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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Introduction to National Vegetation Classification Surveys (Grasslands)

  • Location: Preston Montford
  • Tutor: Mark Duffell
  • Date: Thursday 07 June 2018
  • Level: Open for Everyone

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

The National Vegetation Classification system is a key tool in allowing botanists and ecologists to identify plant communities within semi-natural habitats. This information can be important in assessing the diversity of a site, its importance and any potential future use of the site (both development or management). After a morning in the classroom looking at the classification system, techniques and sampling methods, we will then spend time outside collecting data that we will then analyse (using Keys in the NVC Books and MAVIS software). By the end of the day participants will be able to understand the background to the NVC system, its methodology, plant communities, how to collect useful data, formatting and analysis of data and interpretation of that data. The day will be focussed on the Grassland communities at Preston Montford, but will also discuss other habitats. There will be opportunity to practise techniques in recording and sampling in the field. This course will be useful for trainee botanists/ecologists to learn the technique as well as land managers who have to understand the contents of reports that may have been produced for their sites.

Mark Duffell has had a lifetime interest in plants, gaining the RS 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 undergraduates and postgraduates students of universities, consultancies and environmental organisations. www.ArvensisEcology.co.uk 

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