POSTPONED: Introduction to Macrophytes (Beginner)

This course is ideal for those with an interest in macrophytes (large aquatic plants) but with little experience or knowledge.

Due to government guidelines relating to social distancing in response to COVID-19, this course has been postponed.



This 2 day course will give participants and introduction of how to sample and identify a range of aquatic plants, using pragmatic and practical approach to identify common and ubiquitous aquatic forms. It will provide an introduction to the survey method used to assess river macrophyte populations and will use a structured based approach pioneered by Nigel Holmes and subsequently refined by the tutor. This approach allows the identification of plants using 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.

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: £337
Early Bird Price: £357
Regular Price (from August 14th): £375

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

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