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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.

26/04/2021 Gardening with Nature Talk

Online, Sorbus Learning www.sorbuslearning.co.uk/

An online presentation in partnership with Dorking Minds about the benefits of gardening with nature for wildlife and people with a focus on mental well-being. [Book with Dorking Minds]

04/05/2021 Phase 1 Habitat Survey Techniques 1 Day

Online, TCV Scotland Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk c-js.info/3bVejlI

An online introduction to Phase 1 survey techniques and some of the most common UK habitats, suitable for beginners.

04/05/2021 Phase 1 Habitat Survey 5 hours Days

Online, TCV Scotland 01786 476170 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk c-js.info/2R1xsEP

This online course is aimed at beginners and will provide attendees with a basic knowledge of how to carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey and how to use the handbook to classify different habitats. Book online here: http://c-js.co.uk/3tsBCsW

Cost £25

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

07/05/2021 Tree Biology Course 1 Day

Nower Wood Education Centre, Sorbus Learning c-js.info/2VQ1SxA

An adult learning course in partnership with Surrey Wildlife Trust at Nower Wood Education Centre (Headley) about the biology and identification of British trees. [Book with SWT]

07/05/2021 Phase 1 Habitat Survey 5 hours Days

Online, TCV Scotland 01786 479697 Scotland-training@tcv.org.uk c-js.info/3uRK4Ts

This online course is aimed at beginners and will provide attendees with a basic knowledge of how to carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey and how to use the handbook to classify different habitats. 

Cost £25

08/05/2021 Grasslands and Meadow Plant Identification 1 Day

Manor Farm, Sopworth, Wiltshire, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/3lumFE2

You will focus on identifying between a range of plant species associated with grassland and meadow habitats, through their appearance and botanical keys. These identification skills will be taught by a combination of field-work and class-room sessions directed at the species encountered on walks, plus information about the species themselves.

Cost £55

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

15/05/2021 Introduction to Woodland Ecology 1 Day

Voltaire's Wood, Nailsworth, nr Stroud, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/30XwwIU

A fantastic one day course focusing on the rich and diverse ecology of our broadleaf woodlands, from birds and mammals (we include camera trapping techniques and footage) to woodland plants, trees and much, much more! You will encounter a range of wildlife species on repeated short walks throughout the day.

Cost £55

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

22/05/2021 Ancient Woodland Indicators 1 Day

Ancient Woodland Indicators

Hawthorn Dene, County Durham, Verde-ecology Consultancy 07875544635 juliageno@gmail.com

We will be exploring Hawthorn Dene along the Durham Coast, looking for ancient woodland indicators plants inside these woods and practice how to identify them.

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

25/05/2021 Tree Biology Course 1 Day

Nower Wood Education Centre, Sorbus Learning c-js.info/2VQ1SxA

An adult learning course in partnership with Surrey Wildlife Trust at Nower Wood Education Centre (Headley) about the biology and identification of British trees. [Book with SWT]

26/05/2021 Pond Flora and Fauna Identification 1 Day

Manor Farm, Sopworth, Wiltshire, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/2OMUSCH

Curious about hawkers and darters? Interested in learning how to identify aquatic plant and invertebrate species by sight? We will focus on identifying a range of wildlife associated with pond and aquatic habitats. These identification skills will be taught by a combination of field-work and class-room sessions.

Cost £55

05/06/2021 Plant Identification For Phase 1 Habitat Survey 2 Days

Plant Identification For Phase 1 Habitat Survey

Kyo Bogs, Stanley, Verde-ecology Consultancy 07875544635 juliageno@gmail.com

We will visit grasslands and heathland habitats and look for the indicator species used in Phase 1 Habitat Survey and practice how to identify these plant species confidently

Cost £175

05/06/2021 Foraging and Wild Foods 1 Day

Hill Farm Barn, Hartley Lane, Leckhampton Hill, Glos. , Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/2Ob1wCu

Discover a range of seasonal wild foods and see what forageable delights await. Key principles of foraging, plus matters of safety, and will also touch on the laws regarding harvesting wild food will be explained. Please do not expect to take a huge amount of items away with you.

Cost £55

05/06/2021 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/3sICGJm

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

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

09/06/2021 Grasslands and Meadow Plant Identification 1 Day

Manor Farm, Sopworth, Wiltshire, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk c-js.info/31BFOLh

You will focus on identifying between a range of plant species associated with grassland and meadow habitats, through their appearance and botanical keys. These identification skills will be taught by a combination of field-work and class-room sessions directed at the species encountered on walks, plus information about the species themselves.

Cost £55

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.