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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.


December 2018

09/12/2018    Winter Tree Identification    1 Day

Idle Valley Nature Reseve, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust . Contact: 01777 858245 idlevalley@nottswt.co.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2KBu9WK

Learn how to identify common trees in winter, without using leaves. Includes analysis of a wide range of samples followed by a field session on the reserve. 10am-3pm.

Cost £35.00


January 2019

17/01/2019    Winter Tree ID Workshop    1 Day

Sheffield, Wildscapes. Contact: 0114 2792667 info@wildscapes.co.uk https://c-js.info/2PXadA0

Learn how to identify broadleaved trees in winter using twigs, buds and other features - and selected conifers! Workshop runs 9:30 - 4:00 with a classroom session and a field trip to a local park. Discounts available for students and SRWT members; Eventbrite booking fee applies.

Cost £60.00


22/01/2019    Identifying Broadleaf Trees in Winter    1 Day

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

Take the mystery out of winter identification of deciduous trees. By observing the different characters that each species has you will be able to accurately separate a wide range of species (mostly native but including some of the commoner introduced species).

Cost £45.00


25/01/2019    Winter Tree Identification    1 Day

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

This Winter Tree Identification workshop will enableparticipants to identify winter twigs (from deciduous trees) using a 'key'. We will start with a brief indoor session about twig terminology before heading outside. Trees and shrubsgrowing at Denmark farm will be tackledin addition to many other specimens

Cost £25.00


26/01/2019    Identifying Trees Without Leaf 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

This course will concentrate on identifying native broad-leaved trees and shrubs in the Epping Forest area. Identifying trees in winter can be a difficult process, therefore the main focus will be on identification using bark, twigs, buds, seeds and fruit.

Cost £53.00


27/01/2019    Winter Twigs and Christmas Trees: Identification of Conifers and Broad-leaved trees     1 Day

Preston Montford Field Centre, Growing Confidence Project, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01743 852040 gc@field-studies-council.org https://c-js.info/2wtacum

FREE event for ages 15-25.

Cost £FREE


27/01/2019    Winter Tree Identification    1 Day

Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust . Contact: 0115 972 1777 enquiries@attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2KAo6wR

Learn how to identify common trees in winter, without using leaves. Includes analysis of a wide range of samples followed by a field session on the reserve. 10am-3pm.

Cost £35.00


29/01/2019    Basic Tree Survey & Inspection (LANTRA)    1 Day

Nower Wood, Mill Way, leatherhead KT22 8QA, Surrey Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk https://c-js.info/2P2tmQx

Build your confidence in identifying hazards associated with trees. Gain a LANTRA certificate of attendance upon completion.

Cost £132.00


February 2019

02/02/2019    Trees in Winter    1 Day

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

During the winter months broadleaved trees lose the leaves and flowers which help identification during spring and summer. We will look at features of buds and twigs to identify the more common species using examples from the Amersham Field Centre grounds. A practical, hands-on course which is suitable for complete beginners.

Cost £42.00


06/02/2019    Introduction to bryophytes in Atlantic woodlands     1 Day

Borrowdale, Lake District, Plantlife . Contact: 07584 017341 April.Windle@plantlife.org.uk

This event is for people who work with woodlands in Cumbria, with a focus on recognising the mosses and liverworts you can expect to see in Atlantic woodlands, and the basics with starting to identify them out in the field. Please contact April Windle for further information and registration details.

Cost £FREE


09/02/2019    Introduction to Trees in Winter    1 Day

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

Using the extensive collection of specimen trees and shrubs in Bushy Park we will look at features of buds and twigs to identify the more common species. A practical, hands-on course which is suitable for complete beginners: dress warmly, and bring along a hand lens if you have one.

Cost £45.00


22/02/2019    Winter Tree Identification    2 Days

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

Introducing and focusing on the skills needed to identify trees native to the British Isles in winter. Over the weekend both the broad-leaves and some conifers will be covered. By the end of the course you will be able to identify the more common trees to species level with confidence!

Cost £290.00


22/02/2019    Mosses and Liverworts    2 Days

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

An introduction to the field identification of mosses and liverworts, using characters that can be seen using a hand lens. During the day the field characters of mosses and liverworts will be examined and we will identify a number of common species that can be found in London.

Cost £45.00


March 2019

01/03/2019    Identifying Conifers in the British Isles    2 Days

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

Despite having only three native conifer species, we have a rich flora of exotic species from all over the world which have been introduced for use in forestry and horticulture. This course introduces the skills needed to identify the conifers which are commonly found in the British Isles.

Cost £290.00


09/03/2019    A Beginners Guide to Mosses and Liverworts    1 Day

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

Traditionally seen as a difficult group of plants to identify as they are small, have no flowers, and can look quite similar. This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to this diverse group based on common species.

Cost £45.00


09/03/2019    BLS Introducing Lichens    1 Day

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

Discover the world of lichens through this one-day course which requires no previous knowledge. The day will offer both classroom and site fieldwork to introduce what lichen are and recognise some of the more common species.

Cost £45.00


10/03/2019    An Introduction to Mosses and Liverworts    1 Day

Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust . Contact: 0115 972 1777 enquiries@attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk https://c-js.co.uk/2KAo6wR

This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to this diverse group based on common species. We will examine a variety of fresh and herbarium material to illustrate the different types and structures important in their identification. We will also look at ways of collecting and preserving plants for further study. 10am-4pm. £45 including lunch and refreshments.

Cost £45.00


12/03/2019    Introduction to bryophytes in Atlantic woodlands     1 Day

Borrowdale, Lake District, Plantlife . Contact: 07584 017341 April.Windle@plantlife.org.uk

This event is for people who work with woodlands in Cumbria, with a focus on recognising the mosses and liverworts you can expect to see in Atlantic woodlands, and the basics with starting to identify them out in the field. Please contact April Windle for further information and registration details.

Cost £FREE


15/03/2019    Field Survey Techniques    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

This course is designed to give a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in field survey techniques available. The majority of the techniques are demonstrated via simulations in the classroom with the opportunity to familiarize students with common techniques during fieldwork.

Cost £120.00


16/03/2019    Introduction to Coniferous Trees    1 Day

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

The extensive collection of specimen coniferous trees in Bushy Park gives us an excellent resource to look at features such as leaves, bark, and cones which can be used to identify the more common species. Fee includes FSC foldout chart Tree Name Trail.

Cost £35.00


19/03/2019    Ancient Woodland Plants    1 Day

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

This course will explain the concept of Ancient Woodlands and focus on developing the identification skills necessary to recognise Ancient Woodland Indicators across Britain. A range of material examining the history, management, use, folklore and ecology of Ancient Woodlands will be discussed during an entertaining and enlightening day.

Cost £45.00


22/03/2019    Mosses and Liverworts    3 Days

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

A detailed insight and introduction into the life of mosses and liverworts will be provided by first-hand observation in the field and laboratory-based discussion. Snowdonia provides an excellent range of habitats for this course, within easy reach of the Centre.

Cost £290.00


26/03/2019    Ash Woodlands: Plants and Mosses    1 Day

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

Ash woodlands are captivating places and the very best way of getting to grips with their range and diversity is to take time to look at the plants that commonly grow there. This course will look at these plants providing identification techniques for common or characteristic species.

Cost £45.00


29/03/2019    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


30/03/2019    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


30/03/2019    Mosses and Liverworts    7 Days

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

For this three-day course we will examine the main differences between mosses and liverworts, and learn to identify significant groups. We will take advantage of the diverse environments close to the Centre and explore semi-natural and man-made habitats where an abundance of bryophytes can be found.

Cost £263.00


April 2019

04/04/2019    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/2zjjfw8

Discover the evolution and biology of trees, develop your ID skills using a variety of methods on an expert led walk.

Cost £47.00


06/04/2019    BLS Introducing Lichens    1 Day

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

Discover the world of lichens through this one-day course which requires no previous knowledge. The day will offer both classroom and site fieldwork to introduce what lichen are and recognise some of the more common species.

Cost £45.00


07/04/2019    Ancient Woodlands of Britain    5 Days

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

The course will look at woodland management and how native woods are managed and perpetuated. It will include studies of: shade, the reproduction of trees, soils, coppicing and other management practices as well as tree diseases.

Cost £675.00


08/04/2019    Connecting Wildlife    1 Day

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

Through a series of practical workshops we will demonstrate your role in enhancing wildlife corridors.

Cost £47.00


12/04/2019    Lichens of Pembrokeshire    4 Days

Orielton, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01646 623920 enquiries.or@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

Explore lichens along the oak-clad Cleddau estuary, following the CENNAD Lawrenny lichen trail designed by Plantlife Pembrokeshire lichen apprentices. Uncover some of the Pembrokeshire saxicolous specialities decorating St David's Cathedral, its gravestones and walls. Search for specialist niche lichens on Stackpole's sandy cliffs and Broad Haven's rocky shore.

Cost £440.00


13/04/2019    Introduction to Plant Morphology    1 Day

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

This course aims to guide you through the basic elements of flowering plant anatomy and explain what some of the apparently tortuous language refers to. Participants will use hand lenses to examine 'simple' flowers such as buttercups right through to the 'dreaded' grasses.

Cost £45.00


27/04/2019    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


27/04/2019    How to Use Plant Identification Keys    1 Day

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

This course will take the fear out of 'keying out'. Participants will be introduced to a range of different keys and their strengths and weaknesses will be explored. The group will also practise on plant material in the classroom and around the park.

Cost £45.00


28/04/2019    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


29/04/2019    Plant Identification for Wild Food & Medicine Customised NCFE L4    5 Days

Midhurst, Woodcraft School Ltd. Contact: 01730 816299 info@woodcraftschool.co.uk https://c-js.info/2PyH3Y4

Plant and tree identification, effects of plant constituents, wild foods and nutrition, alternatives to pharmaceutical medicines, uses of individual plants, simple treatment approaches to common and minor illnesses herbs for basic first aid, harvesting plants, how to make herbal medications, folklore experimentation with wild foods and recipes.

Cost £400.00


May 2019

03/05/2019    Identifying Grasses in Spring    3 Days

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

This course is designed to enable anyone to identify grasses by their vegetative (non-flowering) characteristics and should be especially valuable to those engaged in botanical survey work, teachers of ecology as well as to amateur botanists.

Cost £328.00


03/05/2019    Lichens in the Dales    3 Days

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

The Malham Tarn area in rich in lichen species, over 300 having been collected within 3 miles of the Field Centre. A wide range of forms is present, occurring on ricks, trees and soil, allowing course participants the opportunity to learn how to identify lichens.

Cost £350.00


04/05/2019    Spring Herbs and their Properties    1 Day

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

This workshop gives you the opportunity to learn about the wild medicinal herbs growing around us. Not only are we able to eat a lot of these wild plants, but they also have amazing medicinal and health-giving properties, useful in preventing and treating our seasonal ailments.

Cost £80.00


06/05/2019    Sphagnum    2 Days

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

This course will develop field and laboratory skills to enable a high level of competence in identifying species of sphagnum. We will fully utilise field sites in the area, where it will be possible to become familiar with most of the 30 or so British species.

Cost £290.00


07/05/2019    Basic Tree Mechanics and Common Sense Management    1 Day

Shrewsbury Town Council, Countryside Management Association. Contact: https://c-js.info/2RHVhDe

We are lucky enough to have tree expert Bob Watson for a day, looking at basic tree biology and mechanics and how this relates to managing the trees on our land.

Cost £40.00


07/05/2019    Early season/vegetative grass and sedge identification    1 Day

Old Sarum, Salisbury, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/early-season-grass-identification-tickets-50433384611

A one-day course giving participants confidence in identifying key grasses when not in flower, a good feel for grass groups of neutral and unimproved calcareous grassland and their use as indicator species and a chance to learn memorable features, allowing grasses in any condition to be identified to species level

Cost £unknown


10/05/2019    Ecology 1    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

Ecology explains the patterns we see in the natural world and the ways in which people have changed them.If you are interested in any aspect of natural history, then you should be interested in ecology

Cost £120.00


10/05/2019    Phase 1 habitat survey    1 Day

9C Mill Park Ind Est, White Cross Rd, Woodbury Salterton, Exeter EX5 1EL, Richard Green Ecology Ltd. Contact: 01395 239234 office@richardgreenecology.co.uk https://www.richardgreenecology.co.uk/training/

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. You will be shown a range of techniques to create habitat maps. Professional mapping training is provided on our QGIS course on 27 March 2018.

Cost £110.00


10/05/2019    Botany for Artists and Wildlife Gardeners    3 Days

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

Learn to recognise, classify and describe plant functions and features through illustration. This course will teach you to recognize and describe plant functions and features, in relation to life cycles. You will classify plants according to key features concentrating on those found in the typical British wild flower garden.

Cost £220.00


10/05/2019    Vegetative Grass Identification    3 Days

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

This course aims to dispel the myth that grasses are one of the more difficult plant families to identify. Participants will be introduced to simplified dichotomous keys to demonstrate that most species of grass can be identified through the observation of a few diagnostic characteristics on non-flowering plants at any time of year.

Cost £395.00


10/05/2019    Introduction to Lichens    2 Days

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

The 1,500+ species of lichen in Scotland form an important part of its natural heritage. This course is an introduction to the basics of lichen biology, ecology, collecting and identification, using keys and microscopes. The course complements the following 'Lichen Identification' course.

Cost £250.00


10/05/2019    Microfungi    5 Days

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

An in-depth week of identification of microfungi, with a focus on the special spring species prevalent at this time of year in the Perthshire hills. The course includes mountain trips to find alpine species of myxomycetes and gives participants a chance to explore the different fungi groups in some depth.

Cost £392.00


11/05/2019    Spring 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


11/05/2019    Wildflowers and Ferns of Limestone Woodland    1 Day

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

Herb Paris and both Early-purple and Greater Butterfly-orchids are just three of the numerous species to be found in May time. The day will be spent exploring a large reserve with its network of paths and small quarries, identifying a wide range of wild flowers, mosses and ferns.

Cost £45.00


11/05/2019    Urban Wild Plants    1 Day

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

Wild plants in urban areas are often very different to their counterparts in the countryside. This course will explore these differences, in particular the diversity of non-natives in urban habitats often exceeds that of natives.

Cost £45.00


11/05/2019    Introduction to Grasses    1 Day

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

This course will help lay solid foundations enabling the individual to understand terminology commonly used in guidebooks though it will focus on identifying species in their vegetative state - commonly required for year-round recognition.

Cost £45.00


12/05/2019    Lichen Identification    6 Days

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

This course will focus in detail on understanding the most important characters for identifying lichens, so that participants can gain confidence in using keys and identification guides for themselves. Over the years Kindrogan has recorded more than 250 species, so there will be plenty to see locally.

Cost £474.00


15/05/2019    Woodland Plant Identification    1 Day

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

A course visiting a fantastic woodland site, with a rich and diverse ground flora full of ancient woodland indicator species (AWIs). Previous courses have seen over 20 AWIs (including Town Hall Clock and Herb Paris) as well as many other interesting plants.

Cost £45.00


17/05/2019    Woodland Plants - Identification and Survey    1 Day

Garston Woods, Dorset, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/woodland-plants-identification-and-survey-tickets-50441655349

A 1 day course giving participants the skills and confidence to identify a wide range of woodland plants (including grasses and bryophytes) and the knowledge to carry out Phase 1 and NVC woodland survey

Cost £85.00


17/05/2019    Botany Beginnings: Wildflowers    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 wildflower anatomy, terminology, and common families, 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


18/05/2019    Botany Beginnings: Wildflowers    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 wildflower anatomy, terminology, and common families, 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


18/05/2019    Common British and Irish Plant Families 1: Cabbage, Carrot, Lily and Rose    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 practise their identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field.

Cost £45.00


18/05/2019    Introduction to Broadleaf Trees    1 Day

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

During this course in Bushy Park, we will look at features such as leaves, bark, flowers and fruits which can be used to identify the more common species throughout the summer months. Fee includes FSC foldout chart Tree Name Trail.

Cost £35.00


18/05/2019    Mosses and Liverworts: Introducing Bryophytes    1 Day

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

This course is for people who would like either a first introduction to mosses and liverworts, or a refresher in the features useful for identification. A range of species exhibiting particular characteristics will be examined under the microscopes to demonstrate what to look for when we go out into the forest.

Cost £57.00


18/05/2019    Learn to look at Plants: An Introduction to Field Botany    1 Day

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

This day course, based mainly outdoors, is for anyone wanting to learn about the common plants that grow in our fields, hedgerows and woods. Participants will develop their confidence in recognising and naming key plants during guided 'nature walks'. Practise using a field guide and get your plant questions answered!

Cost £42.00


19/05/2019    Nettle workshop    1 Day

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

Learn the uses of nettle for fibre, medicine and food

Cost £65.00


21/05/2019    Identification of Grasses    1 Day

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

Emphasis is placed on showing a range of key characters used to distinguish different species. By the end of the course participants will be able to recognise the commoner grasses and have improved their skills to enable use of keys to identify those they do not recognise.

Cost £45.00


22/05/2019    Introduction to Wildflower Identification - halfday course    0.5 Day

Natural History Museum, London, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-wildflower-identification-tickets-52253331120

A half-day course aimed at introducing beginners to the wonderful world of wildflowers, with an introduction to some of the key families to learn, and a chance to see a wider range of flora of different habitats.

Cost £40.00


22/05/2019    Introduction to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes    0.5 Day

Natural History Museum, London, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-grasses-sedges-and-rushes-tickets-52253685179

A half-day course aimed at introducing beginners to grasses, sedges and rushes, and a chance to learn 20 of the most common species.

Cost £40.00


24/05/2019    Wild Flower Identification: The Top 20 Flower Families    3 Days

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

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

Cost £415.00


24/05/2019    Discovering the Flora of Chalk Grasslands and Woodlands    2 Days

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

Suitable for both beginners and more advanced botanists, this course provides an opportunity to study the exceptionally rich downland flora of Bx Hill. This will enable us to become familiar with the identification and natural history of a wide range of chalk plants, including less familiar groups.

Cost £240.00


24/05/2019    Woodland Plants    3 Days

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

Woodlands in May are at their richest and most attractive - carpets of spring flowers, overhanging catkins and blossoms, freshly unfurled ferns now bearing spores, plus lichens and mosses - all at their best to entice those who have not yet developed an interest in these evocative groups of plants. *MMU

Cost £400.00


24/05/2019    Big Tree Country 1: Tree Identification for Beginners    2 Days

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

This course involves extended walks through stunning scenery to meet many of the native trees and the commoner conifer species of Perthshire's 'Big Tree Country'.

Cost £232.00


25/05/2019    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


26/05/2019    Mountain Flowers 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 course will help you to recognise & identify mountain & alpine flowers. Snowdonia is home to specialised plants more at home in the European Alps & Arctic environments. We will look at the adaptations & ecology of these plants & develop your skills & confidence in identifying plants in the field. Bring a notebook, pencil & camera.

Cost £45.00


26/05/2019    Big Tree Country 2: Tree Identification for Improvers    4 Days

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

This course builds confidence and skills in the identification of native, naturalised and exotic trees found in Perthshire's 'Big Tree Country'. It will also study spring woodland ground flora communities and woodland ecology, history and management.

Cost £330.00


27/05/2019    Botany for Beginners    4 Days

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

This course aims to enable participants to identify common and not so common plants when in flower and not flowering. It will also explore relationships between vegetation, environment and management. It will take full advantage of the rich and varied habitats of south Devon.

Cost £460.00


27/05/2019    Using a Flora    4 Days

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

The use of a botanical flora is an essential skill for anyone with a serious interest in field botany. Floras employ identification keys which are very simple in principle but intimidating to the beginner due to the unfamiliar terminology and the frequent use of small, obscure plant characters. *MMU

Cost £440.00


27/05/2019    Trees and Tree Identification in Summer    2 Days

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

We will visit a number of sites with a rich diversity of trees, exploring around the Centre, local ancient woods, hedgerows, churchyards and parklands to find as many species as possible to identify in the field. We will spend time getting to grips with botanical terminology.

Cost £295.00


28/05/2019    Identifying Coastal Plants    3 Days

Dale Fort, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01646 636205 enquiries.df@field-studies-council.org c-js.co.uk/1tw0v3h

The East Anglian coastline is dominated by shingle spits, saltmarshes and muddy estuaries - exhilarating locations but utterly unacceptable habitats for most of Britain's flora. The extraordinary plants that are adapted to cope with the appallingly stressful conditions of these coastal sites are mostly restricted to them.

Cost £405.00


30/05/2019    Using a Flora    4 Days

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

The course will be particularly useful to countryside professionals and is intended for those with some knowledge of botanical terminology; it is designed for anyone who would like to increase their confidence in working with a flora as a means of identifying and getting to know more wild flowers. *MMU

Cost £530.00


31/05/2019    Grass Identification and Ecology    2 Days

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

A weekend for anyone relatively new to studying the grass family: one of the largest and most important group of flowering plants. The weekend concentrates on the principles of grass identification down to individual species and also the broader ecological relationships within different grassland communities.

Cost £270.00


31/05/2019    Introduction to Permaculture    2 Days

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

Permaculture is the design of more sustainable environments using nature as inspiration. In this course you will be introduced to permaculture, its history and origins and the core ethics and principles it is based on.

Cost £200.00


June 2019

01/06/2019    Introduction to Wild Flowers    1 Day

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

An informal guide to flowering plants in Bushy Park, one of London's Royal Parks. During the day you will see a variety of species in our flower-rich meadows and on the grazed acid grassland learning how to identify wildflowers and be aware of where to find further information.

Cost £35.00


01/06/2019    Mountain Plants of North Wales    3 Days

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

A fascinating introduction to the ecology of some of Britain's rarest and most ancient plant communities. Arctic alpines now survive in just a few shady upland refuges such as the spectacular mountains of Snowdonia. Suitable for beginners or experienced botanists.

Cost £350.00


01/06/2019    Tree Identification: Summer    1 Day

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

The course will be based on practical observation with the aim to sharpen our observational skills. At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable identifying the genus of many of the trees and also a number of species. Fee includes FSC foldout chart Tree Name Trail.

Cost £35.00


02/06/2019    Top 10 Plant Families    1 Day

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

Plant identification is fun and rewarding, adding interest to countryside visits. Getting to grips with plant families helps anyone to make a start and name that plant. This course is classroom-based to help you understand the layout in flower guides and inspire confidence in field identification.

Cost £45.00


07/06/2019    Plant Diversity    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

Find out the science behind sorting out members of the Plant Kingdom. (The secret is in their life cycles and structure of their reproductive organs!)

Cost £120.00


07/06/2019    Identifying Difficult Higher Plants    3 Days

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

This course is designed to give a scientific introduction to the identification of higher plants and also an analytical approach to the use and presentation of higher plant distribution data. *MMU(M)

Cost £505.00


08/06/2019    Wild Orchids of South East England 1    1 Day

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

This course will cover the identification, ecology and distribution of orchids as well as the astonishing pollination mechanisms which have evolved. The field excursions will provide plenty of opportunities for photography. No previous knowledge is necessary; this is a course for anyone interested in wild orchids.

Cost £60.00


08/06/2019    Field Identification of Common and Upland Grasses    1 Day

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

This one-day field course is designed to help you get to grips with the field characters of both common and the upland grasses. Most of the day will be spent in the field, using both vegetative and floristic keys to identify around 20 to 30 grasses in mostly upland communities.

Cost £45.00


08/06/2019    BLS Introducing Lichens    1 Day

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

Discover the world of lichens through this one-day course which requires no previous knowledge. The day will offer both classroom and site fieldwork to introduce what lichen are and recognise some of the more common species.

Cost £45.00


09/06/2019    Wild Orchids of South East England 2    1 Day

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

This course will cover the identification, ecology and distribution of orchids as well as the astonishing pollination mechanisms which have evolved. The field excursions will provide plenty of opportunities for photography. No previous knowledge is necessary; this is a course for anyone interested in wild orchids.

Cost £60.00


10/06/2019    Phase 1 Habitat Survey    2 Days

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

Phase 1 produces a baseline for further survey work as well as a foundation for developing management plans and monitoring schemes. Ecological consultancies use Phase 1 to identify habitats threatened by development and guide mitigation proposals.

Cost £180.00


10/06/2019    Grasses, Sedges and Rushes    2 Days

Old Sarum and Figsbury Ring and the New Forest, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grasses-sedges-and-rushes-2-day-course-tickets-50440072615

Grasslands and Meadows (day 1) and Heathlands and Bogs (day 2). A 1 or 2 day course giving participants the skills and confidence to identify a wide range of grasses, sedges and rushes. £85 (1 day), £160 (2 day)

Cost £unknown


14/06/2019    Identifying Woodland Plants    3 Days

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

This course is for botanists wishing to develop their skills in woodland plant identification, including trees and the more colourful flowering plants, but also on the traditionally difficult groups such as woodland grasses, sedges and ferns as well as providing an introduction to mosses and liverworts. *MMU

Cost £395.00


14/06/2019    Fern Identification    3 Days

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

This three-day course provides an introduction to fern identification and is suitable for the specialist as well as the keen amateur. Visits are made to woodland, moorland, montane scree and flushes, encountering over 30 species of ferns, horsetails and clubmosses.

Cost £252.00


14/06/2019    Botanical Surveying for Professional Ecologists    2 Days

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

This course will equip participants with the skills and knowledge frequently required in the fields of ecology and conservation. We will cover botanical anatomy and terminology, common families, the use of flora keys, indicator species, Phase 1 survey methodology and an introduction to the National Vegetation Classification (NVC).

Cost £260.00


14/06/2019    Advanced Botanical Identification    2 Days

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

Troubled by the Yellow 'Dandelion' look-alikes, mixing up your Cow Parsleys, wanting an introduction to Ferns, or help in tackling some of the trickier Sedge groups. This course is for those botanists and ecologists looking to extend their botanical knowledge further and wanting an introduction to the more challenging groups of flowering plants.

Cost £295.00


15/06/2019    Wild Flowers of Chalk Grasslands    1 Day

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

Chalk grassland is a very attractive and species-rich plant community and we are lucky to have fine examples in the Chilterns. This course will introduce the characteristic species and give training in the identification of grassland species in general.

Cost £42.00


15/06/2019    Wildflower ID: Top 10 Flower Families    1 Day

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

This course is classroom based to help you understand the layout in flower guides. The course builds from the basics starting with understanding plant families and how each plant is classified by taxonomists into the relevant grouping which helps the beginner to recognise how plants are placed in families.

Cost £45.00


15/06/2019    Common British and Irish Plant Families 2: Pea, Grass, Rush and Sedge    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


15/06/2019    Identification of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes 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

Broaden your basic botanical knowledge and widen your expertise to include grasses, sedges and rushes on this course. Over two intensive days you will learn how to use illustrated keys and synopses for identification (devised by the tutor) using the wide range of habitats in Epping Forest and the Roding Valley.

Cost £114.00


15/06/2019    BLS Introducing Lichens    1 Day

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

Discover the world of lichens through this one-day course which requires no previous knowledge. The day will offer both classroom and site fieldwork to introduce what lichen are and recognise some of the more common species.

Cost £45.00


17/06/2019    Habitat Indicator Species (Phase 1 and NVC)    2 Days

Old Sarum and the New Forest, Salisbury, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/habitat-indicator-species-phase-1-and-nvc-grasslands-and-heathlands-tickets-50586329072

Grasslands & Heathlands (day 1) & Heathlands, Bogs & Acid Grassland (day 2). A 1 or 2 day course giving participants the skills & confidence to assess habitats, both in terms of type & quality, ability to identify indicator species, an overview of some key Phase I & NVC communities, a chance to do quadrat sampling & share ideas with colleagues & a chance to see a broad range of lowland habitat types. £85 (1 day), £160 (2 day)

Cost £unknown


17/06/2019    Aquatic Plants    7 Days

Kindrogan, Field Studies Council. Contact: 01250 870 150 enquiries.kd@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 a wide range of habitats around Kindrogan, 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 £597.00


18/06/2019    Heathland Plants    1 Day

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

Explore the spectacular heathland of the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve. You will be shown a rich variety of moorland species. Learn how to identify the different Heathers and Heaths, Bilberry, Cowberry and Crowberry as well as some of the dominant grasses and sedges of these areas.

Cost £45.00


22/06/2019    How To Use a Botanical Key    1 Day

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

"Keying out" is a daunting but essential skill for anyone interested in Botany. This one-day introduction will explain how dichotomous keys work, how to find your way around them, and will guide you through their use and application - and their limitations. Fee includes FSC foldout chart Tree Name Trail.

Cost £45.00


22/06/2019    Limestone Flora of the Oswestry Hills    1 Day

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

This course will enable you to identify flowers found on limestone, many of which are unique to this part of the county and include seven members of the Orchidaceae. You will spend most of the day in Dolgoch and Blackbridge quarries with their limestone cliffs and relics of past quarrying.

Cost £45.00


22/06/2019    Discovering Veteran Trees    1 Day

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

The historic parkland of Greenwich Park, much of it on steep slopes giving stunning views across the Thames estuary, is also the setting for an array of veteran trees. We will survey their ecology and importance as a habitat and look at the development of the parkland within its landscape.

Cost £35.00


22/06/2019    Meadows and Grassland Plants    1 Day

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

Learn about hay meadows, their history and management, and identify some common plants and grasses. Using the diverse habitats in The Regent's Park we will look at what needs to be considered when creating a wildflower grassland or lawn, and how then to manage the meadow.

Cost £35.00


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


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 https://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


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


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 https://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


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


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


08/07/2019    Midsummer grass identification    1 Day

Old Sarum, Salisbury, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 https://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


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


05/08/2019    Aquatic Plants    1 Day

Langford Lakes, Wiltshire, Species Recovery Trust. Contact: 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk https://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


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


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


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


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 https://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


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 https://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


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


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


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


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


October 2019

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 https://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


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 https://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 https://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


July 2108

21/07/2108    Introduction to the Wild Flowers of Sussex    1 Day

Seven Sisters Country Park, East Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust. Contact: 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk https://sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2018-07-21-introduction-to-the-wild-flowers-of-sussex-210718

After an introductory indoor session on our county's wild flowers we shall head out into the Seven Sisters Country Park. We'll find a wide variety of flowers here on the chalk hills, saltmarsh and shingle and will identify them and learn about their medicinal uses and folklore. Discount for members.

Cost £45.00



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