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Site Assessment Using Vegetation

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How can you tell if a site or area is botanically poor, good or outstanding? This course will give you the skills to assess such sites for their conservation value, looking at the plants and vegetation communities present. Repeat visits will be made to a botanically diverse site with a range of habitats, first to assess its quality using the Phase 1 Habitat survey methodology and then revisiting some of these habitats and assessing them with the National Vegetation Classification. You will be shown how to collate and analyse the data and produce an ecological report giving values to the habitats and plant communities present on the site. This course is part of the MSc in Biological Recording run by Manchester Metropolitan University.

Tim Rich is a national botanical expert with particular interest in difficult plant groups such as Crucifers, Sorbus, Hieracium and Taraxacum. He has authored over 300 papers and books on the British and Irish floras and descried over 20 new species. He ran the Welsh National Herbarium for 17 years and is currently collecting Hieracium seeds for the Millennium Seed Bank. Mark Duffell has had a lifetime interest in plants, gaining the RHS Diploma in Horticulture, becoming 'Young Horticulturist of the Year' in 2001 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 Ecological Monitoring and the PG Certificate in Biological Recording. 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] The course is also suitable for non-credit students.

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