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NVC: Grasslands

  • NON-RESIDENT: £270

The National Vegetation Classification (NVC) provides a formal description of British Plant Communities with many practical uses for site assessment and management. This course will introduce the background behind the NVC and visit a range of grassland habitats to demonstrate how the system works. Participants will learn how to recognise and map stands of homogeneous vegetation in the field, survey a site using an appropriate sampling strategy including quadrat recording and present their data in standard NVC format. The NVC text, keys and computer software will be used to help interpret the data collected. Grassland ecology and management will be discussed during the site visits and in evening lectures. (MMU).

Hilary Wallace is a freelance botanist with a special interest in plant community classification. With over 30 years experience of using the NVC, Hilary is a regular tutor on NVC and plant identification courses. Accreditation: This course is part of the University Certificate in Biological Recording run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). There is assessment of learning on the course through, for example, identification tests, producing survey reports or field journals, working through keys and other various pieces of work. Credits from these assessments contribute towards the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification. To gain University Credits you must register in advance. To do this, please contact the Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology Manchester Metropolitan University (Shrewsbury Office),The Gateway, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1NB Telephone: 01743 355137 E-mail: [email protected] more information about the course please visit the MMU website:http://www.sste.mmu.ac.uk/recording/The course is also suitable for non-credit students.

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