Using Indicator Species for Habitat Assessment (Phase I and NVC) – Heathlands and Acid Grasslands

Summary

This course covers the basics of habitat assessment, from Phase I through to the very basics of the National Vegetation Classification system. In particular, delegates will become familiar with the key indicator species, which immediately tell you what sort of habitat you are in and point you in the right direction for final classification.

Description

The purpose of much botanical survey is to tell us what is going on in the landscape around us – is it being over-managed, or unmanaged? Has the land been subject to agricultural improvement? What type of soil is it? Is it a habitat which is likely to support a wide range of species?

This course covers the basics of habitat assessment, from Phase I through to the very basics of the National Vegetation Classification system. In particular, delegates will become familiar with the key indicator species, which immediately tell you what sort of habitat you are in and point you in the right direction for final classification. Sessions will look at a range of grassland and heathland types and look at how their management has shaped the plant assemblages in them. There will be discussion about Phase I methodology and use of target notes, and the application of the NVC to habitat assessment.

Whilst aimed at beginners, the course is more likely to be enjoyed with a basic level of prior plant ID skills, and forms an ideal follow-on from the ID training courses on 22 and 23 May.

This training focuses on Heathlands and Acid Grassland and complements our training on Indicator Species Grassland Habitats, offered by the same trainer on 26 June 2017

Who Should Attend?

Consultants and those working in the conservation sector

It is helpful to know some plants species, but no prior knowledge will be assumed

Knowledge Level

Beginner – Intermediate

Learning Outcomes

  • The skills and confidence to assess habitats, both in terms of type and quality
  • The ability to identify indicator species
  • An overview of some key Phase I and NVC communities
  • A chance to do quadrat sampling and share ideas with colleagues

Refreshments

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

Key Information

Start date:

Cost:

CIEEM Member: £110 / Non-member: £180

Organisation:

CIEEM

Type:

Short

Sector:

Ecology, Workshop & Practical Skills

Location:

Fordingbridge

Contact Details: