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Grass, Sedge and Rush Identification - Heathland, Acid Grassland and Bogs

23 May 2017, New Forest

10am - 4pm


Beginner – Intermediate



This training day will give participants the confidence to identify a wide range of grasses and sedges commonly encountered in lowland dry heathland, wet heathland, acidic grassland and bogs using largely non-flowering features. The workshop will be carried out in two locations in the stunning New Forest, and provide the opportunity to discuss some of the conservation management issues of these habitats, as well as the difficulties of identifying grasses in grazed habitats.

Nearly every species of grass and most sedges have at least one key feature which can be used to pinpoint them to genus and species level. This course aims to teach people to spot and memorise these characters for the majority of common species and some of the more specialised species found in heathland and mire communities.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify several species of common grass and sedge
  2. Identify some of the less common specialist species
  3. Identify heathland and bog communities from the types of types of grass growing in them

CIEEM Competencies to be developed in the training

S2 - Species identification, handling and evaluation

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at anyone wishing to gain confidence in botanical identification skills, particularly those who work in heathland habitats.


Dominic Price MCIEEM


For bookings made by Friday 10 April our Early Bird rates apply:
CIEEM members: £90/ Non-members: £160

For bookings made on or after Saturday 11 April:
CIEEM members: £110/ Non-members: £180

Course fee includes refreshments through the day but lunch is not included.

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Date 23 May 2017 - 10:00
Location Turf Hill Car Park
SU211176 on B3080, 2 miles south east of North Charford
Organiser CIEEM
Telephone 01962 868626