UK conservation has its roots in field natural history. This discipline is used to cover the assessment of habitats, habitat potential leading to informed decisions on management for habitat and species conservation. 

Conservation tools include the methodology for assessing what is on site. Landowners, land managers and those involved in writing conservation management plans will understand the need for identification and recording skills leading to the interpretation of the site in terms of its habitat classification. Plant surveying will help lead to the understanding of the habitat classification systems including Phase 1 and the new UKHAB.  The UKs National Vegetation Classification System also falls into this section – which is highly appropriate as John Rodwell first introduced us to this in our Caradoc classroom at Preston Montford! 

  • Reed Canary-grass (Phalaris arundinacea)
  • Thorne Island, West Angle Bay by Sandy Hill
  • Skomer
  • Rocky shore at low tide

Other skills useful to have this face-to-face practical approach include the management of data through GIS, examining the practice of biological recording, management tips for specific habitats and field skills for undergraduates, recent graduates and professionals needing to update their skills.This includes the well-supported Science Camps and Darwin Scholarship programmes for emerging naturalists. 

Habitats Conservation and Field Skills Courses

Each Eco-Skills course is part of a learning framework.. You can see the course level descriptions here

FSC run regular Habitats Conservation and Field Skills courses throughout the year. For details of these courses or to learn more about Habitats and Conservation, view our courses by clicking the button above.

The Courses in this section cover broad issues of ecology and conservation including:

  • Ecological principles
  • Biological recording
  • Biological surveying
  • Higher level species identification
  • Habitat overviews
  • Habitat management
  • National Vegetation Classification

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FSC Habitats Conservation and Field Skills Resources

Phase 1 Survey Guide: Grassland and Marsh This guide will help you carry out a Phase 1 habitat survey in grassland and marsh habitats. There are 44 indicator species, following the guidelines set out in the JNCC Handbook.

FSC Shropshire Hills The Shropshire Hills guide focuses on The Stiperstones and The Long Mynd. This is a popular area for visitors, with a stunning landscape and an extensive network of footpaths. It features the special birds, insects and plants you might see.