Empirical methods for evaluating the ecological value of a site are an increasingly important element of nature conservation. This site assessment course will allow you to gain an understanding of the methods used in assessing site quality using vegetation.

Reporting of the local or national value of a development site, favourable or unfavourable status, the outcome of management practices and the long-term effects of environmental and climate change increasingly rely on evidence-based approaches. The purpose of this course is to explore the use of botanical data in making such assessments.

Tutor: Mark Duffell

Mark Duffell has had a lifetime interest in plants, gaining the RHS Diploma in Horticulture and completing an MSc in Biological Recording. He now runs Arvensis Ecology, splitting his time between conducting botanical surveys and teaching botanical identification and survey techniques to undergraduate and postgraduate students, consultancies and environmental organisations.

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.