Introduction to Sedge Identification

13th June 2019,  Otter Estuary, East Devon

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.

One day field-based introduction to sedge identification for beginners wishing to gain familiarity with this ecologically important plant family. The emphasis will be on developing field recognition skills, identification resources and habitats. Participants will encounter and familiarise themselves with a range of species in the context of their natural habitats.

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 survey (e.g. Groundwater-dependent terrestrial ecosystems assessment).

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 learners. There will then be ample opportunity to observe and identify sedge species in their natural habitats. The course will be based around the Otter estuary in East Devon.

A range of common lowland species will be available for study in situ as well as some more specialist species of coastal habitats. Specimens of other common or indicative sedges will be made available for reference, comparison and practice.

The course is suitable for beginners, improvers and anyone wishing to improve or revise their id skills. Previous participants from the Dartmoor course are encouraged to rejoin and take the opportunity to extend their familiarity to a different group of species.  

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.

This course will be based outdoors in East Devon 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.