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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Forensic Ecology (Bushy Park)

  • Location: London
  • Tutor: Mark Spencer
  • Date: Saturday 07 July 2018
  • Times: 10:00 - 16:00
  • Level: Beginners
  • NON-RESIDENT: £45

This course is fully booked on this date but you can join the waiting list (by scrollling to the bottom of the page) in case space becomes available or it is run on another date.

Course Details

It comes as a surprise to many that vegetation can be used to help understand how a crime was committed. However, the use of environmental and botanical data in forensic science has a long history dating to at least the early 20th century. Participants will learn about the ways in which vegetation and other forms of environmental evidence can be used to help understand criminal activity. They will also practice 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 Bushy Park.

About the Tutor:

Dr Mark Spencer has been a practicing forensic botanist for 7 years and is an experienced botanist and is the vascular plant recorder for the LNHS and BSBI Middlesex vice-county recorder. He has research and personal interest in 17th & 18th century botanical science, urban botany, non-natives and the impacts of environmental change.

Timetable

  • 0930 Registration
  • 1000 Welcome, Health and Safety & Introduction
  • 1015 Morning session
  • 1300 Lunch
  • 1330 Afternoon Session
  • 1550 Taking your interest further and Course Reviews
  • 1600 Course finishes

Disclaimer All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course.

What to bring:

  • Lunch and plenty to drink
  • Suitable clothing & footwear, waterproofs or sun cream as appropriate!
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Small bag to carry personal items

If you have one:

  • Hand lens

Health and Safety:

  • There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site.
  • If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.
  • Please be aware that this is a Deer Park, and there can be ticks. Please consider wearing long sleeved tops and trousers, even if the weather is nice, and bring insect repellent.

Meeting point / Location:

The Stockyard, Bushy Park. https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/bushy-park/visitor-information/opening-times-and-getting-here

FSC in Bushy Park:

FSC have been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In Bushy Park, our education Centre has two classrooms, toilet facilities, a small kitchen and office space. Alongside this is an area of the Park for education use, not open to members of the public. With two large meadows and grassland areas, woodland areas and three ponds, this is an exciting and inspiring space to discover more about the Park. Located near Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park's mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer. The park is also home to the famous Chestnut Avenue, a formal Baroque water garden and the beautiful Diana Fountain.


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