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Introduction to Sedge identification - Dartmoor

14th June 2018, Emsworthy Mire Devon Wildlife Trust reserve

The sedge family are an important component of the vegetation in many semi-natural habitats and can be useful ecological and environmental indicators. In spite of a reputation for being difficult to identify, many common species can be recognised confidently with a little practice. Accurate data on the occurrence of sedge species can add value to various types of habitat survey.


This one day course aims to introduce participants to finding and identifying sedges with an emphasis on field recognition skills and resources, including the use of different keys. We will also look at related plant families such as rushes to help learn how to distinguish sedges from the ‘lookalike’ species that sometimes present an obstacle to beginners. There will then be ample opportunity to observe and identify sedge species in their natural habitats. The course will be based at Emsworthy Mire on Dartmoor. This site supports a good number of Carex species as well as several species from at least 5 other sedge genera.

The intended outcome is that participants will gain familiarity with 10 to 20 commonly encountered or indicative species to give a foundation for future study and recording rather than being exposed to the greatest number of species possible.

Course costs are £55 + VAT for 'early bird' bookings made before the end of April and £65 + VAT for bookings made thereafter. To book onto this course, please call us on (01392) 274128.

This course will be based outdoors at Emsworthy Mire Devon Wildlife Trust reserve on Dartmoor and will go ahead in all weather conditions (unless it becomes unsafe) so please come prepared.

If it is necessary for you to cancel your booking, please inform DBRC as soon as possible. If a cancellation is made less than one calendar month before the start of the course, whether deliberately or by default, the balance of fees must be paid in full, a condition which is accepted when the booking is confirmed.

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