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Southfields Farm

Packington Lane

Coleshill

B46 3EJ

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An introduction to the management of riparian environments and the role plants play in their ecology.

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This will be an introduction to the management of riparian environments and the role plants play in their ecology. We will consider the effect of developments such as hydropower schemes, invasive plant species, rare and legally protected plant species and the use of indicator plants in interpreting change.

The course will consider simple methodologies for investigation and sources of information and will include a field visit, with an emphasis on plants and fungi, led by Dr Paul L Smith BSc, MCIEEM CEnv.

Paul is a formally trained botanist who has practiced in the academic and consultancy sectors for 40 years, including work for Local Authorities, Natural England, multi-national consultancies, and the Wildlife Trusts. He is a Senior Associate Teacher with the University of Bristol and teaches applied ecology for various faculties. Paul also works for commercial clients under his own consultancy, 'Botanical Investigations'.

Paul is the author of numerous academic and practical papers on issues relating to plants and fungi. He has special interest in solving botanical conflicts with development and landuse change.

For the field visit, attendees should bring: coat, note book, pencils, suitable outdoor shows for walking on rough ground (and in the rain), any medications needed for personal use, e.g. antihistamines.

The training will be suitable for beginners with no formal botanical training, but an interest in ecology and rivers.

Lunch will be provided.

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Southfields Farm

Packington Lane

Coleshill

B46 3EJ

United Kingdom

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