A training course in the identification of aquatic and wetland plants
Training in aquatic and wetland plant identification
This course will run from mid-day on Monday the 25th June to mid-day on the 30th of June 2018 to allow people travelling time, although resources such as herbarium reference material and literature will be available throughout from Monday morning and until Friday afternoon. The leaders will be R.V. Lansdown and Dr. F.J. Rumsey.

The course is based at the Botanic Gardens at Treborth, near the Menai Straits with easy access to Anglesey and Snowdonia. Anglesey has very complex geology and its geographical location means that it supports a very wide range of aquatic and wetland plant taxa, including more than ten pondweed (Potamogeton), more than fifteen charophyte and eight water-starwort (Callitriche) species. The rivers in Snowdonia are rich in lower plants and will provide participants with experience of most of the important groups of riverine bryophytes. It is expected that range of algae will also be encountered through visits to different water body types on diverse geology.

The aim of the course is to provide participants with an understanding of the basic requirements for identification of riverine bryophytes, macro-algae and lichens, together with detailed training in identification of critical vascular plant groups including water-crowfoots (Ranunculus subgenus Batrachium), pondweeds (Potamogeton), water-starworts (Callitriche) and charophytes. Identification training in the field will include both demonstration of field characters and use of keys. The content and level of the course have been established beforehand, however if there are issues of particular interest or concern to participants, it will be possible to address these.