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Sphagnum Mosses: Field Identification Course

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Wilverley Bog, The New Forest

Brockenhurst

BH25 5TZ

United Kingdom

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A 1 day course giving participants an introduction to field identification of Sphagnum mosses and other heath and mire bryophytes.

Tutor: Sharon Pilkington



About the tutor:

Sharon Pilkington is a highly regarded botanist and vice-county recorder for Wiltshire. She is also a passionate and experienced field bryologist and a regional recorder for the British Bryological Society. She holds two of the highly-respected Natural History Museum Identification Qualifications (IdQs) and is a Chartered Environmentalist and qualified horticulturist.




Wilverley Bog shows a classic New Forest transition from dry heath through wet heath and flush into valley mire. It supports 19 species of Sphagnum including common species of mire and wet heath as well as several less frequent species that are classic indicators of base-rich flushes.

Emphasis will be on demonstrating characters that assist with identification in the field. If there is interest from the group, there may be opportunities to look at other heath and mire mosses and liverworts.

This workshop will be suitable for beginners and improvers alike.



What to bring

  • Wellies
  • Lunch, water and snacks
  • Notebook
  • A hand lens
  • Collecting bags (optional)
  • Any ID guide you are happy working with

A handout can be downloaded here, which can either be printed and brought on the day, or used as a reference guide after the course



Schedule

10.30 Arrival and Welcome
10.45 Sphagnum terminology and identification basics
11.00 Field identification (1)
13.00 Lunch
13.30 Field identification (2)
14.30 Practical exercise
16.00 Departure



Directions

We will meet at the Wootton Bridge car park, south of Burley.

Nearest postcode: BH25 5TZ Grid Ref: SZ250997

Google Maps: click here

We may be able to arrange lifts from Brockenhurst Station - do please ask.



Please inform us of any medical requirements/conditions we should be aware of prior to the course. Due to the nature of the habitat, part of the course will be on uneven and boggy ground.

Any problems on the day please call Sharon Pilkington on 07801 627449.




Feedback from previous courses


'Good location, good tutor, good weather!'

'Pace was good, with enough time on the 11 or so species we got through. location was amazing and well chosen and aided the success of the day.'

'Informal, friendly, knowledgeable leader, ideal location'

'Detailed information on field characteristics and how to differentiate between easily confusable species'

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Wilverley Bog, The New Forest

Brockenhurst

BH25 5TZ

United Kingdom

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Refund Policy

Refunds up to 30 days before event

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