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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: L.Marsh@bham.ac.uk 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 & Conservationcouncil.org/habitatsDiscounts 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

42FSC Natural HistoryFSC Publicationsproduces an extensivecatalogue of AIDGAP guides and fold-out identification charts,covering a wide range of flora and fauna.To see the full range of publications please visit the website:www.field-studies-council.org/publications/FSC iPhone appsPrices start from just £2.75 plus postageand orders can be placed on the websiteor by contacting FSC Publications on 0845 345 4072Five of our fold-out charts are now available asiPhone apps. Each guide has colourimages, notes and background information to arange of common species. The handy filtersystem helps by limiting the results based oneasy features such as colour, shape, number oflegs and habitat. Ideal for use outdoors theseguides will help you find out what lives in your local green places as well as ponds and streams. The full version of Ladybirds of the British Isles is available free of charge and further apps can bepurchased. Visit the FSC's app store to find out more: http://is.gd/fscappspublications