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Freelance Writing: Wildlifeand the Environment FM . O . 05 Oct-07 Oct . Fri-Sun . £240 . £172Editors are always on the lookout for'experts' to write about their specialinterests. If you care about wildlife and theenvironment and want to get your ideaspublished, this course will help youdevelop a feature and identify a suitableoutlet. The course explores the wholeprocess from initial research skills toapproaching editors. Susan Grossmanis afreelance journalist, broadcaster andphotographer of over 20 years' standing. A Brief History of British WoodlandsEF . B . 27 Oct . Sat . Non-residential . £38.50A general introduction to the history ofwoodland and woodland management inBritain. Most of the day will be in the fieldusing areas of Epping Forest andsurrounding countryside looking atevidence of what has happened in the pastand examples of current practice. AndyDeaneis a lecturer in Arboriculture andCountryside Management with manyyears' hands-on experience in woodlandmanagement.HedgelayingEF . I . 22 Nov-23 Nov . Thu-Fri . Non-residential . £98Hedgerows are a valuable wildlife havento many species and have played animportant role in our landscape over manyyears. This course will cover the history,ecology and management of hedgerows,providing knowledge of the techniquesand traditional tools used for hedgelaying.Peter Vaughanhas been involved inwoodland management for the past 20years. NationalVegetationClassificationThe National Vegetation Classification(NVC) is the culmination of many years ofdetailed survey and analysis of Britishvegetation, setting the standard for futureassessment of British plant communities.The courses within this section use a widerange of principles and practice of NVC.They cover the background, structure anddevelopment of NVC, field surveys anddata collection and methods of analyticaltechniques associated with theclassification. Some of these coursesinvolve a reasonable amount of walkingto access sites and therefore require andmoderate level of fitness. NVC: WoodlandsKD . I . 11 May-14 May . Fri-Mon . £189 . £142We will visit local woods to study thevegetation, classify findings using the NVCand consider how they fit into the patternsof variation among British woods generally.There will also be three evening sessions.Ben Averisis a consultant botanist with 21years' experience of vegetation surveyusing NVC.NVC: Lowland GrasslandsFM . O . 25 May-27 May . Fri-Sun . £288 . £210This weekend introduces the principles andpractice of undertaking and using NVCsurveys. It covers the background,structure and development of NVC, fieldsurveys and data collection and methods ofanalysing plant associations andinterpreting the results. Jonny Stoneis aSenior Ecologist for OHES Environmentaland is an experienced NVC practitioner onbehalf of the UK conservation sector.NVC: GrasslandsPM . I . 25 May-28 May . Fri-Mon . £334 . £235The course will use a wide range ofgrassland types to introduce the methodology of the NVC, the use of keysand computer programmes to fit field-generated data to units of the NVC.Community development in relation toedaphic and management factors will alsobe considered. Hilary Wallaceis anexperienced course tutor and a freelancebotanist with 20 years' experience of usingthe NVC for site survey and assessment. *BINVC: GrasslandsKD . I . 20 Jul-23 Jul . Fri-Mon . £189 . £142This course will provide an introduction toBritish grasslands and how to classify themusing the NVC. It will also look at theecology and distribution of grassland NVCtypes. Ben Averisis a consultant botanistwith 21 years' experience of vegetationsurvey using NVC.Introduction to NVCKD . O . 23 Jul-26 Jul . Mon-Thu . £189 . £142You will receive a comprehensiveintroduction to the NVC. Lectures willcover the development of the NVC,methods of data gathering, data analysis,identification of plant communities, plantcommunity dynamics and the use of theNVC in site evaluation for conservation.Keys, the MATCH computer programme,tabulated data and the text of the NVCvolumes will be used. Fieldwork willinclude the study of a range of lowland andupland plant communities and some willbe sampled using standard NVC methods.Ben Averisis a consultant botanist with 21years' experience of vegetation surveyusing NVC.NVC: HeathlandsKD . I . 10 Aug-13 Aug . Fri-Mon . £189 . £142We will visit local heaths to study theirvegetation, classify it using the NVC andconsider how it fits into the patterns ofvariation among British heaths generally.There will also be three evening indoorsessions. Ben Averisis a consultantbotanist with 21 years' experience ofvegetation survey using the NVC.NEW40*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 Floodplain Meadows PartnershipSue TownsendMalhamdale haymeadowFSCNEWNEW

MastersModules withthe FSCThe MSc Biological Recording: Collectionand Management is run by the Universityof Birmingham's School of Biosciences inpartnership with FSC. It is part time andmainly at weekends.The whole programme is designed to givestudents the ability to use and collectbiological records and subject them tocritical analysis. It has helped manystudents to gain new employment orpromotion in jobs in ecological andbiological recording, especially those withan emphasis on high quality field skills andrecord interpretation.There are a number of induction/informationdays to which prospective students and/oremployers are welcome.The courses listed below are a small part ofthe two-year taught programme. They areavailable to FSC customers as stand-alonemodules to help them to enhance theiracademic and theoretical understanding ofthe topics covered. It is expected thatcourse members will have identificationskills and some experience of fieldrecording.To apply for any of these courses or to findout more about the masters degree pleasecontact:Linda MarshThe University of BirminghamThe GatewayChester StreetShrewsburySY1 1NBTel: 01743 355137E-mail: Identifying Bryophytes forConservation and RecordingPM. A. 27 Apr-30 Apr. Fri-Mon. £450. £305This course will focus on developing higherlevel field skills alongside laboratorysessions with talks on identification, use ofkeys and microscopy. It will includefieldwork techniques, use of referencecollections and visits to a range of differenthabitats to look at both mosses andliverworts. Nick Hodgetts, a professionalbotanist with over 25 years of bryologicalexperience, is a freelance botanistspecialising in lower plants. He has recentlyproduced a revised red list of bryophytes inBritain. *BI(M)Bird Survey TechniquesPM. A. 11 May-14 May. Fri-Mon. £450. £305This course covers collecting bird data tocontribute to accurate, long-term, surveyswhich are essential to measure populationtrends. It is aimed at keen amateurornithologists and wildlife professionalswho would like to learn some basic birdsurvey techniques, including a dawnsurvey. Martin Godfreyis an ecologicalconsultant and experienced fieldornithologist and naturalist. *BI(M) Identifying Difficult InvertebratesPM. A. 11 May-14 May. Fri-Mon. £450. £305This course is designed to help studentsdevelop higher level skills in theidentification of insects and otherinvertebrates. There will be a blend of fieldand laboratory sessions with an emphasison obtaining accurate speciesidentifications. Paul Leeis an independentecological consultant. He has beenidentifying and recording invertebrates,from wasps to woodlice, for over 30 years.*BI(M) Identifying Difficult Higher PlantsPM. A. 15 Jun-18 Jun. Fri-Mon. £450. £305This course is designed to help studentsdevelop higher level field botany skills. Itwill include teaching familiarity with thecharacteristics of the main groups ofdifficult higher plants including grasses,sedges and rushes and reference criticaltaxa such as Sorbus spp. Sarah Whildis aLecturer in Plant Ecology in the School ofBiosciences at the University ofBirmingham and Programme Director ofthe highly successful Biological RecordingProgramme. *BI(M) Site Assessment Using VegetationPM. A. 22 Jun-25 Jun. Fri-Mon. £450. £305This course is designed to help studentsdevelop higher level field survey andanalysis skills. It will include NVC surveysand species characteristic surveys such asEllenburg and the use of axiophytes. Therewill be a mixture of fieldwork (withguidance on how to collect, observe andrecord in the field) and indoor sessions plustalks and workshops on manipulating data.Alex Locktonis National Co-ordinator ofthe BSBI and an independent ecologistspecialising in vegetation classification andanalysis. *BI(M) Site Assessment Using InvertebratesPM. A. 03 Aug-06 Aug. Fri-Mon. £450. £305Through a mixture of fieldwork, classroomand laboratory sessions this course willprovide experience of undertaking aninvertebrate site survey and interpretingthe results obtained using a variety ofanalytical tools. Paul Leeis anindependent ecological consultant,working in the field of invertebratesurveys, ecological mitigation andconservation management. *BI(M) CrosemereSimon Norman41www.field-studies-Habitats & for shared accommodationShared accommodation is usually available on our residential courses at a discounted price. The cost is(see page 2)normally around £10 per night less than sole occupancy price. Please contact the Centre for an exact price.centreleveldatesdayssole occupancynon-residentialfee FM . O . 01 Feb-03 Feb . Fri-Sun . £174 . £135Recording grassesStephanie Kiel