Have you ever wondered what makes up the bright green carpets on rocks and trees? If you take a closer look, a diverse and prehistoric world is revealed. With over half of all European Bryophyte species present in the UK there is so much to explore!

The word bryophyte is the collective term for mosses, liverworts and hornworts. This course looks at their biology, ecology and where you can find them. The course is at an introductory level and is a great place to start for those taking their first steps into the world of Bryophytes.

Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: Eco-Skills Framework and Course Level Descriptors

This is a 4-week online course covering 4 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the content.
More details of dates and time commitments can be found below.

Develop your interest and understanding of Fungi through these topics:

    • What are Bryophytes?
    • Bryophyte Biology
    • Bryophyte Ecology
    • Finding Bryophytes in their Natural Environment

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

    • Describe which groups of organisms are classified as bryophytes and what makes them different from all other plants
    • Understand the basics of bryophyte lifecycles and reproductive strategies and structures
    • Describe bryophyte habitats and their environmental conditions
    • Recognise groups of common bryophytes in their natural environments
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family and fellow volunteers.

This is a training course from the FSC Eco-Skills, including online course materials, expert tuition, and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning within Bryophytes with further relevant FSC courses or branch out into other areas of flowering and non-flowering plants. The FSC offers both online and in person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Tuesday 14th September to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – booking will not be taken after this time.

Each individual needs to place their own order to ensure we can sign you up to the learning platform and give you access to resources.

If you are aged 18-25, you are eligible for a £50 discount thanks to the Generation Green project, click here to find out more.

Tutor: Lucia Ruffino

Lucia Ruffino is a bryologist and free-lance botanical surveyor living and working in North Wales. Lucia’s botanical knowledge has developed over the years from an amateur background and she now specialises in NVC surveys in upland and peatland habitats.

The webinars will take place on the following dates at 6:00 pm (BST):

    • Thursday 23rd September 6:00 - 6:45 pm
    • Thursday 30th September 6:00 - 6:45 pm
    • Thursday 7th October 6:00 - 6:45 pm
    • Thursday 14th October 6:00 - 6:45 pm

Please note - webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend.

Example Timetable

Week 1: What are Bryophytes?
Self-study material available: 16/09/2021
Week 1 live webinar: 23/09/2021 at 6:00 pm

Week 2: Bryophyte Biology 
Self-study material available: 23/09/2021
Week 2 live webinar: 30/09/2021 at 6:00 pm

Week 3: Bryophyte Ecology 
Self-study material available: 30/09/2021
Week 3 live webinar: 07/10/2021 at 6:00 pm

Week 4: Finding Bryophytes in their Natural Environment 
Self-study material available: 07/10/2021
Week 4 live webinar: 14/10/2021 at 6:00 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 28/10/2021.

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 2-3 hours of your time each week. This includes covering course materials on our Moodle learning platform and the Zoom session.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created to help you constantly build on your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the FSC.

The course includes:

    • 45-minute interactive weekly Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants
    • Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned
    • Activities to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop

Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user-friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. Quizzes and skill-checks will give you instant feedback on your learning. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work. Unique to the FSC, there are also Mindful Moments: a chance to stop, step away from your screen and interact with nature and enjoy a personal moment.

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing an FSC course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Bursaries and Subsidies

If you are 18-25, you can get £50 off this course thanks to the Generation Green project. Click here to find out more and to get your voucher code

Before You Attend

Once you sign up you’ll receive an email at least 48 hours in advance of the course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.

Webinars are via Zoom so you won’t need any new software to attend

Please note that bookings will close on Tuesday 14th September to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform.

Useful equipment for this course, the following is not mandatory but will help you within this course:

  • Hand lens