This two-day workshop will introduce you to the beauty and diversity of Oxfordshire’s rich chalk grasslands. This special habitat, called ‘Europe’s tropical rainforest’, can contain up to 40 species of plants per square metre. Once widespread across the downs of southern England, it is estimated that more than 80% has been lost since WW2.
The course is suitable for all levels, including beginners. You will learn how to identify the plants of this special habitat, starting with some basic plant identification skills. We will spend most of our time outdoors, learning and practising plant identification and trying out some survey methods. You will also learn about habitat management and conservation.
The course will combine indoor presentations with plenty of time outdoors at Berrycroft Farm.
Dr Deborah Sazer has been studying, surveying and managing grasslands for over twenty years. She studied chalk grasslands for her PhD. Following her six years at Butterfly Conservation Wales, she has worked as a freelance ecologist on a range of species and habitats. She has been teaching wildlife identification, survey, monitoring, management and conservation since 2004.
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