Grasses, Sedges and Rushes - Heathland, Acid Grassland and Bogs 2022

Jun 8, 2022 · Linwood, United Kingdom
Field ID tutorial on grasses, sedges & rushes in heathland, acid grassland and bogs.

A one-day course giving participants 

  • the skills and confidence to identify a wide range of grasses, rushes and sedges using simple and memorable techniques
  • an understanding of the plants as indicator species
  • a chance to visit a wide range of heathland and acid grassland habitat types

This training day will give participants the confidence to identify a wide range of grasses, sedges & rushes (using largely non-flowering features) commonly encountered in acidic habitats, including acid grassland, dry heath, wet heath and mire communities. The course will cover roughly 30 species and will be run on the basis of people having no previous knowledge.

We shall be using the area of heath and valley mire around the High Corner Inn at Linwood. We shall have lunch at the pub, and while this is not compulsory, please consider doing so to allow us to use their facilities! (they are also happy for people to use the loos on arrival in the morning). There are a good range of affordable options available on the menu, and it gives us a chance to escape the elements if they are unfavourable.

This course can be attended on its own, or booked as part of a two-day course (at a discounted rate), with the preceding day covering grasses, sedges and rushes of neutral, calcareous and wet grasslands. Attending the two day course will give participants the chance to see most species likely to be enncountered in lowland Britain. The two-day course can be found here.

Tutor: Dominic Price

About the tutor:

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. 

What to bring

  • Notebook/clipboard
  • Hand lens (there will be some to purchase on the day)
  • Footwear appropriate for wet bogs in the afternoon

The recommended text for the course is 'A Field Guide to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes' by Dominic Price. Available to purchase on the day, on the ticket options, or in advance here

Please visit our training resources page before the course to download a species list for the day, and take the Buzzfeed grasses quiz, and Buzzfeed rushes and sedges quiz to test your knowledge prior to attending the course.

Any problems on the day please call Dominic Price on (07968) 786390 

Please inform us of any relevant medical requirements/conditions we should be aware of prior to the course. 

Lifts available from Salisbury station on request


Follow signs to the High Corner Inn and then pull into the High Corner carpark in the left, before driving down the hill to the pub. If this carpark is full, or you wish to use the loos, continue down to the pub carpark and you can walk back up (about 400m distance).

Google map link here

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Feedback from previous courses‘Excellent course. The teacher was very good indeed, and I thoroughly enjoyed the course’‘I learnt some brilliant identification tips to take away with me and it was good to learn about where you are likely to find species and which ones are indicators of good habitat/NVC communities’‘Really enjoyable course, felt like I learnt a lot which has really stuck since using it out in the field on my own. Not too many species that make it overwhelming.’‘Excellent course, thank you! I will definitely recommend this course to others.’‘Genuinely spot on, tutor was incredibly attentive to individual knowledge levels’

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