Macrophyte ID (Advanced, Accredited)

This advanced course is ideal for those with experience in the identification of macrophytes who wish to progress even further and learn to identify with greater detail.

Due to government guidelines relating to social distancing in response to COVID-19, we will only be running courses at a capacity of 8 students per course. The safety of our staff and course attendees is our highest priority and as such all participants will be expected to observe a 2m distance while in the FBA building, including the laboratory, as well as wear a mask for any indoor tuition.

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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


Tim Jones


FBA Members Price: £607
Regular Price: £675

9/14/2020 9:00 AM - 9/16/2020 5:00 PM
GMT Standard Time
Freshwater Biological Association The River Lab Dorset, BH20 6BB UNITED KINGDOM

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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.