Course: Wildflower Identification and Survey

The Species Recovery Trust

Salisbury, Wiltshire
27th June 2024

Cost: £90

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

A one-day course giving participants

  • the ability to identify the wildflowers in semi-improved neutral and calcareous grasslands, using simple features
  • a good understanding of key indicator species
  • an introduction to yellow composites

This training day will familiarise participants with wildflowers commonly encountered in the countryside, as well as the more specialist species associated with species-rich calcareous grassland. No keys will be used, but we will aim to get a handle on the main families of flowering plants in the UK, to help identification skills. The workshop will be carried out in stunning hill-forts surrounding Salisbury, and provide the opportunity to discuss some of the conservation management issues of these habitats, and how wildflowers can be used as indicator species of the habitats they live in.

The day will start by covering many of the species that are commonly encountered while surveying neutral grassland before moving on to the nearby Figsbury Ring, a SSSI with unimproved grassland and extremely diverse grassland flora, and the chance to see and learn several species of orchid.

At both sites, as well as being shown species, participants will carry out quadrat monitoring in small groups to revise what we have seen.

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