Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

The Species Recovery Trust

Salisbury and New Forest
11th - 12th June 2018 01722 322539 Dominic Price

Cost: £75 (£65 discount) one day, £140 (£120) two days

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

These training days will give participants the confidence to identify a wide range of grasses and sedges (using largely non-flowering features) commonly encountered in a range of habitats.

The first day focuses on grasslands and calcareous habitats, looking at common species, as well as more specialised indicator species of meadows and unimproved grassland. The second day will look at the species to be found in damp and acidic habitats, including heathlands, acid grasslands and bogs and mires.

Each day will cover roughly 30 species and will be run on the basis of people having no previous knowledge. In general, the mornings will involve teaching the species and the afternoons will involve revising and being tested on them.

The workshops will be carried out in several locations from the stunning New Forest to the hill-forts surrounding Salisbury, and provide the opportunity to discuss some of the conservation management issues of these habitats, as well as the difficulties of identifying grasses in grazed and mown habitats. Although several of the more common species will be seen on both days the courses will be run separately and can either be attended on their own or as a two day course if you have a particular interest in the habitats.

Tutor: Dominic Price

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