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New Generation Botanist (NGB) Scheme 2018-2019

 

Building Resilience in South West Woodlands

With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Building Resilience is working in the Atlantic woodlands of Devon, Somerset and Cornwall.

Atlantic woodlands are one of Britain and Ireland’s most important habitats and, like any rainforest, are home to a vast diversity of plant life including oddities like the "string-of-sausages" lichen Usnea articulata and Stictas, a stinky lichen that smells of fish!

These woods have inspired generations of writers, poets and painters including Wordsworth and Coleridge. Thanks to National Lottery players, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded Plantlife £433,700 to deliver the project over three and a half years from November 2018.

FOR PARTNERS & CONTACTS IN CORNWALL:

***Opportunity for free specialist training to learn about mosses and liverworts and develop your ID skills***

Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) are small plants that are easily overlooked. Many of us enjoy the bright green carpets they form on trees and boulders, but never think much more about them. However, if you take a close look (and you know what to look for) a diverse and fascinating world is revealed. Bryophytes are a very rewarding group of plants to study, as the UK is home to over half of all Europe’s bryophyte species, and the bryophyte diversity of the south-west's woods rival the cloud forests of the tropics.

To help with their conservation, Plantlife is offering free training in Cornwall for those interested in bryophytes to develop their identification skills. Those interested are invited to register for one of the 2-day foundation courses taking place this spring at Siblyback Activity Centre, Bodmin Moor with trips to local woodland:

  • 7th-8th May (9am-4pm)
  • 15th-16th May (9am-4pm)

On completing the 2-day workshop, participants will have an opportunity to register for an advanced course (as part of our New Generation Botanist programme) to develop more in-depth ID skills. Advanced courses are free but require commitment to attend 10 sessions in Cornwall over the course of a 12 month period, as well as taking part in own study and peer-supported study sessions. To register your interest please complete the online form here.

Please note places on these courses are limited. The aim is to increase the number of people in the region who contribute to biological recording. You do not need to have any previous experience of bryophyte recording as you will learn about this on your course, however we will prioritise people who are interested in contributing to the region's bryophyte records beyond the course. If you would like to get in touch for an informal discussion about the foundation or advanced courses, please contact Alison Smith: alison.smith@plantlife.org.uk or 07889 733232.

This training is being run by Plantlife in partnership with the British Bryological Society, as part of a 3.5 year project to protect and conserve the south-west’s internationally important temperate rainforests and their rare and threatened lichen and bryophyte species. The project is funded by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund and is part of the Building Resilience in South West Woodlands project.

 

FOR PARTNERS AND CONTACTS IN/NEAR EXMOOR (INCL. QUANTOCKS):

***Opportunity for free specialist training to learn about lichens and develop your ID skills***

Lichens are not single organisms, but a fascinating symbiosis between fungi and a photosynthetic partner (usually algae). The fact that they are often hard to identify and small in size means they are frequently overlooked. However, with some basic tips and practise, you will find lichens are strikingly varied and a very rewarding group to study - opening up a whole new world to explore, which you can enjoy all year-round.

The south-west of England is internationally important for its lichens of coastal and upland woodland. To help with their conservation, Plantlife is offering free training in the Exmoor area for those interested in lichens to develop their identification skills. Those interested are invited to register for one of the 2-day foundation courses this spring on either:

  • 15th-16th April (9am-4pm) at Exmoor House, Dulverton
  • 24th-25th April at Piles Mill Study Centre (9am-4pm), Nr Minehead

On completing the 2-day workshop, participants will have an opportunity to register for an advanced course (as part of our New Generation Botanist programme) to develop more in-depth ID skills. Advanced courses are free but require commitment to attend 10 sessions on Exmoor over the course of a 12 month period, as well as taking part in own study and peer-supported study sessions. To register your interest please complete the online form here.

Please note places on these courses are limited. Our aim is to increase the number of people in the region who contribute to biological recording. You do not need to have any previous experience of lichen recording as you will learn about this on your course, however we will prioritise people who are interested in contributing to the region's lichen records beyond the course. If you would like to get in touch for an informal discussion about the foundation or advanced courses, please contact Alison Smith: alison.smith@plantlife.org.uk or 07889 733232.

This training is being run by Plantlife in partnership with the British Lichen Society, as part of a 3.5 year project to protect and conserve the south-west’s internationally important temperate rainforests and their rare and threatened lichen and bryophyte species. The project is funded by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund and is part of the Building Resilience in South West Woodlands project.

 

Plantlife Looking Out for the Small Things (LOST)

Looking Out for the Small Things (LOST) is a partnership effort to further understand and appreciate these Atlantic oakwoods, alongside th e lower plants that can be found there. Plantlife and its partners will be providing a series of training events and additional opportunities to get involved, generating the knowledge and skillset required to record and manage these special habitats. 

UPDATE 28th January 2019

FREE LICHEN & BRYOPHYTE IDENTIFICATION GUIDES

Through the Looking Out for the Small Things (LOST) project, Plantlife have developed a series of identification guides to support the public, woodland owners and those involved with outreach to recognise some of the lichens, mosses and liverworts you can expect to see in Atlantic woodlands.

You can download these PDFs by clicking the links below:

Alternatively, see link below to a SurveyMonkey form where you can order your FREE hard copies of these foldouts. There is also the opportunity to pre-order the new smooth bark Graphidion lichen guide, which will be available towards the end of 2019 www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/AtWdIDguidesLakes

For more information on the LOST project: www.plantlife.org.uk/LOST

Please see our events page for the FREE sessions we are delivering throughout the year: www.plantlife.org.uk/events

 

 

 

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