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FIELD STUDIES COUNCIL COURSES BASED AT THE EPPING FOREST CENTRE HIGH BEACH

The FSC will be running  non-residential courses, as detailed below, in 2019,. 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 either at the Kings Oak Pub.

 

Identifying Trees Without Leaf in Epping Forest @ High Beach

Tuesday 22nd January.  Non-residential     53

This course will be a practical-based look at a difficult subject; how to identify trees without leaves in winter. The day aims to enable participants to identify the main native and naturalised broad-leaved trees and shrubs found in the Epping Forest area. It will focus on identification from bark, twigs, buds, seeds and fruit of the trees.

Course fee includes: FSC AIDGAP: A Guide to the Identification of Deciduous Broad-leaved Trees and Shrubs in Winter, Pub lunch

 

Tutor: Ken Adams.   Places: 14.

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Introducing Lichens @ High Beach Centre

Saturday 9th March. Non-residential.          45

This course will focus on explaining what lichens are and how they can be indentified in the field. No previous knowledge is assumed as the course is designed for students, naturalists, citizen scientists and the curious alike. At the end of the day participants can expect to feel confident in the naming of a range of common species and have sufficient background for projects using lichens as bio-indicators of environmental conditions.

Fee includes FSC foldout chart Lichens on Twigs.

Tutor: John Skinner   Places: 14.

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Mosses and Liverworts: Introducing Bryophytes @ High Beach Centre

Saturday 18th May.  Non-residential.           57

This course is for people who would like either a first introduction to mosses and liverworts, or a refresher in the features useful for identification. A range of species exhibiting particular characteristics will be examined under the microscopes to demonstrate what to look for when we go out into the forest and look at them under a x20 lens. The tutor's picture keys to species in several genera of epiphytic bryophytes will introduce the species particularly useful for indicating levels of sulphur dioxide and ammonia pollution, and those indicative of acidic and alkaline habitats, and how to find them in the field.

Course fee includes pub lunch.

Tutor: Ken Adams.     Places 14.  

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Identification of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes @ High Beach Centre

Saturday-Sunday 15  & 16th June. Non-residential     114

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 using Ken's newly published Key to Grass Genera.

Tutor: Ken Adams.   Places: 14.

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Aquatic Plant Identification: beginners @ High Beach Centre

Thursday 25th July. Non-residential. 53.

This course will provide an introduction to flowering plants that grow in and around ponds, lakes and streams. Participants will be shown how to observe the characteristics that are used to identify and classify them using a series of novel side-by-side annotated drawings (supplied) that summarise their key features, in addition to a free FSC chart A Guide to Commoner Water Plants. Basic plant knowledge would be useful before joining this course.

A follow-on Aquatic Plant Identifiction: Advanced course is available on 26 July 2019 for those who wish to look at the more difficult to identify groups of species.

Course fee includes lunch at a local pub. As transport is required for field sites visits carpooling will be arranged on the day.

 

Tutor: Ken Adams.   Places: 14.

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Aquatic Plant Identification:advanced @ High Beach Centre

Friday 26th July. Non-residential. 57.

For those with some knowledge of aquatic and marginal plants who wish to learn the more critical groups, such as the water crowfoots, duckweeds, pondweeds, starworts, aquatic grasses, sedges and rushes, stoneworts and aquatic liverworts. It also tackles the growing list of alien aquatic plants that are devastating our ponds and waterways and considers ways of controlling them. Extensive illustrated synoptic keys provided.

The Aquatic Plant Identification: Intermediate course available the day before covering the commoner species provides a grounding for this course but attendance on both is not essential.

Course fee includes lunch at a local pub. As transport is required for field sites visits carpooling will be arranged on the day.

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Tutor: Ken Adams.   Places: 14.