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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Identification of Sedges and Allies

  • Location: Preston Montford
  • Tutor: Mark Duffell
  • Date: Tuesday 19 June 2018
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Level: Beginners
  • NON-RESIDENT: £45

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An introduction to the identification of members of the Sedge family, which includes the genus Carex and Sedge allies e.g. Cottongrass. Sedges are extremely useful botanically as they can tell you much about a site ecologically. Unfortunately they do not have large obvious ‘flowery’ bits so many people are put off attempting to identify them. By observing those characters which help identify each species we will be able to understand why a species is what it is; in time we will also learn short-cuts as to how to recognise individual species. The course will cover plant structures, identification techniques, use of keys and what habitats the individual species occur in. Given the short duration of the course we will concentrate on the commoner and also more important members of this family and focus mainly on floral rather than vegetative characters.

Mark Duffell has had a lifetime interest in plants, gaining the RHS Diploma in Horticulture, becoming Young Horticulturist of the Year in 2001 and completing an MSc in Biological Recording. He now runs Arvensis Ecology, splitting his time between conducting botanical surveys and teaching botanical identification and survey techniques to undergraduate and postgraduate students, consultancies and environmental organisations.

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