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FSC COURSES IN ESSEX

FIELD STUDIES COUNCIL COURSES BASED AT THE GREEN CENTRE IN 2016.

The Essex Field Club will be running six non-residential courses, as detailed below, at the Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park on behalf of the Epping Forest FSC Centre in 2015,. Bookings and payment will be handled by the Epping Forest Field Centre, either on line via the website www.field-studies-council.org or by phone call ( 020 8502 8500) or letter to Epping Forest Field Centre, High Beach, Loughton IG10 4AF. Lunches are included in the course fee and will be provided by the Wat Tyler café. ________________________________________________________________________________

Identification of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes @ The Green Centre

Saturday-Sunday 18 & 19th June. Non-residential     £104

Do you find grass identification bewildering, intimidating or frustrating? Bit vague on rushes and sedges? On this two-day course novices will start to understand the structure of these flowering plants, whilst those with prior knowledge can master identification techniques for surveying. A wide variety of habitats will be visited with lots of key work guidance to identify different species.

Tutor: Ken Adams.   Places: 14.

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Saltmarshes: Botany & Ecology @ The Green Centre

Friday August 12th Non-residential  £45

This one day course covers the identification of the higher plants of salt marsh and saline dyke habitats and the zonation of salt marsh vegetation. Participants will be investigating the extensive salt marshes surrounding Wat Tyler Country Park using keys and expert guidance to identify plant species found.

Tutor: Ken Adams.   Places 14

Participants may also be interested in the complementary course on saltmarsh geology and evolution on the following day (below).

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Saltmarshes: Geology & Evolution @ The Green Centre

Saturday  August 13th. Non-residential   £45 

A packed one-day course of lectures and fieldwork, covering the history and evolution of estuarine marshes and changes in sedimentary environments, from drowned fossil forest to saltings, over the last 5,000 years. Together with an examination of estuarine changes during the course of the Purfleet interglacial (300,000bp).

Tutor:  Peter Allen.    Places 14

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British Hemiptera for Beginners @ The Green Centre

Sunday 10 September. Non-residential. £59.

An introduction to the biology, recognition and identification of the families within the Heteroptera (‘true bugs’) and Auchenorrhyncha (leaf hoppers and allies). Practical sessions include field sampling methods and recording of specimens found in the grounds of the centre. N.B. this is an introductory course to the group, but a basic knowledge of invertebrates is required.

Tutor: Tristan Bantock.   Places: 15

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Light Microscopy for Botanists @ The Green Centre

Sunday 26 November. Non-residential.  £45.

This one day course will enable participants to get the best out of a microscope for observation and for measurement, and is suitable for beginners to those wanting to improve their microscope skill-set; using stereozoom-dissecting and high power compound microscopes. Optical and slide making techniques will also be covered (including plant chromosome preparations).

Tutor: Ken Adams.  Places: 14

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Other non-residential courses FSC run by Ken Adams & John Skinner*, that may be of interest that will be based at the Epping Forest FSC Field Centre at High Beach are: Identifying Trees Without Leaf Sat 30 January £55; Introducing Lichens* Sat 12 March £38; Mosses & Liverworts: Bryophytes for Beginners Sat 14 May £45; Aquatic Plant Identification: Beginners Sat 16 July £55; Aquatic Plant Identification; Advanced  Sun 17 July £55. 

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