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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.

20/08/2022 Phase 1 Habitat Survey 2 Days

Balallan House, Stirling, FK8 2QG, TCV Scotland 01786 479697 scotland@tcv.org.uk c-js.info/3BclEZ8

This 2 day course aims to introduce you to the Phase 1 habitat survey method and some of the common habitats found in the UK. This very popular course will benefit ecologists, land managers, foresters, rangers, planners, environmental consultants and students.

Cost £130

20/08/2022 Fern Identification 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org

This beginner fern course will explore the different groups of ferns found in the UK, key terminology and guidance on their identification. During this course, you will learn how to identify and interpret the vegetative structures of ferns that are visible through a hand lens.

Cost £70

01/09/2022 Identifying Wildflower Families 2 Days

FSC Virtual, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/372zra8

This beginner-intermediate course will develop your botanical knowledge as you begin to explore the most common UK wildflower families. Becoming familiar with the most common families is a great way to start your botanical identification journey. Designed for Nature enthusiasts, Students, Rangers, Early career ecologists.

Cost £30

03/09/2022 Identifying Grasses Using Vegetative Features 2 Days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3vmYr5c

This intermediate course will allow you to identify a variety of common grass species using vegetative features; a useful skill that is well worth acquiring. By learning this technique you will have the ability to carry out surveys beyond the usual June- August flowering season.

Cost £160

05/09/2022 Heathland, Acid Grassland & Bogs - Species ID & Survey 1 Day

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

Botanical Identification and Survey of Heathland, Acid Grassland and Bog in the New Forest

Cost £92

05/09/2022 Beginners' Guide and Introduction to Fungi 1 Day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/3rMjPOj

An important first step to understanding this fascinating group.? Classroom studies and some field work

Cost £35

06/09/2022 Introduction to Fern Identification 1 Day

Benthall Hall, Broseley, Shropshire, TF12 5RX, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3xZgXSQ

This beginner course is aimed at those looking to explore a new skill or improve an existing one, providing an introduction to the identification of common ferns and their relatives. Whilst ferns might not have the showy flowers and floral part like wildflowers, they are equally as fascinating.

Cost £75

08/09/2022 Late Season Grass ID 1 Day

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

Identification of key grass species of neutral and unimproved calcareous grasslands late in the season.

Cost £92

09/09/2022 Broad-Leaved Trees 3 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/2qFXIh5

This weekend botanical tree course is concerned with the identification of native broad-leaved trees; focusing on accurate identifications and diagnostic features. Natural history enthusiasts, students, rangers, ecologists, environmental professionals. This intermediate level course is open to anyone with some knowledge of the subject.

Cost £200

10/09/2022 How To Use a Botanical Key 1 Day

FSC London: Bushy Park, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/38EfKWE

This practical, beginner course will explain how Botanical (Dichotomous) Keys work, how to find your way around them, and will guide you through their use and application - and their limitations. 'Keying out' is a daunting but essential skill for anyone interested in botany.

Cost £60

10/09/2022 Introducing Ferns 2 Days

FSC Bencathra, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/36Wb3Xw

This beginner to intermediate course will introduce you to British ferns including their biology, ecology and identification. Focusing on practical skills, with group and individual keying out, this course is ideal for amateur or professional botanists/ecologists both in the voluntary or ecological sector.

Cost £160

13/09/2022 Bryophytes: Field Identification Course 1 Day

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

A 1 day course covering the field identification of a range of common bryophytes found in heathland, woodland and bogs

Cost £65

13/09/2022 Autumn Botany Evening Classes 10 Days

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

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.

15/09/2022 Autumn Botany Evening Classes 10 Days

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

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.

19/09/2022 Around Britain in 25 Grasses Online 0.5 Day

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

Online course looking at the key grass, sedge and rush species which define five of the main habitat types found in the UK.

Cost £45

21/09/2022 Planting and establishment of alternative species 1 Day

The Old School, Ashley Green, Chesham, Royal Forestry Society c-js.info/3JjWw51

RFS Hockeridge & Pancake Wood is home to 60 species of tree, many of which are alternative species recently planted following felling and restocking activity. Join the wood's warden, John Morris, for a comprehensive and informative day discussing planting and establishment of alternative species in a practical context.

23/09/2022 The Geology of Kent 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/3rMjPOj

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

Cost £35

24/09/2022 Mushrooms and Toadstools: Learning Identification Skills 2 Days

FSC Bencathra, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3y1gZth

The beginner to intermediate fungi course will cover the classification of the larger fungi, their feeding strategies and ecology, and help you to identify important macroscopic features. Designed for Nature enthusiasts, Students, Early career ecologists, Citizen scientists, Volunteer surveyors, Land managers

Cost £160

26/09/2022 Around Britain in 30 Bryophytes Online 0.5 Day

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

Online course looking at the key bryophytes that are commonly found in grassland, heathland and woodland in lowland Britain

Cost £45

26/09/2022 UK Habitat Classification (UKHab) Online Training Course 1 Day

Online, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012 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 management

Cost £90

27/09/2022 Introduction to Alternative Broadleaf Species 1 Day

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, Royal Forestry Society c-js.info/3NU6y0j

A new one day training course with Chris Reynolds of Forest Research in the glorious surroundings of Westonbirt, The National Arboretum. 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.

30/09/2022 Plant Identification Using the Vegetative Key 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/370Hjc8

This beginner - intermediate botany course will help guide you through what may at times seem like a daunting amount of botanical terminology and become confident using the vegetative key. This course is suited for anyone looking to be more confident (and competent) in their ability to use the 'Vegetative Key'.

Cost £75

01/10/2022 Practical Fungi Field Skills 1 Day

Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore, Inverness-Shire, Scotland, PH22 1QZ, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3nr7BZx

This is the perfect course for beginners looking to learn more about the fungi around them and start to identify fungi groups. You will learn valuable observational field skills; what to look for, what to record and how to record it with the support of our expert tutor.

01/10/2022 An Introduction to Lichens 2 Days

FSC Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, North Ayrshire, KA28 0EG, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3OTuII8

This course is for beginners to learn about lichen biology and the first steps of lichen identification. Lichens are beautiful, fascinating, and all around us, almost all the time. What are they doing, how do they work, and how can you begin to learn about them?

02/10/2022 Field Ecology of Woodland Fungi 1 Day

Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore, Inverness-Shire, Scotland, PH22 1QZ, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3NrpkLb

This beginner fungi course will explore woodland fungi and the connections between fungi and their habitat. This is the perfect course for beginners looking to learn more about woodland fungi. This course will focus on the different habitats within a woodland and how fungi interact within a woodland environment.

03/10/2022 Around Britain in 20 Ferns and their allies Online 0.5 Day

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

Online course looking at ferns and fern allies, covering all the commonly found species as well as a few rarer specialities.

Cost £45

08/10/2022 Field Ecology of Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts 1 Day

FSC Rhyd y Creuau, The Drapers Field Centre, Betws Y Coed, LL24 0HB, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3OtIilw

This introductory 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, will gain a better understanding of this diverse group, all under the guidance of an engaging and knowledgeable expert in the field.

08/10/2022 Field Ecology of Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts 1 Day

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

This introductory 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, will gain a better understanding of this diverse group, all under the guidance of an engaging and knowledgeable expert in the field.

08/10/2022 Identifying Lichens 2 Days

FSC Rhyd y Creuau, The Drapers Field Centre, Betws Y Coed, LL24 0HB, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3yw55rt

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.

08/10/2022 Practical Fungi Field Skills 1 Day

Broomlee Centre, Station Rd, West Linton, Scotland, EH46 7BU, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3yxVFf7

This beginner fungi course is a starting guide to the skills and knowledge required to begin identifying UK fungi in the field. This is the perfect course for beginners looking to learn more about the fungi around them and start to identify fungi groups.

10/10/2022 How to survey and assess hedgerows using the Hedgerow Regulations Online 0.5 Day

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

A half-day online course which will teach participants how to get to grips with the 1997 Hedgerow Regulations.

Cost £40

12/10/2022 Identification of Fungi II 1 Day

Dering Wood, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/3rMjPOj

Helpful tips on identification of larger fungi and their habitats in the field.

Cost £35

12/10/2022 Fungi Field Skills

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

This online beginner fungi course is a starting guide to the skills and knowledge required to begin identifying UK fungi in the field. This is the perfect course for beginners looking to learn more about the fungi around them and start to identify fungi groups.

15/10/2022 Practical Fungi Field Skills 1 Day

Manchester ? National Trust Quarry Bank Mill. Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3OTuNLW

This beginner fungi course is a starting guide to the skills and knowledge required to begin identifying UK fungi in the field. This is the perfect course for beginners looking to learn more about the fungi around them and start to identify fungi groups.

18/10/2022 Fabulous Fungi 1 Day

Nower Wood / Leatherhead, Surrey Wildlife Trust 01372379523 adult.learning@surreywt.org.uk c-js.info/3PYa5uK

Learn how to find and identify a multitude of fungi living in the ancient woodland of Nower Wood.

Cost £47.00

21/10/2022 Getting to Know Conifers 3 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Montford bridge, Shrewsbury, SY4 1DX, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3nsGZaH

This weekend botanical course is concerned with the identification of conifer trees; focusing on accurate identifications and diagnostic features. You will also get the opportunity to practice working with different keys for identification.

22/10/2022 Field Ecology of Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Montford bridge, Shrewsbury, SY4 1DX, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3NyRT9x

This introductory 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, will gain a better understanding of this diverse group, all under the guidance of an engaging and knowledgeable expert in the field.

29/10/2022 Identifying Autumn Fungi 2 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, East Bergholt, Colchester, CO7 6UL, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3bsSX1a

This beginner fungi course is primarily aimed at those who want to know more about the wonderful world of fungi and build their knowledge of what kinds of things they might find in their local area during autumn.

29/10/2022 Field Ecology of Mosses, Liverworts and Hornworts 1 Day

FSC Margam Discovery Centre, Margam Park, Port Talbot, SA13 2UA, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3nr7nl4

This introductory 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, will gain a better understanding of this diverse group, all under the guidance of an expert in the field.

30/10/2022 Practical Fungi Field Skills 1 Day

FSC Margam Discovery Centre, Margam Park, Port Talbot, SA13 2UA, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3OTuOQ0

This beginner fungi course is a starting guide to the skills and knowledge required to begin identifying UK fungi in the field. This is the perfect course for beginners looking to learn more about the fungi around them and start to identify fungi groups.

31/10/2022 Aquatic Plant ID Online 0.5 Day

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

Online course looking at the key aquatic species of streams, rivers and ponds in lowland Britain

Cost £45

03/11/2022 Botanical Folklore 3 Days

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3Rgzj9b

This introductory folklore online course will look at the history, mythology, and significance of a variety of trees and common wildflower species. This is a 3-week course covering 3 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities.

Cost £45

04/11/2022 An Introduction to Geological Time 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/3rMjPOj

An illustrated review of how geologists date rocks and how the story of the Earth has been divided into a geological time scale.

Cost £35

05/11/2022 Identification of Fungi III 1 Day

Oldbury Hill, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012 studydays@kentwildlife.org.uk c-js.info/3rMjPOj

Helpful tips on identification of larger fungi and their habitats in the field.

Cost £35

05/11/2022 Introduction to Sphagnum Identification 2 Days

FSC Rhyd Y Creuau, The Drapers Field Centre, Betws Y Coed, LL24 0HB, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3P8j4ZL

This beginner to intermediate?course will consist of field excursions, where we will see?different Sphagnum moss species in situ and learn to use keys to identify them. Combining the use of field keys and laboratory skills, this course will allow attendees to get to know Sphagnum and make reliable identifications.

Cost £170

05/11/2022 Vegetative Grass Identification 2 Days

FSC Blencathra, Threlkeld, Keswick, CA12 4SG, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3bYeJdl

This beginner to intermediate course will help you identify a variety of common grass species using vegetative features; a useful skill that is worth acquiring. With a mix of classroom and field elements, will equip you with the knowledge and skills to be able to independently identify grasses vegetatively.

Cost £150

07/11/2022 Habitat Indicator Species Online 0.5 Day

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

An online course giving participants an overview of terrestrial lowland habitats and the key indicator species which define them

Cost £55

08/11/2022 Discovering Ferns 3 Days

Online, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3P9aQkb

This beginner online course will introduce you to the complex world of ferns. This course is an introduction to the fern species found in the UK. The course covers their biology, ecology and where you can find them.

Cost £45

14/11/2022 Around Britain in 25 Sedges Online 0.5 Day

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

Online course looking at the key sedge species which are commonly encountered in UK habitats.

Cost £45

19/11/2022 NVC: Winter Habitat Survey - Understanding and Describing Plant Communities 2 Days

FSC Slapton Ley, Slapton, Kingsbridge, TQ7 2QP, Field Studies Council ecoskills@field-studies-council.org c-js.info/3P9aQAH

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

03/12/2022 Unique Island Wildlife and the Threats Facing It 1 Day

Rewley House, Oxford, University of Oxford 01865 270368 ppdayweek@conted.ox.ac.uk c-js.info/3voxy0h

The wide range of uniquely adapted plants and animals on islands are the results of a combination of evolutionary, ecological and geological factors. However, the same factors that promote this biodiversity also make them vulnerable to human disturbances. Join us to find out more.

Cost £85.00+

09/12/2022 Winter Tree ID Online 1 Day

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

Identifying Trees and Shrubs in Winter

Cost £75

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 Fall into nature with Plantlife

Online, Plantlife c-js.info/2Y6SoDO

Looking for plant ID workshops - grasses, lichens, bryophytes, to understand grasslands as a climate solution, to explore right tree, right place, habitat management workshops for dunes and temperate rainforests or to get a flavour of plant conservation nationally and internationally, there is something for everyone.

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