Calcareous Grasslands: Plant ID and National Vegetation Classification

  • 2 day course
  • 13-14 July 2018
  • £100 for two days
  • Durham Wildlife Trust, Rainton Meadows, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 6PU

The grasses (Poaceae) are an extremely important group of plants, both ecologically and economically.  They can give us a lot of information about habitats and their ecology. This workshop is aimed to ecologists, and people involve in nature conservation. We will be digging our hands into the world of grasses, and its morphology. We will be we will be looking at how to identify the species found in calcareous grasslands.

During the second day we will be looking at how certain species grow in particular habitats, and how to use them as ecological indicators, especially in the context of the National Vegetation Classification systems used in the UK to describe plant communities.

This course will explore the techniques, tools and resources available to support your field work.