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Identifying Difficult Higher Plants

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This course is fully booked. If you would like to be added to a waiting list please contact the MMU Shrewsbury office (details below)

This course is designed to help students develop higher level field botany skills. It will include teaching familiarity with the characteristics of the main groups of difficult higher plants including grasses, sedges and rushes and reference critical taxa such as Sorbus spp. It will also include the identification of species from several different habitats and construction of keys to aid identification. The groups tackled change each year depending on the season but can include Yellow Composites, Fumitories, Roses, Whitebeams and Umbellifers. There will be a mixture of fieldwork (with guidance on how to collect, observe and record in the field) and laboratory sessions, plus talks on identification, use of keys and herbarium skills. This course is part of the MSc in Biological Recording run by Manchester Metropolitan University.

Tim Rich is a national botanical expert with particular interest in difficult plant groups such as Crucifers, Sorbus, Hieracium and Taraxacum. He has authored over 300 papers and books on the British and Irish floras and descried over 20 new species. He ran the Welsh National Herbarium for 17 years and is currently collecting Hieracium seeds for the Millennium Seed Bank. 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 of universities, consultancies and environmental organisations. 


This course is part of the MSc Biological Recording jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

To apply for these courses or find out more about the masters degree please contact: 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/

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