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 Hurfordwww.field-studies-council.org/plants31Flowers & 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.
Aquatic Plant Identification for BeginnersEF. B. 19 Jul. Thu. Non-residential. £46.50This course will provide an introduction toflowering plants that grow in and aroundponds, lakes and streams. Participants willbecome familiar with the easily recognisednon-critical species using a series of novelside-by-side synopses that summarise theirmain features. Ken Adamsis BSBI CountyRecorder for Essex and co-author of theSecond Flora of Essex.Aquatic Plant Identification AdvancedEF. A. 20 Jul. Fri. Non-residential. £49For those with some prior knowledge ofaquatic plants who wish learn the morecritical groups such as water crowfoots,duckweeds, pondweeds, starworts andaquatic grasses. Ken Adamsis BSBICounty Recorder for Essex and co-author ofthe Second Flora of Essex.Aquatic PlantsSL. I. 27 Jul-30 Jul. Fri-Mon. £325. £215The course will concentrate on theidentification and ecology of aquatic andvascular plants and stoneworts in habitatsaround Slapton Ley and south Devonincluding ponds, lakes and rivers. It willcover all groups of water plants includingswamp and fen plants growing around theedges of water bodies. There will beevening workshops on the more difficultgroups such as water starworts (Callitriche),pondweeds (Potamageton), watercrowfoots (Ranunculus) and stoneworts(Charophyta). Nick Stewartis a freelancebotanist with a special interest in waterplants. He is currently involved in waterplant surveys in Britain and Irelandincluding Slapton Ley. Plants of Bogs and MiresPM. I. 03 Aug-06 Aug. Fri-Mon. £334. £235This practical course is aimed at anyonewishing to gain experience in therecognition of the wide range of plantsassociated with bogs and mires, fromheathers to sedges. Heathland and mireecology (and National VegetatonClassification) will also be consideredbriefly as well as some key bryophytes.Hilary Wallaceis a professional botanistwith over 20 years' experience. Sheregularly leads courses for the FloodplainMeadows Partnership, The University ofBirmingham and other professional courseproviders. *BIFernsFern IdentificationKD. I. 02 Jul-06 Jul. Mon-Fri. £205. £154This course provides an introduction to fernidentification and is suitable for thespecialist as well as the keen amateur. Visitsare made to woodland, moorland, montanescree and flushes encountering over 30species of ferns, horsetails and clubmosses.Heather McHaffieis a botanist at the RoyalBotanic Garden Edinburgh, working withrare and endangered flowering plants andferns. Fern IdentificationRC. O. 10 Aug-13 Aug. Fri-Mon. £310. £225Three full days will be spent in the fieldlooking at ferns and their allies in theirnatural habitats. Sites will include uplandand lowland, acidic and alkaline habitats,ensuring that a variety of species from anumber of families will be observed. Studywill primarily involve identification ofspecies, but attention will also be given tobasic fern ecology and factors that affecttheir survival. Daytime walks will be up tofour miles long through the stunning ruralscenery around Snowdonia with fine viewson good days. Chris Metherellis the BSBIVice-County Recorder for northNorthumberland and an experiencedbotanist. *BIField Guide to Fern IdentificationPM. O. 18 Aug. Sat. Non-residential . £30Aimed at the keen beginner and improver,this course provides an introduction to thecommoner ferns and horsetails. Emphasiswill be placed on key characters todistinguish each species from similarlooking plants. By the end of the courseparticipants will be able to recognise themajor groups of ferns and key out thosethey do not recognise. Mark Duffellhashad a lifelong interest in plants withexpertise in both horticulture and botany. Mosses andLiverwortsMosses and LiverwortsRC. O. 17 Feb-19 Feb. Fri-Sun. £245. £185A detailed insight and introduction into thelife of mosses and liverworts will beprovided by first-hand observation, lecturesand discussion. This will be achieved bytaking full advantage of the wide range ofhabitats in Snowdonia and within easyreach of the Centre, supported by eveningwork using microscopes. It will thus bepossible not only to develop skills inrecognising species in the field but also toconfirm them by using keys foridentification. Martha Newtonis abiological consultant, specialising inbryophytes, with wide experience ofteaching at all levels. She has also workedat Liverpool Museum on the revision ofFlora Europaea.Identifying Mosses and LiverwortsPM. I. 09 Mar-12 Mar. Fri-Mon. £334. £235This course will provide an introduction tofield bryology and will include teachingfamiliarity with the characteristics of themain groups and basic identification ofcommon species. There will be a mixture offieldwork and laboratory sessions withtalks on identification, use of keys andmicroscopy. Martin Godfreyis anecological consultant and experienced fieldnaturalist. *BI Mosses and Liverworts as Indicators of Climate ChangeOR. O. 01 Apr-05 Apr. Sun-Thu. £375. £295Mosses and liverworts have recordeddynamic climate change for thousands ofyears and still do so today. The course willfocus on their practical use as highlyeffective indicators of ongoing change.Field identification will be followed byindoor work with microscopes andillustrated talks. Martha Newtonis abiological consultant, specialising inbryophytes, with wide experience ofteaching at all levels. She has also workedat Liverpool Museum on the revision ofFlora Europaea.SphagnumRC. O. 13 Apr-15 Apr. Fri-Sun. £245. £185This course will develop field andlaboratory skills to enable a high level ofcompetence in identifying species ofSphagnum in an area where it will bepossible to become familiar with most of the30 or so British species. Suitable forbeginners in this field and others wishing toextend their knowledge. Martha Newtonisa biological consultant, specialising inbryophytes, with wide experience of32*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 SilverweedDave Lawrence