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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.

09/02/2023 Discovering Bryophytes (Online)

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3NSyKks

This beginner course will introduce you to the complex world of mosses, liverworts and hornworts. The course covers their biology, ecology and where you can find them. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get outside and put your new found knowledge into practice.

Cost £60

09/02/2023 UKHab and biodiversity net gain (Advanced) 2 Days

Online, UKHab Ltd training@ukhab.org ukhab.org/training/

The course introduces habitat surveyors and ecologists to the UKHab interface with Biodiversity Net Gain. Suitable for people with some experience of habitat mapping; an intermediate UKHab course will normally have been completed first.

Cost £150.00

17/02/2023 Ancient & Veteran Trees 1 Day

Nower Wood / Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/3tVkUEL

Gain an understanding of the differences between Ancient and Heritage trees and their importance in the biodiversity of our woodlands.

Cost £60

18/02/2023 Field Ecology of Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts 1 Day

Rhyd Y Creuau, The Drapers Field Centre, Betws Y Coed, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3tgWNjF

This beginner course is a great place to start for those taking their first steps into the world of mosses, liverworts and hornworts. During this course, you will gain a better understanding of this diverse group, all under the guidance of an engaging and knowledgeable expert.

Cost £60

21/02/2023 Botany Evening course 10 Days

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days

Participants will learn how to confidently identify and record plants and seek confirmation when necessary. They will identify plants in families and genera by the use of keys, specimens and descriptions.and descriptions.

Cost £135

23/02/2023 Botany Evening course 10 Days

Canterbury, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days

Participants will learn how to confidently identify and record plants and seek confirmation when necessary. They will identify plants in families and genera by the use of keys, specimens and descriptions.and descriptions.

Cost £135

24/02/2023 The Geology of Kent 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days

An illustrated review of the geology of the Kentish landscape from the oldest rocks to the youngest sediments.

Cost £35 per person per day. Concessionary discount for KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students

25/02/2023 Identifying Lichens 2 Days

Slapton Ley Field Centre, Slapton, Kingsbridge, TQ7 2QP, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3NWrgwV

This beginner-early intermediate lichens course will consist of a blend of field and classroom sessions to provide you with a general introduction to lichens as a group, focusing on morphology, biology, ecology and chemistry, alongside identification and recording.

Cost £150

25/02/2023 NVC Winter Habitat Survey: Understanding and Describing Plant Communities 2 Days

Slapton Ley Field Centre, Slapton, Kingsbridge, TQ7 2QP, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Ek3esr

This intermediate course will provide you with the skills required to confidently use the National Vegetation Classification in winter as a framework to approach how plant communities are responding to environmental change. It is a key skill for many within and interested in an environmental career.

Cost £170

01/03/2023 Introduction to habitat identification (Beginners) 0.5 Day

Online, UKHab Ltd training@ukhab.org ukhab.org/training/

This UKHab course is for individuals with little or no experience of recording habitats, designed for students or those in citizen science projects.

Cost £80.00

15/03/2023 Introduction to habitat mapping (Beginners) 0.5 Day

Online, UKHab Ltd training@ukhab.org ukhab.org/training/

This UKHab course is for people with little or no experience of habitat mapping, designed for students or participants in citizen science projects. The companion habitat identification course will normally have been completed first.

Cost £80.00

20/03/2023 UK Habitat Classification (UKHab) Online Training Course 1 Day

Online, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/3rMjPOj

An online training day on the UK Habitat Classification, a new comprehensive classification system for vegetation habitats used in conservation and land managemen

Cost £90

24/03/2023 200 Plants and Counting: Get to Know North East Wildflowers 8 Days

North East, various, Natural History Society of Northumbria jamesmcommon@gmail.com c-js.info/3j8QNri

Perfect for beginners, join James Common for a brand new six-month course exploring the rich & beautiful flora of Northumberland. Attendees will aim to identify 200 plant species and, upon completion, will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Starting from £120

25/03/2023 Field Ecology of Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts 1 Day

Juniper Hall Field Centre, Old London Road, Mickleham, RH5 6DA, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3tgWNjF

This beginner bryophytes course is a great place to start for those taking their first steps into the world of mosses, liverworts and hornworts. During this course, you will gain a better understanding of this diverse group, all under the guidance of an engaging and knowledgeable expert in the field.

Cost £60

28/03/2023 UKHab and conservation practice (Intermediate) 2 Days

Online, UKHab Ltd training@ukhab.org ukhab.org/training/

This course is for ecologists and consultants involved in designing or delivering nature conservation policy and actions who wish to use UKHab to survey and assess existing and potential areas of importance.

Cost £150.00

03/04/2023 Discovering Ferns

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3VqrOhe

This beginner online course will introduce you to the complex world of ferns. Ferns are a common sight on a woodland walk, but have you wondered what species you are seeing? Ferns are vibrant non-flowering plants and reproduce via spores. With a diverse variety of species in the UK, there is much to explore!

Cost £45

06/04/2023 Discovering Botany

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Ev3h3E

In this beginner wildflower online course, you will build your understanding of wildflower basics considering their biology, ecology and the structure of flowering plants and be introduced to the species commonly encountered in the UK.

Cost £60

15/04/2023 Identifying Lichens for Beginners 2 Days

Nettlecombe Court Field Centre, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Ey0OWd

This beginner lichens course will consist of a blend of field and classroom sessions to provide you with a general introduction to lichens as a group, focusing on morphology, biology, ecology and chemistry, alongside identification and recording.

Cost £135

25/04/2023 Tree Fungi Identification 1 Day

South East, South East Landbased Training Courses LLP 07437 601161 info@seltc.co.uk c-js.info/36FezSn

One Day Tree Fungi Identification. - Fungi Structures - Identification Features - Colonisation Strategies - Types of Decay - Examples with Significances - Observational Field Skills - What to record and how to record course taken for leisure or brush up your skills' for attendees on our Professional Tree Inspection course in May. please contact for more information.

Cost £116+vat

25/04/2023 Ancient Woodland Indicators 1 Day

West Horsley Place, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/3ALzKBF

Learn to assess the 40 indicators of ancient woodland in this beautiful and diverse natural setting.

Cost £60

25/04/2023 UKHab Field Course (Beginners and Intermediate) 1 Day

New Forest, UKHab Ltd training@ukhab.org ukhab.org/training/

An introduction to the UKHab system and mapping methods in the classroom will be followed with an afternoon mapping lowland heath, lowland fens and woodland in the New Forest.

Cost £180.00

Various Introduction to Bryophytes

Nationwide, Ecology Academy 01453 367450 hello@ecologyacademy.co.uk c-js.info/3QQMLzY

This course introduces this ancient group of plants, gives lots of reasons why they deserve your love and adoration, goes through basic identification features and looks at some of our most common species.

Cost £29

09/05/2023 UKHab Field Course (Beginners and Intermediate) 1 Day

Stirling, UKHab Ltd training@ukhab.org ukhab.org/training/

Hosted by the University of Stirling, this course combines an indoor introduction to the UKHab system and mapping methods with visits to lowland and upland habitats around the campus and on the Ochils.

Cost £180.00

17/05/2023 UKHab Field Course (Beginners and Intermediate) 1 Day

Peak District, UKHab Ltd training@ukhab.org ukhab.org/training/

An introduction to the UKHab system and mapping methods in the classroom will be followed by field mapping practice in typical habitats found in the Peak District National Park's Hope Valley.

Cost £180.00

28/05/2023 Introduction to Orchids 1 Day

Tyland Barn and Ranscombe Farm Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days

What do you know about wild orchids: their life cycles, where to find them, and how to identify them? Discover all this and more.

Cost £35 per person per day. Concessionary discount for KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students

02/06/2023 The Wonder of Trees 1 Day

Nower Wood / Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/3i9ijES

Learn about the biology of our native trees, how they communicate with each other and why they are so important to us.

Cost £60.00

05/06/2023 Plant Identification in the Field 5 Days

Canterbury, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days

Five days learning to identify and record wild plants in nature reserves in Kent.

Cost £200 per person

07/06/2023 Introduction to Wild Flowers for Absolute Beginners 1 Day

Sevenoaks , Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days

Learn how to identify and classify flowers and use an identification book. Practise new skills by using keys to identify flowers collected from habitats in the reserve.

Cost £35 per person per day. Concessionary discount for KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students

10/06/2023 Grasses for beginners 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01621 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days

There are over 150 species of native grasses in Britain. Learn how to identify some of the common species.

Cost £35 per person per day. Concessionary discount for KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students

10/06/2023 Grasses - don't just ignore them! 1 Day

Birches Farm, Hidden Herefordshire 07980863577 tim@clan-cic.org c-js.info/3uB92tn

Grasses are often neglected, and this course aims to get the beginner and improver to look again. Led by County Recorder Stuart we will explore the meadows for the common species and examine their differences and similarities. Tutor: Stuart Hedley

15/06/2023 Grasses Identification 1 Day

Nower Wood / Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/3EWhY18

Discover the huge variety of grasses that populate our chalk grasslands in Surrey.

Cost £60.00

16/06/2023 The Geology of Reculver Country Park 1 Day

Reculver, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days

Discover the geological materials used in buildings and shore defences around Reculver and examine a classic coastal cliff section.

Cost £35 per person per day. Concessionary discount for KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students

17/06/2023 An Introduction to Fossils 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622 662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/explore/education/wildlife-study-days

Discover more about fossils, especially those that can be found locally

Cost £35 per person per day. Concessionary discount for KWT volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students

22/06/2023 Wildflower ID on Chalk Grassland 1 Day

Nower Wood / Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/3EXcvHs

Gain valuable insight into identifying wildflowers from an expert ecologist.

Cost £60.00

29/06/2023 Tree Identification 1 Day

Nower Wood / Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/3EAvrdx

Learn to use a variety of techniques to identify woodland trees.

Cost £60.00

08/07/2023 Aquatic Plants for beginners 1 Day

Davies Meadow, Hidden Herefordshire 07980863577 tim@clan-cic.org c-js.info/3uB92tn

The world of aquatic plants is often overlooked simply because you can see them without getting wet. On this course you will understand the riparian, marginal, floating and submerged forms that plants can take and learn a few of the key species. Whether you are a developing botanist or a complete beginner come and join us on a watery adventure in the lovely HWT site.

Free Course

14/09/2023 Introduction to Alternative Broadleaf Species 1 Day

Westonbirt Arboretum, GL8 8QS, The Royal Forestry Society 01295 678588 Events@rfs.org.uk rfs.org.uk/events-category/training/

Tutor: Chris Reynolds, Project Leader at Forest Research - An essential introduction for anyone keen to widen their knowledge of alternative broadleaf species in the quest to increase woodland resilience in the face of pests, disease and climate change.

Cost £75.00 RFS members / £85.00 Non-members

Various Phase 1 Habitat Mapping

Online, Ecology Training UK 07818073660 admin@ecologytraining.co.uk 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 Introduction to Bryophytes

Nationwide, Ecology Academy 01453 367450 hello@ecologyacademy.co.uk c-js.info/3QQMLzY

This course introduces this ancient group of plants, gives lots of reasons why they deserve your love and adoration, goes through basic identification features and looks at some of our most common species.

Cost £29

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