British grasses and herbs: Their relationship with soils and habitats

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Date(s) - 11/07/2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Site near Durham city


Neutral and calcareous grassland

The course will explore which grasses and herbs prefer neutral soils and which prefer alkaline soils and the reasons for this. For each one of the key species that we find, we will look in detail at their growing and dispersal behaviours and which other herbs and grasses they associate with in their natural landscapes.

The course will have an introduction to plants and their characteristics, and then we will visit two sites near Durham City. The first site will be a cemetery with a meadow with neutral soils and the second site will be a disused quarry with alkaline soils. We will be looking at the grasses and herbs growing in these two very different habitats, practising how to identify them and looking at the association of plants they grow with and what these assemblages of plants can tell us about the land use and history.

This workshop will be 1 day, (9am to 4pm) completely outdoors, following social distancing rules and we will have up to 5 people participating.

two separate dates to choose from: Saturday 11th July and Friday 24th July, £75

Contact: 07875544635,

Following government guidance, the courses will be delivered completely outdoors, no classroom time, following social distancing rules and we will have groups of up to 5 people. We will use online resources as much as possible. Each participant will have its own equipment and resources.

Verde-ecology Consultancy training courses are mainly field-based and hands on because we believe in experiencing nature, so we will try as much as possible to keep that ethos. With this in mind, we can only accept people that are able to travel on the day and do not need to stay overnight.


Bookings are closed for this event.

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