Introduction to Habitat Surveying

This is an opportunity to build on your existing knowledge of vegetation survey and explore what lies beyond the Phase 1 classification. The course is an introduction to the ways in which UK plant communities have developed and how they are influenced by environmental factors. Learn how to identify these communities and how to describe them concisely and informatively, both to other vegetation scientists and to the lay person. This course will cover Phase II survey and the National Vegetation Classification, Priority Habitats, Annex 1 habitats and novel ways of assessing vegetation communities. We will also consider habitat condition and the structure of vegetation for other groups of organisms. The course will include a substantial element of botanical identification and the use of indicator species in community recognition. There will also be an opportunity to use computer programmes for the analysis of vegetation data and as aids to identifying types of vegetation.

Philip Wilson is an expert on species conservation in the UK. He specialises in vascular plants, and particularly rare arable flora. He has been working as a professional plant ecologist since 1983 when he was part of a team carrying out a Phase 1 survey of Devon and Cornwall. Since then he has been a freelance botanist and ecologist with a brief interlude during which he completed a PhD on the ecology of Britain’s arable flora. Much of his work has been involved with the conservation management of nationally and internationally important sites and he now manages a small farm in East Devon.

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Start date:

26th July 2019 at 12:00pm


From £355


Field Studies Council




Biodiversity, Conservation, Environment, Nature & Wildlife


Orielton Field Centre, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom

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