Shropshire and surrounding counties have a wealth of varied aquatic habitats with a wide range of species.

We will use a range of keys to identify plants to family, genus and species and laboratory sessions in the evening will provide the opportunity to use microscopes and to see voucher specimens of a wider range of specimens.


This is one of a series of courses (Units) run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University contributing to the MSc Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring and the Postgraduate Certificate in Biological Recording. To gain university credits you must be registered for the programme in advance of this course. For further details please contact:

Department of Natural Sciences, Manchester Metropolitan University, (Shrewsbury Office). E-mail: [email protected]

The Unit will be assessed through, for example, identification tests, survey reports, field journals, production of keys, essays or other forms of assessment.

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: Nick Law

Nick Law is an experienced field botanist currently employed as a Principal Ecologist with FPCR Environment and Design Ltd. Nick’s interests include vascular plants and bryophytes. He holds a Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) Level 6 Field Identification Skills Certificate (FISC) and is the British Bryological Society Regional Recorder for Warwickshire.

Please note, the fee is for tuition, packed lunch and refreshments only.

If you would like to book accommodation and an evening meal at FSC Preston Montford, please call 01743 852040.

Example Timetable

Please arrive at the centre between 15:00pm and 17:00pm on the first day of your course in good time for a welcome introduction and evening meal usually 18.30pm, after which the course commences with a short evening session.

On Friday evening there will be a classroom introduction to the problems associated with identifying aquatic plants.

Saturday and Sunday will involve a mixture of field trips and classroom based work during the day, and evening sessions either within the classroom or FSC Preston Montford grounds.

There will be a short field trip on Monday morning followed by a classroom-based test in the afternoon (optional for those not studying for accreditation).

Accrediting Agency

Manchester Metropolitan University

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Lunch

Bursaries and Subsidies

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.

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Stout walking shoes or boots (some wellingtons and waders are available on hire from the Centre).
  • Warm, waterproof outdoor clothing.
  • A hand lens – x20 if possible, but at least a x10.
  • Sealable ‘ziplock’ plastic freezer bags.
  • Materials for making a grapnel will be available for purchase during the weekend but if you prefer, please bring your own balloon egg whisk and nylon cord.
  • Sandwich box and vacuum flask/drinks container.