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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.


August 2019

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


29/08/2019    Identification of Invasive Alien Plants    1 Day

Richmond, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://c-js.info/2GkKRFJ

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


02/09/2019    Identification of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes    1 Day

Midlothian/East Lothian, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://c-js.info/2YVON71

This one day beginner to intermediate level training course delivered by Ben Averis will equip delegates with the skills to identify common grasses, sedges and rushes.

Cost £unknown


03/09/2019    Indicator Plants of Woodland, Wetland, Heath and Acid Grassland    1 Day

East Lothian, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://c-js.info/2GfetEn

This one day beginner to intermediate level training course delivered by Ben Averis will equip delegates with the skills to be able to recognise which plant species are good indicators of various types of woodland, wetland, heath and acid grassland.

Cost £unknown


04/09/2019    Building Resilience in the Bovey Valley    1 Day

Woodland Centre, Yarner Wood, Bovey Tracey, Countryside Management Association. Contact: admin@countrysidemanagement.org.uk https://c-js.info/2lu4nIa

Natural England, Woodland Trust and Plantlife will show you how they are using citizen science to monitor changes to lichens and bryophytes, plus look at focused management to increase light levels and improve conditions for these species.

Cost £FREE


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


05/09/2019    Field Identification Skills Certificate    1 Day

Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days/field-identification-skills-certificate

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

Cost £75.00


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


07/09/2019    Galls and Leaf Mines    1 Day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-09-07-introduction-leaf-mines-and-plant-galls

From tent mines to galleries, oak apples to spangles, discover more about leaf miners and galls, and put your new identification skills to the test.

Cost £33.00


07/09/2019    Phase One Habitat Survey and Preliminary Ecological Appraisal Workshop    2 Days

Stirling, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland. Contact: 01786 479697 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


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


12/09/2019    Plant Identification and Botanical Keys    1 Day

Wrexham, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://c-js.info/2Z4NVNz

This one day course will give participants the confidence to identify a wide range of common plant species using plant components, such as stem, leaf, bract, inflorescence, roots/bulbils, reproductive organs and hairs as identifying features. Training will also cover using botanical keys to identify plants.

Cost £unknown


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


19/09/2019    Tree Biology & Identification    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2FQ6g98

Discover the evolution and biology of trees while developing your identification skills.

Cost £35.00


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


23/09/2019    An Introduction to Fungi & Fungi Foray    1 Day

High Elms Country Park, Orpington, Countryside Management Association. Contact: 01304 840385 phil@countrysidemanagement.org.uk https://c-js.info/2YWmpBM

Suitable for beginners to the science of mycology. Learn the anotomy of fungi, their biology and ecology in the classroom, then tour site to find fungi.

Cost £60.00


23/09/2019    Reconnecting with our intuitional knowledge of medicinal plants    1 Day

Glasgow, The Conservation Volunteers Scotland. Contact: 01786 479697 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk tcvscotland.eventbrite.com

On this course we will be getting to know common plants by engaging our intuition and our senses as well as sharing our knowledge on their medicinal properties. There will also be the opportunity to gather plants and make preparations as well as taking some samples home.

Cost £unknown


24/09/2019    UK Habitat Classification for Practitioners    1 Day

Grange-over-Sands, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://c-js.info/2GeiHvW

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. Issues that need to be resolved from their experiences of existing methodologies will be discussed. UKHab will be introduced by the trainer through interactive presentations, showing the hierarchy and secondary codes that can provide much more information in a GIS than previous classifications.

Cost £unknown


26/09/2019    Vegetation Surveys Using Phase 1 and NVC Techniques    1 Day

Wrexham, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net https://c-js.info/2YR2pjP

This one day course will help participants understand how to conduct a vegetation survey using Phase 1 habitat survey techniques and the National Vegetation Classification system.

Cost £unknown


27/09/2019    Discover Autumn Trees    1 Day

Feed Bristol, Avon Wildlife Trust. Contact: 0117 917 7270 learning@avonwildlifetrust.org.uk https://c-js.info/2YNPcfM

Ever wanted to know the names and much more about Britain’s wonderful wild trees? Our oneday course led by ecologist Alex Morss offers an opportunity to discover their character in closer detail.

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


28/09/2019    An Introduction to Identifying Ferns    1 Day

Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust . Contact: 0115 972 1777 enquiries@attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk https://c-js.info/2KDvVnl

This day course will focus on identifying common British fern species. By the end of the day you'll be able to identify common ferns to species level with confidence. Lunch and refreshments are included. 9.30am-4.30pm.

Cost £41.02


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. 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

01/10/2019    Autumn Botany Evening course    10 Days

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days/botany-classes

Learn more about the botanical identification of wild and naturalised British plants.

Cost £125.00


01/10/2019    Fantastic Fungi    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2FPnR1h

Discover the huge variety of fungi growing in our native woodland and gain a better understanding of this fascinating species.

Cost £35.00


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


02/10/2019    Beginners' Guide and Introduction to Fungi    1 Day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-02-beginners-guide-and-introduction-fungi

An important first step to understanding this fascinating group. Classroom studies and some field work.

Cost £33.00


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


05/10/2019    Wounderful World of Trees     2 Days

Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge, Small Woods Association. Contact: 01952 432769 office@smallwoods.org www.smallwoods.org.uk

Investigate the structure of trees and how they interact within the woodland environment. Germination, Growth and Development. Tree Function, Flower Structure, Roots, Leaves and autumn colour, Tree Maturity, Crown Recession and Death. Features of ancient trees. How trees Communicate, their Close Associations and their Strategies for Survival and Longevity.

Cost £140.00


06/10/2019    Introduction to Rocks    1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-06-introduction-rocks

Rocks from their identification to their origins and uses.

Cost £33.00


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


09/10/2019    Ancient and Veteran Trees    1 Day

Godinton House, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-09-ancient-and-veteran-trees

Learn about ancient and veteran trees and how to recognise and record them.

Cost £33.00


09/10/2019    Identification of Fungi II    1 Day

Dering Wood, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-10-09-identification-fungi-ii

Helpful tips on identification of larger fungi and their habitats in the field.

Cost £33.00


11/10/2019    Conservation Grassland Management    1 Day

Stroud, Glos, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01452 383333 info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/events/2019-10-11-conservation-grassland-management

Grassland management is a core skill in conservation. Join expert Tim Bevan for a close-up exploration of evidence based best practice for managing species-rich grasslands. Includes landscape scale influences, effects of differing grazing/mowing prescriptions, interactions with scrub, monitoring and managing for multiple rare plant and insect species. 09:30 - 16.00.

Cost £75.00


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


18/10/2019    Woodland Fungi    1 Day

Wotton-under-Edge, Glos, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01452 383333 info@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/events/2019-10-18-course-woodland-fungi

Do you know a deathcap from an earthstar? Experienced tutor Dr Lee Heyward of Cotswold Fungus Group will introduce you to the fascinating world of fungi. Friendly and informative, the course covers fungal lifestyles, identifying and recording this bizarre kingdom. Course pack and refreshments included. 09:30 - 16.00.

Cost £49.00


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


02/11/2019    Identification of Fungi III    1 Day

Hothfield Heathlands, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-11-02-identification-fungi-iii

Helpful tips on identification of larger fungi and their habitats in the field.

Cost £33.00


05/11/2019    Identifying Plants when not in Flower    2 Days

Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust . Contact: 0115 972 1777 enquiries@attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk https://c-js.info/2KwWSJk

An introduction to Poland and Clement’s 'Vegetative Key'. We will focus on practical skills with the opportunity to use this key both individually and in groups. Lunch and refreshments are provided on both days. 9.30am-4.30pm each day.

Cost £103.00


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


23/11/2019    Getting to know Conifers    1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-11-23-getting-know-conifers

Pine, spruce, larch, fir, cedar, redwood... an introduction to identification in the classroom through foliage and cones. Linked to next day.

Cost £33.00


24/11/2019    Conifers at Bedgebury Pinetum     1 Day

Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2019-11-24-conifers-bedgebury-pinetum

Field studies amongst the largest collection of conifers in the UK. Linked to previous day.

Cost £33.00


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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