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NVC Bogs and Mires

  • NON-RESIDENT: £275

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The National Vegetation Classification (NVC) provides a formal description of British Plant Communities with many practical uses for site assessment and management. The course will introduce the background to the development of the NVC and visit a wide range of upland and lowland sites to demonstrate how the system works. Participants will: be introduced to the standard field survey methodology of the NVC in a range of mire habitats, use dichotomous keys and computer programmes to aid the assignment of field generated data to units of the NVC, be helped to understand the dynamics of community development especially in relation to edaphic and management factors. By the end of the course participants will be able to recognise different stands of vegetation in the field, survey a site using an appropriate sampling strategy, present their data in standard NVC format and discuss approaches to the production of an NVC map.

Hilary Wallace is a freelance botanist with a special interest in plant community classification. With over 30 years experience of using the NVC, Hilary is a regular tutor on NVC and plant identification courses.


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

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