Habitat Indicator Species (Phase 1 and NVC) - Acid and Neutral Grassland, The Holly Lodge Centre, Tuesday, 02. July 2019

A 1 day course giving participants;

the skills and confidence to assess neutral and acid grassland habitats, both in terms of type and quality.
confidence in understanding indicator species 
an overview of some key Phase I and NVC communities
a chance to do quadrat sampling and share ideas with colleagues

Tutor: Dominic Price

The purpose of much botanical survey is to tell us what is going on in the landscape around us – is it being over-managed, or unmanaged? Has the land been subject to agricultural improvement? What type of soil is it? Is it a habitat which is likely to support a diverse and rare species?
This course covers the basics of habitat assessment, from Phase I through to the rudiments of the National Vegetation Classification system. In particular we will become familiar with the key indicator species, which immediately tell you what sort of grassland you are in and point you in the right direction for final classification.
Acid grassland is one of the rarest habitats in the UK, but as well as occurring in heathland and upland moors it can be encountered in the most unpredictable places, in amongst calcareous habitat and on post-industrial sites. It is inherently a species poor habitat and many field surveyors fail to notice it and realise its significance when it is found. This course will cover all the key indicator which inform the presence of acid grassland, as well as looking at neighbouring neutral and semi-improved grasslands for comparison. It will primarily deal with grass identification as the most constant components of this habitat type.
While aimed at beginners these courses are more likely to be enjoyed with a basic level of prior plant ID skills, but there will be ample chance to get to know the species in the field.

About the tutor:

Dominic Price is a highly regarded botanical tutor and has been running courses for all levels of ecologists since 2007. He is director of The Species Recovery Trust and specialises in the conservation of endangered species. He is the author of A Field Guide to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes and co-author of The Photographic Guide to Winter Trees and Shrubs. He is also a committed wearer of sandals.

What to bring:


Holly Lodge, Richmond Park

Coming on public transport
Richmond is in Zone 4.  The nearest park gate to the Holly Lodge Centre is Richmond gate, which is a good 20 minute walk.
By London Underground or Southwest Trains/Silverlink The nearest station for these services is Richmond.  The District Line comes to Richmond (Bus 371 from the station stops at the Lass of Richmond pub, near the Richmond Gate entrance to the Park).
 By bus 
Bus number 371 from Richmond Station or Kingston stops 130 metres from Richmond Gate by the Lass of Richmond Hill pub.
Bus number 65, which runs between Ealing Broadway and Kingston via Richmond Station, stops at the Bottom of Richmond Hill in Petersham near the Dysart Arms pub.  There is a 20 minute walk up a steep hill to Richmond Gate.
By car
Holly Lodge, Richmond Park, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 5HS
Google maps here

When you arrive at Holly Lodge follow the track down into the caraprk (over the vattle grid). Park there and then walk up inot the main courtyard. On the right you will find a pair of glass doors, go through these, up the stairs and find the meeting room.

Feedback from previous courses
‘Well done *** – such a good follow on & compliment to your other ½ day courses earlier on in the year. Very informative and useful to both amateurs and professionals. Looking forward to attending more of your course in the future!’
‘*** was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Also gave good advice for my future career steps. Highly enjoyable would recommend to anyone wanting to expand knowledge on indicator meadow species ‘
‘Entertaining and enthusiastic tutor, and, as always with these courses, it was great to meet other ecologists and people with similar interests.’

'Great Field id, *** has a unique was of decribing plants that means I might well remember when out on my own!'
'I really liked the detailed information sheet about which species were in which habitat type, and the gradation along nutrient and pH changes'

Habitat Indicator Species (Phase 1 and NVC) - Acid and Neutral Grassland

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