The National Vegetation Classification system is a standard technique used by ecologists and conservation agencies to determine and describe the various plant communities within Britain. Grasslands are intricate systems composed of communities of species determined by factors such as drainage, nutrient status, altitude and management.

This course will explain the methodology, with a specific focus on identifying grassland indicator species. You will also be introduced to a range of different communities and explore the tools and techniques available to support classifying a community.

Tutor: John Handley

John is the Director of CH Ecology, an independent ecologist and consultant, providing surveys and training on behalf of conservation agencies and Local Authorities. John has a background within amenity horticulture as a Technical Manager, providing advice and training to Local Authorities, prominent sports facilities and private land owners. John is an enthusiastic communicator and botanist.

Example Timetable

Please arrive at the Centre in good time prior to the 10.00am start time.

10:00am Introduction and question: what is the aim of identifying a community?
10:30am Background to the NVC: rationale, history and relationship to Phase 1 habitat surveying.
NVC within a wider context, its use, application and development.
11:30am Tea break.
11:45am The NVC methodology and requirements.
12:30pm Lunch.
13:15pm Sampling within the grounds
15:00pm Tea break.
15:15pm Data analysis.
15:45pm What next?

The course will run all day and finish around 16.00pm. Please bring your own packed lunch for the day.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance
  • Picnic Lunch

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • x10 and/or x20 hand lens*.
  • A packed lunch and drink.
  • Walking boots and waterproofs.

Useful Books

  • Favoured guide or sets of keys.
  • If you have a copy: Rodwell, J. S. (ed.) 1992. British Plant Communities. Volume 3. Grassland and montane communities. Cambridge University Press.
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