Grasses, sedges and rushes are crucial indicator species for a range of habitats, both telling you the vegetation type you are in, but also its quality and how well it is being managed. Despite this, many people struggle with their ID, partly due to an absence of large showy flowers.
This course will focus on 5 key species from 5 habitats - improved, calcareous and acid grassland/heath, mire and woodland. The aim will be to show the key features of each species, using simple and memorable vegetative characteristics that can be used all year round.
Habitats will be referenced by Phase 1, UK Habitat Classification and NVC communities, with discussion of what constitutes good quality and poor quality habitats.
The course will include a range of tests, giving you the chance to re-run over these features to help learn them.
Although it is hard to exactly replicate the experience of learning in the field, this course does have the advantage of covering a wider range of habitats than would normally be possible, as well as a chance to see some of the vegetative features in close up (and no risk of your notes getting soaked in a rain storm!).
The course will include a pre-recorded tutorial, followed by a test, then a 45 minute Zoom Q&A session.
All proceeds from the course will go to supporting our endangered species conservation work.
Dominic Price is a highly regarded botanical tutor and has been running courses for all levels of ecologists since 2007. He is director of The Species Recovery Trust and specialises in the conservation of endangered species. He is the author of A Field Guide to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes and co-author of The Photographic Guide to Winter Trees and Shrubs.
Having witnessed the pros and cons of various webinar hosting platforms during the pandemic we have made the decision to run the course via a pre-recorded Youtube video, followed by an optional test and live Zoom Q&A at the end. We hope this will allow all the attendees to easily follow the session, regardless of which hardware and software you are running it from.
9.30 Video tutorial starts
11:45 Optional Zoom Q&A Session
The video will be available to attendees from the evening before for people who have commitments during the day.
‘I thought it was a well presented course, it felt nice and informal while I learned a relatively formal identification method, which I much approve of. The tutors were very open to questions and enquiries. Thumbs up all round.’
‘I feel more confident in identifying a range of species, which wasn’t the case before attending’
‘My twig collection is now on display in the Ecology Consultancy office where staff are testing their knowledge and the book has been very well received. Thanks again to Dominic. ‘
‘I thought it was great – good location, right amount of trees taught (anymore and I might’ve started to lose concentration, any less and I might’ve been a bit disappointed). ‘
‘Fantastic course, pitched at right level for me’
'Loved how hands on the course was being out in the field'
'easy approach the tutor had. We could ask any questions'
‘Really interesting course, stimulating and engaging’
Obviously this format does mean you can book on with one place and then 'attend' with 20 of your colleagues/friends. As we are pretty much relying on this course to fund our endangered species programme it would be great if you didn't do this!
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