Grasses can be tricky, so join this beginner course to unveil the myths! You will look at terminology, key structural details and where to find grasses, which will enable you to easily identify 10 common grasses by the end of this course.

You will also have a chance to work in the field, take photographs, and make a simple collection of grass species to aid your learning. 

This course will cover:

  • How to recognise different species
  • Understanding the terminology and how to apply it to individual grasses
  • Understanding how to define key features that will enable identification in the field using close work in the classroom

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By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the relevant terminology and how to apply it to individual grasses
  • Understand key identification features you will need to use for identification in the field
  • Find and identify 10 common species

Who Should Attend? – Anyone looking to explore grasses for the first time or those who struggle to split different species easily.

Knowledge Level – Beginner. Level descriptors can be found on the following web-page: Framework and Course Level Descriptors

Prior Knowledge – It would beneficial if learners know what a grass is and where they are found.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no accommodation, refreshments, or meal facilities provided with this course. If we are unable to reach viable numbers for this course, we will inform you of the course cancellation 4-5 weeks prior to the course run. We would recommend when purchasing accommodation and/or travel you should take out your own insurance.

Bookings will close if course capacity is reached.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions

About the Tutor

Beverley Rhodes

Beverley works as an ecological consultant and delivers courses on the identification of flora and fungi in Derbyshire. As a full member of CIEEM and BSBI she continues to use her knowledge to understand the biodiversity of sites and record important species.

Example Timetable

Example Timetable

This timetable is subject to change but should give a clear outline of what to expect.

  • Please arrive in time for the course to start promptly at 10:00am
  • The course will end at 5:00pm

10.00 Introduction and registration
10.30 Lets Look at grasses
11.00 Terminology and Structure (Presentation)
12.30 Lunch (not included - Haddon Hall have a restaurant on-site which can be used by participants on the day, or please bring a packed lunch and refreshments)
13.30 Field walk and discussion
15.00 Break (refreshments not included)
15.30 Classroom workshop
16.30 Learner presentation (optional)
17.00 END

Please note accommodation, refreshments, and an evening meal are not included.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created by expert tutors and educators to help you build your knowledge and apply it within the field surrounded by like-minded individuals.

The course includes:

  • Classroom learning covering the theory of the species
  • Field excursions to apply new knowledge
  • Expert tuition for which the Field Studies Council is renowned
  • Clear objectives and progression

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be provided. In choosing a Field Studies Council course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Bursaries and Subsidies

Student Discount

This course is eligible for a student discount. If you are a current student, please use discount code BioStudent20 at checkout for 20% off all Biodiversity courses.

Natural History Bursaries

There are a number of natural history bursaries available to help with the cost of your course. To find out if you and your chosen course are eligible, read more here.

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Notebook and pencil
  • Clipboard
  • Hand lens (if owned)
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Sensible footwear and clothing for being outdoors
  • Small bag to carry personal items

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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 or access requirements, please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.

Opportunities to attend this course

This course is not currently available to book. Dates will follow soon.

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Progress Your Learning

This is a training course from the Field Studies Council, delivered by expert tutors with an approachable learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning with further relevant courses or branch out into other areas of natural history. The Field Studies Council offers both online and in person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

The course gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new subject and acquire novel skills. Our online portal gives you time to study at your own pace and fit the lessons around your own schedule.

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You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing a Field Studies Council course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.