The course will concentrate on the identification and ecology of aquatic and vascular plants and stoneworts in the habitats around Slapton Ley and South Devon, including ponds, lakes and rivers. Most of the time will be spent in the field studying swamp and fen plants growing around the edge of water bodies. There will be evening workshops on the more difficult groups such as water starworts (Callitriche), pondweeds (Potamogeton), water crowfoots (Ranunculus) and stoneworts (Charophyta).
Tutor: Nick StewartNick Stewart is a freelance botanist with a special interest in water plants. He is the Botanical Society of the British Isles (BSBI) referee for stoneworts and author of Red Data Books for stoneworts, bryophytes and lichens. He is also one of the authors of the Checklist of the Plants of Perthshire. He is currently involved in water plant surveys in Britain and Ireland.
Friday Evening: Introduction to the variety of Aquatic Plants.
Saturday: Field trip to local aquatic habitats including clay pits, ponds and rivers. In the evening we will study the plants collected during the day.
Sunday: Continue with the lab session to explore more difficult plant groups rounding up what we have learnt with a visit to Slapton Ley.
Monday Morning: Depart centre at 09.00am
Before You Attend
Start and Finish Times
Resident participants are requested to arrive for registration between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on arrival day, after this time self-directed arrival information will be posted on the front door. There will be an introductory talk at 5:00pm. Supper is usually at 6:30pm. Non resident bookings should arrive just before 5.00pm. A non resident booking also includes dinner during your course as teaching does progress into the evening. Breakfast, for resident participants, will be from 8:00am. The course will end at 4pm Sunday, with departure after breakfast on Monday for resident participants. On the final day please vacate your room by 9:00am, storage is provided for your luggage.
What to Bring
- Warm, waterproof clothing
- Walking boots
- Wellingtons and waterproofs (can be borrowed from the centre)
- Waders (if you have them)
- Hand lens (x20 magnification if you have it)
- Small rucksack
- Pen and notebook
- Lunch box, salad box and flask/drink bottle
- “British Water Plants” Haslam, Sinker & Wolseley FSC
- “Pondweeds” Preston BSBI
- “Charophytes” JA Moore BSBI
- “Plant Crib” TCG Rich & MDB Rich BSBI
- “Aquatic Plants in Britain and Ireland” 1997 C.D.Preston & J.M.Croft (Harley Books)
- “A field guide to the riverine plants of Britain and Northern Ireland 2008” R.V.Lansdowne (Environment Agency)
- “Water Starworts Callitriche in Europe” 2009 R.V.Lansdowne BSBI"
A selection of identification keys will be provided on the course, so none of these are essential.