The FBA is an independent membership organisation, dedicated to advancing understanding and management of freshwaters in the UK and abroad.
This 3 day course will give participants a more advanced look at a range of aquatic plants, using a detailed pragmatic and practical approach to identify common and ubiquitous aquatic forms. This course will continue to employ the effective survey method used to assess river macrophyte populations introduced in the Beginners course and will use a structure based approach by Nigel Holmes and subsequently refined by tutor Tim Jones. This approach allows the identification of plants easily recognisable features (e.g. submerged linear leaved, paired broad leaved marginal, etc.). This approach does not always follow the traditional botanical approach but has been shown to be an effective way for people to learn and accurately identify aquatic plants. At the end of the course, participants will be examined on their identification skills and, if the required standard is attained, a certificate of accreditation will be awarded.
The course will comprise talks and presentations, lab practicals looking at fresh specimens and visits to local river sites. Tim Jones is an experienced freshwater ecologist and aquatic plant expert – he has run plant training courses for many years and together with Nigel Holmes ran the accreditation plant scheme for the Environment Agency. Lunch is provided for the duration of the course.
The River Lab, Dorset
FBA Members Price: £607
Regular Price: £675
Early bird rates apply to fees paid at least eight weeks before the start of the course. Please note that only one discount can be applied at any one time.
Courses may be altered or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, and will only run subject to sufficient participant uptake.
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