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Fern Identification

  • NON-RESIDENT: £247

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Three full days will be spent in the field looking at ferns and their allies in their natural habitats. Sites will include upland and lowland, acidic and alkaline habitats, ensuring that a variety of species from a number of families will be observed. Study will primarily involve identification of species, but attention will also be given to basic fern ecology and factors that affect their survival. Daytime walks will be up to four miles long through stunning rural scenery in and around Snowdonia with fine views on good days. The terrain will be diverse, including some rocky, steep sections, but will be taken at botanical pace. Rain will not stop play, but field days may be curtailed if prevailing weather conditions are unpleasant. Evening identification sessions in the laboratory with fern field guides, specimens and hand lenses will help to consolidate learning.

Chris Metherell is the BSBI (Botanical Society of the British Isles) County Recorder for Northumberland and an experienced botanist. He regularly leads field trips for the Wild Flower Society and other interested groups.


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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