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Biological Recording

  • NON-RESIDENT: £275

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

This three day course is designed to give you a skills base for biological recording in the UK. It is a stand-alone unit which will focus on the skills needed to plan and carry out biological recording in the field and how to present your findings. During the course you will be working on a project (independently or jointly) that is tailored to your particular natural history interests with the support of a tutor; this will provide you with practical and reporting skills. There is a blend of lab-based lectures and field work on the Preston Montford Estate to enable participants to develop their own field recording skills and their understanding of biological recording.

Mark Duffell has had a lifetime interest in plants, gaining the RHS Diploma in Horticulture 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, consultancies and environmental organisations.


This is one of a series of courses run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University contributing to the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification.  This qualification is being discontinued so is no longer open for new registration.  Existing certificate students will be able to gain credits in the 2018/19 academic year. For further details please contact:

The Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology Manchester Metropolitan University. E-mail: [email protected]

There is assessment of the course through, for example, identification tests, producing survey reports or field journals, working through keys and other various pieces of work.

The course is also suitable for non-credit students and for those enrolling on the new certificate course with FSC.  For further details on this course please contact FSC Head Office at [email protected]

Further Information

Course Leaflet
About Preston Montford

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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