Course: Grasses: Identifying Common Species

Field Studies Council

Bakewell, Derbyshire
15th June 2024

Cost: £65 - 20% for students using the code BioStudent20 at checkout.

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife


This beginner course will help start your journey into identifying UK grass species. We will delve into the unique botanical characteristics of the grass family and use floristic and vegetative features to identify key common UK species.

This course will include:

  • Exploring the botanical features and structures of grass and learning the terminology used to describe them. 
  • Learning how to use distinctive characteristics to differentiate between grasses, sedges, and rushes and to identify 10 key UK grass species.
  • Practical experience identifying some of the most common grass species with an expert tutor. 

Within the grass family, the poaceae, there are roughly 10,000 grass species worldwide, and over 150 UK species. Grasses are incredibly important to humans- both economically and nutritionally. 

Grasses can also tell us a lot about the habitats in which they are found. This makes the ability to correctly identify grasses essential for ecologists completing habitat surveys, such as UKHab and NVC. Getting to know grasses also opens up a new and exciting world for enthusiasts who want to expand their botanical knowledge.

This course is eligible for a student discount. If you are a current student, please use discount code BioStudent20 at checkout for 20% off.

Please refer to our website for further information and to book.


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