Course: One Third of British Sedges in Three Days

Field Studies Council

Malham Tarn, North Yorkshire
Friday 5th - Monday 8th July 2019 01729 830331

Cost: £235

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Malham Tarn is an excellent area to study sedges. One third of the sedge family grow within three miles of Malham Tarn. (There are 107 species in the Cyperaceae family). This is because there is a superb range of habitats including:- calcareous mire, fen and willow carr, raised bog, calcareous grassland and limestone pavement. In order to learn how to recognise the different species we shall spend a good part of the first day learning about features – both flowering and vegetative – useful for identifying sedges and practising using keys. According to the interests of the group there will be opportunity for discussion of sedges as indicator species of habitats and of National Vegetation Classification types and for photography. This course is for environment consultants, amateur botanists, teachers and anyone wishing to learn a new natural history skill.

Judith Allinson, formerly a full-time tutor at Malham Tarn, is an experienced course leader and has run grasses and sedges courses for many years. She has carried out botanical survey work for English Nature/Natural England.

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