NVC: What You Need to Know


This one day course covers theory and practice of the National Vegetation Classification (NVC) and includes classroom and field based sessions.


The course includes sessions on the principles of sampling, with practice in gathering field data from SSSI grassland and rush-dominated habitats. Delegates will then work together to key out their data, gaining first-hand experience of the technique with support from our trainer, Stuart Hedley.

Stuart will share his extensive experience to help delegates understand the issues of fit and interpretation, aspects of NVC work which are often omitted from ecological reports but which add considerable value for the client.

Delegates will require basic botanical skills to help with classifying relevant plant communities (botanical field skills equivalent to level 3 or above on the BSBI skills pyramid).

Who Should Attend?

LA ecologist, conservation officer, student, ecological consultant, environmental managers and wardens.

The training venue is close to the border town of Hay on Wye, convenient for practitioners in both Wales and the West Midlands

Knowledge Level

Beginner – Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

Participants should have botanical field skills equivalent to level 3 or above on the BSBI skills pyramid (see bsbi.org/field-skills)

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and apply the concept of a homogenous stand of vegetation
  • Gather and marshal the relevant data
  • Extract the relevant help from the 5 volumes of the published NVC
  • Understand the issues governing ‘fit’.
  • Distinguish significant from insignificant NVC findings.


The course fee includes refreshments throughout the day. Lunch is not included.

How to Apply

For more information or to book your place please contact CIEEM on:

Please mention ConservationJobs.co.uk when enrolling in this Course!

Key Information

Start date:

16th June 2018 at 10:00am


CIEEM Member £110 | Non member £180






Ecology, Environment, Nature & Wildlife


Hereford, United Kingdom

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