Identifying Coastal Plants

Designed to help the beginner, this course will look at both identification and ecology of coastal plants. It will give participants practical experience in the identification of saltmarsh and sand dune plants. There will be time to carry out vegetation surveys in both habitats using a variety of survey techniques and both habitats will be viewed in their environmental context, with special reference to the process of ecological succession. There will be discussion on how various plants are adapted to living in these two quite extreme environments, and during the course there will be informal slide identification quizzes. There will be a practical assessment at the end of the course on the common saltmarsh and sand dune plants. This is an accredited course suitable for professionals or interested amateurs.


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. For further details please contact:

Department of Natural Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, (Shrewsbury Office). E-mail:  Phone: 01743 355137

The Unit will be assessed through, for example, identification tests, survey reports, field journals, production of keys, essays or other forms of assessment.

The course is also suitable for non-credit students and for those enrolling on the new certificate course with FSC. For further details on this course please contact FSC Head Office at

How to Apply

To find out more about the course please visit our website, call 01646 636205 or email

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Key Information

Start date:

25th May 2020 at 5:00pm


From £305


Field Studies Council




Nature & Wildlife


FSC Dale Fort, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom

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