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Identifying Coastal Plants

  • NON-RESIDENT: £295

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

Please contact the centre on 01646 636 205 before booking.

Designed to help the beginner, this course will look at both identification and ecology of coastal plants. It will give participants practical experience in the identification of saltmarsh and sand dune plants. There will be time to carry out vegetation surveys in both habitats using a variety of survey techniques and both habitats will be viewed in their environmental context, with special reference to the process of ecological succession. There will be discussion on how various plants are adapted to living in these two quite extreme environments, and during the course there will be informal slide identification quizzes. There will be a practical assessment at the end of the course on the common saltmarsh and sand dune plants. This is an accredited course suitable for professionals or interested amateurs.

John Archer-Thomson has a long association with Pembrokeshire and was previously Assistant Head of Centre at Dale Fort. His special interests include diving, photography, ecology and natural history.


This course is part of the Biological Recording programmes 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 and the MSc Biological Recording. 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] For 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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This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here.

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