Forensic Ecology (Bushy Park)
- Location: London
- Tutor: Mark Spencer
- Date: Saturday 13 July 2019
- Level: Beginners
- NON-RESIDENT: £45
It comes as a surprise to many that vegetation can be used to help understand how a crime was committed. However, the use of environmental and botanical data in forensic science has a long history dating to at least the early 20th century. Participants will learn about the ways in which vegetation and other forms of environmental evidence can be used to help understand criminal activity. They will also practice some basic investigatory skills that may be used at a crime scene. Please note, some aspects of this course may be challenging to some participants as it will be necessary to discuss scenarios involving the ecology of the decomposition of human remains.
Our Natural History and Exploring Nature and the Arts courses are aimed at those aged 18 and above. If you are interested in one of our courses but are under 18 at the time of the course beginning please contact the Centre hosting the course prior to booking to discuss the content and its suitability.
About the tutor:
Mark Spencer has been a practicing forensic botanist for 7 years and is an experienced botanist and is the vascular plant recorder for the LNHS and BSBI Middlesex vice-county recorder. He has research and personal interest in 17th & 18th century botanical science, urban botany, non-natives and the impacts of environmental change.
- 0930 Registration
- 1000 Welcome, Health and Safety & Introduction
- 1015 Morning session
- 1300 Lunch
- 1330 Afternoon Session
- 1550 Taking your interest further and Course Reviews
- 1600 Course finishes
All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course.
What to bring
- Lunch and plenty to drink
- Suitable clothing & footwear, waterproofs or sun cream as appropriate!
- Notebook and pencil
- Small bag to carry personal items
If you have them:
- Hand lens.
Health and Safety and Accessibility
- There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site.
- If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.
- Please be aware that this is a Deer Park, and there can be ticks. Please consider wearing long sleeved tops and trousers, even if the weather is nice, and bring insect repellent.
- Our courses included some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground.
Meeting point / Location
The Stockyard, Bushy Park.
FSC in Bushy Park
FSC have been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In Bushy Park, our education Centre has two classrooms, toilet facilities, a small kitchen and office space. Alongside this is an area of the Park for education use, not open to members of the public. With two large meadows and grassland areas, woodland areas and three ponds, this is an exciting and inspiring space to discover more about the Park. Located near Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park's mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer. The park is also home to the famous Chestnut Avenue, a formal Baroque water garden and the beautiful Diana Fountain.
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