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Training Directory:Identification and Field Survey Skills - Plants and Habitats Short Courses

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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 and invasive alien species, also survey techniques. This page also details courses where a full habitat is considered.

23/06/2021 Seething soils: The yellow meadow ant is the most important invertebrate in many grasslands 0.5 Day

Virtual, Field Studies Council c-js.info/2Y0kn5L

The Yellow Meadow Ant is a subterranean species that builds long-lasting ant-hills, acting as an allogenic engineer. This webinar will explain where this ant fits within the British ant fauna, its life cycle, mound growth, their relationship with aphids and report on Richmond Park as a case study.

Free Course

26/06/2021 Wildflower Meadows Course 1 Day

Petersfield, Hampshire, The Sustainability Centre 01730 823166 info@sustainability-centre.org

This wildflower meadow course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to create, restore and enhance meadows, with a particular focus on chalk grassland. Whether you want to establish a mini meadow in your back garden or on a large scale, this course is for you.

Cost £75

28/06/2021 Botanical Surveying Skills for the Ecologist - Neutral Grasslands 1 Day

Shrewsbury, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net c-js.info/3fNCsvk

The National Vegetation Classification system is a key tool in allowing botanists and ecologists to identify plant communities within semi-natural habitats. This information can be important in assessing the diversity of a site, its importance and any potential future use of the site (both development or management).

Cost £Varies: see website

29/06/2021 Botanical Surveying Skills for the Ecologist - Upland Acid Grassland / Heathland 1 Day

Shrewsbury, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net c-js.info/34otkIg

The National Vegetation Classification system is a key tool in allowing botanists and ecologists to identify plant communities within semi-natural habitats. This information can be important in assessing the diversity of a site, its importance and any potential future use of the site (both development or management).

Cost £Varies: see website

30/06/2021 Introduction to Tree Identification 1 Day

Notgrove Estate, Cheltenham, Glos. GL54 3BS, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3dkCedO

Identify native broadleaved trees, using a range of key features linked to the tree's annual growth cycle, including buds, twigs, bark and fruits/seeds. Also outline indicator tree species of ancient woodland habitats. It will interest those undertaking Phase 1 Habitat surveys, as well as an overview of different habitat types.

Cost £55

30/06/2021 Plant Identification for Ecologists - Further Plant Families 1 Day

Shrewsbury, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net c-js.info/34oithq

Confused by ?Chickweeds? and ?Mouse-ears?, this course will concentrate on some of the species groups that many find tricky e.g. the small white flowered members of the Campion family.

Cost £Varies: see website

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

01/07/2021 Ground Water Dependent Terrestrial Ecosystems 2 Days

Scotland, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net c-js.info/34oP2fg

GWDTE are a range of habitats influenced by ground water. GWDTE are wetlands which critically depend on groundwater flows and/or chemistries. As part of the assessment of groundwater status, we are required to assess if a GWDTE has been significantly damaged and if the pressure causing this damage has been transmitted via a groundwater body.

Cost £Varies: see website

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

05/07/2021 Identification of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes 1 Day

Scotland, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net c-js.info/3vExgAk

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

Cost £Varies: see website

06/07/2021 Indicator Plants of Woodland, Wetland, Heath and Acid Grassland 1 Day

Scotland, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net c-js.info/2RPBR4b

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

Cost £Varies: see website

10/07/2021 Foraging and wild foods 1 Day

Hill Farm Barn, Leckhampton Hill, GL53 9QL, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3eEvWGw

Discover a range of seasonal wild foods, whilst exploring the Cotswolds countryside. This is a fantastic opportunity to see what forageable delights await when you venture outdoors. You?ll learn about some key principles of foraging, plus matters of safety, and a little about the laws regarding harvesting wild food.

Cost £55

10/07/2021 Tree identification 1 Day

Notgrove Estate, Nr Cheltenham, GL54 3BS, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3nvbOL9

This course identifies native broadleaved trees throughout the seasons using a range of key features, including leaves, buds, twigs, bark and flowers/fruits/seeds. This course is ideal for those who have little or no knowledge of tree and plant identification and want to learn more!

Cost £55

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

16/08/2021 Surveys and assessment: Part 1: Phase 1 habitat survey 4 days - 1 guided evening session, 2.5 - 3.5 days planning, delivery and reporting Days

Online, Ecotraining 07786444816 training@ecotraining.org.uk c-js.info/2Sy7xeZ

This introductory course will greatly enhance your understanding of Phase 1 habitat surveys and give you confidence in carrying them out. The experience gained will be relevant to both consultancy and conservation.

Cost £70

23/08/2021 Surveys and assessment: Part 2 Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) 4 days - 1 guided evening session, 2.5 - 3.5 days planning, delivery and reporting Days

Online, Ecotraining 07786444816 training@ecotraining.org.uk c-js.info/3gADLz2

This module will improve your skills, knowledge and understanding of ecological assessments. You will undertake a desk survey, field surveys (habitat and species) on a site local to you. Finally, you will complete reporting for this survey.

Cost £70

30/08/2021 Surveying for protected species 4 days - 1 guided evening session, 2.5 - 3.5 days planning, delivery and reporting Days

Online, Ecotraining 07786444816 training@ecotraining.org.uk c-js.info/3cOkdoM

We will explore survey techniques for protected species, introdcing you to a range of species ecology and survey techniques, as well as legislation, relevant in conservation and ecological consultancy.

Cost £35

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

21/09/2021 Hydrometry: River Discharge Monitoring using ADCPs 4 Days

Online, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology 01491 69 2225 c-js.info/3vtMdVa

This practical live and interactive training is for new starters and moderately experienced ADCP users. It introduces you to how ADCP instruments work. You will learn how to collect river discharge measurements (Teledyne and Sontek). You will process and validate data. You will learn how to trouble-shoot problem data files.

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

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

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

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

Cost £120.00

Various Phase 1 Habitat Mapping

Online, Ecology Training UK 07818073660 ecologytraininguk@gmail.com www.ecologytraining.co.uk

Video-based course giving classroom and field sessions as well as tutor access for questions. Videos show how to identify habitats and how to draw a Phase 1 Map. Useful for ecologists and conservationists. Self study in your own time.

Various Botany Training Courses in the North East

North East, Verde-ecology Consultancy 07875544635 juliageno@gmail.com c-js.info/33uxair

We offer the following courses: Plant Identification for Phase 1 Habitat Survey, NVC for Calcareous Grasslands, Grasses, Sedges and Rushes for habitat surveying, Riparian Vegetation for protccted species.

They will be delivered using blended learning and distanced field work. £125 per course. Visit our website for dates and details..

Various Online Ecology Self-Study Courses

Online Ecology Self-Study Courses

Online, Ecology Training UK www.ecologytraining.co.uk/book-a-course/online

Ecology Training UK, one of the UK's top ecology training providers, offers a range of over 20 self-study courses you can do at home.