Course: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Field Studies Council

Millport, Great Cumbrae, North Ayrshire
Friday 22nd June 01475 531420

Cost: From £147

Sectors: ecology

This course takes an ecological stance, and no particular skill level is assumed. A short introduction will outline the main differences between the three families, and raise some of the questions we will be addressing in the field.

Grasses dominate our agricultural economy while rushes have become more abundant in many areas, although they have little or no economic value. Sedges, by contrast, have generally suffered from human activity and been driven to the margins. We will look at the role of all three families in a broad range of semi-natural communities from coastal grasslands to raised beach marshes and bogs. Attention will focus on the dominant and distinctive species of each community, and confident recognition of these will be reinforced. We will discuss what is maintaining each community in its present form, ask whether it is stable or in transition and consider what its future might be.

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