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Grasses andGrasslikePlantsIdentifying Grasses in SpringJH. O. 20 Apr-23 Apr. Fri-Mon. £328. £266This course is designed to enable anyone toidentify grasses by their vegetative (non-flowering) characteristics and should beespecially valuable to those engaged inbotanical survey work, teachers of ecologyas well as to amateur botanists. You willdevelop your skills through laboratorywork, field visits to a variety of habitats andpractice with botanical keys. JudithAllinsonis a botanical surveyor and co-author of the AIDGAP Key to Grasses in theVegetative State. SedgesMT. I. 01 Jun-04 Jun. Fri-Mon. £335. £229Malham Tarn is a superb area with onethird of the British sedge flora growingwithin three miles of the Centre. Thiscourse will be useful for botanicalsurveyors and anyone interested in findingout about this fascinating group of plants atthe beginning of the 'sedge season'. We willvisit fen, bog, calcareous mire, grasslandand woodland and practise usingvegetative and flowering part keys. JudithAllinsonis a botanical surveyor and co-author of the AIDGAP Key to Grasses in theVegetative State. Identification of Grasses, Sedges and RushesEF . A . 09 Jun-10 Jun . Sat-Sun . Non-residential . £98No need to ignore these plants anymore!This course will allow beginners to start tounderstand the structure of these plantswhilst enabling those with prior knowledgeto master the identification techniques forsurveying. A wide variety of habitats willbe visited and participants will useillustrated keys to identify different species.Ken Adamsis BSBI Recorder for Essex andco-author of the Second Flora of Essex.Field Guide to Grass IdentificationPM. O. 09 Jun. Sat. Non-residential. £30This one-day course is designed to help youget to grips with the field characters of themore common grasses. Fiona Gomersallisa trained biology teacher and skilled fieldbotanist. She works for the ShropshireWildlife Trust and is an active member ofthe Shropshire Botanical Society.Introducing Grass Identification and EcologyFM. B. 15 Jun-17 Jun. Fri-Sun. £240. £172A weekend for anyone relatively new tostudying this important group of plants,concentrating on the principles of grassidentification down to individual speciesand also the broader ecologicalrelationships within different grasslandcommunities. We will visit a variety ofhabitats and by looking carefully at thedetailed structure of the plants, willdevelop your skills and confidence incorrect identification. Jonny Stoneis aSenior Ecologist for OHES Environmental.He has wide experience of grassidentification and vegetation surveys andhas often led this course at Flatford Mill.Identifying Sedges and Sedge-like PlantsPM. O. 22 Jun-24 Jun. Fri-Sun. £334. £235Sedges are often lumped together withgrasses and rushes as dull and difficult toidentify. Although there are few rarespecies in the county the variety of habitatsin Shropshire include a range of commonsedge and sedge-like species. You willlearn the difference between these groupsand how to identify sedge species with theuse of keys. Chris Walkeris a botanist andecologist with a wide experience of theplants and habitats of Shropshire andsurrounding areas.Identifying Grasses,Sedges and RushesPM. O. 01 Jul. Sun. Non-residential. £38This course will help participants toidentify grasses, sedges and rushes throughfield characteristics. It begins at 10:00 witha brief introduction before heading off tothe field, and will also include lab sessionsin the late afternoon and evening. Anevening meal will be provided. ChrisWalkeris a botanist and ecologist with awide experience of the plants and habitatsof Shropshire and surrounding areas.Identifying GrassesPM. O. 03 Jul. Tue. Non-residential. £38This course will help participants toidentify grasses using field characteristics.It begins at 10:00 with a brief introductionbefore heading off to the field, followed bytime in the lab with botanical keys. Theprice includes a supper and eveningsession. Chris Walkeris a botanist andecologist with a wide experience of theplants and habitats of Shropshire andsurrounding areas.Grass IdentificationKD. I. 06 Jul-13 Jul. Fri-Fri. £475. £356Kindrogan is situated near Pitlochry andoffers beautiful habitats to search forgrasses including heather moorland, basicflushes, acid and basic woodland andgrassland, riverside and mountain.Laboratory work on the structure andnames of grass parts, plus practice in usingboth vegetative and flowering part keys,will improve identification skills of bothbeginners and more experiencedparticipants. Judith Allinsonis a botanicalsurveyor and co-author of the AIDGAP Keyto Grasses in the Vegetative State. Grasses, Sedges and RushesPM. I. 13 Jul-16 Jul. Fri-Mon. £334. £235This course covers the structure andidentification of these important butdifficult plants. Visits to a range ofcontrasting habitats around Shropshire willintroduce many of the more commonmembers of all three families andparticipants will gain experience in the useof floras and keys. Brenda Haroldis aqualified botanist who tutors for variousorganisations and is an active Wildlife Trustvolunteer. *BI NEWNEWMeadowEdward JacksonNEWNEWNEW30*Accredited courses which could count towards a qualification (see page 43).BLBlencathra .DFDale Fort . DGDerrygonnelly .EFEpping Forest .FMFlatford Mill . JHJuniper Hall .KDKindrogan .MTMalham Tarn .MAMargam .OROrielton .PMPreston Montford .RCRhyd-y-creuau .SLSlapton Ley

Sedges, Grasses and Rushes inUplands and LowlandsRC. O. 20 Jul-22 Jul. Fri-Sun. £245. £180During this introductory course theemphasis will be on learning to identifycommon members of the grass, sedge andrush families and to recognise many of thespecies typical of both lowlands anduplands. The use of keys will beintroduced. This course is popular withbeginners and professionals who wish tobrush up their knowledge of these plants.Kate Thorneis a freelance ecologist with aparticular interest in botany. She is the BSBICounty Recorder for Montgomery.Grass IdentificationMT. I. 20 Jul-23 Jul. Fri-Mon. £335. £229The grass family is one of the largest andmost important flowering plant familiesbut is also considered one of the moredifficult to identify. This course willintroduce the structure of grasses and theterminology used in identification. Visits toa variety of local habitats will give youexperience of using keys and identifying arange of common and less well-knowngrass species in the field. Sarah Watson-Jonesis trained in field biology and habitatmanagement and has been involved inplant conservation research and teaching inBiosciences at the University ofBirmingham. *BIIdentifying Sedges and RushesOR. O. 23 Jul-27 Jul. Mon-Fri. £390. £310Visiting a selection of wonderfulPembrokeshire habitats including wetheath, fen, saltmarsh and woodland, thiscourse aims to provide a clear introductionto these two groups of fascinating plants.Following field visits, time will be spentusing keys and dissecting specimens tolearn terminology. This combination offield and lab work will demystify theseplants and show that their reputation fordifficulty is undeserved. Paul AshtonisReader in Botany at Edge Hill Universityand has many years' experience in teachingfield courses.Introduction to GrassesSL. O. 30 Jul-03 Aug. Mon-Fri. £420. £285In this course you will learn how to identifysome of the commoner grasses. You willlearn to recognise some local species bysimple field characteristics. You will alsolearn how to use a botanical key that willallow you to identify other species that youmay encounter in the future. MarkGardeneris an ecologist with a wide rangeof experience of fieldwork in the UK andabroad.Introduction to Grasses, Rushes and SedgesMA. O. 03 Aug-05 Aug. Fri-Sun. £230. £157A course for those who have little or noexperience in working with these familiesand plants. It will focus on the manycommon species and also some of the morerare. The course will cover identificationtechniques, use of field guides and plantstructure in a wide variety of habitats.Mark Duffellhas had a lifelong interest inplants with expertise in botany andhorticulture.Grasses, Sedges and RushesMT. I. 03 Aug-10 Aug. Fri-Fri. £650. £435The Yorkshire Dales is an area ofexceptional interest with a wide variety ofhabitats, from limestone flush to acid bog.One third of British sedge species can befound within three miles of Malham Tarn.Whether you are a beginner or have someexperience, you will gain skills inidentifying grasses, sedges and rushesusing both flowering and vegetativefeatures through field visits, laboratorywork and practice with keys. JudithAllinsonis a botanical surveyor and co-author of the AIDGAP Key to Grasses in theVegetative State. Identifying Grasses,Sedges and RushesKD. I. 06 Aug-11 Aug. Mon-Sat. £340. £255Do not get bogged down with youridentification of sedges and rushes! Theecology and environmental requirements ofthese plants and the ecological relationshipsof different types of fen, bog and marsh willbe illustrated with visits to classic mire siteson Ben Lawers, Glas Maol and RannochMoor. Fred Rumseyis UK BiodiversityResearcher in the Department of Botany atthe Natural History Museum. Freshwater andWetland PlantsFreshwater AlgaeKD. I. 08 Jun-15 Jun. Fri-Fri. £475. £356This course covers the taxonomy offreshwater algae and involves practicalfield and laboratory work. A basicknowledge of biology is required. EileenCoxand Elliot Shubertare researchers indiatoms and green algae respectively at theNatural History Museum, London. Aquatic PlantsKD. I. 22 Jun-29 Jun. Fri-Fri. £475. £356The course will concentrate on theidentification and ecology of aquatic andvascular plants and stoneworts in a widerange of habitats around Kindrogan,including ponds, lakes and rivers. It willcover all groups of water plants includingswamp and fen plants growing around theedges of water bodies. Some time will bespent looking at aquatic plant communitiesand the various methods of theirclassification. Nick Stewartis a freelancebotanist with a special interest in waterplants. He is currently involved in waterplant surveys in Britain and Ireland. Identifying Aquatic PlantsPM. I. 13 Jul-16 Jul . Fri-Mon. £334. £235Shropshire and surrounding counties havea wealth of varied aquatic habitats with awide range of species. We will use aselection of keys to identify plants to family,genus and species. Laboratory sessions inthe evening will provide the opportunity touse microscopes and to see a wider range ofspecimens. Sarah Whildis a lecturer inplant ecology in the School of Biosciences atthe University of Birmingham. Nick Lawisan ecologist at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.*BIMarsh orchidPete BoardmanNEWNEWNEWSharp-leaved fluellenClive & other Plants(see page 2)centreleveldatesdayssole occupancynon-residentialfee FM . O . 01 Feb-03 Feb . Fri-Sun . £174 . £135Discounts for shared accommodationShared accommodation is usually available on our residential courses at a discounted price. The cost isnormally around £10 per night less than sole occupancy price. Please contact the Centre for an exact price.