This course will focus on developing the higher level field and laboratory skills required to identify some of the more difficult genera.

This will involve fieldwork and laboratory sessions. Short talks will cover the conservation of bryophytes and bryophyte recording in the British Isles. This course, which is part of the MSc in Biological Recording run by Manchester Metropolitan University, is suitable for those with some knowledge of bryophyte identification, e.g. people who have recently attended a 2-day introductory course or who can identify a reasonable number of common species.


This is one of a series of courses (Units) run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University contributing to the MSc Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring and the Postgraduate Certificate in Biological Recording. To gain university credits you must be registered for the programme in advance of this course.


David Morris is an experienced field botanist currently employed as a Senior Ecologist with Jacobs UK Ltd. David’s interests are vascular plants and bryophytes. He is the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) vice county recorder for Oxfordshire and is actively involved in bryological recording.

On Friday evening there will be an initial classroom session. The rest of the weekend will be a mixture of fieldwork, laboratory sessions and short talks, the timing of which will largely be determined by weather conditions at the time.

On Monday afternoon there will be a classroom-based test (optional for those not studying for accreditation).

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Start date:

24th September 2021 at 9:00am




Field Studies Council






Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom