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Fens and Bogs: Plants and Processes

  • Location: Malham Tarn
  • Tutor: Ros Tratt
  • Dates: Friday 30 August 2019 to Monday 02 September 2019
  • Times: 04:00 PM - 03:00 PM
  • Level: Intermediate
  • NON-RESIDENT: £235

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Fens and bogs are wetlands which include a great diversity of habitats, from acidic rain-fed raised bogs, to herb-rich fen meadows and mossy calcareous flushes. Many interesting plants, including insectivorous plants, orchids, scarce sedges and colourful mosses, are characteristic of wetland vegetation types.

The wide variety of fen and bog sites around Malham provide a fascinating opportunity to investigate how natural processes and the past activities of people have influenced their development. This course will combine field excursions and classroom sessions to develop an understanding of the plants, plant communities, and environmental variables that characterise different types of wetlands. Students will learn to identify key plant species, collect vegetation data, and investigate wetlands by measuring simple variables such as pH and conductivity and observing peat stratigraphy.

Recent developments in scientific understanding of wetlands and peatlands, including the concept of wetland water supply mechanisms (WETMECS) will be discussed in the context of the Malham wetlands; and there will also be time to focus on the influence of management practices upon the conservation interest of fens and bogs. This course will suit those with a general interest in wetland habitats and plants, and also professionals who want to broaden their understanding of wetland habitats. Field excursions will involve walking across wet and uneven ground.

Ros Tratt is a freelance ecologist, and part-time tutor at the University of Sheffield Department for Life-long learning. She has many years’ experience as a wetland ecologist, and has studied numerous wetlands in Britain.

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