This practical course is aimed at anyone wishing to gain experience in the recognition of plants found in bogs and mires. This is subject covering some of the more difficult plant families, including the Cyperaceae and Juncaceae. Critical bryophytes, including the notoriously difficult Sphagna, will also be covered. The emphasis is on identification through examination of characteristic features in the field aided by simplified keys to some of the more difficult groups. Bog and mire ecology (and the NVC) will also be considered briefly.
Evening sessions will allow closer examination of specimens seen during the day and use of a range of identification guides. The course will be mainly field-based, focusing on Crymlyn Bog near Swansea, which provides an incredibly diverse range of wetland habitats from Sphgnum-rich mires to calcareous fen.