Habitat Indicator Species (Phase 1 and NVC) - Heathland, Acid Grassland and...

Jun 15, 2021 · Linwood, United Kingdom

Habitat Indicator Species (Phase 1 and NVC) - Heathland, Acid Grassland and Bogs

A one-day course giving participants

  • the skills and confidence to assess habitats, both in terms of type and quality.
  • the ability to identify indicator species
  • an overview of some key Phase I and NVC communities
  • a chance to do quadrat sampling and share ideas with colleagues
  • a chance to see a broad range of acid grassland, heathland and mire communities and the species which make them all unique

The purpose of much botanical survey is to tell us what is going on in the landscape around us – is it being over-managed, or unmanaged? Has the land been subject to agricultural improvement? What type of soil is it? Is it a habitat which is likely to support a wide range of species?

These courses cover the basics of habitat assessment, from Phase I through to the very basics of the National Vegetation Classification system. In particular, we will become familiar with the key indicator species, which immediately tell you what sort of habitat you are in and point you in the right direction for final classification. We will look at a range of acid grassland, sandy grassland, heathland, wet flush and mire types and look at how they can be idenfitified using a range of key species. There will be discussion about Phase I methodology and use of target notes, and the application of the NVC to habitat assessment.

Whilst aimed at beginners, these courses are more likely to be enjoyed with a basic level of prior plant ID skills, and they form an ideal follow-on from the training courses earlier in the year.

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 improved, semi-improved and unimproved neutral, calcareous and wet grasslands at Old Sarum and in the Avon Valley. Attending the two day course will give participants the chance to see most habitat likely to be encountered 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, 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

Feedback from previous courses

'Dom is always a fantastic source of knowledge, and brilliant at teaching it'
'The recap sessions throughout the day really helped us to consolidate what we had been taught, making us a lot more likely to remember the species we were taught.'
'Dominic's fun and useful teaching style. He doesn't get to bogged down with to many technical terms'
'Relaxed nature of presentation with useful ways to remember identification methods. It was useful to have time to do the transects as this helped to practise our ID skills'
'Dom's approach to teaching - relaxed, engaging and knowledgable as ever'
'Mr.Price and his patient and simple approach to field ID.'
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