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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.


October 2019

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


22/10/2019    Fungi Foray    1 Day

Riddlesdown, City of London . Contact: 07756500233 citycommons@cityoflondon.gov.uk https://c-js.info/2mH95CM

Guided walk on Riddlesdown in search of autumn fungi alongside an expert. Suggested donation of £3 per person. Booking essential via Eventbrite. Please see website or search 'Fungi Foray' on Eventbrite.

Cost £3.00


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


28/10/2019    Tree Pests and Diseases (City and Guilds/Lynher) DAY1    2 Days

Cotehele, Lynher Training Ltd. Contact: 01822 832902 admin@lynher.com www.lynher.com

This course is designed to introduce arboriculture to those who have limited knowledge oftree pests & diseases, leading to a fuller understanding of the signs and symptoms that a tree presents so that a competent inspection may be carried out. It will introduce the topics below and will enable the candidates to develop an initial knowledge base that will form the basis of further reading, understanding and if wanted, formal qualifications. 2 days.

Cost £unknown


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


12/11/2019    Floodplain Meadows - monitoring, and factors affecting plant communities    1 Day

Glastronbury, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/12112019000000FloodplainMeadowsmonitoringandfactorsaffectingplantcommunities.aspx

The course will cover factors affecting floodplain meadow plant communities and how communities respond to these, such as hydrology and flooding, soils and nutrient loading; monitoring techniques for environmental factors including dipwells; an overview of habitat management (grassland, water management); an overview of the recent reclassification of floodplain plant communities.

Cost £unknown


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


24/11/2019    Reedbeds and Waste Water Management    1 Day

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology. Contact: 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/reedbeds-and-waste-water-management-4/

This course explores the technicalities, design and implementation of reedbeds and alternative waste water treatment systems at a domestic level. CAT's water and waste system is entirely off the mains supply, so this course gives you the chance to learn from our 40 years of experience.

Cost £70.00


27/11/2019    Winter Tree Identification    1 Day

Bristol, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/27112019000000WinterTreeIdentification.aspx

This one day training course delivered by Neill Talbot will focus on identifying native broadleaved trees in winter using key features such as buds, twigs, bark and fruits/seeds. It will also outline indicator tree species of ancient woodlands.

Cost £unknown


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


05/12/2019    Survey and Assessment of Hedgerows in Winter Months    1 Day

Damerham, CIEEM. Contact: 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/05122019000000SurveyandAssessmentofHedgerowsinWinterMonths.aspx

A one day course combining classroom and field sessions to develop skills in surveying and evaluating Hedgerows. Led by Dominic Price.

Cost £unknown


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


March 2020

13/03/2020    Field Survey Techniques    3 Days

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Lifelong Learning. Contact: 01970 623111 learning@aber.ac.uk www.aber.ac.uk/en/lifelong-learning/courses/

Field Survey Techniques is a valuable skill when seeking employment in the environmental sector. The course is designed to give a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the techniques available.

Cost £120.00


April 2020

20/04/2020    Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey     1 Day

Exeter , Richard Green Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01395 239234 office@richardgreenecology.co.uk www.richardgreenecology.co.uk

This part classroom, part field work course will show you how to use the JNCC phase 1 habitat codes to identify a range of habitats and provide the skills to carry out a phase habitat 1 survey, relevant to both consultancy and conservation work.

Cost £unknown


27/04/2020    Introduction to Schedule 9 Invasive Plant Species     1 Day

Exeter , Richard Green Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01395 239234 office@richardgreenecology.co.uk www.richardgreenecology.co.uk

This course introduces invasive plant species found in the UK and their legal status. This course includes identification of commonly occurring invasive plants, information on early recognition, and their control.

Cost £unknown


June 2020

27/06/2020    Habitat Restoration and Creation    3 Days

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Lifelong Learning. Contact: 01970 623111 learning@aber.ac.uk www.aber.ac.uk/en/lifelong-learning/courses/

This three day course is suitable for conservation professionals or experienced amateurs who are interested in expanding their habitat creation skills and looking at a range of situations involving damaged and contaminated land.

Cost £120.00


July 2020

03/07/2020    Identifying Flowering Plants    3 Days

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Lifelong Learning. Contact: 01970 623111 learning@aber.ac.uk www.aber.ac.uk/en/lifelong-learning/courses/

The Identifying Flowering Plants course develops essential skills which makes it ideal for professional development.

Cost £120.00


06/07/2020    Identifying Grasses, Sedges and Rushes    3 Days

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Lifelong Learning. Contact: 01970 623111 learning@aber.ac.uk www.aber.ac.uk/en/lifelong-learning/courses/

This course on Indentifying Grasses, Sedges and Rushes teaches the fundamentals of identification.

Cost £120.00


10/07/2020    Wildlife of Nature Reserves    3 Days

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Lifelong Learning. Contact: 01970 623111 learning@aber.ac.uk www.aber.ac.uk/en/lifelong-learning/courses/

During this Wildlife of Nature Reserves course, the practice of managing nature reserves to retain or re-create desired habitat conditions will be studied.

Cost £120.00


To Be Confirmed

TBC Ash dieback risk assessment, work planning and methodology    1 Day

Lowe Maintenance Training. Contact: 01729 825132 info@lowe-maintenance.co.uk bit.ly/LoweMaintenanceAshdieback

Many people have been asking about ash dieback & what the possible implications maybe & where to start. This session is aimed at those who are actively working with Ash trees which may or not be showing signs of Ash dieback. If you have a group of people wishing to be trained, contact Demelza to discuss requirements (location, numbers, site availability etc).

Cost £120.00


 


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