Feb 14 Mosses in Nottinghamshire By Judith

An Introduction to Mosses and Liverworts Notts Wildlife Trust
Saturday 23rd February at Rushcliffe Country Park Classroom, 11am-4pm.
Followed by two field sessions, the first of which is on 2 March

Mosses and liverworts are traditionally seen as a difficult group of plants to identify as they are small, have no flowers, and can look quite similar. They are abundant, if sometimes obscure, in many habitats and some of them are excellent ecological indicators. This one-day workshop will provide an introduction to this diverse group based on common species.

We will examine a range of mosses and liverworts to illustrate the different types and structures important in their identification. We will also look at ways of collecting and preserving plants for further study. At the end of the session, you should be familiar with the main features of mosses and liverworts and the structures used to separate out the species. No previous experience is necessary except an interest in this fabulous group of plants.

You will need a hand lens (x10 or x20) and a copy of the Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a field guide (some hand lenses and copies of the field guide will be made available). It can be slow-going looking at Bryophytes so come prepared for cold weather.  

This is a free course for nature conservation volunteers and friends groups in the Rushcliffe Borough. To book contact Ben Driver, Southern Conservation Officer at Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust [email protected] 0115 958 8242.

There will also be a paid  session at the Attenborough Nature Centre this later this spring– dates tbc http://www.attenboroughnaturecentre.co.uk/education/training-courses

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