Early Season Grass and Sedge Identification

Summary

This course will give participants the confidence to identify a wide range of grasses and sedges using non-flowering features. Several species will be examined throughout the course and repeated extensively. Participants will leave the course with confidence on at least 20 species.

Description

This course will give participants the confidence to identify a wide range of grasses and sedges using non-flowering features.

Several species will be examined throughout the course and repeated extensively. Participants will be tested on these and will leave the course with confidence on at least 20 species.

The workshop will be carried out on 3 different grasslands types, and also focus on using indicator grasses to assess habitat type and quality. This course aims to teach people to spot and memorise the key features for the majority of common species and some of the more specialised species found on unimproved grasslands.

The course will be run at Old Sarum, an Iron Age hill fort that contains a range of calcareous and neutral grassland communities. If time allows we will then move on to the nearby Figsbury Ring, another SSSI with unimproved grassland and diverse grassland flora.

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at anyone from keen amateur to working professional and anyone wishing to gain confidence in their grass and sedge ID skills.

The course will be particularly useful for anyone having to survey out of season or in grazed/recently cut habitats.

Knowledge Level

Beginner – Intermediate

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify 20 species of grass and sedge
  • Demonstrate skills to work out other species not covered in the course
  • Recognition of features key to identifiying grasses
  • Understanding of grasses as indicator species

Refreshments

Course fee includes refreshments throughout each day but lunch is not included.

Key Information

Start date:

Cost:

Member: £110, Non-member: £180

Organisation:

CIEEM

Type:

Short

Sector:

Countryside & Land Management, Workshop & Practical Skills

Location:

Wiltshire

Contact Details: