The Grass ID course is a focused training day during which we will look at the structure of grasses and learn to understand the terminology used in keys. We will then go into how to ID the more common species. The course will involve both indoor and outdoor sessions involved and will be taught by Julian Woodman, the Glamorgan county plant recorder.
The course will involve learning about how to survey for butterflies and moths and introduce you to some of the common species. The course will be taught by local expert Dr. George Tordoff from Butterfly Conservation.
Fern Identification – July 9th 2013
The fern identification course will involve learning how to identify the more common ferns found in Wales. In addition, there will be an introduction to the biology and ecology of ferns. The course will be taught by Professor Barry Thomas of Aberystwyth University.
Tree Survey and Inspection for Beginners - August 5th 2013
This one-day course will provide tree survey and inspection training at a basic level for people with limited arboricultural knowledge. Learners will be taught to identify obvious defects from ground level. The course will be taught by arboricultural expert Bettina Broadway-Mann.
Japanese Knotweed Ecology and Control – September 11th 2013
The Japanese Knotweed course will look at identifying the different types of knotweed found in Wales (hybrids, giant, etc) and will discuss the pros and cons of current available control strategies including new research and advances. The course will be taught by Sean Hathaway, a Japanese knotweed expert.
- Courses cost £60 per person inclusive of VAT.
- A discounted rate of £40 (inclusive of VAT) is available for full time students, pensioners or the unemployed.
- Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided – please bring your own packed lunch.
- The courses will be partly field based and so please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.
- All attendees will be issued with a certificate of attendance.
- Discounts are available for booking multiple courses. If three courses are booked the third course is available half price.
- The Plant Identification, Grass Identification, Butterfly & Moth Identification, Fern Identification and Japanese Knotweed and Control courses will be held at Wenvoe Community Centre, Wenvoe, CF5 6AL.
- The Wildlife Crime and Tree Survey and Inspection courses will be held at Bute Park, Cardiff, CF10 3DX.
Courses are run by Acer Ecology’s professional ecologists or local experts who have a passion for the wildlife and environment around them. The events are charged at an affordable rate with discounts for students, pensioners or the unemployed.
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The following courses have already taken place and will be repeated in 2014.
Phase 1 Habitat Surveys - April 10th 2013
The Phase 1 Habitat Survey course will introduce learners to the methodology of classifying habitats according to the phase 1 methodology. There will be both indoor and outdoor sessions where we will undertake a phase 1 survey of Wenvoe grasslands and woodlands. The course will be taught by Acer Ecology ecologists.
An Introduction to Wildlife Legislation and Wildlife Crime – April 16th 2013
The course will cover basic wildlife legislation that protects our native fauna and flora as well as providing practical advice and information on what to do when discovering a wildlife crime. Practical scenario based sessions will help reinforce the classroom based theory. The course will be delivered by retired Police Wildlife Crime Officer Ian Guildford.
The Amphibian course covers the ecology and conservation of amphibians in Wales, including the European protected great crested newt. The course will also cover species identification and practical survey methods to be deployed. The course will be taught by local amphibian expert Dr Fred Slater.
The Plant Identification course will be an introduction into the morphology of flowering plants and how to identify the more common families and the most frequently encountered species from these families. The course will involve both indoor and outdoor sessions and will be taught by Acer Ecology ecologists.
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