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.

25/09/2021 Foraging and wild foods 0.5 Day

Hill Farm Barn, Leckhampton Hill, GL53 9QL, Cotswolds National Landscape Rural Skills 01451 862000

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.

04/10/2021 Introduction to Fungi

Online, Lifelong Learning - Aberystwyth University

The Kingdom of Fungi is a fascinating, ancient and diverse one. In this introductory course, we delve into this world, looking at the vital ecological role fungi play in our forests and showing how species vary according to habitat - be this woodland or pasture. (8 wk course)

Cost £100

05/10/21 Sphagnum Mosses: Field Identification Course 2021 1 Day

The New Forest, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539

A 1 day course giving participants an introduction to field identification of Sphagnum mosses and other heath and mire bryophytes.

Cost £65

05/10/2021 Peat and Peatlands

Online, Lifelong Learning - Aberystwyth University

The course will begin with a review of how peat and peatlands form, their vegetational and structural history and the range of peatland types to be found in Wales today. (8 wk course)

Cost £100

06/10/2021 Beginners' Guide and Introduction to Fungi 1 Day

Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012

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

Cost £35

06/10/2021 Field Survey Techniques

Online, Lifelong Learning - Aberystwyth University

Studying field survey techniques is valuable for anyone involved or interested in land management as you learn key practical skills such as how to use the relevant landscape and regulatory frameworks, designations and policies relating to the historic environment. (8 wk course)

Cost £100

13/10/2021 Identification of Fungi II 1 Day

Toys Hill Car Park, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012

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

Cost £35

06/11/2021 Identification of Fungi III 1 Day

West Wood car park near Rhodes Minnis, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012

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

Cost £35

08/11/2021 UK Habitat Classification (UKHab) Online Training Course 1 Day

Online, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012

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

Cost £75 per person

20/11/2021 Getting to know Conifers 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012

Pine, spruce, larch, fir, cedar, redwood?. an introduction to identification in the classroom through foliage and cones. Linked to next day.

Cost £35

21/11/2021 Conifers at Bedgebury Pinetum 1 Day

Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012

Field studies amongst the largest collection of conifers in the UK. Linked to previous day.

Cost £35

25/11/21 Assessing Trees for Bats 2021 1 Day

Abinger Hammer, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539

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

27/11/2021 Broad-leaved Trees in Winter 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012

Learn how to identify native broad-leaved trees and shrubs by their twigs, buds and bark

Cost £35

28/11/2021 Lichens for Beginners 1 Day

Tyland Barn, Kent Wildlife Trust 01622662012

Make a start on identifying these notoriously difficult yet intriguing, beautiful and environmentally sensitive plants

Cost £35

30/11/21 Winter Tree Identification 2021 1 Day

Middle Woodford, The Species Recovery Trust 01722 322539

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

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

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

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

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.