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Identifying Woodland Plants

  • NON-RESIDENT: £270

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

Identifying woodland plants is a course for botanists wishing to further their skills in woodland plant identification, concentrating not just on trees and the more colourful woodland herbs, but also on the traditionally difficult groups such as woodland grasses, sedges and ferns. There will also be an introduction to mosses and liverworts, as this group often forms a very important component of some woodland types. In order to see a wide range of woodland plants we will visit a variety of different types of woodland. This may include typical base-rich, species-rich lowland woodlands, sessile oak woods with a distinct 'upland' feel to them, wet alder woodlands, a range of scrub communities and secondary woodland. Please note that this is in effect a 'Level 2' walking course, requiring a moderate level of fitness. This course is part of the University Certificate in Biological Recording run by Manchester Metropolitan University.

Nick Law is an experienced field botanist currently employed as a Senior Ecologist with FPCR Environment and Design Ltd. Nick’s interests include vascular plants and bryophytes. He holds a Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) Level 6 Field Identification Skills Certificate (FISC) and is the British Bryological Society Regional Recorder for Warwickshire. 


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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