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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.

14/12/2019 Winter Tree Identification 1 Day

Woods Mill, Henfield, West Sussex, Sussex Wildlife Trust 01273 497544 michaelblencowe@sussexwt.org.uk sussexwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on/2019-12-08-an-introduction-to-tree-identification-in-winter-08122019

Without their leaves identifying broadleaf trees in the winter can be more of a challenge. In this course we will start indoors focusing on features such as buds, twig morphology, and bark to help us decipher which species is which.

15/01/2020 Identifying Broadleaf Trees in Winter 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-broadleaf-trees-in-winter/

Take the mystery out of winter identification of deciduous trees. By observing the different characters that each species has you will be able to accurately separate a wide range of species (mostly native but including some of the commoner introduced species). Emphasis will be placed on key characters to distinguish each species from similar-looking species such as Sessile and English Oaks, and Downy and Silver Birch.

Cost £50.00

25/01/2020 Identifying Trees Without Leaf 1 Day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-trees-without-leaf/

Identifying trees in winter can be difficult without distinctive leaves to help! This course will focus on identifying native broad-leaved trees and shrubs using bark, twigs, buds, seeds and fruit. You will also learn something of the lives of these trees and their place in the woodland environment. Course fee includes FSC AIDGAP guide: A guide to the identification of deciduous broad-leaved trees and shrubs in winter.

Cost £55.00

27/01/2020 Winter Plant Identification 2 Days

Perth, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/27012020000000WinterPlantIdentification.aspx

This two-day training course will provide an introduction to vegetation identification to identify the characteristics of key plants and indicators for habitats during the winter months and plan surveys for the following summer season. The course will involve excursions (weather permitting) to a range of habitats and their ecological preferences.

03/02/2020 Winter Phase One Habitat Survey 2 Days

Perth, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/03022020000000WinterPhaseOneHabitatSurvey.aspx

This two day training course will provide an introduction to vegetation identification to identify the characteristics of main Phase 1 habitats during the winter months and plan surveys for the following summer season.

04/02/2020 Winter Tree Identification 1 Day

Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury, Cotswolds Conservation Board 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/841/winter-tree-identification-new-course

Identify native broadleaved trees using a range of key features, including buds, twigs, bark and fruits/seeds. Also outline indicator tree species of ancient woodland habitats. The course will also interest those undertaking Phase 1 Habitat surveys and other botanical surveys, as well as providing an overview of different habitat types.

Cost £49.00

08/02/2020 Winter Tree Identification 1 Day

Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury, Cotswolds Conservation Board 01451 862000 ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk/events/view/842/winter-tree-identification-new-course

Identify native broadleaved trees using a range of key features, including buds, twigs, bark and fruits/seeds. Also outline indicator tree species of ancient woodland habitats. The course will also interest those undertaking Phase 1 Habitat surveys and other botanical surveys, as well as providing an overview of different habitat types.

Cost £49.00

08/02/2020 Introduction to Identifying Deciduous Trees in Winter 1 Day

Bushy Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-identifying-deciduous-trees-in-winter/

Most of us know which tree is which in summer, but how about learning to do it in winter? Without their leaves and flowers, identifying deciduous trees in winter can be very challenging, but once you understand what to look for, it all becomes quite accessible. Course fee includes FSC AIDGAP: A guide to the identification of deciduous broad-leaved trees and shrubs in winter. Based in Bushy Park.

Cost £45.00

10/02/2020 The lost mosses of Delamere Forest 1 Day

Delamere Forest, Delamere, Cheshire Wildlife Trust 01948 820728 info@cheshirewt.org.uk www.cheshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/events/2020-02-10-lost-mosses-delamere-forest

Discover the lost mosses of Delamere Forest and see how these rare habitats are being restored for wildlife and the environment.

Cost £6.00

12/02/2020 Introduction to Conifers 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-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 £50.00

21/02/2020 Winter Tree Identification 1 Day

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/winter-tree-identification/

Introducing and focusing on the skills needed to identify trees native to the British Isles in winter, as well as many common non-native species. Over the weekend both the broad-leaves and some conifers will be covered. By the end of the course you will be able to identify the more common trees to species level with confidence!

Cost £290.00

21/02/2020 Mosses and Liverworts 3 Days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/mosses-and-liverworts/

A detailed insight and introduction into the life of mosses and liverworts will be provided by first-hand observation in the field and laboratory-based discussion. Snowdonia provides an excellent range of habitats for this course, within easy reach of the centre. Field visits, supported by evening work using microscopes, aim to ensure participants develop skills in recognising species in the field and are able to confirm them by using identification keys.

Cost £290.00

27/02/2020 Habitats Regulations Appraisal of Plans and Projects (Scotland) 1 Day

Perth, CIEEM 01962 868626 enquiries@cieem.net events.cieem.net/Events/EventPages/27022020000000HabitatsRegulationsAppraisalHRAofPlansandProjectsScotland.aspx

This beginner - intermediate level training will provide a thorough understanding of the overall purpose, process and methodology of Habitats Regulations Appraisal, including Appropriate Assessment and the roles of different organisations and individuals in the process.

28/02/2020 Identifying Conifers in the British Isles 3 Days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-conifers-in-the-british-isles/

Despite having only three native conifer species, we have a rich flora of exotic species from all over the world which have been introduced for use in forestry and horticulture. This course introduces the skills needed to identify the conifers which are commonly found in forests, parks and gardens in the British Isles.

Cost £290.00

29/02/2020 Trees in Winter 1 Day

FSC Amersham, Field Studies Council 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/trees-in-winter/

Most of us know which tree is which in summer, but how about learning to do it in winter? Without their leaves and flowers, identifying deciduous trees in winter can be very challenging, but once you understand what to look for, it all becomes quite accessible. If all the winter trees look the same to you, then come on this course.

Cost £45.00

10/03/2020 Phase 1 Habitat Surveys 1 Day

FSC Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/phase-1-habitat-surveys-2/

A fundamental technique employed by ecologist, developers, land managers and conservation organisations to help provide a broad-brush understanding of large areas of land, to identify areas that require further investigation, and to target areas for development or conservation. First-rate identification skills are essential to distinguishing plants that determine the habitat, define the dominant species and forms the basis for an evidence-based report.

Cost £50.00

11/03/2020 Phase 1 Habitat Surveys 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/phase-1-habitat-surveys/

A fundamental technique employed by ecologist, developers, land managers and conservation organisations to help provide a broad-brush understanding of large areas of land, to identify areas that require further investigation, and to target areas for development or conservation. First-rate identification skills are essential to distinguishing plants that determine the habitat, define the dominant species and forms the basis for an evidence-based report. This one-day course will outline exactly how to undertake a Phase 1 survey, the preparation required, tools needed, what constitutes a useful target note, map and well written report. It will focus on developing key identification skills to undertake this technique effectively across the range of grasslands covered within Phase 1 surveys.

Cost £50.00

13/03/2020 Identifying Bryophytes for Conservation and Recording 4 Days

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

This course will focus on developing the higher level field and laboratory skills required to identify some of the more difficult genera. This will involve fieldwork and laboratory sessions. Short talks will cover the conservation of bryophytes and bryophyte recording in the British Isles. *MMU

Cost £510.00

13/03/2020 Field Survey Techniques 3 Days

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Life Long Learning, Aberystwyth University 01970 623111 learning@aber.ac.uk www.aber.ac.uk/en/lifelong-learning/courses/

Field Survey Techniques is a valuable skill when seeking employment in the environmental sector. The course is designed to give a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the techniques available.

Cost £120.00

14/03/2020 Introduction to Identifying Coniferous Trees 1 Day

Bushy Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-identifying-coniferous-trees/

There's more to conifers than Leylandii and Christmas trees! This one-day workshop will introduce you to the commonly-found conifers, and will show you how to work out which is which. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: The Tree Name Trail. Based in Bushy Park.

Cost £40.00

21/03/2020 Introducing Lichens 1 Day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introducing-lichens/

Explore the fascinating world of lichens. This course will focus on explaining what lichens are and how they can be indentified in the field. No previous knowledge is assumed as the course is designed for students, naturalists, citizen scientists and the curious alike. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Key to Lichens on Twigs.

Cost £40.00

03/04/2020 Plant Identification for Field Surveyors 1 Day

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

Most botanists start out identifying plants by comparing their specimens to photographs or illustrations in books. This course is aimed at those people wanting to progress from picture book identification onto proper 'Floras'. This course will introduce simple techniques and the use of keys to enable identification of a wide variety of plant families and species. The course will concentrate on the key characters needed for identifying a range of families and recognition of an individual as belonging to a particular family. By working through the 'Floras' together, participants will discover how to use keys for accurate identification. We will concentrate on using the keys in the 'industry standard' Stace's New Flora of the British Isles; learning how to master the keys and not be put off by the botanical terminology it contains.

Cost £50.00

04/04/2020 Introduction to Plant Morphology 1 Day

The Regent's Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-plant-morphology/

When trying to identify plants using keys are you confused by botanical terms and can't quite understand what terms like ligule, phyllary or stipule mean? Worse still, you can't even find them on your specimen! You will use hand lenses to examine 'simple' flowers such as buttercups right through to the 'dreaded' grasses.

Cost £40.00

04/04/2020 Botany For Improvers 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/botany-for-improvers/

The plant kingdom is hugely varied and it can be very difficult and daunting to start to identify specimens, especially for families and species that you have never seen before. Most botanists and ecologists start out identifying plants by comparing their specimens to photographs or illustrations in books. This course is aimed at professional and amateur botanists that want to progress from picture book identification onto proper 'Floras'.

Cost £50.00

04/04/2020 Learn to Love Mosses 1 Day

Bushy Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/learn-to-love-mosses/

If you're interested in mosses, then this day is for you! It's a day for people who are fascinated by mosses but don't know where to start with them. It's a very gentle introduction to the world of mosses and the art (and science!) of telling one kind from another. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Guide to mosses and liverworts of Towns and Gardens.

Cost £40.00

07/04/2020 Botany for Artists and Wildlife Gardeners 3 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust 01300320684 hradice@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Learn to recognise, classify and describe plant functions and features through illustration. This course is suitable for botanical artists wishing to understand their subjects better, and wildlife painters and gardeners.

Cost £222.00

15/04/2020 Lichens of Pembrokeshire 6 Days

FSC Orielton, Field Studies Council 01646 623920 enquiries.or@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/lichens-of-pembrokeshire/

Enjoy exploring the local area and discovering the wonderous array of lichens in Pembrokeshire. There will be opportunities to visit habitats such as rocky shores, coastal cliff, sandy grassland, ancient woodland, a cathedral and memorials. We will identify key species in the field, use microscopes to study samples more closely, and use spot tests to identify a few of the lichen compounds which enable them to live in the harshest environments.

Cost £450.00

17/04/2020 Sphagnum 3 Days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/sphagnum/

This course will develop field and laboratory skills to enable a high level of competence in identifying species of sphagnum. We will fully utilise field sites in the area, where it will be possible to become familiar with most of the 30 or so British species. Suitable for beginners in this field and others wishing to extend their knowledge.

Cost £290.00

20/04/2020 Extended Phase 1 Habitat Survey 1 Day

Exeter , Richard Green Ecology Ltd 01395 239234 office@richardgreenecology.co.uk www.richardgreenecology.co.uk

This part classroom, part field work course will show you how to use the JNCC phase 1 habitat codes to identify a range of habitats and provide the skills to carry out a phase habitat 1 survey, relevant to both consultancy and conservation work.

25/04/2020 How to Use Plant Identification Keys 1 Day

The Regent's Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/how-to-use-plant-identification-keys/

Picture guides are really useful when identifying wild plants. However, to get the most out of botanising, learning how to use keys is an essential tool. This course will take the fear out of 'keying out'. You will be introduced to a range of different keys and their strengths and weaknesses will be explored.

Cost £40.00

25/04/2020 Learn to Love Lichens 1 Day

Greenwich Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/learn-to-love-lichens/

If you're interested in lichens, then this day is for you! It's a day for people who are fascinated by lichens but don't know where to start with them. It's a very gentle introduction to the world of lichens and the art (and science!) of telling one kind from another. Course fee includes FSC fold out charts: Key to Lichens on Twigs. Based in Greenwich Park.

Cost £40.00

27/04/2020 Introduction to Schedule 9 Invasive Plant Species 1 Day

Exeter , Richard Green Ecology Ltd 01395 239234 office@richardgreenecology.co.uk www.richardgreenecology.co.uk

This course introduces invasive plant species found in the UK and their legal status. This course includes identification of commonly occurring invasive plants, information on early recognition, and their control.

01/05/2020 Coastal Lichens 4 Days

FSC Millport, Field Studies Council 01475 531420 enquiries.mil@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/coastal-lichens/

Lichens in Scotland are conspicuous and diverse, and they form an important part of our natural heritage. This course is a hands-on exploration of coastal lichens with an emphasis on how they can be identified. We will focus in detail on understanding the most important characters for identifying lichens, so that participants can gain confidence in using keys and identification guides for themselves.

Cost £333.00

02/05/2020 Urban Wild Plants 1 Day

The Regent's Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/urban-wild-plants/

Wild plants in urban areas are often very different to their counterparts in the countryside. You will be introduced to non-natives of the London area that you are less likely to experience elsewhere in the UK. You will be introduced to some basic identification skills and keys. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Non Native Invasive Plants of Britain and Ireland.

Cost £50.00

02/05/2020 Introduction to Identifying Deciduous Trees in Summer 1 Day

Bushy Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-identifying-deciduous-trees-in-summer/

Trees form an imposing and ecologically important part of the landscape of the British Isles but they are much more interesting if we know their names! During this course, we will learn how to correctly identify deciduous trees, and will become familiar with the more commonly-found ones. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: The Tree Name Trail. Based in Bushy Park.

Cost £40.00

03/05/2020 Discovering Veteran Trees of Epping Forest 1 Day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/discovering-veteran-trees-of-epping-forest/

There are well over 50,000 trees within Epping Forest that are classified as veteran trees of considerable age and beauty that support a diverse array of organisms. You will study these amazing trees, measure and age a few and observe some of the creatures associated with them. Caring for these trees is important and we will discuss techniques used in their management. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: The Tree Name Trail.

Cost £40.00

04/05/2020 Phase 1 habitat mapping 1 Day

Exeter, Devon, Ecology Training UK 07818073660 ecologytraininguk@gmail.com www.ecologytraining.co.uk

Learn about how to use the number and colour codes, carry out a Phase 1 and produce a map.

Cost £120.00

08/05/2020 Lichens in the Dales 4 Days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/lichens-in-the-dales/

Start to identify lichens on this introductory course. The Malham Tarn area is rich in lichen species, over 300 having been collected within 3 miles of the field centre. A wide range of forms is present, occurring on rocks, trees and soil, allowing the beginner to form a useful and informative collection of material.

Cost £350.00

12/05/2020 Introduction To Grassess 1 Day

FSC Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-grassess/

Grasslands are complex systems whose flora is determined by a range of factors including soil type, drainage, altitude and management. The species of grass present can help tease apart these characteristics and help determine the status: how natural, unimproved and diverse the site, and inform management decisions. However grasses for many people are dishearteningly similar and difficult to tell apart.

Cost £50.00

13/05/2020 Woodland Plant Identification 1 Day

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

A course visiting a fantastic woodland site, with a rich and diverse ground flora full of ancient woodland indicator species (AWIs). Previous courses have seen over 20 AWIs (including Town Hall Clock and Herb Paris) as well as many other interesting plants. Identifications will be made in comparison with similar or related species and emphasis will be placed on the key characters that are required to distinguish these species. How to assess Ancient Woodland status will be discussed during the day, along with the ecology and historical uses of many of these plants. As the site is generally level the only requirements for this course are an enthusiasm for plants and moderate walking ability.

Cost £50.00

13/05/2020 Introduction to Grasses 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-grasses/

Grasslands are complex systems whose flora is determined by a range of factors including soil type, drainage, altitude and management. The species of grass present can help tease apart these characteristics and help determine the status: how natural, unimproved and diverse the site, and inform management decisions. However grasses for many people are dishearteningly similar and difficult to tell apart. This course will help lay solid foundations enabling the individual to understand terminology commonly used in guidebooks though it will focus on identifying species in their vegetative state - commonly required for year-round recognition.

Cost £50.00

15/05/2020 Identifying Grasses in Spring 4 Days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-grasses-in-spring/

This course is designed to enable anyone to identify grasses by their vegetative (non-flowering) characteristics and should be especially valuable to those engaged in botanical survey work, teachers of ecology as well as to amateur botanists. You will develop your skills through laboratory work, field visits to a variety of habitats and practice with botanical keys.

Cost £333.00

15/05/2020 Vegetative Grass Identification 4 Days

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

This course aims to dispel the myth that grasses are one of the more difficult plant families to identify. Participants will be introduced to simplified dichotomous keys to demonstrate that most species of grass can be identified through the observation of a few diagnostic characteristics on non-flowering plants at any time of year. This field-based course will visit a wide range of habitats and should be invaluable to those carrying out botanical surveys including Phase 1 and NVC.

Cost £400.00

15/05/2020 Botany Beginnings: Wildflowers 3 Days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/botany-beginnings-wildflowers/

This two-day introductory course is aimed at those who want to learn how to identify wildflowers independently. We will cover anatomy, terminology, and common families, and will teach methods of identification, including the use of keys, in a relaxed and passionate manner. There will be many handy tips and plenty of indoor and outdoor practical activities to aid learning.

Cost £190.00

15/05/2020 Botany Beginnings: 'Light' Wildflowers 1 Day

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/botany-beginnings-light-wildflowers/

Ideal for those who would like to learn more about wildflowers but do not wish to get too involved with keys, detailed terminology or hand lenses. We will move at a steady pace, using simple books, and spend a relaxing day discovering the specialist flowers of the limestone dales as well as common species that can be found around your home.

Cost £40.00

16/05/2020 Common British and Irish Plant Families 1: Cabbage, Carrot, Lily and Rose 1 Day

The Regent's Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/common-british-and-irish-plant-families-1-cabbage-carrot-lily-and-rose/

One of four sessions, each of which will focus on 3-5 common wild plant families. You will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field.

Cost £50.00

16/05/2020 Wildflowers and Ferns of Limestone Woodland 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/wildflowers-and-ferns-of-limestone-woodland/

This course will enable you to identify a large number of flowers found on limestone, many of which are unique to this part of the county and include seven members of the Orchidaceae. You will spend most of the day in two nature reserves, Dolgoch and Blackbridge quarries with their limestone cliffs and relics of past quarrying. Flowers, ferns and mosses now cover the old spoil heaps and quarry floors.

Cost £50.00

22/05/2020 Discovering the Flora of Chalk Grasslands and Woodlands 3 Days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/discovering-the-flora-of-chalk-grasslands-and-woodlands/

It is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about identifying moths from chalk and limestone grassland habitats.

Cost £250.00

22/05/2020 Woodland Plants 4 Days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/woodland-plants/

Woodlands in May are at their most attractive, with trees in fresh leaf, carpets of spring flowers, freshly unfurled ferns, and most plants looking their very best. Being in a range of woodlands will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to learn about woodland species from many plant groups, including trees, ferns and woodland grasses, in beautiful locations.

Cost £415.00

22/05/2020 Mountain Plants of North Wales 3 Days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/mountain-plants-of-north-wales/

A fascinating introduction to the ecology of some of Britain's rarest and most ancient plant communities. Arctic alpines now survive in just a few shady upland refuges such as the spectacular mountains of Snowdonia. Suitable for beginners or experienced botanists. Involves off-path mountain walking (up to 1,000m with steep ascents and descents).

Cost £350.00

22/05/2020 NVC Grasslands 4 Days

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

The National Vegetation Classification (NVC) provides a formal description of British Plant Communities with many practical uses for site assessment and management. The course will introduce the background to the development of the NVC and visit a wide range of grassland types to demonstrate how the system works. Participants will be introduced to the standard field survey methodology of the NVC in a range of grassland habitats, use dichotomous keys and computer programmes to aid the assignment of field generated data to units of the NVC, be helped to understand the dynamics of community development especially in relation to edaphic and management factors. *MMU

Cost £400.00

22/05/2020 Wild Flower Identification: The Top 20 Flower Families 4 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/wild-flower-identification-the-top-20-flower-families/

This course is for anyone with a recent or renewed interest in wild flowers, who would like to learn how to identify them correctly. By close examination and gaining an understanding of the floral structure of the major flower families that make up over three quarters of our British flora, you will gain huge strides forward in your confidence and competence as a budding field botanist.

Cost £415.00

25/05/2020 Identifying Coastal Plants 4 Days

FSC Dale Fort, Field Studies Council 01646 636205 enquiries.df@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-coastal-plants/

Designed to help the beginner, this course will give participants practical experience in the identification of saltmarsh and sand dune plants. There will be time to carry out vegetation surveys and consider the process of ecological succession. This is an accredited course suitable for professionals or interested amateurs. *MMU

Cost £380.00

28/05/2020 Using a Flora 5 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/using-a-flora/

This course is for anyone who wants to be able to name wild flowers correctly but knows how difficult this can be. It's a buttercup, but which buttercup? A cranesbill, but which cranesbill? The answers can be found in the flora, generally used in conjunction with an illustrated field guide. By using simple techniques and field guides we aim to identify a wide range of plant families and species, without being put off by the terminology found within Floras. *MMU

Cost £445.00

29/05/2020 Trees and Tree Identification in Summer 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-in-summer/

Trees and woodlands are some of the most prominent and ecologically important features of our landscape. Recognising different species increases our enjoyment of these beautify organisms immeasurably. This course aims to build up your confidence in identifying trees to individual species level, focussing on identification by becoming familiar with diagnostic features, getting to grips with the terminology of the different shapes of leaves and other botanical features.

Cost £295.00

30/05/2020 Tree Identification: Summer 1 Day

The Regent's Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/tree-identification-summer/

Do you know how to identify trees in London's parks and gardens? There is a great variety of trees in our Parks and we will focus on the native and broadleaved trees. An introduction to the classification, identification and naming of trees, you will learn how to identify them using practical studies and sharpen your observational skills.

Cost £50.00

30/05/2020 Tree Identification 3 Days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/tree-identification/

Introducing and focusing on the skills needed to identify trees native to the British Isles, as well as many common non-native species. Over the weekend both the broad-leaves and the conifers will be covered. By the end of the course you will be able to identify the more common trees to species level with confidence!

Cost £290.00

30/05/2020 BLS Introduction to Lichens 1 Day

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council and BLS 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/bls-introduction-to-lichens/

Discover the world of lichens through this one-day course, which requires no previous knowledge. The day will offer both classroom and site fieldwork to introduce what lichens are, and learn to recognise some of the more common species. The use of simple charts and keys will also be introduced to help you identify species with confidence.

Cost £45.00

05/06/2020 Identifying Difficult Higher Plants 4 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-difficult-higher-plants/

This course is designed to give a scientific introduction to the identification of higher plants and also an analytical approach to the use and presentation of higher plant distribution data. Key skills to be developed include introductory sessions on identification of a range of families and groups typically including sedges, grasses, pteridophytes (ferns and their allies), umbellifers, yellow composites and crucifers (which families are covered depends on the season to some extent), construction of dichotomous and other types of key, recording of critical taxa, preparation of pressed plant specimens on herbarium paper to produce an archive-quality voucher specimens, surveying and recording of difficult plants, and an example of how to cover a very challenging group such as whitebeams. *MMU

Cost £510.00

05/06/2020 Grass Identification and Ecology 3 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/grass-identification-and-ecology/

A weekend for anyone relatively new to studying the grass family: one of the largest and most important group of flowering plants and one which plays a key role in many British plant communities. The weekend concentrates on the principles of grass identification down to individual species and also the broader ecological relationships within different grassland communities.

Cost £270.00

06/06/2020 Wild Orchids of South East England 1 1 Day

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/wild-orchids-of-south-east-england-1/

This course will cover the identification, ecology and distribution of orchids as well as the astonishing pollination mechanisms which have evolved. The field excursions will provide plenty of opportunities for photography. No previous knowledge is necessary; this is a course for anyone interested in wild orchids.

Cost £60.00

06/06/2020 Introduction to Phase 1 Surveys with Plant ID Focus 2 Days

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-phase-1-surveys-with-plant-id-focus/

An introduction to the Phase I Habitat Survey method and a focus on plant identification geared to the requirements of the technique. This is a rapid qualitative system developed by NCC (Nature Conservancy Council) in the early 1980's, which quickly became the standard methodology for obtaining basic habitat quality information across the wider countryside and within urban wildspace. Course fee includes: Phase 1 Habitat Survey manual.

Cost £90.00

06/06/2020 Introduction to Botany 1 Day

FSC Amersham, Field Studies Council 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-botany/

This lively, informative, hands-on course offers complete beginners a relaxed introduction to the world of botany. Participants will learn about the structure of leaves, stems, roots, flowers, fruits and seeds, and will discover what each of these plant parts does.

Cost £42.00

06/06/2020 Introduction to Wild Flowers 1 Day

Bushy Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-wild-flowers/

An informal guide to flowering plants and their identification. During the day you will see a variety of species in our flower-rich meadows and on the grazed acid grassland learning how to identify wildflowers and be aware of where to find further information. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Grassland Plants 1. Based in Bushy Park.

Cost £40.00

07/06/2020 Wild Orchids of South East England 2 1 Day

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/wild-orchids-of-south-east-england-2/

This course will cover the identification, ecology and distribution of orchids as well as the astonishing pollination mechanisms which have evolved. The field excursions will provide plenty of opportunities for photography. No previous knowledge is necessary; this is a course for anyone interested in wild orchids.

Cost £60.00

09/06/2020 Top Ten Flowering Families 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/top-ten-flowering-families-2/

Finding out which of the top 10 plant families your flower belongs to is an important first step in plant identification. Field botany can be fun and rewarding adding interest to countryside visits and often leads to further understanding of our important wildlife sites. Getting to grips with plant families helps anyone starting out to name that plant.

Cost £50.00

10/06/2020 Top Ten Flowering Families 1 Day

FSC Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/top-ten-flowering-families/

Finding out which of the top 10 plant families your flower belongs to is an important first step in plant identification. Field botany can be fun and rewarding adding interest to countryside visits and often leads to further understanding of our important wildlife sites. Getting to grips with plant families helps anyone starting out to name that plant. This course is classroom based to help you understand the layout in flower guides and inspire confidence in field identification.

Cost £50.00

12/06/2020 Identifying Woodland Plants 4 Days

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

This course is for those wishing to develop skills in woodland plant identification. We will be exploring not only trees, shrubs and the more colourful woodland herbs, but also traditionally difficult groups such as woodland grasses, sedges and ferns, as well as providing an introduction to mosses and liverworts. We will visit a range of different woodlands to ensure that we see a wide range of species. Please note that the paths in some of the woods are steep. *MMU

Cost £400.00

12/06/2020 Botany and Habitat Surveying 3 Days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/botany-and-habitat-surveying/

This introductory course will equip participants with the skills and knowledge frequently required in the fields of ecology and conservation. We will cover botanical anatomy and terminology, common families, the use of flora keys, indicator species, Phase 1 survey methodology and a brief introduction to the National Vegetation Classification (NVC). Ideal for professional ecologists, conservationists and hobbyists.

Cost £280.00

13/06/2020 Common British and Irish Plant Families 2: Pea, Grass, Rush and Sedge 1 Day

The Regent's Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/common-british-and-irish-plant-families-2-pea-grass-rush-and-sedge/

One of four sessions, each of which will focus on 3-5 common wild plant families. You will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field.

Cost £50.00

13/06/2020 Field ID of Lichens 1 Day

Greenwich Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/field-id-of-lichens/

Explore the rich diversity of lichens and their place in our environment. Lichens are remarkable, often beautiful and they can be found in a vast range of locations. We will look at the basic structure of lichens, concentrating on the main features used to identify them. We will discuss the role of lichens in nature, and the impact of pollution. Based in Greenwich Park.

Cost £50.00

13/06/2020 Field Identification of Common and Upland Grasses 1 Day

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

This one-day course is designed to help you get to grips with the field characters of the more common grasses. The course will be run at the centre which has a good range of habitats in its extensive grounds. We will intially look at the structure of grasses but most of the day will be spent looking at grasses in the field. We hope that you will feel confident with the identification of at least twenty species by the end of the course. Some prior knowledge of grasses would be an advantage.

Cost £50.00

13/06/2020 BLS Introducing Lichens 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council and BLS 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/bls-introducing-lichens/

Discover he world of lichens through this one-day course which requires no previous knowledge. The day will offer both classroom and site fieldwork to introduce what lichen are, and recognise some of the more common speices. The use of simple charts and keys will also be introduced to you identify species with confidence.

Cost £50.00

13/06/2020 Wild Flowers of Chalk Grasslands 1 Day

FSC Amersham, Field Studies Council 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/wild-flowers-of-chalk-grasslands/

Chalk grassland is a very attractive and species-rich plant community and we are lucky to have fine examples in the Chilterns. This course will introduce the characteristic species and give training in the identification of grassland species in general.

Cost £42.00

13/06/2020 An Introduction to Identifying Wildlife at Kingcombe 2 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust 01300320684 hradice@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Whether you're new or have some previous experience, join DWT’s Hamish Murray on an exploration around Powerstock Common and Kingcombe Meadows nature reserves and learn how to identify a wide selection of plant and animal species.

Cost £191.00

15/06/2020 Introduction to Grasses (The Poaceae) 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-grasses-the-poaceae/

An introduction to the identification of the commoner grasses (Poaceae) for those with little or no experience of this group. Grasses are extremely useful botanically as they can tell you much about a site ecologically. Unfortunately they do not have large obvious 'flowery' bits so many people are put off attempting to identify them. By observing those characters which help identify each species we will be able to understand why a species is what it is; in time we will also learn short-cuts as to how to recognise individual species. The course will cover plant structures, identification techniques, use of keys and what habitats the individual species occur in. Use of microscopes in the classroom will back up those characters that we have looked at in the field using hand lenses. Given the short duration of the course we will concentrate on the commoner and also more important members of this family and focus mainly on floral rather than vegetative characters.

Cost £50.00

15/06/2020 Wildflower Grasslands of West Dorset 2 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust 01300320684 hradice@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

This 2-day tour will take you to some of west Dorset’s most marvellous species-rich grassland sites. Along the way we will put meadows and downs in their landscape context, learn about site distinctiveness, identify iconic species and hear of herbal remedies and ‘well ground’.

Cost £190.00

19/06/2020 Grasses, Sedges and Rushes 4 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/grasses-sedges-and-rushes-3/

Grasses, sedges and rushes can be seen as a bewildering mix of similar looking plants and are often dismissed as being beyond identification by many naturalists. But they often form the dominant vegetation in a landscape and can be useful in informing the botanist what habitats they are studying. This course covers the structural differences between the three families with emphasis on the terminology and diagnostic features.

Cost £400.00

20/06/2020 Grasses, Sedges and Rushes 2 Days

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/grasses-sedges-and-rushes/

Broaden your basic botanical knowledge and widen your expertise to include grasses, sedges and rushes on this course. Over two intensive days you will learn how to use illustrated keys and synopses for identification using the wide range of habitats in Epping Forest and the Roding Valley.

Cost £90.00

23/06/2020 Wildflower, Orchids and Grasses Identification Workshop 3 Days

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust 01300320684 hradice@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

This workshop aims to introduce and inspire you to quickly and confidently identify a range of wild flowers, orchids, and grasses. It will focus on the more common species you are likely to encounter on any walk in the countryside, whilst also touching on a few interesting rarities we have at Kingcombe.

Cost £221.00

26/06/2020 Limestone Flora 4 Days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/limestone-flora/

A weekend for building botanical skills with the specialist flora of limestone habitats amid the magnificent scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Excursions will cover grasslands, flushes, woodlands and limestone pavement to identify a wide range of species in the field, making sure we don't miss the ferns, grasses, sedges and the views.

Cost £350.00

26/06/2020 Botany Beginnings: 'Light' Grasses, Sedges and Rushes 1 Day

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/botany-beginnings-light-grasses-sedges-and-rushes/

Ideal for those who would like to learn more about grasses, sedges and rushes but do not wish to get too involved with keys, detailed terminology or hand lenses. We will move at a steady pace, using simple books, and spend a relaxing day discovering the specialist plants of the limestone dales as well as common species that can be found around your home.

Cost £40.00

26/06/2020 Discovering Flowers Plants and Ferns of Cumbria 4 Days

FSC Blencathra, Field Studies Council 017687 79601 enquiries.bl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/discovering-flowers-plants-and-ferns-of-cumbria/

Blencathra is a superb location to discover a wide range of flowering plants and ferns that inhabit the diverse environments situated within the beautiful county of Cumbria. During the course you will encounter a wide range of habitats and will have the opportunity to identify a range of flowering plants, both common and rare, that characterize this unique area.

Cost £270.00

26/06/2020 Improving Meadows and Grasslands 1 Day

The Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust 01300320684 hradice@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk www.kingcombe.org

Find out how to create a wildflower meadow or restore your species-rich grassland using local seed and low-impact techniques.

Cost £70.00

26/06/2020 Identifying Flowering Plants 3 Days

Machynlleth, Wales, Centre for Alternative Technology 01654 704966 courses@cat.org.uk www.cat.org.uk/events/identifying-flowering-plants-2/

We have a huge range of flowering plants in the UK, and they form a crucial part of our ecosystem. Learn about plant structures and terminology and get started with keys, field guides and microscope work. No more random guessing while flicking through the field guide!

Cost £120

27/06/2020 Meadows and Grassland Plants 1 Day

The Regent's Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/meadows-and-grassland-plants/

Meadows and other grasslands present a range of plant communities and support a diversity of wildlife. Learn about hay meadows, their history, management, and identify some common plants and grasses. We will look at what needs to be considered when creating a wildflower grassland or lawn, and how then to manage the meadow.

Cost £50.00

27/06/2020 Habitat Restoration and Creation 3 Days

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Life Long Learning, Aberystwyth University 01970 623111 learning@aber.ac.uk www.aber.ac.uk/en/lifelong-learning/courses/

This three day course is suitable for conservation professionals or experienced amateurs who are interested in expanding their habitat creation skills and looking at a range of situations involving damaged and contaminated land.

Cost £120.00

03/07/2020 One Third of British Sedges in Three Days 4 Days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/one-third-of-british-sedges-in-three-days/

A course for people who need to identify sedges for survey work, or want to see a good variety of sedges, including some rare ones, and associated plants in diverse habitats. The sedge genus (Carex) has c. 77 UK species and the Sedge family (Cyperaceae) has c. 107 species. Malham Tarn is superb as it is possible to see a third of each within three miles of the Tarn. We will practise using flowering parts and vegetative keys at what is the best time of year to look at sedges.

Cost £350.00

03/07/2020 Grass Identification 4 Days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/grass-identification/

The grass family is the fifth largest (in terms of diversity) and arguably the most economically important of the flowering plant families. However, with its small flowering parts it is also considered one of the more difficult to identify. With an emphasis on floral characteristics, this course is aimed at those with limited or no experience and will introduce the structure of grasses and the terminology used in identification.

Cost £350.00

03/07/2020 Identifying Flowering Plants 3 Days

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Life Long Learning, Aberystwyth University 01970 623111 learning@aber.ac.uk www.aber.ac.uk/en/lifelong-learning/courses/

The Identifying Flowering Plants course develops essential skills which makes it ideal for professional development.

Cost £120.00

04/07/2020 Common British and Irish Plant Families 3: Mint, Figwort and Borage 1 Day

The Regent's Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/common-british-and-irish-plant-families-3-mint-figwort-and-borage/

One of four sessions, each of which will focus on 3-5 common wild plant families. You will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field.

Cost £50.00

04/07/2020 Bogs and Marshes 1 Day

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

Bogs and marshes are amongst the richest of habitats. They are both examples of mires but are quite different in their hydrology. A variety of plants are adapted to grow in these and other types of mire, with the different more types often forming an intimate mosaic on site. The mires are home to numerous sedges species along with different grasses, rushes and bryophytes.

Cost £50.00

04/07/2020 Introduction to Grass Identification 1 Day

FSC Amersham, Field Studies Council 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-grass-identification/

Grasses are tricky because they lack showy flowers and their leaves are all very similar but they are important in most plant habitats. We will begin with the structure and terminology of the grass plant, then visit local sites to become familiar with the common species that are found in different types of grassland.

Cost £45.00

06/07/2020 Introduction To Sedges 1 Day

FSC Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-sedges/

So it's not a grass! But why isn't it a grass? Are there many more like this and how can I tell the difference between the different sedges? Once the basics have been unpacked, this wonderful group of plants, some of which are key indicators of particular habitats, will prove to be incredibly enjoyable and rewarding.

Cost £50.00

06/07/2020 Beginners Botany 2 Days

Beginners Botany

Shawford, Hampshire, Ecology Training UK 07818073660 ecologytraininguk@gmail.com www.ecologytraining.co.uk

Learn how to identify plants using families, keys and guides. Tree ID workshop and quizes to consolidate learning. Plenty of field practice.

Cost £220.00

06/07/2020 Identifying Grasses, Sedges and Rushes 3 Days

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Life Long Learning, Aberystwyth University 01970 623111 learning@aber.ac.uk www.aber.ac.uk/en/lifelong-learning/courses/

This course on Indentifying Grasses, Sedges and Rushes teaches the fundamentals of identification.

Cost £120.00

07/07/2020 Umbellifers for a Day - Understanding the Apiaceae 1 Day

FSC Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/umbellifers-for-a-day-understanding-the-apiaceae/

This statuesque family deserves our attention and respect for many reasons, as an important food plant, for us, and for a wealth of species. They ornament our hedgerows with a sequence of colours from the start of the growing season. Some can cause injury and even death, making it a wise thing to be able to distinguish between species that at a glance can appear similar.

Cost £50.00

08/07/2020 Grass ID 1 Day

Shawford, Hampshire, Ecology Training UK 07818073660 ecologytraininguk@gmail.com www.ecologytraining.co.uk

Learn how to identify grasses using families, keys and guides. Field visit to practice.

Cost £120.00

10/07/2020 Phase 1 Habitat Surveys 4 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/phase-1-habitat-surveys-3/

This course provides an introduction to, and practical field experience in, using Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, the standard method of assessing and recording wildlife habitats and sites. Anyone needing to carry out ecological surveys in relation to planning and development, or site conservation and management, will find this course covers the essential techniques. Working with fellow participants you will learn how to survey a site, identifying the different habitats present and then producing a map and description of the site. Further days will be spent in a variety of habitats to see how to classify them. *MMU

Cost £400.00

10/07/2020 Identifying Aquatic Plants 4 Days

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

Shropshire and surrounding counties have a wealth of varied aquatic habitats with a wide range of species. We will use a range of keys to identify plants to family, genus and species, and laboratory sessions in the evening will provide the opportunity to use microscopes and to see voucher specimens of a wider range of specimens. *MMU

Cost £400.00

10/07/2020 Yorkshire Dales Summertime Flowers, Scenery and Natural History 4 Days

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/yorkshire-dales-summertime-flowers-scenery-and-natural-history/

The beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales is a result of the geology, history, climate and current land use. We shall go for visits and walks in the Dales with their valleys and villages, and look at the flowers we find en route, finding out how the rock type affects the vegetation. We will also explore other aspects of natural history- from birds to lichens and ferns - and these elements will be tailored to the interests of the group.

Cost £350.00

10/07/2020 Beginners Botany 2 Days

Exeter, Devon, Ecology Training UK 07818073660 ecologytraininguk@gmail.com www.ecologytraining.co.uk

Learn how to identify plants using families, keys and guides. Tree ID workshop and quizes to consolidate learning. Plenty of field practice.

Cost £220.00

10/07/2020 Wildlife of Nature Reserves 3 Days

Denmark Farm, Betws Bledrws, Lampeter, Life Long Learning, Aberystwyth University 01970 623111 learning@aber.ac.uk www.aber.ac.uk/en/lifelong-learning/courses/

During this Wildlife of Nature Reserves course, the practice of managing nature reserves to retain or re-create desired habitat conditions will be studied.

Cost £120.00

11/07/2020 Identifying Trees in Leaf 1 Day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-trees-in-leaf/

Learn how to identify native broad-leaved trees and shrubs in the summer! This course will focus on identifying native broad-leaved trees and shrubs using leaves, bark, fruits, nuts and seeds. You will also learn something of the lives of these trees and their place in the woodland environment. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: The Tree Name Trail.

Cost £40.00

11/07/2020 Identification of Deciduous Trees in Summer 1 Day

FSC Amersham, Field Studies Council 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identification-of-deciduous-trees-in-summer/

Trees form an imposing and ecologically important part of the landscape of the British Isles but they are much more interesting if we know their names. During this course we will look at features such as leaves, bark, flowers and fruit which can be used to identify the more common species throughout the summer months.

Cost £45.00

11/07/2020 The Natural History of Bushy Park 1 Day

Bushy Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/the-natural-history-of-bushy-park/

An ecological introduction to the large acid and neutral grasslands, open water and trees of Bushy Park including the important veteran trees. We will get to know a range of the plants and butterfly species, some trees, dip for pondlife, and identify wetland plants. We will discuss the contrasting flora and management history and consider the ecological value. Based in Bushy Park.

Cost £40.00

15/07/2020 A Botanical Odyssey - 300 Species in 3 Days? 2 Days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/a-botanical-odyssey-300-species-in-3-days/

The best way to learn about plants is to see lots of them. This course presents a comprehensive tour through both the world of plants and the world of North Wales. We aim to see 300 wild plants in three days. We can't promise that every one will be in flower but you will learn how to recognise them and hear about their ecology and even their folklore.

Cost £350.00

17/07/2020 Simply Wild Flowers 4 Days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/simply-wild-flowers/

If your interest in wild flowers is new or recently renewed, this course will help you gain confidence in identifying them with confidence. We will look at species in detail and see how they fit into families with similar features. We will also learn how to approach identification one step at a time, using keys.

Cost £415.00

17/07/2020 Aquatic Plants 4 Days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/aquatic-plants-2/

The course will concentrate on the identification and ecology of aquatic and vascular plants and stoneworts in habitats around Slapton Ley and South Devon including: ponds, lakes and rivers. It will cover all groups of water plants including swamp and fen plants growing around the edges of water bodies.

Cost £325.00

17/07/2020 Introduction to the Umbellifers 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-the-umbellifers/

This statuesque family deserves our attention and respect for many reasons, as an important food plant, for us, and for a wealth of species. They ornament our hedgerows with a sequence of colours from the start of the growing season. Some can cause injury and even death, making it a wise thing to be able to distinguish between species that at a glance can appear similar. This course will focus on the key differences between the members of this family, helping elucidate the guide books and enable the amateur to become proficient at determining what member of the Apiaceae they are looking at.

Cost £50.00

17/07/2020 Grass ID 1 Day

Exeter, Devon, Ecology Training UK 07818073660 ecologytraininguk@gmail.com www.ecologytraining.co.uk

Learn how to identify grasses using families, keys and guides. Field visit to practice.

Cost £120.00

18/07/2020 Fern Identification 4 Days

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau, Field Studies Council 01690 710494 enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/fern-identification/

Three full days will be spent in the field looking at ferns and their allies in their natural habitats. Sites will include upland and lowland, acidic and alkaline habitats ensuring that a variety of species from a number of families will be observed. Study will primarily involve identification of species, but attention will also be given to basic fern ecology and factors that affect their survival.

Cost £370.00

21/07/2020 Introduction to Aquatic Plant Identification 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-aquatic-plant-identification/

A day course aimed at the keen beginner and improver alike, providing an introduction to how to identify aquatic plants. Our day will be spent on the beautiful Montgomery Canal just south of Llanymynech and will look at the many wonderful species that can be found growing in and along it. From Yellow Waterlilies to Duckweeds, Floating Water-plantain to Water Soldiers we will see a wide variety of the species that call the Montgomery Canal home.

Cost £50.00

23/07/2020 Aquatic Plants 1 Day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/aquatic-plants/

An introduction to the flowering plants of ponds, lakes and streams. Learn how to observe the characteristics needed to identify and classify them using their key features. Some basic plant knowledge would be useful before joining this course. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Guide to Common Water Plants.

Cost £50.00

23/07/2020 Introduction To Grasslands NVC 1 Day

FSC Bishops Wood, Field Studies Council 01299 250513 enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-grasslands-nvc/

The National Vegetation Classification system is a standard technique used by ecologists and conservation agencies to determine and describe the various plant communities within Britain. Grasslands are intricate systems composed of communities of species determined by factors such as drainage, nutrient status, altitude and management.

Cost £50.00

24/07/2020 Wildflowers for Beginners 3 Days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/wildflowers-for-beginners/

An introduction to the beautiful world of wildflowers. The course uses the rich and varied habitats of Box Hill and the Surrey Hills to open your eyes to the fantastic variety of plant life out there. We will learn how to identify some of the more common families of plants and how to use this knowledge to navigate plant keys.

Cost £250.00

24/07/2020 Using a Flora 5 Days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/using-a-flora-2/

The course will be particularly useful to countryside professionals and is intended for those with some knowledge of botanical terminology; it is designed for anyone who would like to increase their confidence in working with a flora as a means of identifying and getting to know more about our wonderful yet dwindling heritage of wild flowers.

Cost £545.00

24/07/2020 Coastal Plants 4 Days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/coastal-plants/

Slapton is an ideal location for the study of coastal plants. Famous for the unique shingle beach of Slapton Sands and for the freshwater lake of Slapton Ley, it is also in easy reach of the cliffs of Start Point and the sand dunes and salt marshes of the Avon Estuary.

Cost £325.00

24/07/2020 Introduction to Grasslands NVC 4 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-grasslands-nvc-2/

Grasslands are complex systems whose flora is determined by a range of factors including soil type, drainage, altitude and management. The species of grass present can help tease apart these characteristics and help determine the status: how natural, unimproved and diverse the site, and inform management decisions. However grasses for many people are dishearteningly similar and difficult to tell apart. This course will help lay solid foundations enabling the individual to understand terminology commonly used in guidebooks though it will focus on identifying species in their vegetative state - commonly required for year-round recognition.

Cost £50.00

24/07/2020 Grasses, Sedges and Rushes 3 Days

FSC Margam, Field Studies Council 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/grasses-sedges-and-rushes-2/

Grasses, sedges and rushes can be seen as a bewildering mix of similar looking plants; through this course you will be able to understand the structures and characters that each of the species has. By the end of the course participants will be able to recognise many of the commoner species and be able to use a key to identify those they don't recognise. We will visit a wide range of habitats and see how this group fits into the ecological landscape.

Cost £333.00

24/07/2020 Aquatic Plants Advanced 1 Day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/aquatic-plants-advanced/

For those with some knowledge of aquatic and marginal plants who wish to learn the more critical groups, such as the water crowfoots, duckweeds, pondweeds, starworts, aquatic grasses, sedges and rushes, stoneworts and aquatic liverworts. It also tackles the growing list of alien aquatic plants.

Cost £60.00

28/07/2020 Dandelions, Daisies and Thistles - Identifying Asteraceae 4 Days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/dandelions-daisies-and-thistles-identifying-asteraceae/

The course will be essentially a practical one with ample time provided, under guidance, for the study of floral design under the low power microscope: a useful experience which undoubtedly aids future field identification. By August many of our finest native plants have finished flowering, with the notable exception of glorious shows of thistles, ragworts, dandelions and mayweeds.

Cost £415.00

31/07/2020 NVC Summer Habitat Survey - Understanding and Describing Plant Communities 4 Days

FSC Slapton Ley, Field Studies Council 01548 580466 enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/nvc-summer-habitat-survey-understanding-and-describing-plant-communities/

The use of the NVC to build up a picture of a site that can be effectively communicated both to other vegetation scientists and the layperson will be reviewed. We will learn about techniques for the assessment of vegetation condition and how plant communities fit into management for biodiversity. As much time as possible will be spent in the field including an opportunity to search for rare coastal plants, with evening sessions for discussion, examination of data and identification of specimens.

Cost £415.00

31/07/2020 Plants of Bogs and Mires 4 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/plants-of-bogs-and-mires/

This practical course is aimed at anyone wishing to gain experience in the recognition of the wide range of plants associated with bogs and mires, from heathers to sedges. The course focuses on identification through examination of characteristic features aided by the use of simplified keys. Heathland and mire ecology (and NVC) will also be considered briefly together with some key bryophytes, including Sphagna. The course will be mainly field-based, visiting a variety of heathland and mire sites in the varied topography of Shropshire and mid-Wales. *MMU

Cost £400.00

01/08/2020 Common British and Irish Plant Families 4: Daisy, Goosefoot, Dock and Willow 1 Day

The Regent's Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/common-british-and-irish-plant-families-4-daisy-goosefoot-dock-and-willow/

One of four sessions, each of which will focus on 3-5 common wild plant families. You will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field.

Cost £50.00

07/08/2020 Bogs and Mires 3 Days

FSC Margam, Field Studies Council 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/bogs-and-mires/

This practical course is aimed at anyone wishing to gain experience in the recognition of plants found in bogs and mires. This is subject covering some of the more difficult plant families, including the Cyperaceae and Juncaceae. Critical bryophytes, including the notoriously difficult Sphagna, will also be covered. The emphasis is on identification through examination of characteristic features in the field aided by simplified keys to some of the more difficult groups. Bog and mire ecology (and the NVC) will also be considered briefly.

Cost £289.00

07/08/2020 Identifying Flowers: Using Keys with Confidence 4 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-flowers-using-keys-with-confidence/

Identifying plants can seem a time consuming and daunting task for those starting out. Different types of botanical keys use different diagnostic features so in the field it is often helpful to have a couple to hand - particularly a key to the flowering parts backed up by a vegetative key. Keys we will use on this course include Stace, Rose, Streeter and Poland. Students will also be introduced to lateral keys for different groups.

Cost £415.00

07/08/2020 Identifying Difficult Plants 4 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-difficult-plants/

Are you a botanist who still shies away from the dandelion look-alikes? Have you tried and failed to sort out the willows or the docks for instance? Do you find yourself saying "I don't do sedges . . . or ferns . . . or goosefoots?" This course does not expect to turn you into an expert in any of these plants groups, but to demystify where possible and to get you started. By the end of the course you should be inspired with confidence and enthusiasm to tackle 'new' and attractive plants and so discover yet more of our amazingly beautiful, intriguing and surprisingly diverse flora.

Cost £395.00

21/08/2020 Broad-Leaved Trees 3 Days

FSC Juniper Hall, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/broad-leaved-trees/

Late summer is a good time to turn our attention to the broad-leaved trees. Soon they will start to transform our landscapes into a blaze of colour. Now is the time to learn what we can from the foliage and fruits, before we have to rely on twig formation and winter silhouettes to help us identify these important members of our natural heritage. *MMU

Cost £268.00

21/08/2020 Somerset's Brilliant Coast 4 Days

FSC Nettlecombe, Field Studies Council 01984 640320 enquiries.nc@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/somersets-brilliant-coast/

An exploration of inter-tidal and coastal habitats and wildlife along Somerset's diverse coastline. There are a limited number of subsidised places avialable to Somerset Wildlife Trust members. The ecology of key communities and species will be investigated and identification skills for some of common groups of organisms will be developed.

Cost £400.00

21/08/2020 Identifying Lichens 3 Days

FSC Flatford Mill, Field Studies Council 01206 297110 enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-lichens-2/

This weekend on lichen identification is for anyone with some initial experience of this group who would like to take their interest several stages further. There will be a combination of field excursions, microscope work and use of keys to help you with lichen identification. At the end of the course participants should be able to apply a number of simple microscope techniques that are essential for proper identification.

Cost £270.00

28/08/2020 Vegetative Plant Identification 3 Days

FSC Margam, Field Studies Council 01639 895636 enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/vegetative-plant-identification/

In many books and courses the focus of plant identification is flowers. This course aims to help improve identification of plants vegetatively using a variety of field techniques and the Vegetative Key to the British Flora by John Poland. Looking at several families of plants across a variety of habitats, the participants will focus on the key structures and features which allow accurate identification of plants no matter what time of year.

Cost £289.00

30/08/2020 Monitoring and Surveying for Conservation 8 Days

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/monitoring-and-surveying-for-conservation/

This course offers participants a chance at gaining some of the practical skills required, from an understanding of how Phase 1 Habitat Surveys are undertaken, to detailed vegetation analysis using the National Vegetation Classification. This course is ideal for graduate ecologist, land managers, career changers or interested amateurs.

Cost £580.00

31/08/2020 The Fern Guide 5 Days

FSC Blencathra, Field Studies Council 017687 79601 enquiries.bl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/the-fern-guide/

Days will be spent in the field visiting different local locations around the centre and Derwentfolds woods with various habitats (woodland, crag, lake, mountain, limestone) to examine a significant proportion of Britain's ferns, horsetails, clubmosses and quillworts - the pteridophytes. Our main objective will be identification, but ecology will also be a mainstay of the course.

Cost £350.00

31/08/2020 Mushrooms and Toadstools - Develop your Skills in Identification 5 Days

FSC Blencathra, Field Studies Council and MS 017687 79601 enquiries.bl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/mushrooms-and-toadstools-%ef%bf%bd-develop-your-skills-in-identification/

This course aims to introduce to course participants as wide a range of mushrooms and toadstools as possible during a combination of field meetings and indoor sessions this will provide opportunities to either begin or further develop skills in identification for those with some experience.

Cost £350.00

31/08/2020 Identifying Lichens 3 Days

FSC Blencathra, Field Studies Council 017687 79601 enquiries.bl@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-lichens/

This course will consist of a blend of field and laboratory sessions, focusing on morphology, biology, ecology and chemistry. The workshop will include a series of field visits to local sites around the FSC centre, in the iconic and clean habitats of the English Lake District. With the rich lichen diversity at Blencathra, the centre is perfectly situated for an intermediate course to lichens, especially with the spectacular variety that can be found in the uplands.

Cost £250.00

05/09/2020 Botany Beginnings: Trees and Shrubs 1 Day

FSC Malham Tarn, Field Studies Council 01729 830331 enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/botany-beginnings-trees-and-shrubs/

This course will leave you confident in your ability to identify many of our common tree and shrub species. Together we shall explore the area around Tarn House and learn handy tips on how to identify tree and shrub species. Samples of other common species will be available and tips on winter identification will be given.

Cost £40.00

05/09/2020 Field ID of Mosses and Liverworts 1 Day

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

There are over 600 species of moss in the UK, some of which are endangered and they come in all shapes and sizes! A closer look at the more detailed aspects of moss and liverwort features using microscopes. Learn more about identifying them and how to use these features for more accurate and comprehensive identification. Based in Bushy Park.

Cost £50.00

06/09/2020 Lichen Identification 6 Days

Glenmore Lodge, Field Studies Council 01743 852100 enquiries@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/lichen-identification/

This course will focus in detail on understanding the most important characters for identifying lichens, so that participants can gain confidence in using keys and identification guides for themselves. Excursions will include local walks and day trips out to more distant sites characterised by different habitats and lichen communities.

Cost £655.00

09/09/2020 Fern Identification in the Field 1 Day

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

A day course aimed at the keen beginner and improver alike, providing an introduction to the commoner ferns and their allies. Our day will be spent in Benthall Edge woods near the Ironbridge Gorge; a particularly interesting botanical site with a variety of woodland fern species as well as many other interesting woodland plants. The day will start with an introduction to fern structures and terminology, followed by how to identify the commoner fern species.

Cost £50.00

10/09/2020 Plant ID Using the Vegetative Key 1 Day

FSC Preston Montford, Field Studies Council 01743 852040 enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/plant-id-using-the-vegetative-key/

In many books and courses the focus of plant identification is on flowers, with foliage taking a back seat. This has changed with the Vegetative Key to the British Flora by John Poland, which relies solely on using vegetative characters for identification. Working through the 'Flora' together, participants will discover a range of characters that regularly crop up in the key and these will be further illustrated with specimens and presentations. Focusing on practical skills, with group and individual keying out in the classroom and field; this course is ideal for amateur or professional botanists/ecologists both in the voluntary or ecological sector.

Cost £50.00

11/09/2020 Identifying Fungi 8 Days

Glenmore Lodge, Field Studies Council 01743 852100 enquiries@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-fungi/

Did you know that there are over 1,500 species of fungi in London? We will look for different species of fungi and examine their amazing life-histories. The introductory talk followed by a walk, will help you with basic identification techniques. This course will not teach you how to forage fungi for food, although where relevant, edibility and toxicity will be discussed.

Cost £40.00

12/09/2020 Discovering Veteran Trees 1 Day

Greenwich Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/discovering-veteran-trees/

The historic parkland of Greenwich Park, with stunning views across the Thames estuary, is also the setting for an array of veteran trees. We will survey their ecology and importance as a habitat. Other activities will include assessment of veteran trees for their wildlife value, mapping the location of our surveyed trees and collating the gathered data.

Cost £40.00

12/09/2020 Advanced Macrofungi 8 Days

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

This week-long course is pitched at an intermediate to advanced level, focusing on those difficult groups which are often passed over for the larger and more obvious species. It will be a blend of fieldwork and laboratory sessions with visits to mostly old pastures and woodland sites.

Cost £580.00

12/09/2020 How To Use a Botanical Key 1 Day

Bushy Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/how-to-use-a-botanical-key/

"Keying out" is a daunting but essential skill for anyone interested in Botany. This practical, one-day workshop explains how Botanical (Dichotomous) Keys work, how to find your way around them, and will guide you through their use and application - and their limitations. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Describing Flowers. Based in Bushy Park.

Cost £40.00

19/09/2020 Introduction to Orchards 1 Day

Greenwich Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-orchards/

Traditional orchards are a cultural feature in the local landscape and a fascinating wildlife habitat. There are thousands of apple varieties; many considered local to particular areas. How can you design and create a community orchard or one in a garden? Why are rootstocks important, and how can one encourage the trees during the first few years? Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Guide to foraging. Based in Greenwich Park.

Cost £40.00

19/09/2020 Forensic Ecology 1 Day

Beckenham Place Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/forensic-ecology/

The use of environmental and botanical data in forensic science has a long history dating to at least the early 20th century. Learn about the ways in which vegetation and other forms of environmental evidence can be used to help understand criminal activity. Participants will also practise some basic investigatory skills that may be used at a crime scene.

Cost £40.00

26/09/2020 Tree Identification: Autumn 1 Day

The Regent's Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/tree-identification-autumn/

Do you know how to identify trees in London's parks and gardens? There is a great variety of trees in our Parks and we will focus on the introduced and exotic trees and conifers. Your identification skills will improve as we use observations to identify them. Based in The Regent's Park.

Cost £50.00

03/10/2020 Introduction to Hedgerows 1 Day

Bushy Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/introduction-to-hedgerows/

Hedgerows are boundary features of the landscape and their history is usually reflected in their wildlife. Learn about how hedgerows were created - or planted, their trees and flora, and of species that help to indicate their origin. We will look at how to create a hedgerow, even within a small site, how to manage the hedgerow and how to encourage wildlife. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Guide to flowers of walks and waysides. Based in Bushy Park.

Cost £40.00

10/10/2020 Woodland Fungi 1 Day

FSC Epping Forest, Field Studies Council 020 8502 8500 enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/woodland-fungi/

Did you know that there are over 1,500 species of fungi in London? We will look for different species of fungi and examine their amazing life-histories. The introductory talk followed by a walk, will help you with basic identification techniques. This course will not teach you how to forage fungi for food, although where relevant, edibility and toxicity will be discussed. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: The fungi name trail.

Cost £40.00

17/10/2020 Fungi for Beginners 1 Day

FSC Amersham, Field Studies Council 01494 721054 enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/fungi-for-beginners/

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 this rich and varied group.

Cost £45.00

17/10/2020 Identifying Fungi 1 Day

Beckenham Place Park, London, Field Studies Council 01306 734501 enquiries.ldn@field-studies-council.org www.field-studies-council.org/shop/courses/identifying-fungi-2/

This course will give participants the ability to improve their field identification skills and become confident in how to identify their finds to genus. You will also be given the guidance and time needed to learn and practise all the microscopy and lab techniques for identifying any fungi to species.

Cost £923.00

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

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

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