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Species Recovery Trust

We run a wide range of field-based courses across the south of England, covering botanical ID (bryophytes, grasses and wildflowers), survey skills, protected species ecology and wildlife crime. We also provide extensive training resources through our website. All proceeds from the courses go straight to our endangered species programme.

Short Courses

05/05/21 Early Season Grass Identification 1 Day

Old Sarum, Salisbury, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

This training day will give participants the confidence in identifying key grasses when not in flower, and a good feel for grass groups of neutral and unimproved calcareous grassland and their use as indicator species.

Cost £85

11/05/21 Great Crested Newts - Ecology, Survey and Licensing 1.5 Days

Fores t Green, Dorking, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

An introduction to the identification and ecology of Great Crested Newts, the legislation protecting them, the application of the Habitat Suitability Index, Survey Techniques including eDNA and mitigation measures. On passing the assessment, partipants will be provided with a certificate which can be used towards a licence application.

Cost £157

14/05/21 Woodland Plants - Identification and Survey 1 Day

Garston Woods, Blandford Forum, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

A 1-day course giving participants the skils 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 surveys.

Cost £85

15/05/21 Orchid Hunting in the Chiltern Hills 1 Day

Hartslock Nature Reserve, Warburg and Homefield Wood, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

Join Leif Bersweden, author of The Orchid Hunter, for a day of orchid hunting in the Chiltern Hills, one of the most orchid-rich locations in the country. During the day, see as many as 15 different species.

Cost £80

22/05/21 Orchid Hunting in the Chiltern Hills 1 Day

Hartslock Nature Reserve, Warburg and Homefield Wood, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

Join Leif Bersweden, author of The Orchid Hunter, for a day of orchid hunting in the Chiltern Hills, one of the most orchid-rich locations in the country. During the day, see as many as 15 different species.

Cost £80

23/05/21 Orchid Hunting in the Chiltern Hills 1 Day

Hartslock Nature Reserve, Warburg and Homefield Wood, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

Join Leif Bersweden, author of The Orchid Hunter, for a day of orchid hunting in the Chiltern Hills, one of the most orchid-rich locations in the country. During the day, see as many as 15 different species.

Cost £80

07/06/21 Grasses, Sedges and Rushes - 2 day course 2 Days

Old Sarum and The New Forest, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

Giving participants the skills and confidence to identify a wide range of grasses, sedges and rushes commonly encountered in a range of habitats including lowland meadows, unimproved calcareous grasslands, heathlands, bogs and mires.

Cost £160

07/06/21 Grasses and Sedges - Grasslands and Meadows 1 Day

Old Sarum, Salisbury, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

Giving participants the skills and confidence to identify a wide range of grasses and sedges commonly encountered in a range of habitats including meadows and unimproved grassland.

Cost £85

08/06/21 Grasses, Sedges and Rushes - Heathland, Acid Grassland and Bogs 1 Day

The New Forest, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

Giving participants the skills and confidence to identify a wide range of grasses, sedges and rushes commonly encountered in acidic habitats, including acid grassland, dry heath, wet heath and mire communities.

Cost £85

14/06/21 Habitat Indicator Species (Phase 1 and NVC) - Grasslands 1 Day

Old Sarum, Salisbury, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

A 1-day course giving participants the skills and confidence to assess habitats and identify indicator species, with an overview of key Phase 1 and NVC communities and a chance to see a broad range of lowland grassland habitats.

Cost £86.96

14/06/21 Habitat Indicator Species (Phase 1 and NVC) - 2 day course 2 Days

Old Sarum and The New Forest, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

A 1-day course giving participants the skills and confidence to assess habitats and identify indicator species, with an overview of key Phase 1 and NVC communities and a chance to see a broad range of lowland habitats.

Cost £160

15/06/21 Habitat Indicator Species (Phase 1 and NVC) - Heathland, Acid Grassland and Bogs 1 Day

The New Forest, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

A 1-day course giving participants the skills and confidence to assess habitats and identify indicator species, with an overview of key Phase 1 and NVC communities and a chance to see a broad range of acid grassland, heathland and mire communities.

Cost £85

21/06/21 Wildflower Identification and Survey - Neutral and Calcareous Grasslands 1 Day

Old Sarum, Salisbury, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

A 1-day course giving participants the ability to identify 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 £86.96

24/06/21 Bumblebees - Ecology and Identification 2021 1 Day

Martin Down Nature Reserve, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

A 1-day course giving participants an introduction to the recognition, identification and ecology of bumblebees

Cost £71

01/07/21 Grassland Plant Identification and Survey 2021 1 Day

Box Hill, Surrey, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

A 1-day course aimed at improving participants skills and confidence with identifying the main species of grasses and flowers found in semi-improved and unimproved grassland habitats.

Cost £75.84

01/07/21 Beaver Ecology and Conservation 2021 1 Day

Upcott Grange, Lifton, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

A 1 day course giving participants the skills to carry out beaver surveys and gain a better understanding of their behaviour, ecology and conservation. The course will also cover reintroductions, and the impact that beavers can have on biodiversity.

Cost £85

02/07/21 Midsummer Grass Identification 2021 1 Day

Old Sarum, Salisbury, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

A 1 day course giving participants confidence in identifying key grasses of neutral and unimproved calcareous grassland using both vegetative and flowering features.

Cost £85

08/07/21 Water Voles - Ecology and Survey 2021 1 Day

Upcott Grange, Lifton, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

A 1 day course giving participants the skills to carry out water vole surveys and gain a better understanding of their behaviour, ecology and conservation.

Cost £85

13/07/21 Arable Plant Identification and Ecology 2021 1 Day

The Roundwood Estate, Micheldever, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

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

Cost £85

27/07/21 Arable Plant Identification and Ecology 2021 1 Day

The Roundwood Estate, Micheldever, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

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

Cost £85

02/08/21 Aquatic Plants 2021 1 Day

Langford Lakes Nature Reserve, Salisbury, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

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

Cost £85

09/08/21 Aquatic Plants 2021 1 Day

Langford Lakes Nature Reserve, Salisbury, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

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

Cost £85

02/09/21 Late Season Grass Identification 2021 1 Day

Old Sarum, Salisbury, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

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

Cost £86.96

06/09/21 Heathland, Acid Grassland and Bogs - Vegetation Survey and Assessment 2021 1 Day

The New Forest, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

A 1-day course giving participants the skills and confidence to identify the key grasses and flowers of several different heathland communities.

Cost £86.96

05/10/21 Sphagnum Mosses: Field Identification Course 2021 1 Day

The New Forest, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

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

Cost £65

25/11/21 Assessing Trees for Bats 2021 1 Day

Abinger Hammer, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

A one-day course giving participants knowledge of legislation relating to bat roosts, a better understanding of tree health and safety surveys, an opportunity to view and survey a range of trees on site, and improved ability to categorise bat tree roost potential.

Cost £86.96

30/11/21 Winter Tree Identification 2021 1 Day

Middle Woodford, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk c-js.info/3nyGj1z

A 1-day course giving participants the skills and confidence to identify trees and shrubs when not in leaf, both in the field and from twig specimens. A full set of twigs will be available to label and take home, and a free copy of the FSC Aidgap Winter Trees guide.

Cost £86.96