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Habitat Indicator Species (Phase 1 and NVC) - Grasslands 2020

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Old Sarum Castle

Castle Road

Salisbury

SP1 3SB

United Kingdom

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Habitat Indicator Species (Phase 1 and NVC) - Grasslands


A one-day course giving participants

  • 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
  • a chance to see a broad range of lowland habitat types including improved and unimproved grassland, calcareous grassland, wet meadows, acid grassland, heathland and mire communities



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?

These courses cover the basics of habitat assessment, from Phase I through to the very basics of the National Vegetation Classification system. In particular, we 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. We will look at a range of acid grassland, sandy grassland, heathland, wet flush and mire types and look at how they can be identified using a range of key species. 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, these courses are more likely to be enjoyed with a basic level of prior plant ID skills, and they form an ideal follow-on from the training courses earlier in the year.


Tutor: Dominic Price



About the tutor:

Dominic Price is a highly regarded botanical tutor and has been running courses for all levels of ecologists since 2007. He is director of The Species Recovery Trust and specialises in the conservation of endangered species. He is the author of A Field Guide to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes and co-author of The Photographic Guide to Winter Trees and Shrubs.






Schedule

The day will focus on calcareous and neutral grasslands, covering species-rich chalk grassland, species-poor improved grassland and marshy grassland on the Avon Floodplain


10.00 Welcome and start.
10.10 First tutorial session – improved grassland
10.45 Mesotrophic and chalk grassland
12.30 Lunch (or shorter if weather bad)
1.15 Wet grassland on the Avon Valley
3.10 Return to Old Sarum for practical exercise
3.45/4.00 Departure (depending on how quickly we’ve got through stuff)



What to bring

  • Water, snacks, firm boots (some steep banks).
  • Please bring packed lunch
  • £3 for parking at Old Sarum

The recommended text for the course is 'A Field Guide to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes' by Dominic Price. Available to purchase on the day , or in advance here.

Any problems on the day please call Dominic Price on (07968) 786390

Please inform us of any relevant medical requirements/conditions we should be aware of prior to the course.

Lifts available from Salisbury station on request



Directions


Old Sarum is signed off the A345, 2 miles north of Salisbury. Meet in the main car park (where there are loos). Address: Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire - SP1 3SD. There is a £3 charge for parking.
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Feedback from previous courses

'Dom is always a fantastic source of knowledge, and brilliant at teaching it'
'The recap sessions throughout the day really helped us to consolidate what we had been taught, making us a lot more likely to remember the species we were taught.'
'Dominic's fun and useful teaching style. He doesn't get to bogged down with to many technical terms'
'Relaxed nature of presentation with useful ways to remember identification methods. It was useful to have time to do the transects as this helped to practise our ID skills'
'Dom's approach to teaching - relaxed, engaging and knowledgable as ever'
'Mr.Price and his patient and simple approach to field ID.'
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Old Sarum Castle

Castle Road

Salisbury

SP1 3SB

United Kingdom

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Refunds up to 30 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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