Course: Around Britain in 25 Grasses

The Species Recovery Trust

24th May 2021 [email protected] 01722 322539 Dominic Price

Cost: £37

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Grasses, sedges and rushes are crucial indicator species for a range of habitats, both telling you the vegetation type you are in, but also its quality and how well it is being managed. Despite this, many people struggle with their ID, partly due to an absence of large showy flowers.

This course will focus on 5 key species from 5 habitats - improved, calcareous and acid grassland/heath, mire and woodland. The aim will be to show the key features of each species, using simple and memorable vegetative characteristics that can be used all year round.

Habitats will be referenced by Phase 1, UK Habitat Classification and NVC communities, with discussion of what constitutes good quality and poor quality habitats.

The course will include a range of tests, giving you the chance to re-run over these features to help learn them.

Although it is hard to exactly replicate the experience of learning in the field, this course does have the advantage of covering a wider range of habitats than would normally be possible, as well as a chance to see some of the vegetative features in close up (and no risk of your notes getting soaked in a rain storm!).

The course will include a pre-recorded tutorial, followed by a test, then a 45 minute Zoom Q&A session.

All proceeds from the course will go to supporting our endangered species conservation work.

About the tutor:

Dominic Price is a highly regarded botanical tutor and has been running courses for all levels of ecologists since 2007. He is director of The Species Recovery Trust and specialises in the conservation of endangered species. He is the author of A Field Guide to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes and co-author of The Photographic Guide to Winter Trees and Shrubs. 

Having witnessed the pros and cons of various webinar hosting platforms during lockdown we have made the decision to run the course via a pre-recorded Youtube video, followed by an optional test and live Zoom Q&A at the end. We hope this will allow all the attendees to easily follow the session, regardless of which hardware and software you are running it from.

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