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Natural Histor y COURSES 2020


In 1943 the Field Studies Council’s founders gathered at the Natural History Museum to realise a vision to provide opportunities to study living plants and animals in their natural environment. The good news is that this is still the case and 75 proud years later we continue to provide opportunities to help everyone develop skills in interpreting the natural world. Introductory courses run alongside those offering advanced training in taxonomy and identification skills and our wide range of publications are widely enjoyed and highly regarded. Through our projects such as BioLinks and the Invertebrate Challenge, FSC widen the reach of these courses and resources to make significant contributions to biological recording efforts in the UK. We are keen to continue to provide high quality courses to schools, universities and education professionals and expand our support for biodiversity training in the future.

We are fortunate to work in partnership with many wonderful organisations: the Botanical Society for Britain and Ireland, the Mammal Society, Butterfly Conservation, the Dipterists Forum, the British Dragonfly Society and the Royal Entomological Society to name but a few. These, in addition to the accredited courses run in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), ensure we are continually relevant to today’s recording community. Aided by excellent FSC publications, a network of associates and partners and continued successful project bids, we will build our shared passion to help people develop their knowledge of the natural world.

Our Courses Our wide range of courses cover all aspects of the natural world. Whatever your interest or previous experience, courses will be enjoyable and engaging, help improve your knowledge, and develop your field and identification skills. Courses are all led by skilled tutors with a genuine passion for their subject. Experts in their field have been sourced to teach many of our courses, particularly the more advanced levels. We will introduce you to a few of these tutors in this brochure and full descriptions of them all are on our website. FSC is a leading provider of professional training in the environment. To help identify suitable courses to develop your skills, courses are split by subject matter and graded according to the level of experience according to the level of experience required (Beginner, Open to all, Intermediate or Advanced). Full details can be found at the start of each section. The programme includes one-day opportunities alongside short residential courses of between two and seven days. If you are a resident with FSC, our centres provide comfortable accommodation on-site and all your food, within the course fee.

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“An excellent course run by an excellent tutor, really enjoyed the day and learnt a lot.” Umbellifers for a Day: Understanding the Apiaceae at Bishops Wood

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“I loved the structure of the course with fieldwork during the day and key practice during the evenings and felt the level of each activity was just right. The tutor managed to get us all working together in groups, and most importantly making it enjoyable.” Limestone Flora at Malham Tarn

Front cover photo: Mandarin Drake - Maggie Kanska

4 Locations 6 Animals 7 Birds 10 Mammals 12 Butterflies and Moths 13 Aquatic Invertebrates 14 Bees and Other Pollinators 14 Soil Invertebrates 15 Spiders 16 Other Invertebrates 18 Reptiles and Amphibians 20 Plants 21 Flowering Plants 24 Trees 27 Grasses and Grass-like Plants 28 Aquatic Plants 29 Ferns 29 Mosses and Liverworts 30 Fungi 31 Lichens 32 Botany 34 Habitats and Conservation 35 Habitats and Conservation 37 NVC and Phase 1 38 Marine and Freshwater Habitats 40 Manchester Metropolitan University Courses 41 Bursaries and Professional Development 42 How to Make a Booking 42 Join Us 43 Index of Courses by Location

Exploring Nature and the Arts

You might be interested in our programme of walking, photography, painting and craft holidays. These creative breaks help you to use the stunning scenery and local wildlife around our centres to inspire your artwork or learn more about the natural world. Find out more www.field-studies-council. org/arts or request a brochure.

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Our Locations We have a fantastic network of centres across the UK, all carefully selected for their surroundings and unique wildlife often found within easy reach. Many of our centres are close to UK National Parks, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and rare flora and fauna.

Accommodation

Food and Drink

We want your stay to be as comfortable as possible. Residential centres all provide simple, sole occupancy accommodation. Some rooms are ensuite, please check at the time of booking, but if not shower and toilet facilities are close by.

Food is important at FSC, it’s something which our visitors always remember! Ingredients are locally sourced wherever possible and our kitchen teams create menus of fresh, seasonal and varied meals, catering for any dietary needs.

Centres are well equipped for courses with classroom and laboratory spaces and relevant equipment available.You can also enjoy cosy bars, comfy lounges, dining rooms and large gardens – ideal spaces to share any relaxation time with new-found friends.  Our centres also have free Wi-Fi available for visitors.

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Our residential fee includes cooked breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal during your course.

Juniper Hall

Blencathra

The price displayed in the brochure is for sole occupancy accommodation.  You can choose to share a room or attend a course without using our accommodation. Please visit our website or contact the centre for these prices.

There are complimentary facilities for making hot and cold drinks available at all times. Some of our centres also have bars for evening drinks, if not you are welcome to bring a bottle to enjoy in a quiet spot.

*MMU Accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University. See page 40.


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FSC Natural History courses are available at the locations indicated by AM Amersham BW Bishops Wood BL Blencathra CH Castle Head DF Dale Fort EF Epping Forest FM Flatford Mill JH Juniper Hall KD Kindrogan LDN FSC offers courses at other locations in London MT Malham Tarn MA Margam MIL Millport NC Nettlecombe Court OR Orielton PM Preston Montford RC Rhyd-y-creuau SL Slapton Ley TM Tollymore

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Animals

Within this section you will find over 112 courses covering the animal kingdom from the large animals such as birds and mammals through to invertebrate groups – the smaller animals without backbones. All the courses listed are designed to improve your identification skills and understanding of animal lifestyles.You can appreciate both common and rare species so much more if you have a real grounding in how to observe them and what to look for. In many cases, we also highlight the impact of human activities on bird and other animal populations and share concerns about relevant conservation issues. We are pleased to offer a range of courses in partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), The Mammal Society, Bat Conservation Trust (BCT) and Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) to promote understanding and good practice.

Levels

Beginner Introductory courses for those new or relatively new to the subject. Open to all Courses where tutors are able to support learners at all levels.

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Intermediate Courses aimed at those who want to know more about a subject which they are already familiar with.

The price displayed for residential courses is for sole occupancy accommodation. You can choose to share a room or attend a course as a non-resident. Please visit our website or contact the Centre for these prices.

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Advanced Courses for those wishing to hone their skills, which require some prior knowledge or skills in the subject area (though not necessarily the detailed subject matter).

Centres AM BW CH DF EF FM HO

Amersham, The Chilterns Bishops Wood, Worcestershire Castle Head, Morecombe Bay Dale Fort, Pembrokeshire Coast Epping Forest, Essex Flat ford Mill, Suf folk ‘Constable Country’ Courses not at an FSC Centre, please contact Head Of fice for information JH Juniper Hall, Surrey LDN London MT Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales MA Margam, South Wales MIL Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland NC Nettlecombe Court, Somerset OR Orielton, Pembrokeshire Coast PM Preston Mont ford, Shropshire Hills RC Rhyd-y-creuau, Snowdonia SL Slapton Ley, South Devon


Birds Winter Birdwatching Weekend FM

Fri 14 Feb - Sun 16 Feb

£270

Open to all

Wildfowl, shorebirds and other winter visitors such as thrushes, finches and buntings will be the main focus of interest on this late winter birdwatching weekend and there is always the possibility of scarcer visitors from the north and east if the weather has been particularly hard in previous weeks. The best local sites include the Stour and Orwell estuaries, Alton Water and Abberton reservoirs, which between them hold thousands of overwintering birds. However, if there’s a touch of spring in the air we may also take to the woods or heathlands to look and listen for early breeding season activity!

Animals

Tutor: Geoff Abbott

Lapwing - Stephen Barlow

Discover Winter Birds FM

Fri 28 Feb - Sun 01 Mar

Tutor: Steve Piotrowski

£270

Open to all

Flatford is blessed with some amazing wintering bird sites that are only a short distance from the centre. The nearby Stour and Orwell Estuaries hold populations of wintering waders and wildfowl of international importance and Alton Water is a freshwater reservoir that hosts a diversity of ducks and geese. The course provides opportunities to view a range of wintering birds at close quarters, which should improve your identification skills.

Recognising Birds by Sight and Sound: Especially for Improvers FM

Fri 13 Mar - Sun 15 Mar

Tutor: Steve Piotrowski

£270

Open to all

Scottish Island Birds: Spring Migrants MIL

Fri 20 Mar - Sun 22 Mar

Tutor: Jack Lucas

£300

Open to all

The spectacular glacial landscape of the Clyde Sea provides a surprising range of habitats in a small area. From the Isle of Cumbrae, upland, coastal, and pelagic bird species are all within easy reach. In winter, the sheltered Clyde is a haven for wildfowl and a vital staging point for waders. This weekend course is a unique opportunity to get to grips with our waders and sea ducks, passage migrants, and west coast specialities.

FM

Fri 27 Mar - Sun 29 Mar

Tutor: Maureen Gibson

£270

Beginner

This course is designed for absolute beginners to birdwatching, and will teach the basics of bird identification. This will include birds commonly seen in gardens and also the ducks and waders on the local estuary. Basic fieldcraft skills will be used to help identify birds from their behaviour, location, song and calls.

DF

Mon 06 Apr - Fri 10 Apr

Tutor: Dave Astins

£455

Open to all

The aim of the course is to build confidence in bird identification, in an easy going and digestible way, starting with resident and common migrants. The focus will be on watching and identifying birds ‘in the field’, getting to grips with birds typical of the West Wales coast, and hopefully through this finding and identifying scarcer migrants and possibly something even rarer.

£370

Open to all

With the breeding season well underway, this is an ideal long weekend for birdwatching in the dramatic landscapes of North Wales. We will explore the coastal cliffs and estuaries, visiting seabird colonies on Anglesey and the RSPB Reserve at Conwy, walk through glaciated valleys for open country and woodland birds and take in higher ground for upland and moorland specialities. We will identify all the species by sight and sound and discuss their ecology and conservation status as well.

Woodland Birds of Epping Forest EF

Sat 18 Apr

Non-residential

Tutor: Edward Hutchings

£40

Beginner

Get to grips with woodland birds identification and learn how to watch them successfully on a relaxed late spring walk around Epping Forest. Our day will incorporate bird identification, bird vocalisations and bird behaviour as we explore this beautiful location. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Top 50 Garden Birds.

Birdwatching in Bushy Park LDN

Sat 18 Apr

Non-residential

Tutor: John Van Den Bosch

£35

Beginner

Bushy Park is a great location to spot resident and migrant birds. Spend the day in the Park observing and identifying birds and learning how to watch birds successfully. We will visit the open parkland, the woodland and the Brewhouse fields, not usually accessible to the public. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Top 50 Garden Birds. Based in Bushy Park.

Spring Birdwatching FM

Fri 24 Apr - Sun 26 Apr

Tutor: Geoff Abbott

£270

Open to all

Visiting a range of locations around Suffolk and Essex, as well making use of sites around FSC Flatford Mill, participants will explore woods, heathlands or marshes as the group make best use of local weather conditions to watch and discover more about the local birdlife. The emphasis will be on helping everyone feel more confident about identifying birds and understanding behaviour. Skills learned during the day are reviewed through a variety of evening activities. The course is equally suitable for those new to birdwatching and those with more experience.

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Early Spring Birds

Fri 17 Apr – Mon 20 Apr

Tutor: Kevin Clements

Fri 24 Apr - Sun 26 Apr

Tutor: Kevin Clements

£300

Open to all

Shropshire in springtime is a delightful place in which to develop your bird identification skills. This course will visit a variety of different habitats within the county, such as farmland, heathland, wetland and woodland, which should enable a wide range of species to be encountered and give an indication of where to find different birds. The course is aimed at anyone who watches birds, but would like to improve their identification skills by sight and sound.

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Habitats and Conser vation

Birdwatching for Absolute Beginners

RC

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This course is for anyone who feels fairly confident that they know their garden and woodland birds, and would like more experience of less frequently encountered species.You will improve your fieldcraft and spend time listening to, and learning, bird sounds in the field to help you memorise their elusive sound patterns! We will visit different habitats including Breckland, Heathland and Reedbeds to try to track down species such as Woodlark, Stone Curlew, Dartford Warbler, Cetti’s Warbler and Bearded Tit. Weather permitting, part of the course will be based at the Flatford bird ringing site, so that we can discuss identification issues in some detail by seeing birds in close-up. The content is also appropriate for anyone wishing to contribute to their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Birds of the North Wales Coast, Woodlands and Uplands

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Introduction to Birds AM

Sat 16 May

Tutor: Chris Ford

Non-residential

£45

Beginner

An introduction to identifying common (and occasionally less common) birds using sight and sound. No prior experience is necessary, just an enthusiasm to get out and have a go. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Top 50 Garden Birds.

Birds for Beginners JH

Fri 22 May - Sun 24 May

Tutor: Chris Ford

£250

Beginner

An introduction to identifying common (and occasionally less common) birds using sight and sound. This course will visit a wide range of habitats in the Surrey Hills to develop your confidence and practise your new found skills. This is a course for beginners so no prior experience is necessary just an enthusiasm to get out and have a go.

Whitsun Birds

Songbird Identification PM

Fri 01 May - Mon 04 May

£400

Tutor: Kevin Clements

Intermediate

This three-day bird identification course is held in late spring to ensure that there will be plenty of birds whilst the comparative lack of leaves will, hopefully, mean that those which are heard can also be seen. The course is aimed at anyone who watches birds but would like to improve their identification skills by sight and sound, using field notes and sketches as an important aid to observation. *MMU

Spring Birds in Pembrokeshire OR

Fri 01 May - Tue 05 May

Tutor: Bob and Annie Haycock

£465

Open to all

May is an important month for both resident and migratory species. You will visit coastal, woodland and wetland habitats, learning to identify birds by sight and sound and examining their general ecology. The fee includes a visit to Skomer Island with its internationally important seabird colonies. On the last morning there may be an opportunity to visit the world famous gannetry on Grassholm (boat fees for Grassholm are not included), please contact us for details.

Fri 15 May - Mon 18 May

Tutor: Anne Brenchley

£350

Open to all

The aim of this course is to identify many of the more common breeding birds of North Wales by sight and sound. This will be a relaxing course, suitable for beginners. We will walk in some of the lovely places in the beautiful Conwy Valley. There will be a short introduction to the course in the classroom on the first evening and an opportunity to get out early in the morning to sample the dawn chorus in nearby woodland habitat. The course will also cover bird recording systems, the value of bird records and how to use “BirdTrack”. We will also explore bird ID sources of information including apps for phones and iPads.

Bird Songs and Calls MT

Fri 15 May - Sun 17 May

Tutor: Dan Puplett

£260

Open to all

Learn a variety of ways to accurately identify birds with an emphasis on recognising songs and other types of call. We will also cover some visual ID and you will learn to interpret bird behaviour and calls as an effective way to discover what other wildlife is around.

Bird Survey Techniques PM

Fri 15 May - Mon 18 May

Tutor: Kevin Clements

£510

Advanced

Bird survey techniques are vital as birds are often seen as a good measure of the ‘health’ of the environment and the data produced from sound, long term, surveys are essential to measure population trends. This is a course for the keen amateur ornithologist or wildlife professional who would like to learn some basic bird survey techniques. Early summer in the Welsh Borderlands provides a good range of habitats for birds and there will be the opportunity to practice both woodland and farmland surveys, including habitat assessment, in the countryside around FSC Preston Montford. *MMU

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Fri 22 May - Tue 26 May

Tutor: Dave Astins

£455

Open to all

The aim of the course is to build confidence in bird identification, in an easy going and digestible way, starting with resident and common migrants. The focus will be on watching and identifying birds ‘in the field’, getting to grips with birds typical of the West Wales coast, and hopefully through this finding and identifying scarcer migrants and possibly something even rarer.

Identifying and Monitoring Birds of Prey MT

Fri 19 Jun - Mon 22 Jun

Tutor: Jimmi Hill

£375

Open to all

Learning how to identify the different bird of prey species and their behaviour can help us gain a greater understanding of how these birds live and how we can live alongside them. This course is aimed at those with limited or no experience of observing birds of prey in the wild and will introduce you to the different British birds of prey, their ecology and behaviours as well as various ways of monitoring them.

Bird Identification in Pembrokeshire OR

An Introduction to Bird Watching RC

DF

Fri 17 Jul - Tue 21 Jul

Tutor: John Martin

£465

Open to all

Enjoy watching a range of migrant and resident birds including local specialities such as Chough. This will involve some gentle walks as well as visits to beaches, estuaries, coastal cliffs and headlands. Weather permitting we will visit Skomer Island; boat and landing fees included. This course is for anyone who watches birds but would like to improve their identification skills - whatever your skill level you will learn something new.

Summer Birds and Pembrokeshire Islands DF

Wed 22 Jul - Sun 26 Jul

Tutor: Dave Astins

£455

Open to all

The aim of the course is to build confidence in bird identification, in an easy going and digestible way, starting with resident and common migrants. The focus will be on watching and identifying birds ‘in the field’, getting to grips with birds typical of the West Wales coast, and hopefully through this finding and identifying scarcer migrants and possibly something even rarer.

Scottish Island Birds: Summer Seabirds MIL

Fri 24 Jul - Sun 26 Jul

Tutor: Jack Lucas

£300

Open to all

The spectacular glacial landscape of the Clyde Sea provides a surprising range of habitats in a small area. From the Isle of Cumbrae upland, coastal, wetland and pelagic bird species are all within easy reach. In the late summer months, the marine environment is alive with seabirds that can be seen from the shore and from our research vessel, Actinia. Feeding frenzies of gannets, shearwaters and auks provide spectacular bird-watching opportunities in addition to some of our coastal and inland highlights and the occasional marine mammal!

*MMU Accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University. See page 40.


Birds of South Devon SL

Mon 03 Aug - Fri 07 Aug

Tutor: Sandy Hill

£515

Open to all

Autumn Birdwatching Weekend FM

Fri 11 Sep - Sun 13 Sep

Tutor: Geoff Abbott

£270

Open to all

In the autumn there are often large numbers of winter visitors moving from northern latitudes through East Anglia. Wildfowl and waders are moulting and becoming easier to recognise and there is always a chance of exotic species from Siberia to quicken the pulse! Field excursions during the day to some of the best birdwatching sites in Suffolk and Essex will help improve your identification of migrant and resident birds and these will be complemented by slideshows and other activities in the evenings. The course is equally suitable for those new to birdwatching and those with more experience.

Winter Migrant Birds DF

Tue 20 Oct - Sat 24 Oct

Tutor: Dave Astins

£455

Open to all

The aim of the course is to build confidence in bird identification, in an easy going and digestible way, starting with resident and common migrants. The focus will be on watching and identifying birds ‘in the field’, getting to grips with birds typical of the West Wales coast, and hopefully through this finding and identifying scarcer migrants and possibly something even rarer.

Autumn Bird Watching Fri 23 Oct - Sun 25 Oct

Tutor: Barry Embling

£289

Open to all

We will spend most of our time outdoors exploring a variety of habitats, which no doubt will be a mixture of brief encounters and longer views that will enable us to study birds behaving naturally feeding, flocking, even evading any predators (fingers crossed) and other behaviours. We will observe birds stealthily and focus on aspects of field craft e.g. how to best scan for birds across large open expanses and how not to disturb them. We will be looking at diagnostic identification features that characterise species and groups, and of course listening for and identifying birds through their calls.

Siberian Week: Looking at Bird Migration Along the Suffolk Coast FM

Mon 26 Oct - Fri 30 Oct

Tutor: Steve Piotrowski

£480

Open to all

Mainly Migrants FM

Fri 30 Oct - Sun 01 Nov

Tutor: Steve Piotrowski

£270

Open to all

This course is designed to help you find out more about bird identification and bird migration, along with the species likely to be encountered during migration periods. We will explore migration marking techniques including: ringing, colour marking and radio and satellite tracking. Weather permitting, we will organise bird ringing demonstrations at the Flatford ringing site.

FM

Fri 10 Jan - Sun 12 Jan

£250

Open to all

Tutor: Steve Piotrowski Participants will develop skills in visual identification of common species and move through to songs and calls as well, increasing confidence levels in the group to accurately identify birds. Focusing on wetland birds, the group will visit a range of appropriate sites in the area to develop identification skills, learn how to count birds and develop a better understanding of the Wetland Bird Survey. The course will involve many outdoor sessions with plenty of opportunities to observe birds in their natural habitats and put what has been learnt into practice! Formal taught sessions help reinforce the learning and the groups are encouraged to learn from each other as well. Common species are encountered at all our venues, but each has a specific focus and may include local specialities. As a group we will also focus on the BTO’s Wetland Birds Survey (WeBS) and take part in a live count on the nearby Stour Estuary.

Bird Identification RC

Fri 11 Sep – Sun 13 Sep

£250

Open to all

Tutor: Steve Piotrowski Learn how to identify Britain’s birds with confidence and discover how there is a BTO survey that you can take part in – no matter what your bird-watching experience. These courses begin with the basics of identifying common British birds by sight and progress during your stay to look at more challenging groups including waterfowl and waders. Some time is spent in the classroom, but much of the course will involve exploring the surrounding area. To make a booking, or for more information on fees for the courses listed above, please contact Anne Cotton – email anne.cotton@bto.org or tel: 01786 458021. For information on course content and venues please contact Nick Moran – email training@bto.org or tel: 01842 750 050. Please note the fees advertised above are for non-professionals attending the course and are subsidised by BTO. If you wish to attend any of these courses through your company, please contact Nick or Anne to discuss further.

Habitats and Conser vation

This course is designed to help you to find out more about bird identification and bird migration and the species likely to be encountered during migration periods. It is aimed equally at anyone who is a newcomer to birdwatching and those who wish to improve their skills in wild bird identification. It will also emphasise the adaptations of birds to their preferred habitats and lifestyles. We will explore migration marking techniques including: ringing, colour marking, and radio and satellite tracking. Weather permitting, we will organise bird ringing demonstrations at the Flatford ringing site.

Bird Identification and WeBS

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The following courses are run by the British Trust for Ornithology. For further information or to book onto any of the courses, please contact BTO directly or visit their website (see below).

Animals

The course provides an opportunity to develop your knowledge and experience of birds within this classic English landscape. Centred around the coast, we’ll also discover areas of freshwater, farmland and wooded sites to explore the birdlife around us, but also take stock of the diverse native flora and fauna, which are such an integral part of each habitat.

British Trust for Ornithology (BTO)

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Mammals

Deer Ecology MA

Bat Roost Survey Training Weekend MA

Sat 25 Apr - Sun 26 Apr

Tutor: Richard Crompton

£289

Open to all

The course will be of interest to the keen amateur as well as those training towards roost licenses and consultants and professionals in wildlife fields. It is suitable for those at beginner to intermediate level. Participants will require a certificate of vaccination against rabies and suitable gloves if they are to take part in any aspect of the course involving bat handling.

Sat 02 May

Tutor: Roger Havard

Non-residential

£50

Beginner

A Weekend on Bats Tue 03 Jul - Thu 05 Jul

Tutor: Roger Havard

£270

Open to all

This extensive course will introduce participants to the fascinating world of bats. Its content will provide a foundation for anyone wanting to satisfy an interest, or to become more involved in bat conservation, including bat care. After gaining sufficient experience, students could progress to achieving a bat survey licence or roost visitor licence on future courses.

Marine Mammals MIL

Tue 03 Jul - Tue 10 Jul

£753

Intermediate

Tutor: Dominic McCafferty, Jack Lucas, Anna McGregor and Chris Parson

Beginner

How to Survey and Study Bats in Woodlands Fri 24 Jul - Sun 26 Jul

Tutor: David Hill

Learn about the 17 breeding species of British bat and how to identify them, then use detectors on the evening walk. Learn identification techniques with the assistance of some live bats and about their biology, evolution and environmental requirements. On the evening walk we will identify some of our common bats in flight. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: A Guide to British Bats.

FM

£289

The red deer is Britain’s largest native land mammal, but is just one of the many deer species found living in the UK countryside. This course will focus on the wild deer species of the British Isles and their role in the natural habitat.You will learn how to identify each of the different deer species as well as understanding aspects of their ecology including their preferred habitats, antler growth, tracking and indirect signs, and their history. The course will also include plenty of opportunities to observe real life deer including red, fallow and the fascinating Pere David deer.

SL

Discovering Bats EF

Fri 17 Jul - Sun 19 Jul

Tutor: Geoffrey Guy

£290

Open to all

In this course we will consider a range of methods used for surveying and studying bats and will assess their relative effectiveness in woodland habitats. Methods discussed in detail will include advanced techniques such as capture using acoustic lures and radio-tracking, as well as an overview of full-spectrum acoustic monitoring and identification of bat species from their calls. The application of each technique will be illustrated with specific examples from the tutor’s own experience of bat research and survey work in the UK and overseas.

Ecology, Surveying and Conservation of Dormice SL

Fri 07 Aug - Sun 09 Aug

Tutor: Simone Bullion

£290

Open to all

A course focusing on the Hazel Dormouse for anyone with a professional or a strong amateur interest in this elusive small mammal of woodlands, scrub and hedgerows, which is fully protected under UK law. It is suitable for ecologists, countryside professionals and managers interested in UK Priority Species and anyone wishing to work towards a Natural England or Natural Resources Wales survey licence.

Discovering Bats EF

Sat 08 Aug

Tutor: Roger Havard

Non-residential

£50

Beginner

This field course is an intensive, comprehensive yet thoroughly enjoyable introduction to studying marine mammals. With dedicated vessel surveys, lab practicals, shore work and lectures that cover the whole spectrum of marine mammal science; this course is a one-of-kind experience into the world of whales, dolphins and seals led by experienced professionals.

See course description Sat 02 May.

Identification of Bats

Learn about the 17 breeding species of British bat and how to identify them, then use detectors on the evening walk. Learn identification techniques with the assistance of some live bats and about their biology, evolution and environmental requirements. On the evening walk we will identify some of our common bats in flight. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: A Guide to British Bats. Based in The Regent’s Park.

PM

Fri 03 Jul - Mon 06 Jul

£400

Tutor: Lisa Worledge and Helen Miller

Intermediate

Bats make up almost a quarter of the world’s mammals, with over 1300 species, found on all continents, except Antarctica. In Britain we have 18 resident species, of which 17 are breeding. All British bats are threatened and are protected by law. This weekend will shed some light on the activities of these fascinating flying creatures and how to identify them in the field, in the hand, and from sound recordings. *MMU

Discovering Bats LDN

Sat 15 Aug

Tutor: Roger Havard

Non-residential

£50

Beginner

Ecology, Surveying and Conservation of Dormice FM

Fri 21 Aug - Sun 23 Aug

£270

Tutor: Simone Bullion and Alison Looser

Open to all

A field-based course focusing on the Hazel Dormouse for anyone with a professional or a strong amateur interest in this scarce small mammal of woodlands, scrub and hedgerows. It is suitable for ecologists, countryside professionals and managers, as well as those wishing to work towards a Natural England licence to handle dormice.

Land Mammal Identification PM

Fri 28 Aug - Mon 31 Aug

Tutor: Debbie Alston

£400

Intermediate

An exciting opportunity to encounter and identify many British mammals through field signs, live trapping and sightings. The course is practicalbased with field visits and laboratory sessions designed to introduce a range of detection and identification skills. *MMU Pere Davids Deer Geoffrey Guy

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Wildlife Tracking SL

Fri 28 Aug - Mon 31 Aug

Tutor: John Rhyder

£415

Open to all

Mammal Identification Using Skeletal Remains RC

Fri 30 Oct - Sun 01 Nov

Tutor: Ric Morris

£290

Open to all

The mammal worker will often find a skull or random bone in the course of a field survey or country walk, but due to a lack of identification skills these discoveries may be ignored or discarded instead of potentially yielding a valuable mammal record for the Mammal Society or local group. During this unique two-day course, Ric Morris will explain bone identification techniques especially suited to mammal recording, enabling participants to confidently identify the majority of their bone finds.

The following courses are run by The Mammal Society. For further information, or to book onto any of the courses, please contact The Mammal Society directly, or visit their website (see below).

Mammal Identification MT Fri 24 Jul – Sun 26 Jul Open to all JH Fri 28 Aug - Sun 30 Aug Open to all Suitable for all levels of experience, this two and a half day course in beautiful surroundings is an excellent, in depth introduction to the mammals of Britain and Ireland and the techniques used to spot them in their habitat including sightings, calls and field signs. In the classroom you will cover identification techniques for each terrestrial species and learn how to put your identification techniques for each terrestrial species and learn how to put your skills into practice by recording mammals in the field. The course also includes practical sessions including a number of live small mammal trapping opportunities and owl pellet analysis.You will also have the chance to sit an optional assessment, which, if passed, will earn you a Certificate in Basic Mammal Identification jointly accredited by The Mammal Society and the Field Studies Council.

Animals

This tracks and signs workshops is designed to both introduce a prospective new tracker to the general concepts involved in interpreting tracks and signs and add to the knowledge of the more experienced naturalist. Although we can’t import wildlife to the area and therefore give a definitive list of the signs we will find, anything that makes a track on the ground is fair game for our attention.

The Mammal Society

Tutor: Mammal Society Trainers

Please check the website for pricing.

The following courses are run by Bat Conservation Trust. For further information or to book these, or any other courses they run, please contact BCT directly or visit their website (see below).

For booking information or more details please contact: The Mammal Society 18 St John’s Church Road London E9 6EJ Tel: 02380 010 984 email: training@themammalsociety.org

Bat Ecology and Conservation

www.mammal.org.uk

JH Thu 14 May Non-residential £165 Foundation Tutor: Bat Conservation Trust

This one-day course is designed for those new to bat work, providing a comprehensive foundation to bat biology, ecology and conservation.You will learn about the different UK species, range and distribution, bat conservation and threats, bat taxonomy, physiological adaptations, life histories, foraging ecology, life cycle, roosting requirements and bat identification.This course is approved by the Royal Society of Biology for CPD, each course may be counted as 24 CPD credits.

Bank Vole – Timothy Caldecott

Plants

Bat Conservation Trust (BCT)

Using Bat Detectors JH Fri 15 May Non-residential £165 Foundation Tutor: Bat Conservation Trust

This one day course will cover the different types of detector systems (heterodyne, frequency division, time expansion and full spectrum), the range of detectors available from the different manufacturers, choosing the most appropriate detector for your surveys and how to make recordings.

Discounts

Habitats and Conser vation

£5 discount for BCT members £25 paired discount if booking Using Bat Detectors and Bat Ecology and Conservation together. 10% multi-buy discount if booking 3 or more course places at the same time. BCT organises a range of courses for professionals and volunteers. For more details or to make a booking visit:

www.bats.org.uk/events or phone Tel: 020 7820 7169 email: training@bats.org.uk

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Butterflies and Moths Male Emperor Moth - Stephen Barlow

Butterfly Conservation fully supports the aim of promoting active conservation through learning. For more details about Butterfly Conservation or for membership information see www.butterfly-conservation.org

Moths of the Devon Coast at Slapton Ley

Dissecting Moths PM

Sat 08 Feb - Sun 09 Feb

Tutor: Dave Grundy

£225

Advanced

This course will teach techniques for dissecting moths for beginners and will talk about everything you need to get started dissecting moths at home. Over 95% of moths can be safely identified in the field without the need for dissection. However the remaining moths need to be dissected to identify them in order to aid conservation of the species and keeping valid records in databases. There is a real shortage of people out there with the necessary skills. The course will take you through the basics of how to prepare moth specimens, create microscope slides and identify the genitalia prepared to create valuable records.

Butterflies and Day Flying Moths LDN

Sat 30 May

Tutor: Tim Harris

Non-residential

£50

Beginner

Search for a variety of species of butterfly and day flying moths and learn how to identify them. Learn about the different stages of butterfly and moth life-cycles and lifestyles, focusing on the importance of larval food plants and flowers for nectar. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Guide to the Butterflies of Britain and Ireland. Based in Bushy Park.

Moths and Moth Trapping EF

Sat 06 Jun - Sun 07 Jun

Tutor: Tim Harris

“Excellent and enthusiastic tutor encouraging attendees to expand their knowledge by applying a methodical approach to identify both micro and macro moth families and hence to species level.“

£40

Beginner

Learn about moth life-cycles and lifestyles. Around dusk, help set up a light-trap and watch it in action, before returning the following morning to examine the catch and participate in the identification session. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Day Flying Moths. Comma Butterfly – Stephen Barlow

Daytime Moths PM

Fri 19 Jun - Sun 21 Jun

Tutor: Dave Grundy

£350

Beginners

This course is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about how to study moths without the use of a moth light trap. Different techniques for finding moths will be discussed and practiced in field conditions by all participants. It is aimed at total beginners wishing to study these moths, as well as people with more advanced knowledge, but whatever your skill level it will be designed to stretch you. We will be searching for moths by day using techniques, such as sweep-netting, pheromones, beating and searching plants for larvae, eggs and mines etc.

Moths of Wildflower Meadows BW

Sat 04 Jul - Sun 05 Jul

Tutor: Dave Grundy

£105

Open to all

This new course is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about identifying moths from wildflower meadows. Their ecology and habitat needs will also be discussed, particularly looking at what makes this habitat important to a specialist group of moth species. It is aimed at total beginners wishing to study these moths, as well as people with more advanced knowledge, but whatever your skill level it will be designed to stretch you.

Identifying Moths and Butterflies FM

Fri 17 Jul - Sun 19 Jul

Tutor: Sheila Wright

£270

Open to all

A weekend introducing the identification and natural history of perhaps the most visually appealing of all insect groups. Only live viewing techniques are used: light traps and sugaring for moths and sweep nets for butterflies. We will discuss the benefits of the different trapping methods and the different types of light trap. Working through the moth catch in the morning is complemented by afternoon excursions to look for and identify butterflies on the wing. Local butterfly species include Silver Washed Fritillary, White Admiral and Purple Hairstreak and the larger moths include Poplar, Privet, Pine and Elephant Hawk Moths. Bursaries are available for this course, generously organised by the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service. Please contact FSC Flatford Mill for details. *MMU

Moths of Sand Dunes and Ancient Parkland MA

Fri 17 Jul - Mon 20 Jul

Tutor: Dave Grundy

£289

Open to all

This course is aimed at anyone from total beginner to quite experienced in looking at moths, who would like to improve their abilities in identification. The course will concentrate on looking at moths, both micros and macros, found in the excellent habitats of Margam Park including excellent ancient woodland and parkland trees adjacent to the field centre and the nationally famous nearby Kenfig Dunes National Nature Reserve and will also discuss their ecology.

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Chalk Grassland Moths of the Surrey Downs JH

Fri 24 Jul - Sun 26 Jul

Tutor: Dave Grundy

£250

Open to all

Butterflies and Moths MT

Mon 27 Jul - Fri 31 Jul

Tutor: David Brown

£495

Open to all

The unique diversity of habitat within close proximity of Malham Tarn contributes to an interesting selection of Lepidoptera. Many nationally-scarce moths associated with fens, mosses and moorland are to be found, as well as a small selection of special butterflies. Help will be given on identification and information on the ecology of nationally significant species.

Fri 31 Jul - Mon 03 Aug

Tutor: Dave Grundy

£325

Open to all

This course is aimed at anyone from total beginner to those with more advanced knowledge in looking at moths, who would like to improve their abilities in identification. The course will concentrate on looking at moths (both micros and macros) found in the excellent habitats of the South Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and will also discuss their ecology.

£430

Open to all

Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates MT

Fri 24 Apr - Mon 27 Apr

Fri 07 Aug - Mon 10 Aug

£375

£395

Open to all

A course for both beginners and those who wish to improve their freshwater macroinvertebrate identification skills. It includes field collection techniques, preservation and curation of specimens, use of identification keys and information on life histories. The Malham estate has a range of aquatic habitats supporting a wide variety of aquatic macroinvertebrates and you will have the opportunity to examine specimens from other locations.

Learn to Love Pond Life Sat 30 May

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

Epping Forest is home to over 100 temporary and permanent ponds supporting a wide range of species from insect larvae to amphibians. Join us as we discover what lives in the ponds. Using nets we will catch invertebrates, then learn how to identify them and facts about them. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Freshwater Name Trail. Ephemera danica - Charlie Bell

Micro-moths of East Anglian Woodlands and Wetlands Tutor: Dave Grundy

Open to all

Whether you’re a fisherman who wants to develop their knowledge of riverflies, or you’re keen to pursue an interest in entomology more generally, this course provides a great start.Visiting examples of both running and still water environments, we’ll see a representative range of organisms, introduce their ecology and the value such animals have as indicators of water quality. Evenings will involve the use of microscopes to take the identification of some specimens further, but they’ll also be opportunities to view maps and reflect upon that day’s experiences.

Tutor: Maaike Milligan

Develop skills in identification, trapping and methods to encourage butterflies and moths into our gardens. Butterfly walks and light trap catches will be used as field observation tools interspersed with slide talks and identification workshops.

FM

£370

Plants

Mon 03 Aug - Fri 07 Aug

Tutor: David Brown

Fri 17 Apr - Mon 20 Apr

Tutor: Sandy Hill

EF

Butterflies and Moths PM

OR

Tutor: Sharon and Peter Flint

Moths of the Devon Coast SL

Introduction to Freshwater Invertebrates

Animals

This course will be based at Juniper Hall, which nestles in a valley of the North Downs close to Box Hill, with a backdrop of woodland and rolling chalk grassland habitats. The centre is ideally situated for trapping moths of this habitat. It is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about identifying moths from chalk and limestone grassland habitats. Their ecology and habitat needs will also be discussed, particularly looking at what makes these habitats important to a specialist group of moth species. It is aimed at total beginners wishing to study these moths, as well as people with more advanced knowledge, but whatever your skill level it will be designed to stretch you.

Aquatic Invertebrates

Open to all

Following the publication of the excellent new field guide by Sterling, Parsons and Lewington, interest in micro moths is on the increase. This long weekend is aimed at anyone familiar with macro moth species, who would now like expert help with the identification of micros. It is aimed at total beginners as well as people with more advanced knowledge of micromoths - whatever your skill level we hope to stretch you. With expert guidance, we will help you recognise the defining features of micro-moths and identify them to family level. We will set light traps each night in a variety of habitats to give us a good range of live specimens to work with.

BW Sat 29 Aug Non-residential £95 Open to all Tutor: Dave Grundy

The course is aimed at total beginners wishing to study leaf-mining moths, as well as people with more advanced knowledge of the group, but whatever your skill level it will be designed to stretch you. There is a huge increase in people interested in micro-moths. There are large numbers of them that never fly into moth traps, so field craft is needed to find them and looking for leaf mines is the first stage in moth field craft.

Rocky Shore Invertebrates DF

Tue 21 Jul - Fri 24 Jul

Tutor: John Archer-Thomson

£380

Intermediate

This course gives practical experience in the identification of common rocky shore invertebrates, based on field characteristics. Sheltered and exposed shores will be visited; species identification will be a priority but the fieldwork will be structured to provide an ecological framework in which to view the organisms. This is an accredited course suitable for professionals or interested amateurs.

Looking at Freshwater Invertebrates with Microscopes LDN

Sat 01 Aug

Tutor: Maaike Milligan

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

An absolute beginner’s overview of identifying which group an invertebrate belongs to using microscopes and a simple identification key. Based in Bushy Park.

field-studies-council.org/animals

Habitats and Conser vation

Leaf Mining Moths of Worcestershire

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Bees and other Pollinators

Introduction to Hoverflies FM

Identifying Bees MA

Fri 24 Apr - Sun 26 Apr

Tutor: Liam Olds

£289

Sat 04 Jul

Tutor: John Biglin

Open to all

An opportunity to learn how to record and critically identify bees with Liams Olds. The course will provide an introduction to bees, then a chance to identify them under the microscope using the dichotomous keys and images in the new field guide. A field trip (weather dependent) will allow you to see living bees and develop basic collecting, field identification skills and better understand their ecology and conservation. Anthophora Bimaculata Fem LaMoye Jersey - Steven Falk

Non-residential

£50

Open to all

The course will appeal to anyone with an interest in the natural world. You won’t need any prior knowledge just a willingness to immerse yourself in the life of hoverflies for a day. There will be a mix of presentations, fieldwork and identification using various guides. The day will be varied with lots of opportunity to learn about these fascinating and incredibly diverse insects. By the end of the day you should have a good understanding of what makes them buzz and why they make such an attractive and fascinating group of insects to study. Bursaries are available for this course, generously organised by the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service. Please contact FSC Flatford Mill for details.

Identifying and Studying Bees with John Walters SL

Fri 17 Jul - Mon 20 Jul

£325

Open to all

Tutor: John Walters

An opportunity to learn how to identify and study the ecology of bees with ecologist and artist John Walters. The course will provide an introduction to bees, then a chance to identify them under the microscope using the currently available keys and images in the recently published Field Guide to the Bees of Great Britain and Ireland by Steven Falk and The Bees of the British Isles by George Else and Mike Edwards.

Solitary Bees: Identification and Ecology FM

Mon 20 Jul - Sun 26 Jul

Tutor: Ian Cheeseborough

Ian Cheeseborough Ian Cheeseborough is self-employed in the field of habitat management and entomological surveys, mainly in Shropshire. He has been studying aculeate hymenoptera – bees, wasps and ants – for the past seventeen years and is Shropshire County Recorder for this group of insects.

Fri 12 Jun - Mon 15 Jun

Tutor: Ian Cheeseborough

£400

Open to all

This course will introduce participants to the identification and ecology of solitary bees. Introduction to the identification of genera and species will be through a combination of presentations, field visits and microscopy using keys and prepared specimens. Suitable for those who have some previous experience of bee ID or who have attended an introductory workshop. By the end of the course participants will be more confident in identifying the more commonly encountered genera and species. Bursaries are available for this course, generously organised by the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service. Please contact FSC Flatford Mill for details.

Soil Invertebrates

Identification of Solitary Bees PM

£675

Intermediate

This course will introduce participants to the identification and ecology of solitary bees including nesting and foraging requirements, hosts and associated aculeate nest parasites. Introduction to the genera and species will be through a combination of presentations, field visits and microscope workshops using keys and prepared specimens. Field visits will enable you to put into practice what knowledge you have gained over the weekend and enable more appreciation of these fabulous insects and their needs. *MMU

Learn to Love Earthworms LDN

Sat 18 Apr

Tutor: Keiron Brown

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

If you’re interested in earthworms, then this day is for you! It’s a day for people who are fascinated by earthworms but don’t know where to start with them. It’s a very gentle introduction to the world of earthworms and the art (and science!) of telling one kind from another. Based in Bushy Park. Dendrodrilus rubidus – Bob Kemp

Learn to Love Pollinators LDN

Sat 27 Jun

Tutor: Martin Harvey

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

If you’re interested in pollinators, then this day is for you! It’s a day for people who are fascinated by pollinators but don’t know where to start with them. It’s a very gentle introduction to the world of pollinators and the art (and science!) of telling one kind from another. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Guide to Insects of the British Isles. Based in Bushy Park.

Identifying Solitary Bees BW Sat 27 Jun Non-residential £50 Open to all Tutor: Ian Cheeseborough

This short course is for anyone who would like to learn about the identification and ecology of these solitary insects. Time will be spent in the field observing and discussing the requirements of a variety of genera found around the centre grounds. There will also be an opportunity to study and identify prepared specimens to species using a variety of entomological keys.

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Spiders Learn to Love Spiders Sat 16 May

EF

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

If you’re interested in spiders, then this day is for you! It’s a day for people who are fascinated by spiders but don’t know where to start with them. It’s a very gentle introduction to the world of spiders and the art (and science!) of telling one kind from another. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: A Guide to House and Garden Spiders.

Animals

Tutor: Lawrence Bee

Spider Identification DF

Sat 23 May - Wed 27 May

£400

Open to all

Tutor: Lawrence Bee Based at the stunning location of Dale Fort, this course will focus on field identification of spiders of woodland, grassland and coasts. There will be follow up sessions in the lab, allowing spiders to be identified more fully. It is suitable for beginners as well as improvers. The tutor is the co-author of the recently published WILD Guide Britain’s Spiders.

Field ID of Spiders AM Sat 20 Jun Non-residential £45 Open to all Tutor: Lawrence Bee

This course provides an opportunity to learn about Britain’s spiders with an emphasis on the field identification of families and genera. Following an introductory session indoors, the range of habitats at Amersham will be sampled for spiders and other arachnids and various collecting techniques will be demonstrated. Course includes FSC Aidgap guide Keys to families of British Spiders.

Identifying Spiders to Species Level Tutor: Matt Prince Roman Snail - Keiron Derek Brown

Identifying and Recording Land Snails JH

Fri 15 May - Sun 17 May

Tutor: June Chatfield

£250

Open to all

Based in the classic snail country of the North Downs the weekend includes searching for land snails in their appropriate habitats with follow-up identification at the centre. There is an excellent key to snails produced by FSC. Unlike some invertebrate groups there is a limited number of species making it an accessible group to learn but, at the same time, the species are sensitive to conditions of habitat so are useful environmental indicators, both for conservation and archaeology. Come and enjoy a weekend looking at snails.

Learn how to find, accurately identify and record spiders with arachnologist Matt Prince, Devon’s spider recorder. The course will provide an introduction to spiders, a field trip to cover basic collecting and field identification, and then guide you through the process of identifying them to species level using a microscope and the diverse resources available both in literature and on the web.

Plants

SL Fri 07 Aug - Sun 09 Aug £325 Open to All

Jumping Spider, Sitticus floricola - Stephen Barlow

Soil Mesofauna PM

Fri 15 May - Mon 18 May

£460

Intermediate

Habitats and Conser vation

Tutor: Matthew Shepherd, Peter Shaw and Felicity Crotty

This course, unique in the UK, has developed a reputation for excellence over the last few years. It introduces the fascinating and complex world of soil biodiversity and identification of soil mesofauna, in particular the identification of springtails and soil mites. The course is led by leading UK experts in these groups.

Slug Identification BW

Sat 19 Sep

Tutor: Chris du Feu

Non-residential

£50

Beginner

Love them or hate them, pestilential or benign, slugs undoubtedly are very interesting. This course introduces you to the 45 British species – their ecology and identification - encourages you to contribute to national recording schemes. Eye and hand lens, with no dissection involved, will enable most individuals to be identified.

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Other Invertebrates

Practical Microscopy: Go It Alone Weekend: Freshwater Biology

Dipterists Forum Workshop

Tutor: Self Led

PM

Fri 14 Feb - Sun 16 Feb

£295

Tutor: Peter Chandler and Stuart Ball

Open to all

This advanced workshop tackles two Diptera groups, Anthomyiidae (flower flies) and some of the larger Brachycera (soldierflies and allies). The larger Brachycera include many charismatic species popular with recorders but not all are easy to identify, and these tricky species, for example among horseflies, robber-flies and stiletto-flies, are the focus of the workshop. Anthomyiidae (flower flies) is a family of about 240 species of flies whose larvae are mainly leaf-miners. They include common species but are often ignored owing to a reputation for being difficult to identify. New keys and excellent illustrations now make them more straightforward to identify. Previous experience of Diptera identification would be an advantage for this workshop. Handouts covering both families will be provided.

Identifying Hoverflies PM

Fri 14 Feb - Mon 17 Feb

Tutor: Stuart Ball and Roger Morris

£400

Intermediate

This course is aimed at the novice hoverfly recorder and will take participants through all aspects of hoverfly identification using a mixture of set material, field collection and powerpoint presentations. The course has been successfully run for a number of Wildlife Trusts and Natural History Societies, and is designed to make sure that participants depart with a comprehensive understanding of hoverfly taxonomy and biology.

Looking at Terrestrial Invertebrates with Microscopes LDN

Sat 14 Mar

Tutor: Keiron Brown

Non-residential

£40

FM

Fri 10 Apr - Mon 13 Apr

£150

Open to all

Enjoy a microscopists weekend at Flatford. An opportunity to share, swap or learn new techniques with fellow enthusiasts, do your own thing and use the excellent facilities of the centre to investigate the microscopic freshwater life of the River Stour and other local aquatic habitats.

Surveying Terrestrial Invertebrates for Biological Recording PM

Fri 01 May - Mon 04 May

Tutor: Peter Boardman

£400

Intermediate

This course is designed for countryside professionals or amateur naturalists interested in the surveying and recording of the invertebrates of terrestrial habitats. Field excursions will include a range of collecting and surveying techniques and workshop sessions will help improve your identification skills. *MMU

Identifying Dragonflies and Damselflies FM

Fri 05 Jun - Sun 07 Jun

Tutor: Steve Cham

£270

Open to all

This course is designed for countryside professionals, amateur naturalists and university students. It introduces the identification, life history, behaviour and conservation of these beautiful and fascinating insects, covering all the British breeding species and vagrants too. Adults and nymphs may be netted for examination then released unharmed. *MMU

Learn to Love Beetles Beginner

An absolute beginner’s overview of identifying which group an invertebrate belongs to using microscopes and a simple identification key. Based in Bushy Park.

LDN

Sat 13 Jun

Tutor: Katy Potts

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

If you’re interested in beetles, then this day is for you! It’s a day for people who are fascinated by beetles but don’t know where to start with them. It’s a very gentle introduction to the world of beetles and the art of telling one type of beetle from another. Based in Beckenham Place Park.

BioLinks FSC BioLinks is an exciting project for FSC which brings together existing volunteers with skills in biological recording and identification, and new volunteers. The aim is to unite them in a community with a shared vision and sense of purpose by providing training and learning opportunities. This in turn will increase the quality of invertebrate species data being submitted to our national biodiversity datasets and develop individuals as more highly skilled biodiversity volunteers. The project is focusing on identification of: beetles, arachnids, slugs and snails, true flies, true bugs, bees, ants and wasps, soil invertebrates and freshwater invertebrates. We are delighted to have been awarded a National Lottery grant of £1.23 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for this project. Work began in 2018.

www.fscbiodiversity.uk

Fly course at Bishops Wood - Charlie Bell

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Common Sexton Beetle with Mites - Stephen Barlow

Animals

Practical Microscopy: Go it Alone Weekend: Slide Making

Discovering Beetles

FM

Tutor: Katy Potts

Fri 03 Jul - Sun 05 Jul

Tutor: Self Led

£150

Open to all

Microscopy weekend at Flatford. This will be an opportunity to practice or improve your skills in making prepared microscope slides, both dry and medium based. The weekend will be supported by Dennis Fullwood, a skilled microscopist with extensive experience of slide renovation at the Natural History Museum. Materials and specimens will be provided.

FM

Sat 11 Jul

Tutor: John Biglin

Non-residential

£50

Open to all

As a group the grasshoppers and bushcrickets are manageable for someone with an interest in natural history to get to know in a day. There will be a mix of presentations, fieldwork and identification using various guides. There are only a few species, many of which are quite common and can be found in most habitats.You will learn how to distinguish between bushcrickets and grasshoppers and find out about their lifecycles and ecology.You will get to identify grasshoppers and bushcrickets collected in the field and gain a good understanding of what makes them jump. Bursaries are available for this course, generously organised by the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service. Please contact FSC Flatford Mill for details.

Identification of Dragonflies and Damselflies PM

Fri 10 Jul - Sun 12 Jul

Tutor: Sue Rees-Evans

£300

Open to all

Identifying Leafhoppers PM

Fri 17 Jul - Sun 19 Jul

Tutor: Alan Stewart

£300

Intermediate

Leafhoppers, planthoppers and froghoppers are abundant insects in a wide range of habitats and are increasingly used in site quality assessment and monitoring. Over 400 species have been recorded in Britain. This weekend course will be aimed mainly at newcomers to this group of insects, although anyone with more experience is also welcome. Field visits will be made to local sites to collect specimens for species-level identification back in the laboratory. The course will also cover the natural history of this diverse and fascinating group of insects, as well as field collection techniques, the preservation of specimens and general recording methods.

*MMU Accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University. See page 40.

£280

Open to all

This course will cover practical aspects of finding, identifying and recording beetles. The weekend will include an introduction to this group of insects, focusing on their ecologies and life histories and will begin to look at the various families common to the UK. We will do this by looking at specimens of the different families with microscopes. A small synoptic teaching collection of beetle families for identification purposes will be provided and also non-British collection so that people can see some of the diversity of beetles worldwide. There is the option to go out into the field to collect some beetles and learn about collecting methods with time to key out specimens using the British family key. An optional session on mounting techniques is possible for those who would like to learn or to continue looking at the specimens with the keys.

Identifying Difficult Invertebrates PM

Fri 17 Jul - Mon 20 Jul

Tutor: Martin Harvey

£510

Advanced

This course is designed to help students develop higher-level skills in sampling and identifying terrestrial insects for surveys. There will be a blend of field and laboratory sessions with an emphasis on obtaining accurate species identifications. *MMU

Identifying and Recording Beetles JH

Fri 24 Jul - Sun 26 Jul

Tutor: Steve Bolchover

£250

Open to all

This exciting course at Juniper Hall will cover practical aspects of finding, identifying and recording beetles. The main focus of the course is on the diversity of beetles and their adaptations to their environment. Guidance on field and laboratory equipment and the treatment of specimens will be given, and on the literature, internet and other resources helpful in identification. The course is not aimed at experts but those people who would like to learn about beetles and to learn skills in fieldwork techniques, curation and identification of specimens.

Identifying Dragonflies BW

Sat 25 Jul

Non-residential

Tutor: Sue Rees-Evans

£50

Open to all

Dragonfly enthusiasts of all levels of ability are welcome to come along and learn more about these stunning insects. The day will start with a classroom workshop introducing this group of insects and focusing on their identification. We will then head to the pools and hopefully introduce you close-up to a good number of the local species. Weather permitting there will be ample chance to allow you to put your identification skills into practice and to observe and understand the visual spectacle of these fascinating insects on the wing.

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Habitats and Conser vation

We aim to introduce you close-up to many of the Shropshire species of dragonfly and damselfly so that you will leave confident in your abilities to identify them and make species records. A mixture of classroom sessions and field visits will allow you to put your skills into practice, and to observe and understand the visual spectacle of these fascinating insects on the wing.

Fri 17 Jul - Sun 19 Jul

Plants

Grasshoppers and Bushcrickets

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Common frog - Maggie Kanska

Field ID of Dragonflies and Damselflies AM

Sat 25 Jul

Tutor: Steve Brooks

Non-residential

£45

Beginner

Dragonflies (Odonata) are large, spectacular insects with fascinating life styles. Over 50 species are known from Britain and Ireland. On this course we will focus on how to identify the species you are most likely to come across when you visit wetland habitats across Britain. There will be classroom lectures and practicals, and field work sessions in which you will be shown the basic skills and field craft necessary to identify these insects in life. There will also be an opportunity to identify dragonfly photos you have taken. For the field work session please bring suitable outdoor clothing and close-focussing binoculars if you have them. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Guide to Dragonflies and Damselfies.

Finding and Identifying Beetles and Other Invertebrates MA

Fri 07 Aug - Sun 09 Aug

Tutor: Steve Bolchover

£289

Open to all

This course will cover practical aspects of finding, identifying and recording beetles and other invertebrates. The main focus will be on beetles, but a number of other invertebrate groups will also be dealt with, though in less detail. Guidance on field and laboratory equipment and the treatment of specimens will be given, along with literature, websites and other resources helpful in identification.

Site Assessment Using Invertebrates PM

Fri 28 Aug - Mon 31 Aug

Tutor: Peter Boardman

£510

Advanced

Through a mixture of fieldwork, classroom and laboratory sessions this course will provide experience of planning and carrying out an invertebrate survey, combining this with existing data and interpreting the results, and how this can be applied to assess sites from different perspectives. *MMU

Discovering Diptera: Flies Under the Microscope

Reptiles and Amphibians Frogs, Newts and Toads: British Amphibians EF

Sat 21 Mar

Non-residential

Tutor: James Bromhead

£35 Beginner

Learn about frogs, newts and toads, our native British amphibians.We will explore the local ponds to find amphibians, then identify them and learn about their ecology.You will learn about the habitats they live in and how we can protect them. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Ireland.

Great Crested Newts with Froglife EF Thu 23 Apr Non-residential £50 Intermediate Tutor: Laurence Jarvis

An introduction to identification, surveying and conservation of great crested newts.The day will consist of a combination of outside and indoor workshop sessions aimed at improving participants’ knowledge and understanding of this species.The course will be a useful foundation for those wishing to carry out surveys and eventually acquire a great crested newt licence. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Britain and Ireland.

Working Towards a Great Crested Newt Licence PM

Tue 12 May - Thu 14 May

Tutor: Jim Fairclough

£350

Intermediate

The course provides a balance of classroom and field-based sessions for those interested in acquiring a great crested newt licence. Coursework covers: species identification, the legislative framework and the ecology of great crested newts. Practical sessions will give participants hands-on experience of the relevant survey methods and practice in habitat assessment.

EF Sat 28 Nov Non-residential £50 Intermediate Tutor: Martin Harvey

This day course will provide an introduction to the Diptera, getting familiar with some of the major families and with a focus on some of the larger and more colourful species in the hoverfly, soldierfly, robberfly and related families.

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*MMU Accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University. See page 40.


Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust

Reptile Survey Techniques JH Sat 02 May Non-residential £60 Intermediate Tutor: Rob Ward

This one-day course will cover reptile identification and ecology, an introduction to legislation, survey methods and survey planning. It will give participants a good understanding of the principles behind reptile surveying and will include a site visit to demonstrate best practice.Weather permitting, reptiles may be encountered during the course.

PM

Great Crested Newts and Licensing for Surveys HO

Wed 01 Apr Non-residential £90

Tutor: David Orchard

Beginner

This course has been designed for ecologists, rangers or land managers who are looking to undertake professional great crested newt surveys. It will cover species identification and ecology, survey techniques, the Habitat Suitability Index (HIS) and include opportunities to practice netting, bottle trapping, torch and egg searching. Please note this course is not based at an FSC Centre but will be held at Rixton Claypits Local Nature Reserve, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6EB.

Working with Natterjacks HO

Thu 16 Apr Non-residential £90

Tutor: Yvette Martin and Ruth Popely

Beginner

This course is specifically aimed at Environmental Consultants, Planners and FEP agents (working with DEFRA’s Environmental Stewardship scheme) but everyone with an interest in natterjack toads is welcome to attend. Please note this course is not based at an FSC Centre but will be held at Millom Network Centre, Salthouse Road, Millom, Cumbria LA18 5AB.

Non-residential

£60

Open To All

This course focuses on the identification and ecology of British newts, but also looks at frogs and toads.We will make good use of the ponds and other habitats on the FSC Bishops Wood campus to practice identification and survey techniques, carrying out both aquatic and terrestrial surveys.

£60

Open to all

Reptiles and Amphibians PM Fri 22 May - Mon 25 May £400 Intermediate Tutor: John Wilkinson

This course covers identification and ecology of all (native and introduced) reptile and amphibian species, as well as survey techniques. The course starts Friday evening with an introductory talk and survey on campus. We will also visit local amphibian and reptile sites over the weekend to practise identification and surveying, and to discuss habitat requirements. The programme has to be weather dependent and reptile sightings cannot be guaranteed. We will be visiting ponds at night to count amphibians, so a good torch is essential. *MMU.

Great Crested Newts, Licensing and Mitigation Tue 01 Dec - Thu 03 Dec

£485

Tutor: Jim Fairclough and David Orchard

Intermediate

This course has been designed for those ecologists with knowledge and experience of great crested newt survey techniques and limited experience of licensing and mitigation projects. It will include case-study, syndicate exercises, site visits and demonstration techniques to help participants understand license application and mitigation projects. There are many different approaches to mitigation licensing, and the course will explore all the options available, including application of reasonable avoidance measures, licensing policies, low impact class licensing and district licensing.

Plants

Sat 02 May

Tutor: John Wilkinson

Non-residential

This course introduces all the species of reptiles and amphibians found in Britain, and how to find and identify them. We will hunt for animals on campus and at nearby sites to practise identification and surveying. The programme has to be weather dependent and reptile sightings cannot be guaranteed.

PM

Newts and Other Amphibians BW

Sat 09 May

Tutor: John Wilkinson

Animals

Introduction to Reptiles and Amphibians

Habitats and Conser vation

Common Lizard - Stephen Barlow

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Plants This section introduces the courses offered on the plant kingdom throughout the FSC. However, as you will see from the list of course titles, this phrase is interpreted fairly liberally and includes groups such as lichens, mosses and fungi, as well as the flowering plants. Most courses involve a strong emphasis on identification skills, starting with general principles and moving on to more detailed identification using appropriate guides and specialised ‘keys’. From the experience of the plants you discover during our courses, you should leave confident that you can recognise and name unfamiliar plants in future. The process and skills of identification are at the heart of our teaching, not least because they are the basis for all further investigations into the world of plants. We are pleased to offer a range of one-day courses in partnership with the British Lichen Society (BLS), who encourage all aspects of the study and conservation of lichens.

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Beginner Introductory courses for those new or relatively new to the subject. Open to all Courses where tutors are able to support learners at all levels. Intermediate Courses aimed at those who want to know more about a subject which they are already familiar with. Advanced Courses for those wishing to hone their skills, which require some prior knowledge or skills in the subject area (though not necessarily the detailed subject matter).

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Centres AM Amersham, The Chilterns BW Bishops Wood, Worcestershire BL Blencathra, The Lake District DF Dale Fort, Pembrokeshire Coast EF Epping Forest, Essex FM Flat ford Mill, Suf folk ‘Constable Country’ JH Juniper Hall, Surrey LDN London MT Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales MA Margam, South Wales MIL Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland NC Nettlecombe Court, Somerset OR Orielton, Pembrokeshire Coast PM Preston Mont ford, Shropshire Hills RC Rhyd-y-creuau, Snowdonia SL Slapton Ley, South Devon *MMU Accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University. See page 40.


Flowering Plants

LDN

Urban Wild Plants LDN

Sat 02 May

Non-resident

Tutor: Mark Spencer

£50

Beginner

Non-residential

£50

Tutor: Mark Duffell

A course visiting a fantastic woodland site, with a rich and diverse ground flora full of ancient woodland indicator species (AWIs). Previous courses have seen over 20 AWIs (including Town Hall Clock and Herb Paris) as well as many other interesting plants. Identifications will be made in comparison with similar or related species and emphasis will be placed on the key characters that are required to distinguish these species. How to assess Ancient Woodland status will be discussed during the day, along with the ecology and historical uses of many of these plants. As the site is generally level the only requirements for this course are an enthusiasm for plants and moderate walking ability.

Botany Beginnings: ‘Light’ Wildflowers Fri 15 May

Non-residential

Tutor: Laurie Wildwood

£40

Open to all

Wildflowers and Ferns of Limestone Woodland Non-residential

£50

Beginner

One of four sessions, each of which will focus on 3-5 common wild plant families.You will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field. The other sessions take place on 13 Jun: Pea, Grass, Rush and Sedge, 04 Jul: Mint, Figwort and Borage and 01 Aug: Daisy, Goosefoot, Dock and Willow. Attendance of all four sessions is not required. Based in The Regent’s Park.

£50

Tutor: Fiona Gomersall This course will enable you to identify a large number of flowers found on limestone, many of which are unique to this part of the county and include seven members of the Orchidaceae.You will spend most of the day in two nature reserves, Dolgoch and Blackbridge quarries with their limestone cliffs and relics of past quarrying. Flowers, ferns and mosses now cover the old spoil heaps and quarry floors. Flowers - Jessica Horne

RC

Fri 22 May - Sun 24 May

Tutor: Matt Parratt

£350

Open to all

A fascinating introduction to the ecology of some of Britain’s rarest and most ancient plant communities. Arctic alpines now survive in just a few shady upland refuges such as the spectacular mountains of Snowdonia. Suitable for beginners or experienced botanists. Involves off-path mountain walking (up to 1,000m with steep ascents and descents). Participants will need a head for heights for some sections of the routes walked - arctic alpine species do not grow in places that are easy to reach!

Discovering the Flora of Chalk Grasslands and Woodlands JH

Fri 22 May - Sun 24 May

Tutor: David Streeter

£250

Open to all

Suitable for both beginners and more advanced botanists, this course provides an opportunity to study the exceptionally rich downland flora of Box Hill. This will enable us to become familiar with the identification and natural history of a wide range of chalk plants, including less familiar groups and some of the rarer species that are a speciality of the area.

Woodland Plants SL

Fri 22 May - Mon 25 May

£415

Intermediate

Tutor: Sally Peacock Woodlands in May are at their most attractive, with trees in fresh leaf, carpets of spring flowers, freshly unfurled ferns, and most plants looking their very best. Being in a range of woodlands will provide you with a wonderful opportunity to learn about woodland species from many plant groups, including trees, ferns and woodland grasses, in beautiful locations.

Wild Flower Identification: The Top 20 Flower Families FM

Fri 22 May - Mon 25 May

Tutor: Alanna Cooper

£415

Open to all

DF Mon 25 May - Thu 28 May £380 Intermediate Tutor: John Archer-Thomson

Designed to help the beginner, this course will give participants practical experience in the identification of saltmarsh and sand dune plants. There will be time to carry out vegetation surveys and consider the process of ecological succession. This is an accredited course suitable for professionals or interested amateurs. *MMU

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This course is for anyone with a recent or renewed interest in wild flowers, who would like to learn how to identify them correctly. By close examination and gaining an understanding of the floral structure of the major flower families that make up over three quarters of our British flora, you will gain huge strides forward in your confidence and competence as a budding field botanist. Bursaries are available for this course, generously organised by the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service. Please contact FSC Flatford Mill for details.

Identifying Coastal Plants

*MMU Accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University. See page 40.

Plants

Ideal for those who would like to learn more about wildflowers but do not wish to get too involved with keys, detailed terminology or hand lenses. We will move at a steady pace, using simple books, and spend a relaxing day discovering the specialist flowers of the limestone dales as well as common species that can be found around your home.

PM Sat 16 May Intermediate

Non-residential

Mountain Plants of North Wales

Woodland Plant Identification

MT

Sat 16 May

Tutor: Mark Spencer

Animals

Wild plants in urban areas are often very different to their counterparts in the countryside.You will be introduced to non-natives of the London area that you are less likely to experience elsewhere in the UK.You will be introduced to some basic identification skills and keys. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Non Native Invasive Plants of Britain and Ireland. Based in The Regent’s Park.

PM Wed 13 May Intermediate

Common British and Irish Plant Families 1: Cabbage, Carrot, Lily and Rose

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Using a Flora PM

Thu 28 May - Mon 01 Jun

Tutor: Mark Duffell

£445

Intermediate

This course is for anyone who wants to be able to name wild flowers correctly but knows how difficult this can be. It’s a buttercup, but which buttercup? A cranesbill, but which cranesbill? The answers can be found in the flora, generally used in conjunction with an illustrated field guide. By using simple techniques and field guides we aim to identify a wide range of plant families and species, without being put off by the terminology found within Floras. *MMU

Introduction to Wild Flowers LDN

Sat 06 Jun

Tutor: Pippa Hyde

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

An informal guide to flowering plants and their identification. During the day you will see a variety of species in our flower-rich meadows and on the grazed acid grassland learning how to identify wildflowers and be aware of where to find further information. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Grassland Plants 1. Based in Bushy Park.

Wild Orchids of South East England 1 JH

Sat 06 Jun

Tutor: Simon Harrap

Non-residential

£60

Open to all

This course will cover the identification, ecology and distribution of orchids as well as the astonishing pollination mechanisms which have evolved. The field excursions will provide plenty of opportunities for photography. No previous knowledge is necessary; this is a course for anyone interested in wild orchids. By combining this course with the later orchid course at FSC Juniper Hall you will see almost half of all British orchid species. Book both course 1 and 2 and pay a discounted total of £100. Due to the location of orchid habitats this course requires a reasonable level of fitness involving a good deal of walking in some difficult terrain.

Wild Orchids of South East England 2 JH Sun 07 Jun Non-residential £60 Open to all Tutor: Simon Harrap

This course will cover the identification, ecology and distribution of orchids as well as the astonishing pollination mechanisms which have evolved. The field excursions will provide plenty of opportunities for photography. No previous knowledge is necessary; this is a course for anyone interested in wild orchids. By combining this course with the earlier orchid course at FSC Juniper Hall you will see almost half of all British orchid species. Book both course 1 and 2 and pay a discounted total of £100. Due to the location of orchid habitats this course requires a reasonable level of fitness involving a good deal of walking in some difficult terrain.

Top Ten Flowering Families PM Tue 09 Jun Non-residential £50 Open to all Tutor: John Handley

Finding out which of the top 10 plant families your flower belongs to is an important first step in plant identification. Field botany can be fun and rewarding adding interest to countryside visits and often leads to further understanding of our important wildlife sites. Getting to grips with plant families helps anyone starting out to name that plant.

Top Ten Flowering Families BW Wed 10 Jun Non-residential £50 Open to all Tutor: John Handley

Finding out which of the top 10 plant families your flower belongs to is an important first step in plant identification. Field botany can be fun and rewarding adding interest to countryside visits and often leads to further understanding of our important wildlife sites. Getting to grips with plant families helps anyone starting out to name that plant. This course is classroom based to help you understand the layout in flower guides and inspire confidence in field identification. The course builds from the basics starting with understanding plant families and how each plant is classified by taxonomists into the relevant grouping which helps the beginner to recognise how plants are placed in families and by the end of the day all should be able to recognise the common species in 10 of the most popular plant families.

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Oxeye Daisy – Charlie Bell

Identifying Woodland Plants PM

Fri 12 Jun - Mon 15 Jun

Tutor: Sally Peacock

£400

Intermediate

This course is for those wishing to develop skills in woodland plant identification. We will be exploring not only trees, shrubs and the more colourful woodland herbs, but also traditionally difficult groups such as woodland grasses, sedges and ferns, as well as providing an introduction to mosses and liverworts. We will visit a range of different woodlands to ensure that we see a wide range of species. Please note that the paths in some of the woods are steep. *MMU

Common British and Irish Plant Families 2: Pea, Grass, Rush and Sedge LDN

Sat 13 Jun

Tutor: Mark Spencer

Non-residential

350

Beginner

One of four sessions, each of which will focus on 3-5 common wild plant families.You will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field. The other sessions take place on 16 May: Cabbage, Carrot, Lily and Rose, 04 Jul: Mint, Figwort and Borage and 01 Aug: Daisy, Goosefoot, Dock and Willow. Attendance of all four sessions is not required. Based in The Regent’s Park.

Wild Flowers of Chalk Grasslands AM Sat 13 Jun Non-residential £42 Open to all Tutor: Brenda Harold

Chalk grassland is a very attractive and species-rich plant community and we are lucky to have fine examples in the Chilterns. This course will introduce the characteristic species and give training in the identification of grassland species in general.

Discovering Flowers Plants and Ferns of Cumbria BL

Fri 26 Jun - Mon 29 Jun

Tutor: Theo Loizou

£270

Open to all

Blencathra is a superb location to discover a wide range of flowering plants and ferns that inhabit the diverse environments situated within the beautiful county of Cumbria. During the course you will encounter a wide range of habitats and will have the opportunity to identify a range of flowering plants, both common and rare, that characterize this unique area. *MMU Accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University. See page 40.


Limestone Flora MT

Simply Wild Flowers

Fri 26 Jun - Mon 29 Jun

Tutor: Ian Powell

£350

Intermediate

A weekend for building botanical skills with the specialist flora of limestone habitats amid the magnificent scenery of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Excursions will cover grasslands, flushes, woodlands and limestone pavement to identify a wide range of species in the field, making sure we don’t miss the ferns, grasses, sedges and the views.

LDN

Sat 04 Jul

Non-residential

Tutor: Mark Spencer

£50

Beginner

One of four sessions, each of which will focus on 3-5 common wild plant families.You will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field. The other sessions take place on 16 May: Cabbage, Carrot, Lily and Rose, 13 Jun: Pea, Grass, Rush and Sedge and 01 Aug: Daisy, Goosefoot, Dock and Willow. Attendance of all four sessions is not required. Based in The Regent’s Park.

Umbellifers for a Day - Understanding the Apiaceae BW

Tue 07 Jul

Tutor: John Handley

Non-residential

£50

Open to all

This statuesque family deserves our attention and respect for many reasons, as an important food plant, for us, and for a wealth of species. They ornament our hedgerows with a sequence of colours from the start of the growing season. Some can cause injury and even death, making it a wise thing to be able to distinguish between species that at a glance can appear similar. This course will focus on the key differences between the members of this family, helping elucidate the guide books and enable the amateur to become proficient at determining what member of the Apiaceae they are looking at.

MT

Fri 10 Jul - Mon 13 Jul

Tutor: Judith Allinson

£350

Open to all

The beautiful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales is a result of the geology, history, climate and current land use. We shall go for visits and walks in the Dales with their valleys and villages, and look at the flowers we find en route, finding out how the rock type affects the vegetation. We will also explore other aspects of natural history - from birds to lichens and ferns and these elements will be tailored to the interests of the group.

£415

Open to all

If your interest in wild flowers is new or recently renewed, this course will help you gain confidence in identifying them with confidence.We will look at species in detail and see how they fit into families with similar features.We will also learn how to approach identification one step at a time, using keys.

Wildflowers for Beginners JH

Fri 24 Jul - Sun 26 Jul

Tutor: Chris Ford

£250

Beginner

An introduction to the beautiful world of wildflowers. The course uses the rich and varied habitats of Box Hill and the Surrey Hills to open your eyes to the fantastic variety of plant life out there. We will learn how to identify some of the more common families of plants and how to use this knowledge to navigate plant keys. We will also look beyond just identifying the flower to learn a bit more about how they live. This is a course for beginners so no prior knowledge is necessary, just an enthusiasm to get out and have a go.

Coastal Plants SL

Fri 24 Jul - Mon 27 Jul

Tutor: Jeremy Ison

£325

Open to all

Slapton is an ideal location for the study of coastal plants. Famous for the unique shingle beach of Slapton Sands and for the freshwater lake of Slapton Ley, it is also in easy reach of the cliffs of Start Point and the sand dunes and salt marshes of the Avon Estuary.

Using a Flora SL

Fri 24 Jul - Tue 28 Jul

Tutor: Ros Bennett

£545

Intermediate

The course will be particularly useful to countryside professionals and is intended for those with some knowledge of botanical terminology; it is designed for anyone who would like to increase their confidence in working with a flora as a means of identifying and getting to know more about our wonderful yet dwindling heritage of wild flowers. At Slapton we will find no shortage of material to work with. Participants will have the chance to become familiar with the key characters (and how to study them) of many families and genera. Familiarity with using a flora certainly turns a somewhat daunting prospect into an irresistible pastime. *MMU

Plants

Yorkshire Dales Summertime Flowers, Scenery and Natural History

Fri 17 Jul - Mon 20 Jul

Tutor: Sally Peacock

Animals

Common British and Irish Plant Families 3: Mint, Figwort and Borage

SL

Oyster Plant - Robin Sutton

Introduction to the Umbellifers PM

Fri 17 Jul

Non-residential

Tutor: John Handley

£50

Open to all

A Botanical Odyssey - 300 Species in 3 Days? RC

Wed 15 Jul – Sat 18 Jul

Tutor: Chris Metherell

£350

Open to all

The best way to learn about plants is to see lots of them. This course presents a comprehensive tour through both the world of plants and the world of North Wales. We aim to see 300 wild plants in three days. We can’t promise that every one will be in flower but you will learn how to recognise them and hear about their ecology and even their folklore. Or just enjoy the flowers themselves. Each day we will be walking around 5 or 6 miles, on rough but not steep ground.

FSC is proud to support an alternative way of learning through the online botany course Identiplant in conjunction with BSBI. This is a distance learning course which gives participants first-hand experience along with expert written materials, enabling them to develop their understanding of plant families of the British Isles.

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Habitats and Conser vation

This statuesque family deserves our attention and respect for many reasons, as an important food plant, for us, and for a wealth of species. They ornament our hedgerows with a sequence of colours from the start of the growing season. Some can cause injury and even death, making it a wise thing to be able to distinguish between species that at a glance can appear similar. This course will focus on the key differences between the members of this family, helping elucidate the guide books and enable the amateur to become proficient at determining what member of the Apiaceae they are looking at.

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Identifying Difficult Plants FM

Fri 07 Aug - Mon 10 Aug

Tutor: Ros Bennett

£395

Open to all

Are you a botanist who still shies away from the dandelion look-alikes? Have you tried and failed to sort out the willows or the docks for instance? Do you find yourself saying “I don’t do sedges . . . or ferns . . . or goosefoots?” This course does not expect to turn you into an expert in any of these plants groups, but to demystify where possible and to get you started. By the end of the course you should be inspired with confidence and enthusiasm to tackle ‘new’ and attractive plants and so discover yet more of our amazingly beautiful, intriguing and surprisingly diverse flora.

Vegetative Plant Identification MA

Fri 28 Aug - Sun 30 Aug

Tutor: Mark Duffell

£289

Intermediate

In many books and courses the focus of plant identification is flowers. This course aims to help improve identification of plants vegetatively using a variety of field techniques and the Vegetative Key to the British Flora by John Poland. Looking at several families of plants across a variety of habitats, the participants will focus on the key structures and features which allow accurate identification of plants no matter what time of year.

Trees Identifying Broadleaf Trees in Winter PM

Wed 15 Jan

Non-residential

Tutor: Mark Duffell

Dandelions, Daisies and Thistles Identifying Asteraceae SL

Tue 28 Jul - Fri 31 Jul

Tutor: Ros Bennett

£415

Intermediate

The course will be essentially a practical one with ample time provided, under guidance, for the study of floral design under the low power microscope: a useful experience which undoubtedly aids future field identification. By August many of our finest native plants have finished flowering, with the notable exception of glorious shows of thistles, ragworts, dandelions and mayweeds – a great time therefore to concentrate on the Asteraceae or the Compositae as we used to call them.

Common British and Irish Plant Families 4: Daisy, Goosefoot, Dock and Willow LDN

Sat 01 Aug

Tutor: Mark Spencer

Non-residential

£50

Beginner

One of four sessions, each of which will focus on 3-5 common wild plant families.You will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field. The other sessions take place on 16 May: Cabbage, Carrot, Lily and Rose, 13 Jun: Pea, Grass, Rush and Sedge and 04 Jul: Mint, Figwort and Borage. Attendance of all four sessions is not required. Based at The Regent’s Park.

Identifying Flowers: Using Keys with Confidence FM

Fri 07 Aug - Mon 10 Aug

Tutor: Alanna Cooper

£415

Open to all

Identifying plants can seem a time consuming and daunting task for those starting out. Different types of botanical keys use different diagnostic features so in the field it is often helpful to have a couple to hand – particularly a key to the flowering parts backed up by a vegetative key. Keys we will use on this course include Stace, Rose, Streeter and Poland. Students will also be introduced to lateral keys for different groups. We will spend time around the centre and also visit local sites to cover as many habitats as possible. This course contributes to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements and a Certificate of Attendance can be provided on request. Bursaries are available for this course, generously organised by the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service. Please contact FSC Flatford Mill for details.

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£50

Open to all

Take the mystery out of winter identification of deciduous trees. By observing the different characters that each species has you will be able to accurately separate a wide range of species (mostly native but including some of the commoner introduced species). Emphasis will be placed on key characters to distinguish each species from similar-looking species such as Sessile and English Oaks, and Downy and Silver Birch.

Identifying Trees Without Leaf EF

Sat 25 Jan

Tutor: Andy Deane

Non-residential

£55

Beginner

Identifying trees in winter can be difficult without distinctive leaves to help! This course will focus on identifying native broad-leaved trees and shrubs using bark, twigs, buds, seeds and fruit.You will also learn something of the lives of these trees and their place in the woodland environment. Course fee includes FSC AIDGAP guide: A guide to the identification of deciduous broad-leaved trees and shrubs in winter.

Introduction to Identifying Deciduous Trees in Winter LDN

Sat 08 Feb

Tutor: Rachel Cassidy

Non-residential

£45

Beginner

Most of us know which tree is which in summer, but how about learning to do it in winter? Without their leaves and flowers, identifying deciduous trees in winter can be very challenging, but once you understand what to look for, it all becomes quite accessible. Course fee includes FSC AIDGAP: A guide to the identification of deciduous broad-leaved trees and shrubs in winter. Based in Bushy Park.

Introduction to Conifers PM Wed 12 Feb Non-residential £50 Open to all Tutor: Mark Duffell

A charismatic group of trees, with aesthetically pleasing foliage and cones, that with a little experience can be placed into recognisable groups e.g. Spruces or Firs.What can seem like an initially challenging group can be broken down and identified to species. By a range of workshops, lectures and field visits, you will build confidence to accurately identify conifers. By the end of the course you should be able to identify in the field and laboratory a range of the major genera of conifers and, have had practice looking for appropriate characters to confirm the species.

*MMU Accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University. See page 40.


Winter Tree Identification RC

Fri 21 Feb - Sun 23 Feb

Tutor: Matt Parratt

Ancient Woodlands of Britain

£290

Open to all

Introducing and focusing on the skills needed to identify trees native to the British Isles in winter, as well as many common non-native species. Over the weekend both the broad-leaves and some conifers will be covered. By the end of the course you will be able to identify the more common trees to species level with confidence!

RC

Fri 28 Feb - Sun 01 Mar

Tutor: Matt Parratt

£290

Open to all

Despite having only three native conifer species, we have a rich flora of exotic species from all over the world which have been introduced for use in forestry and horticulture. This course introduces the skills needed to identify the conifers which are commonly found in forests, parks and gardens in the British Isles.

Trees in Winter AM Sat 29 Feb Non-residential £45 Open to all Tutor: Rachel Cassidy

Most of us know which tree is which in summer, but how about learning to do it in winter? Without their leaves and flowers, identifying deciduous trees in winter can be very challenging, but once you understand what to look for, it all becomes quite accessible. If all the winter trees look the same to you, then come on this course, where we will look closely at features of buds and twigs, using a hand lens, in order to identify the more common species, even when they are winter-bare. We will be working from the FSC’s fold out chart: Tree Identification, a copy of which will be provided, and which is yours to keep (RRP £8.50). This is a practical, hands-on course which is suitable for complete beginners: dress warmly, as we will be working outside for part of the day, no matter what the weather!

LDN Sat 14 Mar Non-residential £40 Beginner Tutor: Rachel Cassidy

There’s more to conifers than Leylandii and Christmas trees! This oneday workshop will introduce you to the commonly-found conifers, and will show you how to work out which is which. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: The Tree Name Trail. Based in Bushy Park.

The course will look at woodland management and how native woods are managed and perpetuated. It will include studies of: shade, the reproduction of trees, soils, coppicing and other management practices as well as tree diseases.This course will be of interest to woodland managers, foresters, contractors, historians, biologist and anyone concerned with the management and conservation of woodlands as well as those with a general interest.This course is run in memory of Professor Oliver Rackham who led the course for many years at FSC Flatford Mill and whose books will be referenced to during the programme.

Introduction to Identifying Deciduous Trees in Summer LDN Sat 02 May Non-residential £40 Beginner Tutor: Rachel Cassidy

Trees form an imposing and ecologically important part of the landscape of the British Isles but they are much more interesting if we know their names! During this course, we will learn how to correctly identify deciduous trees, and will become familiar with the more commonly-found ones. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: The Tree Name Trail. Based in Bushy Park.

Discovering Veteran Trees of Epping Forest EF Sun 03 May Non-residential £40 Beginner Tutor: Sharon Brown

There are well over 50,000 trees within Epping Forest that are classified as veteran trees of considerable age and beauty that support a diverse array of organisms. You will study these amazing trees, measure and age a few and observe some of the creatures associated with them. Caring for these trees is important and we will discuss techniques used in their management. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: The Tree Name Trail.

Trees and Tree Identification in Summer FM Fri 29 May - Sun 31 May £295 Open to all Tutor: Alanna Cooper

Trees and woodlands are some of the most prominent and ecologically important features of our landscape. Recognising different species increases our enjoyment of these organisms immeasurably. This course aims to build up your confidence in identifying trees to individual species level, focussing on identification by becoming familiar with diagnostic features, getting to grips with the terminology of the different shapes of leaves and other botanical features. There are a good number of different species around the centre but we will also visit local sites to identify as many species as possible in the field. This course contributes to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements and a Certificate of Attendance can be provided on request.

FSC Young Darwin Scholarships are awarded each year to support and encourage 16-17 year olds with a real interest in the natural world. We now have 120 Young Darwin Scholars and continue to offer courses and opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills of these young people.

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Plants

Introduction to Identifying Coniferous Trees

Tutor: Gary Battell, Simon Leatherdale and Johnathan Spencer

Animals

Identifying Conifers in the British Isles

FM Sun 05 Apr - Fri 10 Apr £675 Open to all

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View from Boardwalk - Robin Sutton

Tree Identification: Summer

Discovering Veteran Trees

LDN Sat 30 May Non-residential £50 Beginner

LDN

Do you know how to identify trees in London’s parks and gardens? There is a great variety of trees in our Parks and we will focus on the native and broadleaved trees. An introduction to the classification, identification and naming of trees, you will learn how to identify them using practical studies and sharpen your observational skills. Based in The Regent’s Park.

The historic parkland of Greenwich Park, with stunning views across the Thames estuary, is also the setting for an array of veteran trees.We will survey their ecology and importance as a habitat. Other activities will include assessment of veteran trees for their wildlife value, mapping the location of our surveyed trees and collating the gathered data. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: The Tree Name Trail. Based in Geenwich Park.

Tutor: Bettina Metcalfe

Tree Identification RC Sat 30 May - Mon 01 Jun £290 Open to all Tutor: Matt Parratt

Introducing and focusing on the skills needed to identify trees native to the British Isles, as well as many common non-native species. Over the weekend both the broad-leaves and the conifers will be covered. By the end of the course you will be able to identify the more common trees to species level with confidence!

Identifying Trees in Leaf EF Sat 11 Jul Non-residential £40 Beginner Tutor: Andy Deane

Learn how to identify native broad-leaved trees and shrubs in the summer! This course will focus on identifying native broad-leaved trees and shrubs using leaves, bark, fruits, nuts and seeds.You will also learn something of the lives of these trees and their place in the woodland environment. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: The Tree Name Trail.

Identification of Deciduous Trees in Summer AM Sat 11 Jul Non-residential £45 Open to All Tutor: Rachel Cassidy

Trees form an imposing and ecologically important part of the landscape of the British Isles but they are much more interesting if we know their names. During this course we will look at features such as leaves, bark, flowers and fruit which can be used to identify the more common species throughout the summer months. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Tree Name Trail.

Broad-Leaved Trees JH Fri 21 Aug - Sun 23 Aug £268 Intermediate Tutor: Ros Bennett

Late summer is a good time to turn our attention to the broad-leaved trees. Soon they will start to transform our landscapes into a blaze of colour. Now is the time to learn what we can from the foliage and fruits, before we have to rely on twig formation and winter silhouettes to help us identify these important members of our natural heritage. *MMU

Botany Beginnings: Trees and Shrubs MT Sat 05 Sep Non-residential £40 Open to all Tutor: Laurie Wildwood

This course will leave you confident in your ability to identify many of our common tree and shrub species.Together we shall explore the area around Tarn House and learn handy tips on how to identify tree and shrub species. Samples of other common species will be available and tips on winter identification will be given.

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Sat 12 Sep

Tutor: Sharon Brown

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

Tree Identification: Autumn LDN

Sat 26 Sep

Tutor: Bettina Metcalfe

Non-residential

£50

Beginner

Do you know how to identify trees in London’s parks and gardens? There is a great variety of trees in our Parks and we will focus on the introduced and exotic trees and conifers.Your identification skills will improve as we use observations to identify them. Based in The Regent’s Park.

Identification of Conifers PM

Fri 23 Oct - Sun 25 Oct

Tutor: Mark Duffell

£275

Intermediate

A charismatic group of trees, with aesthetically pleasing foliage and cones, that with a little experience can be placed into recognisable groups e.g. Spruces or Firs. What can seem like an initially challenging group can be broken down and identified to species. By a range of workshops, lectures and field visits, you will build confidence to accurately identify conifers. By the end of the course you should be able to identify in the field and laboratory a range of the major genera of conifers and, have had practice looking for appropriate characters to confirm the species.

Trees and Tree Identification: The Challenge of Early Winter FM

Fri 06 Nov - Sun 08 Nov

Tutor: Ros Bennett

£270

Open to all

This course is concerned with identification. Depending on weather conditions, much of Saturday will be spent at the centre, sorting through specimens and getting to grips with the terminology of the features of the bare stems, the winter buds and (in the case of the conifers) needle arrangement and cones.We shall also practise working with different keys to identification. However, regardless of the weather, and especially on Sunday, we shall spend plenty of time exploring the local woods and hedgerows in order to put into practice what we have learned.This course is suitable for beginners and all those who love trees. No previous knowledge will be assumed.The content is also appropriate for anyone wishing to contribute to their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Getting to Know Conifers JH

Fri 13 Nov - Sun 15 Nov

Tutor: Ros Bennett

£272

Intermediate

Autumn and Winter provide a wonderful opportunity to focus our attention on the conifers, most of which are evergreen and still bear cones.The British flora is remarkably poor in diversity of native conifers but many introduced species form a major feature in our landscape.This course includes a visit to Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent which has a fine collection of this magnificent group of trees. *MMU

*MMU Accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University. See page 40.


Grasses and Grass-like Plants BW

Tue 12 May

Tutor: John Handley

Non-residential

£50

Open to all

Grasslands are complex systems whose flora is determined by a range of factors including soil type, drainage, altitude and management. The species of grass present can help tease apart these characteristics and help determine the status: how natural, unimproved and diverse the site, and inform management decisions. However grasses for many people are dishearteningly similar and difficult to tell apart. This course will help lay solid foundations enabling the individual to understand terminology commonly used in guidebooks though it will focus on identifying species in their vegetative state – commonly required for year-round recognition.

Introduction to Grasses PM Wed 13 May Non-residential £50 Open to all Tutor: John Handley Grasslands are complex systems whose flora is determined by a range of factors including soil type, drainage, altitude and management. The species of grass present can help tease apart these characteristics and help determine the status: how natural, unimproved and diverse the site, and inform management decisions. However grasses for many people are dishearteningly similar and difficult to tell apart. This course will help lay solid foundations enabling the individual to understand terminology commonly used in guidebooks though it will focus on identifying species in their vegetative state – commonly required for year-round recognition. Sycamore bud - Robin Sutton

Vegetative Grass Identification Tutor: Hilary Wallace

This course aims to dispel the myth that grasses are one of the more difficult plant families to identify. Participants will be introduced to simplified dichotomous keys to demonstrate that most species of grass can be identified through the observation of a few diagnostic characteristics on non-flowering plants at any time of year. This fieldbased course will visit a wide range of habitats and should be invaluable to those carrying out botanical surveys including Phase 1 and NVC.

Tutor: Judith Allinson

This course is designed to enable anyone to identify grasses by their vegetative (non-flowering) characteristics and should be especially valuable to those engaged in botanical survey work, teachers of ecology as well as to amateur botanists.You will develop your skills through laboratory work, field visits to a variety of habitats and practice with botanical keys.

Grass Identification and Ecology FM Fri 05 Jun - Sun 07 Jun £270 Open to all Tutor: Jonny Stone

A weekend for anyone relatively new to studying the grass family: one of the largest and most important group of flowering plants and one which plays a key role in many British plant communities. The weekend concentrates on the principles of grass identification down to individual species and also the broader ecological relationships within different grassland communities. We will visit a variety of habitats and by looking carefully at the detailed structure of the plants, will help you develop skills and confidence in identifying the more common species correctly and recognising the rarer species when you find them. The content is also appropriate for anyone wishing to contribute to their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. Bursaries are available for this course, generously organised by the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service. Please contact FSC Flatford Mill for details.

Field Identification of Common and Upland Grasses PM Sat 13 Jun Non-residential £50 Intermediate Tutor: Fiona Gomersall

This one-day course is designed to help you get to grips with the field characters of the more common grasses. The course will be run at the centre which has a good range of habitats in its extensive grounds. We will intially look at the structure of grasses but most of the day will be spent looking at grasses in the field. We hope that you will feel confident with the identification of at least twenty species by the end of the course. Some prior knowledge of grasses would be an advantage.

Plants

PM Fri 15 May - Mon 18 May £400 Intermediate

JH Fri 15 May - Mon 18 May £333 Open to all

Animals

Introduction to Grasses

Identifying Grasses in Spring

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Introduction to Grasses (The Poaceae)

Introduction to Grass Identification

PM Mon 15 Jun Non-residential £50 Open to all

AM Sat 04 Jul Non-residential £45 Open to all

An introduction to the identification of the commoner grasses (Poaceae) for those with little or no experience of this group. Grasses are extremely useful botanically as they can tell you much about a site ecologically. Unfortunately they do not have large obvious ‘flowery’ bits so many people are put off attempting to identify them. By observing those characters which help identify each species we will be able to understand why a species is what it is; in time we will also learn shortcuts as to how to recognise individual species. The course will cover plant structures, identification techniques, use of keys and what habitats the individual species occur in. Use of microscopes in the classroom will back up those characters that we have looked at in the field using hand lenses. Given the short duration of the course we will concentrate on the commoner and also more important members of this family and focus mainly on floral rather than vegetative characters.

Grasses are tricky because they lack showy flowers and their leaves are all very similar but they are important in most plant habitats. We will begin with the structure and terminology of the grass plant, then visit local sites to become familiar with the common species that are found in different types of grassland. Fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Guide to common grasses.

Tutor: Mark Duffell

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes PM Fri 19 Jun - Mon 22 Jun £400 Intermediate Tutor: Mark Duffell

Grasses, sedges and rushes can be seen as a bewildering mix of similar looking plants and are often dismissed as being beyond identification by many naturalists. But they often form the dominant vegetation in a landscape and can be useful in informing the botanist what habitats they are studying.This course covers the structural differences between the three families with emphasis on the terminology and diagnostic features.The focus will be mainly on identification using floral characters, but some use will be made of vegetative keys. By the end of the course participants will be able to recognise many of the commoner species and be able to use a key to identify those they don’t recognise.We will visit a wide range of habitats and see how this group fits into the ecological landscape. *MMU

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes EF Sat 20 Jun - Sun 21 Jun £90 Intermediate Tutor: Mark Spencer

Broaden your basic botanical knowledge and widen your expertise to include grasses, sedges and rushes on this course. Over two intensive days you will learn how to use illustrated keys and synopses for identification using the wide range of habitats in Epping Forest and the Roding Valley.

Meadows and Grassland Plants LDN Sat 27 Jun Non-residential £50 Beginner Tutor: Leslie Williams

Meadows and other grasslands present a range of plant communities and support a diversity of wildlife. Learn about hay meadows, their history, management, and identify some common plants and grasses. We will look at what needs to be considered when creating a wildflower grassland or lawn, and how then to manage the meadow. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Guide to Common Grasses. Based in The Regent’s Park.

Tutor: Brenda Harold

Introduction To Sedges BW Mon 06 Jul Non-residential £50 Open to all Tutor: John Handley

So it’s not a grass! But why isn’t it a grass? Are there many more like this and how can I tell the difference between the different sedges? Once the basics have been unpacked, this wonderful group of plants, some of which are key indicators of particular habitats, will prove to be incredibly enjoyable and rewarding.

Grasses, Sedges and Rushes MA Fri 24 Jul - Mon 27 Jul £333 Intermediate Tutor: Mark Duffell

Grasses, sedges and rushes can be seen as a bewildering mix of similar looking plants; through this course you will be able to understand the structures and characters that each of the species has. By the end of the course participants will be able to recognise many of the commoner species and be able to use a key to identify those they don’t recognise. We will visit a wide range of habitats and see how this group fits into the ecological landscape.

Aquatic Plants Identifying Aquatic Plants PM

Fri 10 Jul - Mon 13 Jul

Tutor: Nick Law

£400

Intermediate

Shropshire and surrounding counties have a wealth of varied aquatic habitats with a wide range of species. We will use a range of keys to identify plants to family, genus and species, and laboratory sessions in the evening will provide the opportunity to use microscopes and to see voucher specimens of a wider range of specimens. *MMU Water Violets, Hottonia palustris - Stephen Barlow

Grass Identification MT Fri 03 Jul - Mon 06 Jul £350 Intermediate Tutor: Sarah Watson-Jones

The grass family is the fifth largest (in terms of diversity) and arguably the most economically important of the flowering plant families. However, with its small flowering parts it is also considered one of the more difficult to identify.With an emphasis on floral characteristics, this course is aimed at those with limited or no experience and will introduce the structure of grasses and the terminology used in identification.Visits to a variety of local habitats will give you experience of using keys and identifying a range of common and less well-known grass species in the field.

One Third of British Sedges in Three Days MT Fri 03 Jul - Mon 06 Jul £350 Intermediate Tutor: Judith Allinson

A course for people who need to identify sedges for survey work, or want to see a good variety of sedges, including some rare ones, and associated plants in diverse habitats. The sedge genus (Carex) has c. 77 UK species and the Sedge family (Cyperaceae) has c. 107 species. Malham Tarn is superb as it is possible to see a third of each within three miles of the Tarn. We will practise using flowering parts and vegetative keys at what is the best time of year to look at sedges.

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Mark Duffell

Aquatic Plants SL

Fri 17 Jul - Mon 20 Jul

Tutor: Nick Stewart

£325

Intermediate

The course will concentrate on the identification and ecology of aquatic and vascular plants and stoneworts in habitats around Slapton Ley and South Devon including: ponds, lakes and rivers. It will cover all groups of water plants including swamp and fen plants growing around the edges of water bodies.

Introduction to Aquatic Plant Identification PM

Tue 21 Jul

Tutor: Mark Duffell

Non-residential

£50

Open to all

Aquatic Plants EF Thu 23 Jul Non-residential £50 Intermediate Tutor: Fred Rumsey

An introduction to the flowering plants of ponds, lakes and streams. Learn how to observe the characteristics needed to identify and classify them using their key features. Some basic plant knowledge would be useful before joining this course. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Guide to Common Water Plants.

Aquatic Plants Advanced EF

Fri 24 Jul

Non-residential

£60

Advanced

Tutor: Fred Rumsey

Plants of Bogs and Mires PM

Fri 31 Jul - Mon 03 Aug

Tutor: Hilary Wallace

£400

Intermediate

This practical course is aimed at anyone wishing to gain experience in the recognition of the wide range of plants associated with bogs and mires, from heathers to sedges. The course focuses on identification through examination of characteristic features aided by the use of simplified keys. Heathland and mire ecology (and NVC) will also be considered briefly together with some key bryophytes, including Sphagna. The course will be mainly field-based, visiting a variety of heathland and mire sites in the varied topography of Shropshire and mid-Wales. *MMU

RC

Sat 18 Jul - Tue 21 Jul

Tutor: Chris Metherell

£370

Intermediate

Three full days will be spent in the field looking at ferns and their allies in their natural habitats. Sites will include upland and lowland, acidic and alkaline habitats ensuring that a variety of species from a number of families will be observed. Study will primarily involve identification of species, but attention will also be given to basic fern ecology and factors that affect their survival. Daytime walks will be up to four miles long through the stunning rural scenery around Snowdonia with fine views on good days. *MMU

The Fern Guide BL

Mon 31 Aug - Fri 04 Sep

Tutor: James Merryweather

£350

Open to all

Days will be spent in the field visiting different local locations around the centre and Derwentfolds woods with various habitats (woodland, crag, lake, mountain, limestone) to examine a significant proportion of Britain’s ferns, horsetails, clubmosses and quillworts - the pteridophytes. Our main objective will be identification, but ecology will also be a mainstay of the course. Days in the field will be illustrated and enhanced with lectures and lab examination of field gathered material. As a bonus, participants can hope to leave competent to identify, to a reasonable degree, the tricky five male fern species, differences between which are subtle but ecologically and evolutionarily important.

Fern Identification in the Field PM

Wed 09 Sep

Tutor: Mark Duffell

Non-residential

£50

Beginner

A day course aimed at the keen beginner and improver alike, providing an introduction to the commoner ferns and their allies. Our day will be spent in Benthall Edge woods near the Ironbridge Gorge; a particularly interesting botanical site with a variety of woodland fern species as well as many other interesting woodland plants. The day will start with an introduction to fern structures and terminology, followed by how to identify the commoner fern species. Later on we will look at techniques for determining the more unusual species. Use will be made of the excellent FSC fold-out chart: Guide to common ferns. By the end of the day participants should feel confident in the use of this key. The only requirements for this course are an enthusiasm for plants and good walking ability (there are a lot of steps on site).

Mosses and Liverworts Mosses and Liverworts RC

Fri 21 Feb - Sun 23 Feb

Tutor: Lucia Ruffino

£290

Beginner

A detailed insight and introduction into the life of mosses and liverworts will be provided by first-hand observation in the field and laboratorybased discussion. Snowdonia provides an excellent range of habitats for this course, within easy reach of the centre. Field visits, supported by evening work using microscopes, aim to ensure participants develop skills in recognising species in the field and are able to confirm them by using identification keys.

Identifying Bryophytes for Conservation and Recording PM

Fri 13 Mar - Mon 16 Mar

Tutor: David Morris

£510

Advanced

This course will focus on developing the higher level field and laboratory skills required to identify some of the more difficult genera.This will involve fieldwork and laboratory sessions. Short talks will cover the conservation of bryophytes and bryophyte recording in the British Isles. *MMU

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For those with some knowledge of aquatic and marginal plants who wish to learn the more critical groups, such as the water crowfoots, duckweeds, pondweeds, starworts, aquatic grasses, sedges and rushes, stoneworts and aquatic liverworts. It also tackles the growing list of alien aquatic plants.

Fern Identification

Plants

A day course aimed at the keen beginner and improver alike, providing an introduction to how to identify aquatic plants. Our day will be spent on the beautiful Montgomery Canal just south of Llanymynech and will look at the many wonderful species that can be found growing in and along it. From Yellow Waterlilies to Duckweeds, Floating Water-plantain to Water Soldiers we will see a wide variety of the species that call the Montgomery Canal home. The day will start with an introduction to the basics of aquatic plant identification, followed by the identification of commoner species using a key. We will look at the different niches each species occupies including marginals, floating, and submerged species. Emphasis will be placed on those characters that allow reliable and accurate identification. Later on we will look at determining the more unusual species. Use will be made of the excellent British Water Plants key and by the end of the day participants should feel confident in the use of this key.

Ferns Animals

Mark Duffell has had a lifetime interest in plants gaining the RHS Diploma in Horticulture and completing an MSc in Biological Recording. He now runs Arvensis Ecology splitting his time between conducting botanical surveys and teaching botanical identification and survey techniques to undergraduate and postgraduate students of universities, consultants and environmental organisations.

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Fungi Mushrooms and Toadstools – Develop your Skills in Identification BL

Mon 31 Aug - Fri 04 Sep

Tutor: Paul Nichol

Bog Habitat – Stephen Barlow

Learn to Love Mosses LDN

Sat 04 Apr

Tutor: Pete Howarth

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

If you’re interested in mosses, then this day is for you! It’s a day for people who are fascinated by mosses but don’t know where to start with them. It’s a very gentle introduction to the world of mosses and the art (and science!) of telling one kind from another. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Guide to mosses and liverworts of Towns and Gardens. Based in Beckenham Place Park.

Sphagnum RC

Fri 17 Apr - Sun 19 Apr

Tutor: Lucia Ruffino

£290

Open to all

This course will develop field and laboratory skills to enable a high level of competence in identifying species of sphagnum. We will fully utilise field sites in the area, where it will be possible to become familiar with most of the 30 or so British species. Suitable for beginners in this field and others wishing to extend their knowledge.

Field ID of Mosses and Liverworts LDN

Sat 05 Sep

Tutor: Pete Howarth

Non-residential

£50

Beginner

There are over 600 species of moss in the UK, some of which are endangered and they come in all shapes and sizes! A closer look at the more detailed aspects of moss and liverwort features using microscopes. Learn more about identifying them and how to use these features for more accurate and comprehensive identification. Based in Bushy Park.

A Beginners Guide to Mosses MA

Fri 23 Oct - Sun 25 Oct

Tutor: June Chatfield

£289

Beginners

A weekend course based in the grounds of Margam Country Park that will introduce the principles of moss identification for the beginner focusing on the larger and most common species and where to look for them. Fieldwork will be followed up with the use of microscopes to look at features more closely. The ecological characteristics of the moss species will be pointed out. A good group of plants to study in winter and useful environment indicator.

£350

Open to all

This course aims to introduce to course participants as wide a range of mushrooms and toadstools as possible during a combination of field meetings and indoor sessions this will provide opportunities to either begin or further develop skills in identification for those with some experience. To acquire skills in identification necessitates some understanding of the ecology of fungi, particularly their feeding habits. Collecting excursions to a diversity of woodland and grassland habitats will allow this aspect to be covered. Should course members be interested in using microscopes then opportunities will arise and instruction in their use provided.

Advanced Macrofungi PM

Sat 12 Sep - Sat 19 Sep

Tutor: Geoffrey Kibby

£580

Advanced

This week-long course is pitched at an intermediate to advanced level, focusing on those difficult groups which are often passed over for the larger and more obvious species. It will be a blend of fieldwork and laboratory sessions with visits to mostly old pastures and woodland sites.

Woodland Fungi EF

Sat 10 Oct

Non-residential

Tutor: Mark Spencer

£40

Beginner

Did you know that there are over 1,500 species of fungi in London? We will look for different species of fungi and examine their amazing life-histories. The introductory talk followed by a walk, will help you with basic identification techniques. This course will not teach you how to forage fungi for food, although where relevant, edibility and toxicity will be discussed. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: The fungi name trail.

Identifying Fungi LDN

Sat 17 Oct

Tutor: Mark Spencer

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

Did you know that there are over 1,500 species of fungi in London? We will look for different species of fungi and examine their amazing life-histories. The introductory talk followed by a walk, will help you with basic identification techniques. This course will not teach you how to forage fungi for food, although where relevant, edibility and toxicity will be discussed. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: The fungi name trail. Based in Beckenham Place Park.

Identifying Mosses and Liverworts PM

Fri 23 Oct - Mon 26 Oct

Tutor: Nick Law

£400

Intermediate

This course will provide an introduction to the skills that are needed to identify bryophytes. Field and laboratory sessions will involve the use of a field key and keys using microscopic characters to identify common species from a variety of habitats. This course is suitable for beginners and those with a limited knowledge of bryophyte identification. *MMU

Fly Agaric Fungi - Stephen Barlow

Mosses and Liverwort ID with Microscopes LDN Sat 07 Nov Non-residential £50 Intermediate

AIDGAP

There are over 600 species of moss in the UK, some of which are endangered and they come in all shapes and sizes! They provide a vital role in ecosystems and indicators of habitat quality. Using microscopes and ID keys we will learn to accurately identify species. Based in Bushy Park.

FSC is keen to ensure accurate identification skills continue to be developed. Back in 1976 we initiated the AIDGAP (Aid to Identification in Difficult Groups of Animals and Plants) project to produce high quality, clearly written identification guides for non-specialists. There are now over 30 available.

Tutor: Pete Howarth

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Fungi for Beginners AM

Sat 17 Oct

Lichens of Pembrokeshire

Non-residential

Tutor: Chris Ford

£45

Beginner

Wed 15 Apr - Sun 19 Apr

Tutor: Tracey Lovering

£450

Open to all

Enjoy exploring the local area and discovering the wonderous array of lichens in Pembrokeshire. There will be opportunities to visit habitats such as rocky shores, coastal cliff, sandy grassland, ancient woodland, a cathedral and memorials. We will identify key species in the field, use microscopes to study samples more closely, and use spot tests to identify a few of the lichen compounds which enable them to live in the harshest environments.

Learn to Love Lichens LDN

Sat 25 Apr

Tutor: Joe Beale

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

Animals

An introduction to the wonderful world of mushrooms, toadstools and all things mouldy. The course is designed to enable you to identify some of our more common and more distinctive fungi and will discuss some of the weird and wonderful ecology and history of this rich and varied group. No prior experience is necessary just an enthusiasm to get out and have a go. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: The fungi name trail.

OR

If you’re interested in lichens, then this day is for you! It’s a day for people who are fascinated by lichens but don’t know where to start with them. It’s a very gentle introduction to the world of lichens and the art (and science!) of telling one kind from another. Course fee includes FSC fold out charts: Key to Lichens on Twigs. Based in Greenwich Park.

Coastal Lichens MIL Fri 01 May - Mon 04 May to Intermediate

£333

Introductory

Tutor: Rebecca Yahr

Glistening Inkcaps - John Price

Autumn Fungi JH

Fri 23 Oct - Sun 25 Oct

Tutor: Chris Ford

£250

Open to all

Identification of Macrofungi PM

Fri 23 Oct - Mon 26 Oct

Tutor: Jeanette Maddy

£400

Intermediate

This is a training course on the identification of macrofungi using scientific identification procedures aided by keys and microscopy. By the end of the weekend participants should be able to place fungi into correct major groups and identify many common fungi to at least genus level. *MMU

A Weekend with Fungi - Beginners Course MA

Fri 30 Oct - Sun 01 Nov

Tutor: June Chatfield

£289

Beginners

Lichens Introducing Lichens EF

Sat 21 Mar

Tutor: John Skinner

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

Explore the fascinating world of lichens. This course will focus on explaining what lichens are and how they can be identified in the field. No previous knowledge is assumed as the course is designed for students, naturalists, citizen scientists and the curious alike. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Key to Lichens on Twigs.

MT

Fri 08 May - Mon 11 May

Tutor: Allan Pentecost

£350

Intermediate

Start to identify lichens on this introductory course. The Malham Tarn area is rich in lichen species, over 300 having been collected within 3 miles of the field centre. A wide range of forms is present, occurring on rocks, trees and soil, allowing the beginner to form a useful and informative collection of material.

Field ID of Lichens LDN

Sat 13 Jun

Tutor: Joe Beale

Non-residential

£50

Beginner

Explore the rich diversity of lichens and their place in our environment. Lichens are remarkable, often beautiful and they can be found in a vast range of locations. We will look at the basic structure of lichens, concentrating on the main features used to identify them. We will discuss the role of lichens in nature, and the impact of pollution. Based in Greenwich Park.

Identifying Lichens This weekend on lichen identification is for anyone with some initial experience of this group who would like to take their interest several stages further. There will be a combination of field excursions, microscope work and use of keys to help you with lichen identification. At the end of the course participants should be able to apply a number of simple microscope techniques that are essential for proper identification. The content is also appropriate for anyone wishing to contribute to their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. Bursaries are available for this course, generously organised by the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service. Please contact FSC Flatford Mill for details.

Habitats and Conser vation

This is an introductory course on fungi exploring different places to find them in the grounds of Margam Country Park in south Wales. We will identify them initially to families and take some to species and use the names to find out more about their way of life and natural history. We are not intending to eat them. Come and enjoy a weekend with fungi and the environment of Margam Park. Fungi provide welcome colour at the end of the year.

Lichens in the Dales

Plants

An introduction to the wonderful world of mushrooms, toadstools and all things mouldy. The course is designed to enable you to identify some of our more common and more distinctive fungi and will discuss some of the weird and wonderful ecology and history of the rich and varied group. This is a course for beginners so no prior experience is necessary just an enthusiasm to get out and have a go.

Lichens in Scotland are conspicuous and diverse, and they form an important part of our natural heritage. This course is a hands-on exploration of coastal lichens with an emphasis on how they can be identified. We will focus in detail on understanding the most important characters for identifying lichens, so that participants can gain confidence in using keys and identification guides for themselves. We will spend time exploring lichen-rich coastal habitats on Great Cumbrae, but there will also be dedicated time for ‘consolidation’ of new terms and characters by practising with keys as a group and individually. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Guide to Rocky Shore Lichens.

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FM

Fri 21 Aug - Sun 23 Aug

Tutor: John Skinner

£270

Open to all


Identifying Lichens BL Fri 04 Sep - Sun 06 Sep £250 Intermediate Tutor: April Windle

This course will consist of a blend of field and laboratory sessions, focusing on morphology, biology, ecology and chemistry. The workshop will include a series of field visits to local sites around the FSC centre, in the iconic and clean habitats of the English Lake District. With the rich lichen diversity at Blencathra, the centre is perfectly situated for an intermediate course to lichens, especially with the spectacular variety that can be found in the uplands. The knowledge and skillset acquired over the duration of this course will equip you with the confidence to delve further into lichens as a group, follow-up support on offer by the course tutor. *MMU

Botany Plant Identification for Field Surveyors PM

Fri 03 Apr

Tutor: Mark Duffell

Non-residential

£50

Open to all

The British Lichen Society The British Lichen Society (BLS) encourages all aspects of the study of lichens and their conservation. For more information about the Society and how to join see www.britishlichensociety.org.uk The BLS have been running popular one-day courses at FSC Centres for a number of years, introducing the intriguing world of lichens. The courses are run by members of the BLS, all of whom have extensive knowledge of lichens and a real passion for teaching others about these fascinating lifeforms.

Most botanists start out identifying plants by comparing their specimens to photographs or illustrations in books. This course is aimed at those people wanting to progress from picture book identification onto proper ‘Floras’. This course will introduce simple techniques and the use of keys to enable identification of a wide variety of plant families and species. The course will concentrate on the key characters needed for identifying a range of families and recognition of an individual as belonging to a particular family. By working through the ‘Floras’ together, participants will discover how to use keys for accurate identification. We will concentrate on using the keys in the ‘industry standard’ Stace’s New Flora of the British Isles; learning how to master the keys and not be put off by the botanical terminology it contains.

Introduction to Lichens

Botany For Improvers

Tutor: Catherine Tregaskes

PM Sat 04 Apr Non-residential £50 Intermediate Tutor: Mark Duffell

The plant kingdom is hugely varied and it can be very difficult and daunting to start to identify specimens, especially for families and species that you have never seen before. Most botanists and ecologists start out identifying plants by comparing their specimens to photographs or illustrations in books. This course is aimed at professional and amateur botanists that want to progress from picture book identification onto proper ‘Floras’. By using simple techniques and field guides we aim to identify a wide range of plant families and species, without being put off by the terminology found within Floras. Starting with a revision of the basic botanical structures and terminology, we will then concentrate on the key features for a range of garden and wildflowers families. Detailed study will be made of individual species and their particular characteristics and how they fit into their families. During this course you will have the opportunity to practice your plant identification skills using a range of identification resources particularly Stace’s New Floraof the British Isles.

MT Sat 30 May Non-residential £45 Open to all Tutor: Allan Pentecost

Discover the world of lichens through this one-day course, which requires no previous knowledge. The day will offer both classroom and site fieldwork to introduce what lichens are, and learn to recognise some of the more common species. The use of simple charts and keys will also be introduced to help you identify species with confidence.

Introducing Lichens PM Sat 13 Jun Non-residential £50 Beginner Discover the world of lichens through this one-day course which requires no previous knowledge. The day will offer both classroom and site fieldwork to introduce what lichen are, and recognise some of the more common species. The use of simple charts and keys will also be introduced to you identify species with confidence. Lichens on Ash Tree - Robin Sutton

Introduction to Plant Morphology LDN

Sat 04 Apr

Tutor: Mark Spencer

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

When trying to identify plants using keys are you confused by botanical terms and can’t quite understand what terms like ligule, phyllary or stipule mean? Worse still, you can’t even find them on your specimen! You will use hand lenses to examine ‘simple’ flowers such as buttercups right through to the ‘dreaded’ grasses. This course will not cover everything you need to know to identify wild plants but it should help! Based in The Regent’s Park.

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*MMU Accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University. See page 40.


How to Use Plant Identification Keys LDN

Sat 25 Apr

Non-residential

Tutor: Mark Spencer

£40

Beginner

Animals

Picture guides are really useful when identifying wild plants. However, to get the most out of botanising, learning how to use keys is an essential tool. This course will take the fear out of ‘keying out’.You will be introduced to a range of different keys and their strengths and weaknesses will be explored. Guidance will also be given on how to use hand lenses. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Describing Flowers. Based in The Regents Park.

Botany Beginnings: Wildflowers MT

Fri 15 May - Sun 17 May

Tutor: Laurie Wildwood

£190

Open to all

This two-day* introductory course is aimed at those who want to learn how to identify wildflowers independently. We will cover anatomy, terminology, and common families, and will teach methods of identification, including the use of keys, in a relaxed and passionate manner. There will be many handy tips and plenty of indoor and outdoor practical activities to aid learning. This course will leave you brimming with confidence to continue exploring the fascinating world of plants. *Tuition is from 10:00-16:00 Sat and 10:00-15:00 on Sun.

Identifying Difficult Higher Plants PM

Fri 05 Jun - Mon 08 Jun

Tutor: Tim Rich and Mark Duffell

£510

Advanced

Sat 06 Jun

Non-residential

Tutor: Karen Van Oostrum

£42

Beginner

This lively, informative, hands-on course offers complete beginners a relaxed introduction to the world of botany. Participants will learn about the structure of leaves, stems, roots, flowers, fruits and seeds, and will discover what each of these plant parts does. Based mainly in the classroom, with plenty of plant material to pull apart and look at, there will be some time outdoors looking at the plants in the centre grounds.

Botany and Habitat Surveying MT

Fri 12 Jun - Sun 14 Jun

Tutor: Laurie Wildwood

£280

Open to all

Botany Beginnings: ‘Light’ Grasses, Sedges and Rushes Fri 26 Jun

Non-residential

Tutor: Laurie Wildwood

Fri 26 Jun - Sun 28 Jun

Tutor: Laurie Wildwood

£190

Open to all

This two-day* introductory course is aimed at those who want to learn how to identify wildflowers independently. We will cover anatomy, terminology, and common families, and will teach methods of identification, including the use of keys, in a relaxed and passionate manner. There will be many handy tips and plenty of indoor and outdoor practical activities to aid learning. This course will leave you brimming with confidence to continue exploring the fascinating world of plants. *Tuition is from 10:00-16:00 Sat and 10:00-15:00 on Sun.

Plant ID Using the Vegetative Key PM Thu 10 Sep Non-residential £50 Open to all

£40

In many books and courses the focus of plant identification is on flowers, with foliage taking a back seat. This has changed with the Vegetative Key to the British Flora by John Poland, which relies solely on using vegetative characters for identification. Working through the ‘Flora’ together, participants will discover a range of characters that regularly crop up in the key and these will be further illustrated with specimens and presentations. Focusing on practical skills, with group and individual keying out in the classroom and field; this course is ideal for amateur or professional botanists/ecologists both in the voluntary or ecological sector.

How To Use a Botanical Key LDN

Sat 12 Sep

Tutor: Rachel Cassidy

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

“Keying out” is a daunting but essential skill for anyone interested in Botany. This practical, one-day workshop explains how Botanical (Dichotomous) Keys work, how to find your way around them, and will guide you through their use and application - and their limitations. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Describing Flowers. Based in Bushy Park.

Forensic Ecology Open to all

Ideal for those who would like to learn more about grasses, sedges and rushes but do not wish to get too involved with keys, detailed terminology or hand lenses. We will move at a steady pace, using simple books, and spend a relaxing day discovering the specialist plants of the limestone dales as well as common species that can be found around your home.

LDN

Sat 19 Sep

Tutor: Mark Spencer

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

The use of environmental and botanical data in forensic science has a long history dating to at least the early 20th century. Learn about the ways in which vegetation and other forms of environmental evidence can be used to help understand criminal activity. Participants will also practise some basic investigatory skills that may be used at a crime scene. Please note, some aspects of this course may be challenging to some participants as it will be necessary to discuss scenarios involving the ecology of the decomposition of human remains. Based in Beckenham Place Park.

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Habitats and Conser vation

This introductory course will equip participants with the skills and knowledge frequently required in the fields of ecology and conservation. We will cover botanical anatomy and terminology, common families, the use of flora keys, indicator species, Phase 1 survey methodology and a brief introduction to the National Vegetation Classification (NVC). Ideal for professional ecologists, conservationists and hobbyists.

MT

MT

Tutor: Mark Duffell

Introduction to Botany AM

Botany Beginnings: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes

Plants

This course is designed to give a scientific introduction to the identification of higher plants and also an analytical approach to the use and presentation of higher plant distribution data. Key skills to be developed include introductory sessions on identification of a range of families and groups typically including sedges, grasses, pteridophytes (ferns and their allies), umbellifers, yellow composites and crucifers (which families are covered depends on the season to some extent), construction of dichotomous and other types of key, recording of critical taxa, preparation of pressed plant specimens on herbarium paper to produce an archive-quality voucher specimens, surveying and recording of difficult plants, and an example of how to cover a very challenging group such as whitebeams. *MMU

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Habitats and Conservation Levels

Beginner Introductory courses for those new or relatively new to the subject. Open to all Courses where tutors are able to support learners at all levels.

Advanced Courses for those wishing to hone their skills, which require some prior knowledge or skills in the subject area (though not necessarily the detailed subject matter).

Habitat H omes

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Intermediate Courses aimed at those who want to know more about a subject which they are already familiar with.

The courses in this section cover broader issues of ecology and conservation including: • Ecological principles • Higher level species identification • Biological recording • Biological surveying • Habitat management • Habitat overviews • National Vegetation Classification Course programmes are designed for those seeking training or Continuing Professional Development (CPD), as well as for amateurs with a general interest in ecological and environmental issues. Most are offered at an intermediate level, reflecting the depth and breadth of course content, often linking theory and concepts with practical techniques and skills.

The price displayed for residential courses is for sole occupancy accommodation. You can choose to share a room or attend a course as a non-resident. Please visit our website or contact the Centre for these prices.

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Centres AM Amersham, The Chilterns BW Bishops Wood, Worcestershire DF Dale Fort, Pembrokeshire Coast EF Epping Forest, Essex FM Flat ford Mill, Suf folk ‘Constable Country’ JH Juniper Hall, Surrey LDN London MT Malham Tarn, Yorkshire Dales MA Margam, South Wales MIL Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland OR Orielton, Pembrokeshire Coast PM Preston Mont ford, Shropshire Hills SL Slapton Ley, South Devon *MMU Accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University. See page 40.


Habitats and Conservation

Woodland Conservation and Management OR

Fri 07 Feb - Mon 10 Feb

Tutor: Richard Burkmar

£400

Intermediate

An increasing number of ecologists and biological recorders are using QGIS software to help them visualise, explore and analyse their spatial data. During this course, participants will be introduced to the fundamental concepts of GIS and using QGIS as a tool to explore biological records and ecological data. *MMU

Biological Recording PM

Fri 17 Apr - Mon 20 Apr

Tutor: Mark Duffell

£400

Intermediate

This three-day course is designed to give you a skills base for biological recording in the UK. It is a stand-alone unit which will focus on the skills needed to plan and carry out biological recording in the field and how to present your findings. During the course you will be working on a project (independently or jointly) that is tailored to your particular natural history interests with the support of a tutor; this will provide you with practical and reporting skills.

A Holistic and Practical introduction to QGIS MA

Fri 24 Apr - Sun 26 Apr

Tutor: Matt Davies

£289

Open to All

*MMU Accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University. See page 40.

FSC Publications FSC Publications have a huge range of handbooks, distribution atlases, synopses and fold-out charts – in fact over 130,000 are sold each year and they are very highly respected across the sector. www.field-studies-council.org/publications

Open to all

This course is aimed at professionals and amateurs with an interest in practical management techniques as well as the ecology and history of woodlands.You will visit a variety of woodlands to examine their different management regimes and the effect on woodland flora and fauna. The course includes identification of trees, shrubs, woodland plants and other indicator species.

Site Assessment Using Vegetation PM

Fri 03 Jul - Mon 06 Jul

Tutor: Tim Rich and Mark Duffell

£510

Advanced

How can you tell if a site or area is botanically poor, good or outstanding? This course will give you the skills to assess such sites for their conservation value, looking at the plants and vegetation communities present. Repeat visits will be made to a botanically diverse site with a range of habitats, first to assess its quality using the Phase 1 Habitat survey methodology and then revisiting some of these habitats and assessing them with the National Vegetation Classification.You will be shown how to collate and analyse the data and produce an ecological report giving values to the habitats and plant communities present on the site. *MMU

Bogs and Marshes PM Sat 04 Jul Non-residential £50 Intermediate Tutor: Fiona Gomersall

Bogs and marshes are amongst the richest of habitats. They are both examples of mires but are quite different in their hydrology. A variety of plants are adapted to grow in these and other types of mire, with the different types often forming an intimate mosaic on site. The mires are home to numerous sedges species along with different grasses, rushes and bryophytes. There are specialists like the carnivorous sundews and butterworts which have evolved mechanisms to cope with the low nutrient soils. We will identify such plants along with many others.

Wildlife Tracking MT

Fri 10 Jul - Mon 13 Jul

Tutor: Dan Puplett

£350

Open to all

Plants

QGIS is a freely available open-source Geographical Information System (GIS) that matches the functionality and usability of commercial products like MapInfo and ArcGIS. It has been adopted by governments, businesses and NGOs around the world. The course is suitable for beginners to GIS, those looking to refresh their skills or those looking to migrate to QGIS software. It will help ecological consultants, wildlife organisations, biological recorders and recent graduates visualise, explore and analyse spatial data.

£450

Animals

QGIS PM

Fri 01 May - Tue 05 May

Tutor: Jerry Dicker

A detailed look at tracks and signs left by a range of birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates. Tracking develops our ability to observe subtle details and connect them to landscape-scale patterns.You will build confidence in sign recognition and interpretation while learning practical applications of tracking for conservation and education as well as simple enjoyment of the natural world.

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The Natural History of Bushy Park LDN

Sat 11 Jul

Tutor: Sharon Brown

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

An ecological introduction to the large acid and neutral grasslands, open water and trees of Bushy Park including the important veteran trees.We will get to know a range of the plants and butterfly species, some trees, dip for pondlife, and identify wetland plants.We will discuss the contrasting flora and management history and consider the ecological value. Based in Bushy Park.

Bogs and Mires MA

Fri 07 Aug - Sun 09 Aug

£289

Tutor: Hilary Wallace

Open to all

This practical course is aimed at anyone wishing to gain experience in the recognition of plants found in bogs and mires. This is subject covering some of the more difficult plant families, including the Cyperaceae and Juncaceae. Critical bryophytes, including the notoriously difficult Sphagna, will also be covered. The emphasis is on identification through examination of characteristic features in the field aided by simplified keys to some of the more difficult groups. Bog and mire ecology (and the NVC) will also be considered briefly.

Monitoring and Surveying for Conservation

Glenmore Lodge - Katie Rudge

PM Sun 30 Aug - Sun 06 Sep £580 Intermediate Tutor: Arran Holdsworth

This course offers participants a chance at gaining some of the practical skills required, from an understanding of how Phase 1 Habitat Surveys are undertaken, to detailed vegetation analysis using the National Vegetation Classification. This course is ideal for graduate ecologist, land managers, career changers or interested amateurs.

Introduction to Orchards

FSC Scotland Outreach High quality FSC courses delivered in Mainland Scotland at a variety of locations. FSC Scotland Outreach is an exciting opportunity to continue to deliver FSC Natural History Courses in the unique environments that Mainland Scotland has to offer. Started in 2019, our partnership with Glenmore Lodge has allowed us to access sites in the Cairngorms National Park where Britain’s largest, most natural habitats are home to a quarter of the UK’s rare and endangered species. Outreach in Scotland will continue to develop throughout 2019-2020 at more locations and with partners. Updates and additional courses will be uploaded to the website, so please check www.field-studies-council.org

Lichen Identification Sun 06 Sep - Fri 11 Sep Tutor: Rebecca Yahr

£655

Intermediate

Highland Butterflies and Moths Sun 16 Aug - Fri 21 Aug Tutor: David Brown

£685

Open to all

Wildlife Tracking Fri 24 Apr - Mon 27 Apr Tutor: Dan Puplett

£454

Open to all

£923

Intermediate

Tutor: Chris Knowles

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Sat 19 Sep

Tutor: Leslie Williams

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

Traditional orchards are a cultural feature in the local landscape and a fascinating wildlife habitat. There are thousands of apple varieties; many considered local to particular areas. How can you design and create a community orchard or one in a garden? Why are rootstocks important, and how can one encourage the trees during the first few years? Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Guide to foraging. Based in Greenwich Park.

Introduction to Hedgerows LDN

Sat 03 Oct

Tutor: Leslie Williams

Non-residential

£40

Beginner

Hedgerows are boundary features of the landscape and their history is usually reflected in their wildlife. Learn about how hedgerows were created – or planted, their trees and flora, and of species that help to indicate their origin. We will look at how to create a hedgerow, even within a small site, how to manage the hedgerow and how to encourage wildlife. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Guide to flowers of walks and waysides. Based in Bushy Park.

Woodland Ecology and Management: The Basics EF

Sat 17 Oct

Tutor: Andy Deane

Non-residential

£40

Open to all

A course for anyone who enjoys the woodland environment and would like to know more.We will learn about how differing management techniques, past and present, affect the habitats and ecology of a site with lots of tree identification along the way.The course, which is a mix of classroom theory and field site visits, reviews many scenarios and no previous knowledge is required. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Guide to woodland plants.

Traditional Hedgelaying Workshop

Identifying Fungi Fri 11 Sep - Fri 18 Sep

LDN

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EF

Thu 29 Oct - Fri 30 Oct

Tutor: Peter Vaughan

£90

Open to all

This two-day workshop offers both theory and practical sessions on the non-mechanised method of hedgelaying in the South of England style. Day one will cover topics such as the history, ecology and management of hedgerows, knowledge of the techniques and traditional tools used for hedgelaying and day two will be ‘out in the field’ working on a hedgerow. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Guide to hedgerows.

*MMU Accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University. See page 40.


Soils in the Landscape: Techniques to Research and Investigate Soil Types

Habitat Surveys for Site Assessments and Environmental Audits

FM

FM

Fri 30 Oct - Sun 01 Nov

Tutor: Jonny Stone

£270

Open to all

Fri 03 Apr - Sun 05 Apr

Tutor: Jonny Stone

£300

Open to all

This course introduces and gives practical field experience in carrying out habitat surveys of sites as part of an environmental audit to assess their character and wildlife interest. Good fieldwork practices are emphasised throughout the course, in which participants will conduct a survey of the habitats in the landscape around the field centre. We will explore the ways to assemble an appropriate account of the local landscape and present effective fieldwork maps, habitat descriptions and considerations for further investigations. This course is suitable for Continuing Professional Development and a Certificate of Attendance can be provided on request.

Introduction to Permaculture

Habitat Surveys for Site Assessments and Environmental Audits

JH

Fri 06 Nov - Sun 08 Nov

Tutor: Bob Mehew

£205

Open to all

Permaculture is the design of more sustainable environments using nature as inspiration. In this course you will be introduced to permaculture, its history and origins and the core ethics and principles it is based on. We will then look at the gardens and features of Juniper Hall and how they fit into the permaculture model as well as learning about examples of permaculture projects from further afield.

Introduction to Small Holding Management JH

Fri 13 Nov - Sun 15 Nov

Tutor: Sean Grufferty

£250

Open to all

NVC and Phase 1 Phase 1 Habitat Surveys BW

Tue 10 Mar

Tutor: John Handley

Non-residential

£50

Open to all

£300

Open to all

See course description Fri 03 Apr - Sun 05 Apr.

NVC Grasslands PM Fri 22 May - Mon 25 May £400 Intermediate Tutor: Hilary Wallace

The National Vegetation Classification (NVC) provides a formal description of British Plant Communities with many practical uses for site assessment and management. The course will introduce the background to the development of the NVC and visit a wide range of grassland types to demonstrate how the system works. Participants will be introduced to the standard field survey methodology of the NVC in a range of grassland habitats, use dichotomous keys and computer programmes to aid the assignment of field generated data to units of the NVC, be helped to understand the dynamics of community development especially in relation to edaphic and management factors. *MMU

Introduction to Phase 1 Surveys with Plant ID Focus EF Sat 06 Jun - Sun 07 Jun £90 Intermediate Tutor: Sharon Brown

An introduction to the Phase I Habitat Survey method and a focus on plant identification geared to the requirements of the technique.This is a rapid qualitative system developed by NCC (Nature Conservancy Council) in the early 1980’s, which quickly became the standard methodology for obtaining basic habitat quality information across the wider countryside and within urban wildspace. Course fee includes: Phase 1 Habitat Survey manual.

Phase 1 Habitat Surveys PM Fri 10 Jul - Mon 13 Jul £400 Intermediate Tutor: Hilary Wallace

This course provides an introduction to, and practical field experience in, using Phase 1 Habitat Surveys, the standard method of assessing and recording wildlife habitats and sites. Anyone needing to carry out ecological surveys in relation to planning and development, or site conservation and management, will find this course covers the essential techniques. Working with fellow participants you will learn how to survey a site, identifying the different habitats present and then producing a map and description of the site. Further days will be spent in a variety of habitats to see how to classify them. *MMU

Phase Habitat Flatford1Mist - SteveSurveys Hedges

PM Wed 11 Mar Non-residential £50 Open to all Tutor: John Handley

A fundamental technique employed by ecologist, developers, land managers and conservation organisations to help provide a broad-brush understanding of large areas of land, to identify areas that require further investigation, and to target areas for development or conservation. First-rate identification skills are essential to distinguishing plants that determine the habitat, define the dominant species and forms the basis for an evidence-based report. This one-day course will outline exactly how to undertake a Phase I survey, the preparation required, tools needed, what constitutes a useful target note, map and well written report. It will focus on developing key identification skills to undertake this technique effectively across the range of grasslands covered within Phase 1 surveys.

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Habitats and Conser vation

A fundamental technique employed by ecologist, developers, land managers and conservation organisations to help provide a broad-brush understanding of large areas of land, to identify areas that require further investigation, and to target areas for development or conservation. First-rate identification skills are essential to distinguishing plants that determine the habitat, define the dominant species and forms the basis for an evidence-based report. This one-day course will outline exactly how to undertake a Phase 1 survey, the preparation required, tools needed, what constitutes a useful target note, map and well written report. It will focus on developing key identification skills to undertake this technique effectively across the range of grasslands covered within Phase 1 surveys.

Fri 24 Apr - Sun 26 Apr

Tutor: Jonny Stone

Plants

Working from Juniper Hall and a 90 acre working farm in Carshalton, Surrey along the top of the North Downs ridge, this course will be run by the farm manager and will deal with all aspects of keeping sheep and cattle, touching on keeping other animals as well. It is aimed for beginners and those who would like guidance or an idea of where to begin; what is involved in keeping a small flock or herd of livestock. Practical sessions will include carrying out sheep health checks, various methods of rounding animals up into pens, dealing with common ailments and livestock fencing. Classroom-based theory will be informal with flexibility to discuss participant’s own interests and questions. It will focus on the shepherd’s yearly calendar, lambing methods and equipment, selection of animal breeds or species and some of the basic legal requirements for keeping livestock, including both animal welfare and record keeping.

FM

Animals

Soils are a natural part of the landscape and contain a lot of information about its development. This course explores the field characters of natural soils around the field centre and unlocks the fascinating evidence for their geological origins and the dramatic changes brought about by the Ice Ages and by human intervention. Participants will use published maps, field investigation and simple laboratory techniques to assess the characters of a range of soil types. The relationship of soils to vegetation and land management will also be emphasised, and presentations will show the importance of soils in creating and restoring the landscapes of East Anglia.

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NVC Summer Habitat Survey - Understanding and Describing Plant Communities SL

Fri 31 Jul - Mon 03 Aug

Tutor: Philip Wilson

Mixed Sward of Wayside Grasses - Tina Cooke

Marine and Freshwater Habitats

BW Thu 23 Jul Non-residential £50 Open to all Tutor: John Handley

Introduction to Grasslands NVC PM Fri 24 Jul Non-residential £50 Open to all Tutor: John Handley

Grasslands are complex systems whose flora is determined by a range of factors including soil type, drainage, altitude and management. The species of grass present can help tease apart these characteristics and help determine the status: how natural, unimproved and diverse the site, and inform management decisions. However grasses for many people are dishearteningly similar and difficult to tell apart. This course will help lay solid foundations enabling the individual to understand terminology commonly used in guidebooks though it will focus on identifying species in their vegetative state – commonly required for year-round recognition.

Intermediate

The use of the NVC to build up a picture of a site that can be effectively communicated both to other vegetation scientists and the layperson will be reviewed. We will learn about techniques for the assessment of vegetation condition and how plant communities fit into management for biodiversity. As much time as possible will be spent in the field including an opportunity to search for rare coastal plants, with evening sessions for discussion, examination of data and identification of specimens.

Introduction To Grasslands NVC The National Vegetation Classification system is a standard technique used by ecologists and conservation agencies to determine and describe the various plant communities within Britain. Grasslands are intricate systems composed of communities of species determined by factors such as drainage, nutrient status, altitude and management. This course will explain the methodology, with a specific focus on identifying grassland indicator species.You will also be introduced to a range of different communities and explore the tools and techniques available to support classifying a community.

£415

Members of The Marine Biological Association or Marine Conservation Society can claim a 10% discount on any courses in this Marine and Freshwater Habitats section with prices marked with a H.

Sponge Identification H DF

Mon 09 Mar - Fri 13 Mar

Tutor: Jen Jones

£455

Intermediate

The course features species found on Pembrokeshire shores in the lower intertidal zone. Many are very difficult to identify with any degree of certainty in the field, so the emphasis will be on learning how to collect samples, making a spicule preparation, and examining their ‘skeleton’ under a microscope. It is suitable for amateurs and professional surveyors – whatever your skill level we will aim to stretch you.

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Identifying Marine Species and Habitats: The Biotope Approach H MIL

Fri 24 Jul - Mon 27 Jul

Tutor: Paula Lightfoot

£328

Intermediate

Marine Mammal and Bird Surveys H MIL

Mon 27 Jul - Sat 01 Aug

Tutor: Jack Lucas

£519

Animals

The Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland (v04.05) was developed through the analysis of biodiversity datasets and is an important tool for marine management and conservation. This course will cover the theory and practice of recording marine ‘biotopes’, with a particular focus on identifying the flora and fauna of rocky shores and subtidal reefs. Fieldwork will include sampling species communities at a range of intertidal sites. *MMU

Open to all

With significant amounts of time spent on our research vessel and undertaking surveys from the shore, this course focuses on developing the practical skills needed to undertake marine mammal and marine bird surveys. Time in the field and back in the laboratory will also be spent developing identification skills.

Somerset’s Brilliant Coast

Marine Science Camps

Fri 21 Aug - Mon 24 Aug

£400

Open to all

Tutor: Mark Ward An exploration of inter-tidal and coastal habitats and wildlife along Somerset’s diverse coastline. There are a limited number of subsidised places available to Somerset Wildlife Trust members. The ecology of key communities and species will be investigated and identification skills for some of common groups of organisms will be developed. With an increasing awareness of the importance of the ocean in climate cycles and in maintaining biodiversity, the course will also discuss some of the issues affecting marine environment locally and globally.

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Run in partnership with the Marine Biological Association (MBA), our series of five marine science camps are for young people between 16 and 24 years old who are interested in marine biology and marine science. Each camp, held in different parts of the UK, will have its own unique flavour but all will include sessions on rocky shore ecology, marine citizen science, and marine conservation as well as giving insights into careers and Higher Education courses: Dale Fort, Pembrokeshire: 04 Apr – 09 Apr Flatford Mill, Suffolk: 29 May – 31 May Millport, Scotland: 20 Jul – 24 Jul Slapton Ley, Devon: 12 Aug – 16 Aug Dale Fort, Pembrokeshire: 24 Oct – 29 Oct

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Financial support from the FSC Young Environmentalists Fund may also be available for participants with limited funds. See page 41 Visit www.field-studies-council.org/young-people for full details

Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates for Biological Surveying and Recording FM

Mon 25 May - Fri 29 May

Tutor: Adrian Chalkley

£500

Open to all

Habitats and Conser vation

Climate change has underlined the importance of monitoring freshwater ecosystems. This course is designed to help professional surveyors and amateur naturalists increase their understanding of the large and diverse group of invertebrates that inhabit our rivers and ponds. Illustrated talks and field excursions will demonstrate the latest practice in sampling methodology and preservation of specimens. Identification sessions will cater for both amateur and professional interests and needs. Bursaries are available for this course, generously organised by the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service. Please contact FSC Flatford Mill for details.

Detecting Marine Mammals Using Acoustics DF

Mon 20 Jul - Wed 22 Jul

Tutor: Stephanie Barnicoat

£365

Open to all

This course is ideal for anyone with an interest in marine mammals who is keen to learn more about tracking and monitoring. It will include classroom sessions covering marine mammal vocalisation and use of passive acoustic monitoring systems before going out in a chartered boat to put theory into practice. This course is run in partnership with Seiche Marine Acoustic Solutions which specialises in the design, development and manufacture of underwater measurement and acoustic systems.

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Accredited Courses Manchester Metropolitan University MSc Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring PGCert Biological Recording The MSc Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring and PGCert Biological Recording are run by Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in association with the FSC. If you’re interested in a career in Ecology and Conservation or just interested in putting your identification skills to good use for conservation, this course develops your own interests and allows you to make more accurate observations. Biological Recording is the scientific study of natural history observations. These biological records allow us to describe the presence, abundance, associations and changes, both in time and space of our flora and fauna. Never more have we needed good quality biological recording data to help our understanding of the rapidly changing natural world, whether that is spotting trends in species migrations, the spread of invasive non-native species or monitoring the decline in our native flora and fauna. This course gives you the ability to use and collect biological records and subject them to critical analysis. Starting in the field with the initial observation, through the digitisation and dissemination of that data and then the actions that can follow this information. These courses are part time and run mainly at the weekends, allowing you to work around your studies. They are taught mostly at FSC centres around the country. Taught by national and regional experts, you can tailor your training to your individual interests and needs.

FSC Certificate in Biological Recording From 2019 FSC will be offering a Level 3 Certificate to develop individuals’ skills and knowledge and enable evidence based conservation through informing the management interventions and supporting the accurate communication of the successes and concerns in British wildlife management. This course is suitable for you if you are: • A volunteer recorder for any species or group • A university student wishing to become better at species identification • A teacher or educator • A practical conservationist • A land owner, manager or ranger • A consultant or planner who requires wildlife data • An observer of wildlife e.g. gamekeeper, photographer, landowner who wants to know how to record what they see to help conservation management. It will last over two years and comprise of one compulsory residential course, and a choice of five others, held at FSC field centres. If you are interested in the new certificate please contact reception@field-studies-council.org or call 01743 852100 for more details.

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Courses listed in this brochure with *MMU are those included in the MSc/ PGCert courses. This course has helped many students gain new employment or promotion in jobs in ecology, conservation and biological recording, especially those with an emphasis on high quality field skills and record interpretation. There are a number of information days to which prospective students and/or employers are welcome to attend. For full details and an application form please contact:

Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology Manchester Metropolitan University (Shrewsbury Office) The Gateway, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1NB Telephone: 01743 355137 E-mail: biorec@mmu.ac.uk Website: www.sste.mmu.ac.uk/recording

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Bursaries and Professional Development

Flatford Mill Natural History Bursaries

Bursaries

Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service (SBIS) and Suffolk Naturalists Society (SNS) have kindly offered a bursary to support individuals who wish to attend some of the Natural History courses offered at FSC Flatford Mill.The bursary will provide for up to 100% of the non-residential fees for courses. Successful applicants will still need to pay for any accommodation they require. SBIS and funding partners decide each year as to which courses at FSC Flatford Mill will be eligible for support, depending upon sufficient funds being available at the time of application. For eligible courses and to apply visit www.field-studies-council.org/flatfordmill

The Wild Flower Society (WFS) The Wild Flower Society has generously donated a number of bursaries to encourage a wider understanding of wild flower identification among younger people. Anyone aged 18 to 30, who wishes to attend courses in the flowers, trees, grasses, freshwater plants and other plants sections of ‘Flowers and Other Plants’ (i.e. excluding ferns, mosses and liverworts, lichens and fungi), is eligible to apply for these grants. Please contact FSC Head Office for further details of the WFS bursary scheme. www.thewildflowersociety.org.uk

The Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland The Botanical Society of the British Isles offers a limited number of grants for those wishing to improve their plant identification skills in order to progress their career and/or recording activities. Each grant is worth up to £200 and will be paid to the applicant on completion of the course.  To apply, download a form from: www.bsbi.org.uk

British Lichen Society The British Lichen Society makes small bursaries available from the WallaceBurnettGilbert fund for members of the Society needing financial support to attend lichen courses and field meetings. Application forms are available on the Society website and should be sent to the treasurer for consideration for a grant at least six weeks before the date of the course. Information about the Society, and how to join,can be found on its website: www.britishlichensociety.org.uk

The British Ecological Society Training & Travel Grants are available to support the training and development of students and postgraduate research assistants (RAs) or their equivalent. Grants of up to £1,000 are available.  They have been created to help PhD students and postgraduate research assistants (RAs) or their equivalents to meet the costs of specialist field training courses.  An application form must be completed and grants will be allocated on a firstcome-first-served basis. There is no application deadline but instead there are two opening dates within a 12 month period. www.britishecologicalsociety.org/grants-awards

The British Bryological Society The British Bryological Society offers a limited number of meetings and courses grants for those wishing to increase their experience or undertake training to improve their identification skills. Each grant is worth up to £150. For further details and an application form please visit the website and select Bequest Fund from the homepage. Note that grants are only available to members of the society. www.britishbryologicalsociety.org.uk

Thanks to the generosity of a regular visitor, Flatford Mill can offer a special bursary fund for young adults who otherwise might find it difficult to attend a natural history course.This fund is limited and is subject to availability. Bursaries cover 50% of the resident or non-resident course fee for participants who are 18-25 when the course commences.They are available on Flatford Mill courses in the Animals, Plants or Habitats sections. For full conditions and to apply please visit www.field-studies-council.org/ flatfordmill

Suffolk Biological Recording Bursary

FSC Young Environmentalists Fund FSC wants to support young people (16-25yrs) at the time when they are making career choices and building their experiences in biodiversity. Apply for up to 50% off course fees and help with travel costs for FSC summer camps and selected natural history courses. Support is available, for those who can demonstrate financial need, thanks to generous funding from The Jean Jackson Charitable Trust. For details please visit: www.field-studies-council.org/young-people

Professional Development FSC is one of the UK’s leading providers of career development and professional training in the environment.  To help identify suitable courses to develop your skills and knowledge, courses are split by subject matter and graded according to the level of experience required (see page 6 for details of levels).

Partnerships FSC works in partnership with other organisations and included in this brochure are courses offered in conjunction with Bat Conservation Trust, British Trust for Ornithology, The Mammal Society, Lichen Society, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust and RSPB.

Marine Biological Association The charitable aims of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) are to promote scientific research into all aspects of life in the sea, including the environment on which it depends, and to disseminate to the public the knowledge gained.  The MBA provides a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community. Members of the MBA are eligible for 10% off marine courses at Dale Fort and Millport. www.mba.ac.uk

Surrey Wildlife Trust If you have attended a Surrey Wildlife Trust day course you are entitled to 10% off natural history courses at FSC Juniper Hall. Subject to availability.To find out more about Surrey Wildlife Trust’s courses visit the website: www.surreywildlifetrust.org/courses

The Marine Conservation Society The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK’s leading charity for the protection of our seas, shores and wildlife. For over thirty years MCS has been the voice for the sea for all the fascinating creatures that live beneath the waves, for our breath-taking coastal environment, for all those who make a sustainable living from the sea and for everyone who simply enjoys visiting the beach and our glorious coastline. Members of the MCS are eligible for 10% off marine courses at Dale Fort and Millport. www.mcsuk.org

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How to Make a Booking When you have chosen a course you would like to attend you can book your place securely in two different ways:

Book online through our website www.field-studies-council.org Telephone or email the centre where your course is taking place. Contact details for each centre can be found on the back cover of this brochure. Full booking terms and conditions can be found on the FSC website www.field-studies-council.org/about-us

Join us By becoming an FSC Member or making a donation you will help us provide that vital help which can make a real difference to a young person and their future. For as little as £3 a month you can become an FSC Member and all of your membership subscription is used to provide financial support for young people. As a Member you will receive access to an exclusive members’ preview of our annual programme of natural history, arts and family courses. FSC Kids Fund gives grants to support groups of young people who are disadvantaged in some way through health, social or financial circumstances to experience the FSC.

FSC Bursary Fund supports individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to take part in an FSC curriculum-focussed course with their school class.

”The staff at the centre were great. Very professional and courteous, working well with the children throughout. They clearly knew their stuff and have lots of enthusiasm which fed into the children’s work and approach to activities. It was also nice to see that they wanted independence from the children, not providing them too much assistance or information, encouraging the children to find this themselves. An enjoyable and inspiring day for our children - they loved it!.”

“Being at FSC and doing fieldwork made my A Level studies much more meaningful. I now see what I’ve been learning about. I enjoyed it 100%! I found difficult geography concepts fun.” Our Lady St Chads

FSC Young Darwin Scholarships are awarded to support and encourage young people (aged 16 and 17) who have a real interest in the natural world - the Darwins of the future. We now have 120 Young Darwin Scholars and continue to offer courses and opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills of these enthusiastic young people. Summing up the experience of the 2019 introductory course one Young Darwin Scholar said:

“It’s really helped me realise the possibilities that young people can get into if interested in the natural world. We did tracking skills, really cool! - after seeing a badger set I’d like to see if there are any near my home.” 2019 Young Darwin Scholar

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By joining or supporting the FSC or making a donation you can help us support even more young people in 2020: www.field-studiescouncil.org/help-us

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Tutor

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Date

Amersham

02 May 03 May

The Chilterns 29 Feb Trees in Winter 16 May Introduction to Birds 06 Jun Introduction to Botany

25 8 33

16 May 30 May 06 Jun-07 Jun

13 Jun 20 Jun 04 Jul 11 Jul

22 15 28 26

06 Jun-07 Jun 20 Jun-21 Jun 11 Jul 23 Jul 24 Jul 08 Aug 10 Oct 17 Oct

25 Jul 17 Oct

Rachel Cassidy Chris Ford Karen Van Oostrum Wild Flowers of Chalk Grasslands Brenda Harold Field ID of Spiders Lawrence Bee Introduction to Grass Identification Brenda Harold Identification of Deciduous Trees Rachel Cassidy in Summer Field ID of Dragonflies Steve Brooks and Damselflies Fungi for Beginners Chris Ford

18 31

29 Oct-30 Oct 28 Nov

Bishops Wood

Worcestershire 10 Mar Phase 1 Habitat Surveys 02 May Newts and Other Amphibians 12 May Introduction To Grassess 10 Jun Top Ten Flowering Families 27 Jun Identifying Solitary Bees 04 Jul-05 Jul Moths of Wildflower Meadows 06 Jul Introduction To Sedges 07 Jul Umbellifers for a Day Understanding the Apiaceae 23 Jul Introduction To Grasslands NVC 25 Jul Identifying Dragonflies 29 Aug Leaf Mining Moths of Worcestershire 19 Sep Slug Identification

John Handley John Wilkinson John Handley John Handley Ian Cheeseborough Dave Grundy John Handley John Handley

37 19 27 22 14 12 28 23

John Handley Sue Rees-Evans Dave Grundy

38 17 13

Chris du Feu

15

Theo Loizou

22

Paul Nichol

30

Course title

Tutor

Discovering Bats Discovering Veteran Trees of Epping Forest Learn to Love Spiders Learn to Love Pond Life Introduction to Phase 1 Surveys with Plant ID Focus Moths and Moth Trapping Grasses, Sedges and Rushes Identifying Trees in Leaf Aquatic Plants Aquatic Plants Advanced Discovering Bats Woodland Fungi Woodland Ecology and Management: The Basics Traditional Hedgelaying Workshop Discovering Diptera: Flies Under the Microscope

Roger Havard Sharon Brown

10 25

Lawrence Bee Maaike Milligan Sharon Brown

15 13 37

Tim Harris Mark Spencer Andy Deane Fred Rumsey Fred Rumsey Roger Havard Mark Spencer Andy Deane

12 28 26 29 29 10 30 36

Peter Vaughan Martin Harvey

36 18

Flatford Mill

Suffolk ‘Constable Country’ 10 Jan-12 Jan Bird Identification and WeBS 14 Feb-16 Feb Winter Birdwatching Weekend 28 Feb-01 Mar Discover Winter Birds 13 Mar-15 Mar Recognising Birds by Sight and Sound: Especially for Improvers 27 Mar-29 Mar Birdwatching for Absolute Beginners 03 Apr-05 Apr Habitat Surveys for Site Assessments and Environmental Audits 05 Apr-10 Apr Ancient Woodlands of Britain

Blencathra

The Lake District 26 Jun-29 Jun Discovering Flowers Plants and Ferns of Cumbria 31 Aug-04 Sep Mushrooms and Toadstools Develop your Skills in Identification 31 Aug-04 Sep The Fern Guide 04 Sep-06 Sep Identifying Lichens

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10 Apr-13 Apr Practical Microscopy: Go It Alone Weekend: Freshwater Biology 24 Apr-26 Apr Habitat Surveys for Site Assessments and Environmental Audits 24 Apr-26 Apr Spring Birdwatching 22 May-25 May Wild Flower Identification: The Top 20 Flower Families 25 May-29 May Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates for Biological Surveying and Recording 29 May-31 May Trees and Tree Identification in Summer 05 Jun-07 Jun Grass Identification and Ecology 05 Jun-07 Jun Identifying Dragonflies and Damselflies 05 Jun-07 Jun A Weekend on Bats 03 Jul-05 Jul Practical Microscopy: Go it Alone Weekend: Slide Making 04 Jul Introduction to Hoverflies 11 Jul Grasshoppers and Bushcrickets 17 Jul-19 Jul Identifying Moths and Butterflies

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20 Jul-26 Jul

James Merryweather 29 April Windle 32

Dale Fort

Pembrokeshire Coast 09 Mar-13 Mar Sponge Identification 06 Apr-10 Apr Early Spring Birds 22 May-26 May Whitsun Birds 23 May-27 May Spider Identification 25 May-28 May Identifying Coastal Plants 20 Jul-22 Jul 21 Jul-24 Jul

Detecting Marine Mammals Using Acoustics Rocky Shore Invertebrates

22 Jul-26 Jul

Summer Birds and Pembrokeshire Islands 20 Oct-24 Oct Winter Migrant Birds

Jen Jones Dave Astins Dave Astins Lawrence Bee John ArcherThomson Stephanie Barnicoat John ArcherThomson Dave Astins Dave Astins

38 7 8 15 21 39 13

07 Aug-10 Aug

Epping Forest Essex 25 Jan 21 Mar

21 Mar 18 Apr 23 Apr

Identifying Trees Without Leaf Frogs, Newts and Toads: British Amphibians Introducing Lichens Woodland Birds of Epping Forest Great Crested Newts with Froglife

Andy Deane James Bromhead

24 18

John Skinner 31 Edward Hutchings 7 Laurence Jarvis 18

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07 Aug-10 Aug 07 Aug-10 Aug 21 Aug-23 Aug 21 Aug-23 Aug 11 Sep-13 Sep

Solitary Bees: Identification and Ecology Micro-moths of East Anglian Woodlands and Wetlands Identifying Difficult Plants Identifying Flowers: Using Keys with Confidence Identifying Lichens Ecology, Surveying and Conservation of Dormice Autumn Birdwatching Weekend

Steve Piotrowski Geoff Abbott Steve Piotrowski Steve Piotrowski

9 7 7 7

Maureen Gibson

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Jonny Stone

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Gary Battell, 25 Simon Leatherdale and Johnathan Spencer Self Led 16 Jonny Stone

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Geoff Abbott Alanna Cooper

7 21

Adrian Chalkley

39

Alanna Cooper

25

Jonny Stone Steve Cham

27 16

Roger Havard Self Led

10 17

John Biglin John Biglin Sheila Wright

14 17 12

Ian Cheeseborough 14 Dave Grundy

13

Ros Bennett Alanna Cooper

24 24

John Skinner Simone Bullion and Alison Loose Geoff Abbott

31 10

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26 Oct-30 Oct Siberian Week: Looking at Bird Migration Along the Suffolk Coast 30 Oct-01Nov Mainly Migrants 30 Oct-01Nov Soils in the Landscape: Techniques to Research and Investigate Soil Types 06 Nov-08 Nov Trees and Tree Identification: The Challenge of Early Winter 15 Nov-17 Nov Trees and Tree Identification: The Challenge of Early Winter

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Date

Steve Piotrowski

9

Steve Piotrowski Jonny Stone

9 37

Ros Bennett

26

Ros Bennett

27

Mammal Society Trainers Rob Ward Bat Conservation Trust Bat Conservation Trust June Chatfield

19

Judith Allinson David Streeter

27 21

Chris Ford Simon Harrap

8 22

Simon Harrap

22

Steve Bolchover Dave Grundy

17 13

Chris Ford Ros Bennett Chris Ford Bob Mehew Ros Bennett Sean Grufferty

23 26 31 37 26 37

Juniper Hall

North Downs 28 Aug-30 Aug Mammal Identification 02 May 14 May Bat

Reptile Survey Techniques Ecology and Conservation

15 May

Using Bat Detectors

15 May-17 May 15 May-18 May 22 May-24 May

Identifying and Recording Land Snails Identifying Grasses in Spring Discovering the Flora of Chalk Grasslands and Woodlands Birds for Beginners Wild Orchids of South East England 1 Wild Orchids of South East England 2 Identifying and Recording Beetles Chalk Grassland Moths of the Surrey Downs Wildflowers for Beginners Broad-Leaved Trees Autumn Fungi Introduction to Permaculture Getting to Know Conifers Introduction to Small Holding Management

22 May-24 May 06 Jun 07 Jun 24 Jul-26 Jul 24 Jul-26 Jul 24 Jul-26 Jul 21 Aug-23 Aug 23 Oct-25 Oct 06 Nov-08 Nov 13 Nov-15 Nov 13 Nov-15 Nov

14 Mar 14 Mar 04 Apr 04 Apr 18 Apr 18 Apr 25 Apr 25 Apr 02 May 02 May 16 May 30 May 30 May 06 Jun 13 Jun 13 Jun 13 Jun 27 Jun 27 Jun 04 Jul

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Introduction to Identifying Deciduous Trees in Winter Looking at Terrestrial Invertebrates with Microscopes Introduction to Identifying Coniferous Trees Introduction to Plant Morphology Learn to Love Mosses Birdwatching in Bushy Park Learn to Love Earthworms How to Use Plant Identification Keys Learn to Love Lichens Introduction to Identifying Deciduous Trees in Summer Urban Wild Plants Common British and Irish Plant Families 1: Cabbage, Carrot, Lily and Rose Tree Identification: Summer Butterflies and Day Flying Moths Introduction to Wild Flowers Field ID of Lichens Common British and Irish Plant Families 2: Pea, Grass, Rush and Sedge Learn to Love Beetles Learn to Love Pollinators Meadows and Grassland Plants Common British and Irish Plant Families 3: Mint, Figwort and Borage

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19 11 11 15

London 08 Feb

11 Jul 01 Aug

Rachel Cassidy

24

Keiron Brown

16

Rachel Cassidy

25

Mark Spencer Pete Howarth John Van Den Bosch Keiron Brown Mark Spencer

32 30 7 14 33

Joe Beale Rachel Cassidy

31 25

Mark Spencer Mark Spencer

21 21

Bettina Metcalfe Tim Harris Pippa Hyde Joe Beale Mark Spencer

26 12 22 31 22

Katy Potts Martin Harvey Leslie Williams Mark Spencer

16 14 28 23

Course title

Tutor

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The Natural History of Bushy Park Looking at Freshwater Invertebrates with Microscopes Common British and Irish Plant Families 4: Daisy, Goosefoot, Dock and Willow Discovering Bats Field ID of Mosses and Liverworts Discovering Veteran Trees How To Use a Botanical Key Forensic Ecology Introduction to Orchards Tree Identification: Autumn Introduction to Hedgerows Identifying Fungi Mosses and Liverwort ID with Microscopes

Sharon Brown Maaike Milligan

36 13

Mark Spencer

24

Roger Havard Pete Howarth Sharon Brown Rachel Cassidy Mark Spencer Leslie Williams Bettina Metcalfe Leslie Williams Mark Spencer Pete Howarth

10 30 26 33 33 36 26 36 30 30

Malham Tarn

Yorkshire Dales 24 Apr-27 Apr Identifying Freshwater Invertebrates Sharon and Peter Flint 08 May-11 May Lichens in the Dales Allan Pentecost 15 May Botany Beginnings: Laurie Wildwood 'Light' Wildflowers 15 May-17 May Bird Songs and Calls Dan Puplett 15 May-17 May Botany Beginnings: Wildflowers Laurie Wildwood 30 May Introduction to Lichens Allan Pentecost 12 Jun-14 Jun Botany and Habitat Surveying Laurie Wildwood 19 Jun-22 Jun Identifying and Monitoring Jimmi Hill Birds of Prey 26 Jun Botany Beginnings: 'Light' Grasses, Laurie Wildwood Sedges and Rushes 26 Jun-28 Jun Botany Beginnings: Grasses, Sedges Laurie Wildwood and Rushes 26 Jun-29 Jun Limestone Flora Ian Powell 03 Jul-06 Jul Grass Identification Sarah Watson-Jones 03 Jul-06 Jul One Third of British Sedges in Judith Allinson Three Days 10 Jul-13 Jul Yorkshire Dales Summertime Judith Allinson Flowers, Scenery and Natural History 10 Jul-13 Jul Wildlife Tracking Dan Puplett 24 Jul-26 Jul Mammal Identification The Mammal Society Trainers 27 Jul-31 Jul Butterflies and Moths David Brown 05 Sep Botany Beginnings: Trees and Laurie Wildwood Shrubs

13 31 21 8 33 32 33 8 33 33 23 28 28 3 35 11 13 26

Margam

South Wales 24 Apr-26 Apr Identifying Bees 24 Apr-26 Apr A Holistic and Practical introduction to QGIS 25 Apr-26 Apr Bat Roost Survey Training Weekend 17 Jul-19 Jul Deer Ecology 17 Jul-20 Jul Moths of Sand Dunes and Ancient Parkland 24 Jul-27 Jul Grasses, Sedges and Rushes 07 Aug-09 Aug Bogs and Mires 07 Aug-09 Aug Finding and Identifying Beetles and Other Invertebrates 28 Aug-30 Aug Vegetative Plant Identification 23 Oct-25 Oct Autumn Bird Watching 23 Oct-25 Oct A Beginners Guide to Mosses 30 Oct-01 Nov A Weekend with Fungi - Beginners Course 25 Oct-27 Oct A Beginners Guide to Mosses 01 Nov-03 Nov A Weekend with Fungi Beginners Course

Liam Olds Matt Davies

14 35

Richard Crompton 10 Geoffrey Guy 10 Dave Grundy 12 Mark Duffell Hilary Wallace Steve Bolchover

28 36 18

Mark Duffell Barry Embling June Chatfield June Chatfield

24 9 30 31

June Chatfield June Chatfield

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Tutor

Page No.

Date

24 Jul-26 Jul 24 Jul-27 Jul 27 Jul-01 Aug

Scottish Island Birds: Summer Seabirds Identifying Marine Species and Habitats: The Biotope Approach Marine Mammal and Bird Surveys

Jack Lucas

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Rebecca Yahr 31 Dominic McCafferty, 10 Jack Lucas, Anna McGregor and Chris Parson Jack Lucas 8 Paula Lightfoot

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Jack Lucas

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Nettlecombe

Somerset 17 Jul-19 Jul Discovering Beetles 21 Aug-24 Aug Somerset's Brilliant Coast

Katy Potts Mark Ward

17 39

Tracey Lovering Sandy Hill

31 13

Jerry Dicker

35

Orielton

Pembrokeshire Coast 15 Apr-19 Apr Lichens of Pembrokeshire 17 Apr-20 Apr Introduction to Freshwater Invertebrates 01 May-05 May Woodland Conservation and Management 01 May-05 May Spring Birds in Pembrokeshire 17 Jul-21 Jul

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Tutor

08 Feb-09 Feb Dissecting Moths 12 Feb Introduction to Conifers 14 Feb-16 Feb Dipterists Forum Workshop

Millport

Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland 20 Mar-22 Mar Scottish Island Birds: Spring Migrants 01 May-04 May Coastal Lichens 03 Jul-10 Jul Marine Mammals

Course title

Bob and Annie Haycock John Martin

8 8

Preston Montford

Shropshire Hills and Severn Valley 15 Jan Identifying Broadleaf Trees in Winter Mark Duffell 18 Jan-19 Jan Dissecting Moths Dave Grundy 07 Feb-10 Feb QGIS Richard Burkmar Common Green Grasshopper - Robin Sutton

24 12 35

Dave Grundy Mark Duffell Peter Chandler and Stuart Ball Stuart Ball and Roger Morris John Handley David Morris

12 24 16

Mark Duffell

32

Mark Duffell Mark Duffell Kevin Clements Kevin Clements Peter Boardman

32 35 7 8 16

John Wilkinson

19

Jim Fairclough

18

Mark Duffell John Handle Matthew Shepherd, Peter Shaw and Felicity Crotty Kevin Clements Hilary Wallace Fiona Gomersall

21 27 15

John Wilkinson Hilary Wallace Mark Duffell Tim Rich and Mark Duffell Top Ten Flowering Families John Handley Identifying Woodland Plants Sally Peacock Identification of Solitary Bees Ian Cheeseborough BLS Introducing Lichens Catherine Tregaskes Field Identification of Common and Fiona Gomersall Upland Grasses Introduction to Grasses (The Mark Duffell Poaceae) Daytime Moths Dave Grundy Grasses, Sedges and Rushes Mark Duffell Identification of Bats Lisa Worledge and Helen Miller Site Assessment Using Vegetation Tim Rich and Mark Duffell Bogs and Marshes Fiona Gomersall Identification of Dragonflies and Sue Rees-Evans Damselflies Identifying Aquatic Plants Nick Law Phase 1 Habitat Surveys Hilary Wallace Introduction to the Umbellifers John Handley Identifying Leafhoppers Alan Stewart Identifying Difficult Invertebrate Martin Harvey Introduction to Aquatic Plant Mark Duffell Identification Introduction to Grasslands NVC John Handley Plants of Bogs and Mires Hilary Wallace Butterflies and Moths David Brown Land Mammal Identification Debbie Alston Site Assessment Using Peter Boardman Invertebrates Monitoring and Surveying for Arran Holdsworth Conservation Fern Identification in the Field Mark Duffell Plant ID Using the Vegetative Key Mark Duffell Advanced Macrofungi Geoffrey Kibby Identification of Conifers Mark Duffell Identification of Macrofungi Jeanette Maddy Identifying Mosses and Liverworts Nick Law Great Crested Newts, Licensing Jim Fairclough and and Mitigation David Orchard

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14 Feb-17 Feb Identifying Hoverflies 11 Mar Phase 1 Habitat Surveys 13 Mar-16 Mar Identifying Bryophytes for Conservation and Recording 03 Apr Plant Identification for Field Surveyors 04 Apr Botany For Improvers 17 Apr-20 Apr Biological Recording 24 Apr-26 Apr Birds in the Shropshire Springtime 01 May-04 May Songbird Identification 01 May-04 May Surveying Terrestrial Invertebrates for Biological Recording 09 May Introduction To Reptiles and Amphibians 12 May-14 May Working Towards a Great Crested Newt Licence 13 May Woodland Plant Identificatio 13 May Introduction to Grasses 15 May-18 May Soil Mesofauna 15 May-18 May Bird Survey Techniques 15 May-18 May Vegetative Grass Identification 16 May Wildflowers and Ferns of Limestone Woodland 22 May-25 May Reptiles and Amphibians 22 May-25 May NVC Grasslands 28 May-01 Jun Using a Flora 05 Jun-08 Jun Identifying Difficult Higher Plants 09 Jun 12 Jun-15 Jun 12 Jun-15 Jun 13 Jun 13 Jun 15 Jun 19 Jun-21 Jun 19 Jun-22 Jun 03 Jul-06 Jul 03 Jul-06 Jul 04 Jul 10 Jul-12 Jul 10 Jul-13 Jul 10 Jul-13 Jul 17 Jul 17 Jul-19 Jul 17 Jul-20 Jul 21 Jul 24 Jul 31 Jul-03 Aug 03 Aug-07 Aug 28 Aug-31 Aug 28 Aug-31 Aug 30 Aug-06 Sep 09 Sep 10 Sep 12 Sep-19 Sep 23 Oct-25 Oct 23 Oct-26 Oct 23 Oct-26 Oct 01 Dec-03 Dec

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Rhyd-y-creuau Snowdinia 21 Feb-23 Feb 21 Feb-23 Feb 28 Feb-01 Mar 17 Apr-19 Apr 17 Apr-20 Apr

15 May-18 May 22 May-24 May 30 May-01 Jun 15 Jul-18 Jul 18 Jul-21 Jul 04 Sep-06 Sep 30 Oct-01 Nov

Mosses and Liverworts Winter Tree Identification Identifying Conifers in the British Isles Sphagnum Birds of the North Wales Coast, Woodlands and Uplands An Introduction to Bird Watching Mountain Plants of North Wales Tree Identification A Botanical Odyssey - 300 Species in 3 Days? Fern Identification Birds of North Wales Mammal Identification Using Skeletal Remains

Lucia Ruffino Matt Parratt Matt Parratt Lucia Ruffino Kevin Clements

29 25 25 30 7

Anne Brenchley Matt Parratt Matt Parratt Chris Metherell

8 21 26 23

Chris Metherell Steve Pietrovski Ric Morris

29 9 11

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South Devon 22 May-25 May Woodland Plants 17 Jul-20 Jul Aquatic Plants 17 Jul-20 Jul Identifying and Studying Bees with John Walters 17 Jul-20 Jul Simply Wild Flowers

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Sally Peacock Nick Stewart John Walters

21 29 14

Sally Peacock

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24 Jul-27 Jul 24 Jul-28 Jul 28 Jul-31 Jul 31 Jul-03 Aug 31 Jul-03 Aug 03 Aug-07 Aug 07 Aug-09 Aug 07 Aug-09 Aug 28 Aug-31 Aug

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Tutor

How to Survey and Study Bats in Woodlands Coastal Plants Using a Flora Dandelions, Daisies and Thistles Identifying Asteraceae Moths of the Devon Coast NVC Summer Habitat Survey Understanding and Describing Plant Communities Birds of South Devon Ecology, Surveying and Conservation of Dormice Identifying Spiders to Species Level Wildlife Tracking

David Hill

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Jeremy Ison Ros Bennett Ros Bennett

23 23 24

Dave Grundy Philip Wilson

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Sandy Hill Simone Bullion

9 10

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The following courses are not based at an FSC Centre. Please contact FSC Head Office to book a place: 01 Apr Great Crested Newts and David Orchard Licensing for Surveys 16 Apr Working with Natterjacks Yvette Martin and Ruth Popely 24 Apr-27 Apr Wildlife Tracking Dan Puplett 16 Aug-21 Aug Highland Butterflies and Moths David Brown 06 Sep-11 Sep Lichen Identification Rebecca Yahr 11 Sep-18 Sep Identifying Fungi Chris Knowles

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Exploring and the Natural World Our Walking and Natural History courses can be found in full in our Exploring Nature and the Arts brochure or on the website. These are the courses on offer in 2020 which all introduce the wonderful wildlife and scenery surrounding our centres:

Nature Ramble in Epping Forest EF

Sat 18 Apr

Non-residential

The Secret Hills of Shropshire

£35

Walking 2

Spring Wildlife Watch OR

Fri 01 May - Tue 05 May Fri 15 May

Fri 14th Aug – Fri 21 Aug

£450

Walking 1

£550

Walking 2

Exploring North Wales £465

Walking 1

Woodland Wildlife AM

PM RC

Fri 14 Aug - Thu 20 Aug

Adventures in North Wales Slate Heritage

Non-residential

£15

Walking 1

RC

Thu 29 Oct - Sun 01 Nov

£450

Walking 4

Using a Map and Compass: Navigation skills

Great Geology at Great Cumbrae

EF

MIL

Sat 16 May

Non-residential

£30

Walking 2

Fri 20 Mar - Sun 22 Mar

£232

The Pembrokeshire Coast National Park

Hill Skills for Adults

DF

Walking 2

BL

Walking 2

Geology and Scenery of the Pembrokeshire Coast

Wed 20 May - Mon 25 May

£575

Explore Epping Forest EF

Sat 30 May

Non-residential

£35

DF

Exmoor Big 10 NC

Fri 17 Jul - Mon 20 Jul

£400

Walking 2

Summer Wildlife Watch OR

Fri 17 Jul - Tue 21 Jul

£465

Walking 1

Exploring Pembrokeshire DF

Mon 20 Jul - Mon 27 Jul

£710

Walking 2

‘Fossicking’ the Flora and Fauna of South Pembrokeshire OR

Wed 22 Jul - Mon 27 Jul

£540

Sun 02 Aug - Fri 07 Aug

£450

Walking 1

Walking 2

Summer Guided Tour of Suffolk and the River Stour FM

Mon 03 Aug - Fri 07 Aug

£480

Walking 1

Walking Pembrokeshire’s Coastline OR

Sun 09 Aug - Fri 14 Aug

£540

Walking 3

Wild Walks in West Somerset NC

Mon 10 Aug - Fri 14 Aug

£420

£125

Fri 24 Jul - Thu 30 Jul

£615

Open to all

Open to all

A Field Study of the Geology, Botany and Marine Biology in South Devon SL

Fri 31 Jul - Fri 07 Aug

£730

Open to all

Geology and Scenery of Shropshire and the Borderlands PM

Fri 07 Aug - Fri 14 Aug

£580

Open to all

Geology for Adults

History and Natural History of the Conwy Valley from Source to Sea RC

Fri 17 Apr - Sun 19 Apr

Open to all

Walking 2

BL

Mon 31 Aug - Fri 04 Sep

£225

Open to all

Scenery and Geology of the Lake District BL

Mon 31 Aug - Mon 07 Sep

£575

Open to all

Military History in Pembrokeshire DF

Mon 24 Aug - Sat 29 Aug

£575

Open to all

Tour of Suffolk Landscapes and Artists FM

Mon 31 Aug - Fri 04 Sep

£395

Open to all

Find out more: Request an Exploring Nature and the Arts brochure from FSC Head Office. Visit www.field-studies-council.org/exploring Contact the relevant Centre (contact details on back cover).

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contact details Please address all enquiries to Field Studies Council at the following locations: FSC Amersham Mop End, Buckinghamshire HP7 0QR Tel: 01494 721054 Email: enquiries.am@field-studies-council.org FSC Bishops Wood Crossway Green, Stourport-on-Severn Worcestershire, DY13 9SE Tel: 01299 250513 Email: enquiries.bw@field-studies-council.org

FSC Nettlecombe Court The Leonard Wills Field Centre Williton, Taunton, Somerset TA4 4HT Tel: 01984 640320 Email: enquiries.nc@field-studies-council.org FSC Orielton Pembroke, Pembrokeshire SA71 5EZ Tel: 01646 623920 Email: enquiries.or@field-studies-council.org

FSC Blencathra Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4SG Tel: 017687 79601 email: enquiries.bl@field-studies-council.org

FSC Preston Montford Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 1DX Tel: 01743 852040 Email: enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org

FSC Dale Fort Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 3RD Tel: 01646 636205 Email: enquiries.df@field-studies-council.org

FSC Rhyd-y-creuau The Drapers’ Betws-y-coed, Conwy LL24 0HB Tel: 01690 710494 Email: enquiries.rc@field-studies-council.org

FSC Epping Forest Loughton, Essex IG10 4AF Tel: 0208 502 8500 Email: enquiries.ef@field-studies-council.org FSC Flatford Mill East Bergholt, Suffolk CO7 6UL Tel: 01206 297110 Email: enquiries.fm@field-studies-council.org FSC Juniper Hall (please also contact for London bookings) Dorking, Surrey RH5 6DA Tel: 01306 734501 Email: enquiries.jh@field-studies-council.org

FSC Slapton Ley Slapton, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7 2QP Tel: 01548 580466 email: enquiries.sl@field-studies-council.org FSC Head Office Preston Montford, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury SY4 1HW Tel: 01743 852100 Email: enquiries@field-studies-council.org Website: www.field-studies-council.org Chief Executive: Mark Castle

FSC Malham Tarn Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9PU Tel: 01729 830331 Email: enquiries.mt@field-studies-council.org FSC Margam Margam Park, Port Talbot SA13 2UA Tel: 01639 895636 Email: enquiries.mp@field-studies-council.org FSC Millport Isle of Cumbrae KA28 0EG Tel: 01475 531420 Email: enquiries.mil@field-studies-council.org

Also available from FSC Exploring Nature and the Arts Courses Real Family Holidays

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FSC Natural History courses 2020  

Our wide range of courses cover all aspects of the natural world. Whatever your interest or previous experience, courses will be enjoyable a...

FSC Natural History courses 2020  

Our wide range of courses cover all aspects of the natural world. Whatever your interest or previous experience, courses will be enjoyable a...

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