The British Ecological Society is running another series of Sphagnum workshops this year, for those of you who have an interest in our peatlands. A description is as follows:
Providing hands-on guidance on identification, these two 1-day workshops will give an introduction to sphagnum mosses in upland situations. They will look at the identification of sphagnum mosses and their diversity in upland peatlands.
The first workshop on 11th November will give a basic introduction to sphagnum mosses in an upland setting. It will include a field visit to Ringinglow Bog on the edge of Sheffield and the Peak District.
The second workshop on 26th November will focus on the field identification of sphagnum species. It will include a site visit to Big Moor on the edge of the Peak District.
The principal tutors include Professor Ian Rotherham and Dr Paul Ardron. The overall objectives of the workshops are to introduce participants to sphagnum and develop confidence in identifying some of the commoner sphagnum species. The workshops are ideal for research students, teachers, conservation managers, consultant ecologists and interested amateur naturalists who want to get to grips or improve their knowledge of these fascinating species.
No prior knowledge is required and the events will suit field ecologists and researchers, and keen amateur botanists too. Bring wellingtons and expect to get a little wet!
The workshops will include lunch & refreshments and course notes. Each of the workshops will be part lectures and discussions, and part field visits and demonstrations. Each day will run from registration at 09.45 to close at 16.15. There are limited places and pre-booking is essential so please return the booking form as soon as possible. Further information about the workshops will be sent to those who book.
A booking form is available here. If you are interested could you book on the course(s) as soon as you can as it is getting very close to the events.