Beginners Guide to the NVC


This course provides an introduction to the theory and practice of the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) system; a standardised method for identifying and describing many UK plant communities.


Training sessions cover the relevant theory of the NVC survey method, and practical data collection data to reinforce the methodology, before using keys to help identify the plant communities.

NVC depends, of course, upon excellent botanical skills. Wherever you are in the process of developing these skills, knowing how the NVC works can be invaluable. Applying your excellent botanical ID skills to this method can enhance your understanding of plant communities. Conversely, using the NVC method can speed up your plant ID learning due to its focussed nature e.g. recording all species within quadrats; it also sets plant ID within the context of plant communities, thus widening your skill-set from the outset.

Who Should Attend?

Ecologists, conservation professionals, conservation volunteers, students

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

This course aims to teach the student the methodology of the NVC survey, using theory and practice and no prior knowledge of NVC is expected. The more skills a student comes to the course with, particularly relating to plant ID, the sooner she or he can put it into practice and obtain useable data. However, those currently at the beginning of their plant ID learning could also benefit from using the NVC methods to help focus their studies and to relate them to the concept of plant communities, from the outset.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the reasons for which the NVC was developed
  • Understand the NVC methodology
  • Be able to identify an homogeneous stand
  • Collect sample data from vegetation stands using NVC methodology
  • Understand how to use these data with keys to identify plant communities


Refreshments will be provided throughout the day but lunch is not provided.

How to Apply

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Key Information

Start date:

20th June 2018 at 10:00am


CIEEM Member £110 | Non member £180






Biodiversity, Ecology, Environment, Nature & Wildlife, Research


Near Carlisle, Cumbria, United Kingdom

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