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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.

23/10/2020 Autumn Fungi 3 Days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/autumn-fungi-2/

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. This is a course for beginners so no prior experience is necessary just an enthusiasm to get out and have a go.

Cost £250.00

23/10/2020 Identifying Mosses and Liverworts 4 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-mosses-and-liverworts/

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. This course is suitable for beginners and those with a limited knowledge of bryophyte identification. *MMU

Cost £400.00

23/10/2020 Identification of Macrofungi 4 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identification-of-macrofungi/

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 £400.00

23/10/2020 Identification of Conifers 3 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identification-of-conifers/

A charismatic group of trees, with aesthetically pleasing foliage and cones, that with a little experience can be placed into recognisable groups e.g. Spruces or Firs. What can seem like an initially challenging group can be broken down and identified to species. 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 in the field and laboratory a range of the major genera of conifers and, have had practice looking for appropriate characters to confirm the species.

Cost £275.00

23/10/2020 A Beginners Guide to Mosses 3 Days

FSC Margam, Field Studies Council 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/a-beginners-guide-to-mosses/

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. The ecological characteristics of the moss species will be pointed out. A good group of plants to study in winter and useful environment indicator.

Cost £289.00

24/10/2020 Wonderful World of Trees 2 Days

Greenwood Centre, Ironbridge, Smallwoods Association 01952 432769 office@smallwoods.org www.smallwoods.org.uk

Investigate the structure of trees and how they interact within the woodland environment. Germination, Growth and Development. Tree Function, Flower Structure, Roots, Leaves and autumn colour, Tree Maturity, Crown Recession and Death. Features of ancient trees. How trees Communicate, their Close Associations and their Strategies for Survival and Longevity.

Cost £140

29/10/2020 Vegetation Survey Techniques: Extended Phase 1/Phase 2 Using NVC 2 Days

Online via Zoom, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net c-js.info/33hIyz3

This course will help participants understand how to conduct a vegetation survey using Phase 2 habitat survey techniques and the National Vegetation Classification system. Participants will also learn about floristic composition and the different methods for recording species abundance and biodiversity. Training includes a virtual field survey.

Cost £Varies: see website

30/10/2020 A Weekend with Fungi - Beginners Course 3 Days

FSC Margam, Field Studies Council 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/a-weekend-with-fungi-beginners-course-2/

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. We are not intending to eat them. Come and enjoy a weekend with fungi and the environment of Margam Park. Fungi provide welcome colour at the end of the year.

Cost £289.00

30/10/2020 Soils in the Landscape: Techniques to Research and Investigate Soil Types 3 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/soils-in-the-landscape-techniques-to-research-and-investigate-soil-types/

Soils are a natural part of the landscape and contain a lot of information about its development. This course explores the field characters of natural soils around the field centre and unlocks the fascinating evidence for their geological origins and the dramatic changes brought about by the Ice Ages and by human intervention. Participants will use published maps, field investigation and simple laboratory techniques to assess the characters of a range of soil types.

Cost £270.00

06/11/2020 Trees and Tree Identification: The Challenge of Early Winter 3 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/trees-and-tree-identification-the-challenge-of-early-winter/

This course is concerned with identification. Depending on weather conditions, much of Saturday will be spent at the centre, sorting through specimens and getting to grips with the terminology of the features of the bare stems, the winter buds and (in the case of the conifers) needle arrangement and cones. We shall also practise working with different keys to identification.

Cost £270.00

07/11/2020 Mosses and Liverwort ID with Microscopes 1 Day

Bushy Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/mosses-and-liverwort-id-with-microscopes/

There are over 600 species of moss in the UK, some of which are endangered and they come in all shapes and sizes! They provide a vital role in ecosystems and indicators of habitat quality. Using microscopes and ID keys we will learn to accurately identify species. Based in Bushy Park.

Cost £50.00

10/11/2020 Hedgerow survey and assessment 0.5 Day

Online, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 enquiries@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk

How to survey and assess hedgerows using the Hedgerow Regulations - Dominic Price, The Species Recovery Trust. This online tutorial will run through the Hedgerow Regulations (1997), then use a series of different scenarios on paper to help you get to grips with the regs. At the end you will be equipped to confidently survey a range of hedgerows, and accurately assess whether they do qualify as 'important' and are therefore protected by law. All proceeds from this course go to supporting our endangered species conservation work.

Cost £30

13/11/2020 Getting to Know Conifers 3 Days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/getting-to-know-conifers/

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. This course includes a visit to Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent which has a fine collection of this magnificent group of trees. *MMU

Cost £272.00

28/11/2020 Winter Tree ID Workshop 1 Day

Sheffield, Wildscapes CIC 0114 303 5123 info@wildscapes.co.uk

Learn the secrets of tree identification in winter with this day-long course run by our Wildscapes ecologist, Julie Riley. We will spend the morning in the classroom looking at winter identification features before heading out to a local park to practice identifying trees.

Cost £52.50 - 62.50

01/12/2020 Winter Trees and shrubs identification 1 Day

The Woodford Valley, Wiltshire, Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/winter-tree-identification-2020-tickets-71356417967

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

02/12/2020 Winter Trees and shrubs identification 1 Day

Natural History Museum, London, Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 bookings@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/winter-tree-identification-2020-london-tickets-71356008743

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

14/12/2020 Identifying Trees and Shrubs in Winter 0.5 Day

Online, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539 dominic.price@speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk www.speciesrecoverytrust.org.uk/

Identifying Trees and Shrubs in Winter - Tutor:Dominic Price, co-author of the FSC Aidgap Winter Trees Guide. A half-day online course giving participants:  the skills and confidence to identify trees and shrubs when not in leaf; a set of c.20 labelled UK native twigs posted to your address prior to the course; a free copy of the FSC Aidgap Winter Trees guide.

Cost £50 (inc. set of twigs and book)

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 self-study courses you can do at home.

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 Botany Training Courses in the North East

North East, Verde-ecology Consultancy 07875544635 juliageno@gmail.com

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 self-study courses you can do at home.