Course: The Flora of Limestone Grasslands

Field Studies Council

Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
6th July 2024

Cost: £60 - 20% discount for students using the code 'BioStudent20'

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

This beginner course introduces the special habitat of limestone grasslands, and the terminology associated with it. Grasslands on limestone have some of the richest biodiversity which includes specialist plants, uncommon bees and rare butterflies.

We will discuss how limestone grasslands form and why they can be so diverse. The course will also cover the threats to grassland like this and what is being done to protect such a precious habitat. 

This course will introduce numerous species, some of which may be familiar, others which will certainly be new to the learner. Grasses, sedges and herbs will be identified in the field and the differences between the plant families explained.

Grassland monitoring for conservation will also be introduced.

This course will include:

  • Building knowledge of the terms used to describe limestone grassland and why this habitat is different from other types of grassland. 
  • An explanation of why these grasslands are so diverse in species, and practical experience identifying a good number of species that can be found.
  • How to monitor a grassland for conservation and an understanding of what threatens calcareous grasslands and what actions can be taken to mitigate losses. 

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

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