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Ptyxis Ecology Training

Ptyxis Ecology has a national reputation in the conservation and ecology sector for high quality CPD botany and ecology courses delivered by trained teachers. All of our courses are now delivered via distance learning. These are not 'online' courses without any tutor input. Instead you are supported with detailed feedback on your work over six months as you learn through your own fieldwork. Course materials include structured learning activities and unique resources such as bespoke beginners botanical keys.

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Grass identification & ecology at Ptyxis Ecology Training

A 6 month distance learning course focussing on 'must know' common grasses for ecological surveys. You will develop identification skills using both vegetative and flowering parts. You get detailed individual feedback on your work throughout. There are 5 course units, each about 3-4 hours study. Starting 01/05/2020

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Sedge identification & ecology at Ptyxis Ecology Training

A 6 month distance learning course largely based around a new user-friendly key to the 56 most common species from the sedge family. The field assignments encourage you to seek out sedge species in a range of habitats. You get detailed individual feedback on your work throughout. Starting 01/05/2020

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Identification of NVC communities at Ptyxis Ecology Training

A 6 month distance learning course designed to follow on from an introductory course, to support you as you practise using the NVC system. We focus a lot on analysing quadrat data and reading and constructing floristic tables. You get detailed individual feedback on your work throughout. Starting 01/05/2020

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General plant identification support at Ptyxis Ecology Training

This is a general ID support package, rather than a formal course. You choose which groups of plants you want help with. You can send up to 40 specimens with your identification notes and we give you detailed individual feedback on your work. Starting 01/05/2020

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Bryophyte identification at Ptyxis Ecology Training

A 6 month distance learning course designed to follow-on from an introductory course, to support you with practicing bryophyte identification in the field. We focus on the 'top 100' species useful for ecological surveys. You get detailed individual feedback on your work throughout. Starting 01/10/2020

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Sphagnum identification: short course (field ID only) at Ptyxis Ecology Training

A 6 month distance learning course designed to follow on from an introductory course, to support you with Sphagnum identification in the field. You collect and identify samples from a range of wetland habitats. You get detailed individual feedback on your work throughout. Starting 01/10/2020

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Sphagnum identification: full course (field & microscope) at Ptyxis Ecology Training

A 6 month distance learning course designed to follow on from an introductory course, to support you with Sphagnum identification both in the field and using a microscope. You get detailed individual feedback on your work throughout. Starting 01/10/2020

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Ecological monitoring: How to design a sucessful scheme at Ptyxis Ecology Training

A 6 month distance learning course aimed at people interested in monitoring how their sites are doing. You design a monitoring scheme using your own case study site and our step-by-step instructions. You get detailed individual feedback on your work throughout. Starting 01/10/2020

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Grass identification & ecology at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts May 2021: This course will enable you to identify grasses in flower and vegetatively by focusing on the key ‘must know’ species for professional ecologists. The course is in 5 units (about 3-4 hours study per unit). Suitable for building experience after an initial face-to-face course, or for complete beginners.

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Sedge identification & ecology at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts May 2021: This course is largely based around a new, user-friendly key to the 56 most common species from the sedge family in Britain. The course has five units with structured field assignments encouraging you to seek out and identify a wide range of common sedge species.

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Understanding & using the NVC at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts May 2021: This course is designed to follow-on from an introductory NVC course to support you with using the NVC system. We concentrate on how to analyse quadrat data and work with floristic tables to work out what NVC types you have, rather than on how to do a field survey.

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General plant ID support at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts May 2021: This is a general ID support package, rather than a formal course. Suitable for early-career ecologists who could do with ongoing support with their plant ID, or more experienced ecologists who want to develop their ID skills further with more difficult plant groups such as grasses, sedges, ferns or bryophytes

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Identifying bryophytes in the field at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts October 2021: This course works best as a follow-on to an introductory bryophyte course and assumes that you have had some practice with observing features of bryophytes using a hand lens. The course concentrates on the 'top 100' common indicator species for BAP priority habitats and NVC communities.

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Sphagnum identification & ecology: Field & microscopic identification at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts October 2021: This course works best as a follow-on from an introductory Sphagnum course and assumes that you have practiced observing Sphagnum stem leaves in the field, using a hand lens. This version of the course includes two field-based units, plus two microscope units

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Sphagnum identification & ecology: Field identification only at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts October 2021: This course also works best as a follow-on from an introductory Sphagnum course. This version of the course is for those who do not have access to microscopes and only includes the two field-based units from the longer course

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Ecological monitoring: How to design a successful scheme at Ptyxis Ecology

Starts October 2021: You choose your own site to use as a case study and the course takes you through designing a monitoring scheme, step by step using five key principles. No prior knowledge of scientific monitoring or statistics is needed and the course does not cover how to statistically analyse monitoring data.

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