Grasses, Sedges and Rushes
- Location: Preston Montford
- Tutor: Mark Duffell
- Dates: Friday 19 July 2019 to Monday 22 July 2019
- Times: 06:00 PM - 04:00 PM
- Level: Intermediate
- This course is accredited by Manchester Metropolitan University:
- RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £395
- RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £345
- NON-RESIDENT: £275
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Grasses, Sedges and Rushes can be seen as a bewildering mix of similar looking plants and are often dismissed as being beyond identification by many naturalists. But they often form the dominant vegetation in a landscape and can be useful in informing the botanist what habitats they are studying. This course covers the structural differences between the three families with emphasis on the terminology and diagnostic features. The focus will be mainly on identification using floral characters, but some use will be made of vegetative keys. By the end of the course participants will be able to recognise many of the commoner species and be able to use a key to identify those they don't recognise. We will visit a wide range of habitats and see how this group fits into the ecological landscape.
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 MSc Biological Recording and the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification. The University Certificate 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. To gain university credits you must be registered for the Masters programme in advance of this course. 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]
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