence can be used to help understand criminal activity.

Cost £45.00


13/07/2019    Calcareous Grasslands    2 Days

Durham Wildlife Trust DH4 6PU/Blackhall Rocks TS27 4DG, Verde-ecology Consultancy. Contact: 07875544635 juliageno@verde-ecologyconsultancy.com www.verde-ecologyconsultancy.com

Course inhow to identify the species found in calcareous grasslands. The second day we will be looking at species as ecological indicators, especially in the context of the NVC calcareous grasslands.

Cost £100.00


14/07/2019    Summer Tree Identifcation    1 Day

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve, Doncaster, Yorkshire Wildife Trust. Contact: 01904 659570 info@ywt.org.uk www.ywt.org.uk/events

This one day workshop starts with a classroom session in the morning, looking at the different features used to identify a range of native broad-leaved trees and shrubs, including a close look at leaves as well as habitat, bark, twigs and other clues followed by an outdoor practical session.

Cost £65.00


17/07/2019    A Botanical Odyssey - 300 Species in 3 Days?    3 Days

Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

The best way to learn about plants is to see lots of them. This course presents a comprehensive tour through both the world of plants and the world of North Wales. We aim to see 300 wild plants in three days.

Cost £350.00


18/07/2019    A brief History of Surrey's Landscape    1 Day

Nower Wood, Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-07-18-brief-history-surreys-landscape

Gain an overview of how Surrey's Landscape came to be.

Cost £25.00


19/07/2019    Introduction to Sedges    1 Day

Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will involve looking at a range of specimens and guide you through the process of identification from the very beginning right through to identification to species level, providing you with the confidence to relish tackling unknown species.

Cost £45.00


19/07/2019    Grasses, Sedges and Rushes    3 Days

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Grasses, sedges and rushes can be seen as a bewildering mix of similar looking plants; through this course you will be able to understand the structures and characters that each of the species has. By the end of the course participants will be able to recognise many of the commoner species. *MMU

Cost £333.00


19/07/2019    Aquatic Plants    3 Days

Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

The course will concentrate on the identification and ecology of aquatic and vascular plants and stoneworts in habitats around Slapton Ley and South Devon including: ponds, lakes and rivers. It will cover all groups of water plants including swamp and fen plants growing around the edges of water bodies.

Cost £315.00


20/07/2019    Common British and Irish Plant Families 3: Mint, Figwort and Borage    1 Day

Regents Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This is one of four sessions, each of which will focus on 3-5 common wild plant families. Participants will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice their identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field.

Cost £45.00


20/07/2019    Fern Identification    3 Days

Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Three full days will be spent in the field looking at ferns and their allies in their natural habitats. Sites will include upland and lowland, acidic and alkaline habitats ensuring that a variety of species from a number of families will be observed. *MMU

Cost £370.00


20/07/2019    Identifying Common Sedges Workshop    1 Day

Mugdock Country Park, BSBI. Contact: faithanstey@gmail.com https://c-js.info/2C35mV9

If you have a good basic knowledge of plant ID but feel intimidated when it comes to sedges, this beginners' course promises to help. We will explain the differences between rushes and sedges and go onto look at some of the 21 most common sedge species.

Cost £unknown


20/07/2019    Introduction to Upland Surveying    2 Days

Angus glens, near Edzell, Taylor Wildlife. Contact: 07889206143 lduggan@taylorwildlife.co.uk www.taylorwildlife.co.uk

A two-day course designed to give participants an introduction to carrying out ecological surveys in upland habitats. This practical course focuses on navigation, safe working practices, habitat, vegetation and bird identification and covers a range of survey types. One night's accommodation, pick up and drop of from Montrose included in price.

Cost £199.00


22/07/2019    Wildflower Grasslands of West Dorset    2 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Join Nick Gray, DWT’s west Dorset conservation officer and Amanda Marler, local wildlife site officer on a 2-day tour of some of beautiful west Dorset’s most marvellous species-rich grassland sites.

Cost £188.00


22/07/2019    Upland Habitat Identification    1 Day

Angus glens, near Edzell, Taylor Wildlife. Contact: 07889206143 lduggan@taylorwildlife.co.uk www.taylorwildlife.co.uk

Ideal for recent graduates, those new to ecology and those who enjoy spending time outdoors, this course identifies the plant species that make up various upland habitat types. We will also look at historical and current threats to upland habitats, as well as restoration and habitat management techniques. Lunch included.

Cost £90.00


23/07/2019    Umbellifers for a Day: Understanding the Apiaceae    1 Day

Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will focus on the key differences between the members of this family, helping elucidate the guide books and enable the amateur to become proficient at determining what member of the Apiaceae they are looking at.

Cost £45.00


25/07/2019    Identifying British Trees    1 Day

Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

The focus of this one-day course will be broad-leaved trees although conifers will be looked at in less detail. This course will also look at the range of British woodlands, planted, semi-natural and ancient, their ecology and management.

Cost £45.00


25/07/2019    Aquatic Plant Identification: Intermediate    1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An introduction to the flowering plants of ponds, lakes and streams. Learn how to observe the characteristics needed to identify and classify them using a series of novel side-by-side annotated drawings (supplied) that summarise their key features. A follow-on Aquatic Plants: Advanced course is available on 26 July.

Cost £53.00


25/07/2019    Woodlands of Surrey     1 Day

Nower Wood, Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-07-25-woodlands-surrey

Discover why Surrey is the most wooded county in the country and how this benefits everyone.

Cost £25.00


26/07/2019    Coastal Plants    3 Days

Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Slapton is an ideal location for the study of coastal plants. Famous for the unique shingle beach of Slapton Sands and for the freshwater lake of Slapton Ley, it is also within easy reach of the cliffs of Start Point and the sand dunes and salt marshes of the Avon Estuary.

Cost £315.00


26/07/2019    Simply Wild Flowers    3 Days

Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This is a course for anyone with an interest in wild flowers, who would like to learn how to identify them correctly. By close examination and gaining an understanding of floral structure of the major flower families you will ensure your confidence and competence as a budding field botanist improves.

Cost £400.00


26/07/2019    Grasses, Sedges and Rushes    3 Days

Margam, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Grasses, sedges and rushes can be seen as a bewildering mix of similar looking plants; through this course you will be able to understand the structures and characters that each of the species has. By the end of the course participants will be able to recognise many of the commoner. *MMU

Cost £395.00


26/07/2019    Aquatic Plant Identification: Advanced    1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

For those with some prior knowledge of aquatic plants who wish to learn the more critical groups such as water crowfoots, duckweeds, pondweeds, starworts and aquatic grasses. The course Aquatic Plant Identification: Intermediate on 25 July covering the commoner species provides a grounding for this course but attendance on both is not essential.

Cost £57.00


26/07/2019    Wildlife Watching Weekend    3 Days

Preston Montford Field Centre, Growing Confidence Project. Contact: 01743852040 gc@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/gc

Discover the wildlife that lives around the Preston Montford estate and learn top tips for wildlife watching. During the weekend we’ll be looking for bats, small mammals, badgers, moths, butterflies and other fascinating invertebrates, and we’ll find out about the flowers, trees and other plants that grow here too. Age 16 - 25

Cost £45.00


27/07/2019    Upland Plant Identification for Habitat Surveys    2 Days

Ben Lawer NNR, National Trust for Scotland. Contact: 07716 406900 lindsay@parnassusecology.com www.parnassusecology.com

Cost £170.00


27/07/2019    Upland Plant Identification Course for Habitat Surveys    2 Days

Ben Lawers NNR, Killin, Parnassus Ecology. Contact: 07716 406900 lindsay@parnassusecology.com www.parnassusecology.com

The course will aim to give participants the confidence to reliably identify key upland plants in a variety of upland habitats, thus improving their ability to carry out upland Phase 1, NVC and other surveys. Suitable for all levels. Course will be based at internationally-renowned Ben Lawers NNR.

Cost £170.00


27/07/2019    Exploring Grasses    2 Days

Rainton Meadows and Herrington Hill Nature Reserves, Verde-ecology Consultancy. Contact: 07875544635 juliageno@verde-ecologyconsultancy.com www.verde-ecologyconsultancy.com

Hands on workshop for beginners and improvers that want to know “what that grass is” and why certain grasses prefer different habitats.

Cost £70.00


27/07/2019    Our Native Trees    1 Day

Hanningfield Nature Reserve, near Billericay, Essex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01621 862960 admin@essexwt.org.uk https://c-js.info/31wgPHG

This course will focus on trees that are likely to be found in the woodlands and hedgerows of Essex and will explain how we identify trees using a combination of clues such as leaves, buds, bark, tree height and location. Suggested donation £30.

Cost £unknown


29/07/2019    Difficult Plants    4 Days

Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

We shall focus on plants that we find on our excursions in the lovely habitats of South Devon and we shall spend a little time studying and getting to grips with these. By the end of the course you should be inspired with confidence and enthusiasm to tackle 'new' and attractive plants.

Cost £470.00


31/07/2019    Vegetative Keys for Identifying Plants    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Summer is a good time to practise keys that focus on vegetative features. Most field guides focus on features of flowers and fruits to differentiate between species and this can be frustrating when the plant you are interested in has neither!

Cost £295.00


31/07/2019    Introduction to Woodlands    1 Day

Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will look at the history, management and use, ecology and folklore of our woodlands.

Cost £45.00


August 2019

01/08/2019    Arable Plant Identification and Ecology    1 Day

Micheldever, Hampshire, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/arable-plant-identification-and-ecology-tickets-50525351687

A one-day course giving participants familiarity with several common and endangered arable plants and a chance to look at and learn about different conservation techniques and arable management options

Cost £85.00


01/08/2019    Chalk Grasslands Across the County    1 Day

Nower Wood, Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-08-01-chalk-grasslands-across-county

Find out more about the chalk grassland covering Surrey and why it is home to such a variety of flora and fauna.

Cost £25.00


01/08/2019    Introduction to Phase 1 Survey    1 Day

Parc Slip Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre, Glamorgan CF32 0EH, WYG. Contact: 0113 278 7111 ecology@wyg.com https://c-js.info/31c2Qql

An introduction to this fundamental survey methodology, including its value and some limitations. It will comprise field surveys to practice mapping and target noting various habitats.

Cost £unknown


02/08/2019    Flowers with Botanical Keys    3 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will focus on providing a good grounding on flowering parts and the vegetative structure of plants required to use botanical keys successfully and with confidence. We will demystify terms that sometimes make it seem that botanists are using a 'different language'.

Cost £415.00


02/08/2019    Plants of Bogs and Mires    3 Days

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This practical course is aimed at anyone wishing to gain experience in the recognition of the wide range of plants associated with bogs and mires, from heathers to sedges. The accent is on identification through examination of characteristic features aided by the use of simplified keys. *MMU

Cost £395.00


03/08/2019    Phase One Habitat Survey and Preliminary Ecological Appraisal Workshop    2 Days

Stirling, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland. Contact: 01788 476170 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk tcvscotland.eventbrite.com

This popular 2 day course will benefit ecologists, land managers, rangers, planners, environmental consultants and students. You will learn how to correctly assess a habitat type using the Phase 1 survey methodology, to map and write this up competently and to understand how to read Phase 1 habitat maps

Cost £unknown


05/08/2019    Aquatic Plants    1 Day

Langford Lakes, Wiltshire, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aquatic-plants-tickets-50525618485

A 1 day course covering how to identify a range of common waterside plants, focusing on submerged, floating, emergent and bankside communities of slow-flowing/standing water.

Cost £85.00


08/08/2019    Surrey's Wooded Pastures    1 Day

Ashtead Common, Ashtead, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372 379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk www.surreywildlifetrust.org/events/2019-08-08-surreys-wooded-pastures

Learn more about the way we utilise and maintain the wooded pastures in Surrey.

Cost £25.00


14/08/2019    Archaeology of West Dorset    1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

This day course is about the places, landscape and archaeology of west Dorset, describing the main sites dating from around 4000 BC to the Romanisation of Britain. With local expert, Chris Tripp.

Cost £68.00


15/08/2019    Wild Flower ID for Beginners    1 Day

Sheffield, Wildscapes. Contact: 0114 2792667 info@wildscapes.co.uk https://c-js.info/2WCxVkm

Anintroduction to the identification of wild flowers with an emphasis on the most common plant families and basic flower structure. The course is aimed at anyone with a general interest in botany, no previous knowledge is required.

Cost £72.50


16/08/2019    Identifying Coastal Plants    3 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Designed to help the beginner, this course will give participants practical experience in the identification of saltmarsh and sand dune plants. There will be time to carry out vegetation surveys and consider the process of ecological succession. This is an accredited course suitable for professionals or interested amateurs. *MMU

Cost £370.00


17/08/2019    Common British and Irish Plant Families 4: Daisy, Goosefoot, Dock and Willow    1 Day

Regents Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This is the last of four sessions, each of which will focus on 3-5 common wild plant families. Participants will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice their identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field.

Cost £45.00


17/08/2019    Upland Habitat Identification    1 Day

Angus glens, near Edzell, Taylor Wildlife. Contact: 07889206143 lduggan@taylorwildlife.co.uk www.taylorwildlife.co.uk

Ideal for recent graduates, those new to ecology and those who enjoy spending time outdoors, this course identifies the plant species that make up various upland habitat types. We will also look at historical and current threats to upland habitats, as well as restoration and habitat management techniques. Lunch included.

Cost £90.00


19/08/2019    Dandelions, Daisies and Thistles    3 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

The course will be essentially a practical one with ample time provided, under guidance, for the study of floral design under the low power microscope; a useful tool which undoubtedly aids future field identification. *MMU

Cost £405.00


23/08/2019    Broad-Leaved Trees    2 Days

Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Late summer is a good time to turn our attention to the broad-leaved trees. Soon they will start to transform our landscapes into a blaze of colour. Now is the time to learn what we can from the foliage and fruits. *MMU

Cost £268.00


23/08/2019    Identifying Lichens    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This intermediate level weekend on lichen identification is for anyone with some initial experience of this group who would like to take their interest several stages further. There will be a combination of field excursions, microscope work and use of keys to help you with lichen identification.

Cost £270.00


24/08/2019    Introduction to Fern Identification    1 Day

Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will focus on learning the key characteristics used in keys and guide books to help separate species helping shed light on tricky terminology and unravelling the jargon that can stop us fully appreciating such marvellous plants.

Cost £45.00


28/08/2019    Identification of Invasive Alien Plants    1 Day

South East, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/28082019000000IdentificationofInvasiveAlienPlants.aspx

A unique opportunity to develop skills in the identification of the approximately 40 species of invasive non-native plants listed on Sch. 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act, using the extensive collection of plants in the glasshouses and gardens at Kew.

Cost £unknown


30/08/2019    Vegetative Plant Identification    2 Days

Margam, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

In many books and courses the focus of plant identification is flowers. This course aims to help improve identification of plants vegetatively using a variety of field techniques and the Vegetative Key to the British Flora by John Poland.

Cost £289.00


September 2019

02/09/2019    The Fern Guide    4 Days

Blencathra, Field Studies Council. Contact: 017687 79601 enquiries.bl@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Days will be spent in the field visiting different local locations around the Centre and Derwentfolds woods with various habitats to examine a significant proportion of Britain's ferns, horsetails, clubmosses and quillworts - the pteridophytes. Our main objective will be identification, but ecology will also be a mainstay of the course.

Cost £350.00


02/09/2019    Mushrooms and Toadstools - Develop your Skills in Identification    4 Days

Blencathra, Field Studies Council. Contact: 017687 79601 enquiries.bl@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course aims to introduce as wide a range of mushrooms and toadstools as possible during a combination of field meetings and indoor sessions. This will provide opportunities to either begin or further develop skills in identification for those with some experience.

Cost £350.00


05/09/2019    Late Season Grasses    1 Day

Old Sarum and Figsbury Ring, Wiltshire, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/late-season-grass-identification-tickets-52263994013

A one-day course giving participants confidence in identifying key grasses of neutral and unimproved calcareous grassland for late season surveys

Cost £85.00


05/09/2019    Introduction to Phase 1 Habitat Survey    2 Days

Scotland, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/05092019000000IntroductiontoPhase1HabitatSurvey.aspx

A comprehensive introduction to Phase 1 survey delivered over two days of training with sessions on background data sources, practice surveys in a range of habitats, recording and reporting on data and the relevance / use of Phase 1 in other ecological assessments.

Cost £unknown


06/09/2019    Historical Ecology of Ancient Grazed Woodlands and Meadows    3 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Uncover the hidden stories of the ecology, geology and wildlife on DWT’s Kingcombe Meadows and Powerstock Common, with Bryan Edwards.

Cost £219.00


07/09/2019    Identifying Woodland Trees in Leaf    1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

On this course we will learn identifying features of many of the trees found in and around Epping Forest using leaves, bark, fruits, nuts and seeds to help us. Site visits will include ancient woodland plantation areas with non-native and common woodland trees alike.

Cost £35.00


07/09/2019    Introduction to Lichens    2 Days

Blencathra, Field Studies Council. Contact: 017687 79601 enquiries.bl@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will consist of a blend of field and laboratory sessions to provide you with a general introduction to lichens as a group, focusing on morphology, biology, ecology and chemistry. The workshop will include a series of field visits to local sites in the English Lake District.

Cost £232.00


09/09/2019    Heathland, Acid Grassland and Bog - Species Identification and Survey     1 Day

The New Forest, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heathland-acid-grassland-and-bogs-botanical-survey-and-assessment-tickets-52264382174

A 1-day course giving participants the skills and confidence to identify the key grasses and flowers of several different heathland communities, the ability to recognise heathland/bog community types and a chance to do quadrat sampling and share ideas with colleagues

Cost £85.00


10/09/2019    Fern ID    1 Day

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

A day course aimed at the keen beginner and improver alike, providing an introduction to the commoner ferns and their allies. Our day will be spent in Benthall Edge Woods near the Ironbridge Gorge, a particularly interesting botanical site with a variety of woodland fern species.

Cost £45.00


10/09/2019    Phase 1 for Development    1 Day

South East, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/10092019000000Phase1forDevelopment.aspx

This one day training event run by James Simpson will give participants the confidence to carry out their own phase 1 habitat surveys.

Cost £unknown


12/09/2019    Plant ID Using the Vegetative Key    1 Day

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Using a hand lens or microscope you will come to marvel at the structures and details to be found in even the commonest species. Working through the 'Flora' together participants will discover a range of characters that regularly crop up in the key and these will be further illustrated with specimens and presentations.

Cost £45.00


13/09/2019    Identifying Fungi    7 Days

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will give participants the ability to improve their field identification skills and become confident in how to identify their finds to genus. You will also be given the guidance and time needed to learn and practise all the microscopy and lab techniques for identifying any fungi to species.

Cost £597.00


13/09/2019    A Half Day Seabuckthorn Forage    0.5 Day

Bo'ness, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland. Contact: 01786 476170 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk tcvscotland.eventbrite.com

A claimed 'superfood' these bright orange berries are packed full of Vitamin C!! They make fantastic juices and syrups and will to zest up any meal!!

Cost £unknown


14/09/2019    Introduction to Orchards    1 Day

Greenwich Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

How can you design and create a community orchard or one in a garden? Why are rootstocks important, and how can one encourage the trees during the first few years? Based in Greenwich Park. Fee includes FSC fold out chart Guide to Foraging.

Cost £35.00


14/09/2019    Advanced Macrofungi    7 Days

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This week-long course is pitched at an intermediate to advanced level, focusing on those difficult groups which are often passed over for the larger and more obvious species. It will be a blend of fieldwork and laboratory sessions with visits to mostly old pastures and woodland sites.

Cost £575.00


14/09/2019    Hedgerow Survey    1 Day

Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve, Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre. Contact: 01865 815451 tverc@oxfordshire.gov.uk https://c-js.info/2ugd78w

​This is an introductory course about hedgerows and how to survey them. It will highlight the legal protection that some hedgerows have and describe how important hedgerows are identified. There will be a field session with the opportunity to survey a hedge.

Cost £FREE


17/09/2019    Introduction to habitat management for lichens and bryophytes     1 Day

Borrowdale, Lake District, Plantlife . Contact: 07585 017341 April.Windle@plantlife.org.uk

This event is for people who work with woodlands in Cumbria, providing an introduction to managing woodlands for lichens and bryophytes, identifying habitat threats and learning how to interpret consultancy reports produced from an ecological survey. Please contact April Windle for further information and registration details.

Cost £FREE


19/09/2019    UK Habitat Classification for Practitioners    1 Day

South East, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/19092019000000UKHabitatClassificationforPractitioners.aspx

This one day course is mostly designed for those who use Phase I and/or NVC to map habitats so that they can convert to using UKHab easily.

Cost £unknown


20/09/2019    Identifying Bryophytes for Conservation and Recording    3 Days

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will focus on developing the higher level field and laboratory skills required to identify some of the more difficult genera. This will involve fieldwork and laboratory sessions. Short talks will cover the conservation of bryophytes and bryophyte recording in the British Isles. *MMU(M)

Cost £505.00


21/09/2019    The Mountain Environment of Snowdonia    1 Day

Moel Siabod Café, Snowdonia, Wales, Nature's Work. Contact: 07816 727414 info@natureswork.co.uk https://c-js.info/2zOptFE

This workshop aims to develop your understanding & knowledge of the nature of the mountain environment. The workshop focuses on the environment of Snowdonia & identification of flowers but also providing an overview of the mountain environment in general. The course is designed to help you to identify the special features & characteristics of the natural world with attention to the relationship between rock type, water & plantlife.

Cost £45.00


21/09/2019    Tree Identification: Autumn    1 Day

Regents Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

There is a great variety of trees in The Regent's Park and it is therefore well suited to learning how to identify different species. Participants will be introduced to tree terminology and will learn to identify trees accurately. We will focus on broad-leaved trees and shrubs.

Cost £35.00


22/09/2019    Glaciation in the Upland Environment    1 Day

Moel Siabod Café, Snowdonia, Wales, Nature's Work. Contact: 07816 727414 info@natureswork.co.uk https://c-js.info/2zOptFE

This workshop is designed to develop your understanding of glaciation at a global scale & at local, regional level. North Wales has a classical glaciated landscape with spectacular examples of glacial features & landforms. We will identify & explain the formation of these features both large & small scale including features of erosion, transportation & deposition. Bring a notebook, pencil & camera.

Cost £45.00


28/09/2019    Autumn foraging    1 Day

Butser Ancient Farm, Butser Ancient Farm. Contact: 0239 2598838 volunteers@butserancientfarm.co.uk www.butserancientfarm.co.uk

Identify plants and learn their uses

Cost £60.00


28/09/2019    Introduction to Hedgerows    1 Day

Bushy Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Learn about how hedgerows were created - or planted, their trees and flora, and of species that help to indicate their origin. We will look at how to create a hedgerow, even within a small site, how to manage the hedgerow and how to encourage wildlife. Based in Bushy Park.

Cost £35.00


29/09/2019    Fungi Foray    1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01300 320684 kingcombe@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Learn about the amazing array of fungi amongst the ancient pastures of Kingcombe Meadows, with John Wright.

Cost £72.00


30/09/2019    Phase 1 Habitat Survey    1 Day

Exeter, Ecology Training UK Ltd. Contact: 07818073660 ecologytraininguk@gmail.com www.ecologytraining.co.uk/book-a-course/introductory/

An introductory level course, relevant to both consultancy and conservation. Our day long course includes: introduction and background to Phase 1 habitat surveys, field experience of identifying and recording habitats, basic identification of dominant plant species and preparation of habitat maps in the classroom.

Cost £unknown


October 2019

02/10/2019    An Introduction to Fungi     1 Day

Northiam, East Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-10-02-an-introduction-to-fungi-02102019

After meeting for an introduction (and tea /coffee) in the morning we will head out on a fungi foray at Brede High Woods looking at the diverse range of woodland fungi that can be found here. Samples will be taken back for the indoor section of the course held at a local village hall. After lunch, Martin will give a short presentation. Following that, with the help of microscopes and Martin's guidance, we will familiarise ourselves with the structures which help us to accurately identify fungi.

Cost £45.00


05/10/2019    Discovering Veteran Trees of Epping Forest    1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

If you appreciate old trees then this is the course for you; well over 50,000 trees within Epping Forest are classified as veteran trees of considerable age and beauty. These support a diverse array of organisms including birds, invertebrates and fungi. Fee includes FSC foldout chart Tree Name Trail.

Cost £35.00


05/10/2019    Introduction to Fungi    1 Day

Bushy Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will explore Bushy Park showing how and where to find different species of fungi and examining their amazing life-histories. The introductory talk, followed by an exploration of the park, will help you start to learn the basic identification techniques. Fee includes FSC fold out chart Fungi Name Trail.

Cost £35.00


08/10/2019    Introduction to habitat management for lichens and bryophytes     1 Day

Borrowdale, Lake District, Plantlife . Contact: 07586 017341 April.Windle@plantlife.org.uk

This event is for people who work with woodlands in Cumbria, providing an introduction to managing woodlands for lichens and bryophytes, identifying habitat threats and learning how to interpret consultancy reports produced from an ecological survey. Please contact April Windle for further information and registration details.

Cost £FREE


08/10/2019    Sphagnum Mosses: Field Identification Course    1 Day

Wilverley Bog, New Forest, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sphagnum-mosses-field-identification-course-tickets-51396131212

A 1 day course giving participants an introduction to field identification of Sphagnum mosses and other heath and mire bryophytes

Cost £65.00


12/10/2019    The Mountain Environment of Snowdonia    1 Day

Moel Siabod Café, Snowdonia, Wales, Nature's Work. Contact: 07816 727414 info@natureswork.co.uk https://c-js.info/2zOptFE

This workshop aims to develop your understanding & knowledge of the nature of the mountain environment. The workshop focuses on the environment of Snowdonia & identification of flowers but also providing an overview of the mountain environment in general. The course is designed to help you to identify the special features & characteristics of the natural world with attention to the relationship between rock type, water & plantlife.

Cost £45.00


12/10/2019    Identifying Woodland Fungi in Epping Forest    1 Day

Epping Forest, Field Studies Council. Contact: 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Epping Forest is one of the most important and well-studied areas for fungi in England. This course will explore the forest, showing how and where to find different species of fungi and examining their amazing life-histories.

Cost £35.00


13/10/2019    Glaciation in the Upland Environment    1 Day

Moel Siabod Café, Snowdonia, Wales, Nature's Work. Contact: 07816 727414 info@natureswork.co.uk https://c-js.info/2zOptFE

This workshop is designed to develop your understanding of glaciation at a global scale & at local, regional level. North Wales has a classical glaciated landscape with spectacular examples of glacial features & landforms. We will identify & explain the formation of these features both large & small scale including features of erosion, transportation & deposition. Bring a notebook, pencil & camera.

Cost £45.00


17/10/2019    Discovering grassland fungi    1 Day

Lyme Park, Disley, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-17-discovering-grassland-fungi

This workshop will focus on one particular group of grassland fungi, the Waxcaps. It will cover their habitat requirements, their identification using colour, cap shape, size and texture, gills and smell, their use in evaluating the significance of grassland sites and current management advice for waxcap-grassland. There will be a mix of indoor work and time out in the field.

Cost £100.00


18/10/2019    Identification of Conifers    2 Days

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

By a range of workshops, lectures and field visits, you will build confidence to accurately identify Conifers. By the end of the course you should be able to identify a range of the major genera of conifers and, have had practice looking for appropriate characters to confirm the species.

Cost £295.00


18/10/2019    Bryophytes    3 Days

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This short course is an introduction to the identification of liverworts and mosses found in bryophyte-rich sites near Kindrogan delivered through field trips and classroom sessions using microscopes.

Cost £252.00


18/10/2019    Identifying Mosses and Liverworts    3 Days

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course will provide an introduction to the skills that are needed to identify bryophytes. Field and laboratory sessions will involve the use of a field key and keys using microscopic characters to identify common species from a variety of habitats. *MMU

Cost £395.00


18/10/2019    Identification of Macrofungi    3 Days

Preston Montford, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This is a training course on the identification of macrofungi using scientific identification procedures aided by keys and microscopy. By the end of the weekend participants should be able to place fungi into correct major groups and identify many common fungi to at least genus level. *MMU

Cost £395.00


19/10/2019    Fungi for Beginners    1 Day

Amersham, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An introduction to the wonderful world of mushrooms, toadstools and all things mouldy. The course is designed to enable you to identify some of our more common and more distinctive fungi and will discuss some of the weird and wonderful ecology and history of this rich and varied group.

Cost £42.00


25/10/2019    Sphagnum Moss    3 Days

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course consists of field trips to Scottish woods, bogs and lochs, with classroom sessions using microscopes and keys to identify species from this varied, colourful and important Sphagnum genus. The course is designed for both keen amateurs and professionals with an interest in NVC and land management.

Cost £330.00


25/10/2019    A Beginners Guide to Mosses    2 Days

Margam, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

A weekend course based in the grounds of Margam Country Park that will introduce the principles of moss identification for the beginner focusing on the larger and most common species and where to look for them. Fieldwork will be followed up with the use of microscopes to look at features more closely.

Cost £289.00


25/10/2019    Lichen Habitats of Exmoor    2 Days

Nettlecombe, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01984 640320 enquiries.nc@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

From rocky coast to ancient woodlands, parklands and churchyards Exmoor supports a great diversity of habitats and environmental conditions for lichens. Nettlecombe Court is in a medieval parkland that is an SSSI for its lichens with ancient oak trees supporting both common and some nationally rare species.

Cost £300.00


25/10/2019    Autumn Fungi    2 Days

Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

An introduction to the wonderful world of mushrooms, toadstools and all things mouldy. The course is designed to enable you to identify some of our more common and more distinctive fungi and will discuss some of the weird and wonderful ecology and history of the rich and varied group.

Cost £240.00


November 2019

01/11/2019    A Weekend with Fungi - Beginners Course    2 Days

Margam, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This is an introductory course on fungi exploring different places to find them in the grounds of Margam Country Park in south Wales. We will identify them initially to families and take some to species and use the names to find out more about their way of life and natural history.

Cost £289.00


02/11/2019    Mosses and Liverworts    1 Day

Bushy Park, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Surrounded by an abundance of eye-catching common species, as well as Scottish rarities, Kindrogan is an ideal place to study bryophytes. Emphasis will be placed on field characteristics, backed up by work in the laboratory, including the use of identification keys.

Cost £597.00


08/11/2019    Getting to Know Conifers    2 Days

Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Autumn and winter provide a wonderful opportunity to focus our attention on the conifers, most of which are evergreen and still bear cones. The British flora is remarkably poor in diversity of native conifers but many introduced species form a major feature in our landscape. *MMU

Cost £268.00


15/11/2019    Trees and Tree Identification: The Challenge of Early Winter    2 Days

Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

This course is concerned with identification. This course is suitable for beginners and all those who love trees. No previous knowledge will be assumed.

Cost £270.00


December 2019

03/12/2019    Winter Trees and shrubs identification    1 Day

The Woodford Valley, Wiltshire, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/winter-tree-identification-tickets-52271516513

A 1 day course giving participants the skills and confidence to identify trees and shrubs when not in leaf, a full set of twigs to label and take home and a free copy of the FSC Aidgap Winter Trees guide

Cost £85.00


05/12/2019    Winter Trees and shrubs identification    1 Day

Natural History Museum, London, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/winter-tree-identification-tickets-52270862557

A 1 day course giving participants the skills and confidence to identify trees and shrubs when not in leaf, a full set of twigs to label and take home and a free copy of the FSC Aidgap Winter Trees guide

Cost £87.00


14/12/2019    Winter Tree Identification     1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-12-08-an-introduction-to-tree-identification-in-winter-08122019

Without their leaves identifying broadleaf trees in the winter can be more of a challenge. In this course we will start indoors focusing on features such as buds, twig morphology, and bark to help us decipher which species is which.

Cost £unknown


February 2020

10/02/2020    The lost mosses of Delamere Forest    1 Day

Delamere Forest, Delamere, Cheshire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2020-02-10-lost-mosses-delamere-forest

Discover the lost mosses of Delamere Forest and see how these rare habitats are being restored for wildlife and the environment.

Cost £6.00



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