Last modified: 25 Aug 2020 12:15
The week-long residential course is based at the University’s Bettyhill field station in the far north of Scotland. The location is stunning and, for many students, a new experience of unfamiliar plant communities.
Most of the time is spent in the field visiting a wide range of habitats and learning how to identify the species found. The emphasis is on recognising key features of plant species and how to use plant guides to identify them: these transferrable skills can be used to help identify plants all round the world.
Please note that the information provided is subject to change due to the ongoing Covid-19 government guidelines
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
To become familiar with the flora of northern Scotland and acquire the skills needed to identify a range of plants
• to become familiar with the key identifying characteristics of plants
• to be able to identify plants using a key (plant identification guide)
• to become familiar with the major vegetation types and the important components of the flora of the region
Field visits every day will take students to a range of coastal, moorland, woodland and montane habitats. Students will use a range of plant identification guides to identify the plants they see. They will learn not just the different plant names, but what the key identification characteristic features are and how to use the guides. These identification skills, rather than the plant names, are the important transferrable skills that students will be able to use anywhere in the world in the future.
Students will be encouraged to consider how the habitats are shaped by environment and management practices and learn how plant adaptations suit them to particular habitats.
Field visits are complemented by sessions in the lab where students will use microscopes and additional guides to support their field identification.
On one day a group project allows students to focus on one of the more challenging plant groups including grasses, ferns and mosses.
• recognition and identification of some of the flora of northern Scotland (much of which is also found in other parts of the UK and continental Europe)
• ability to use a range of keys to identify plants
• ability to carry out vegetation surveys
|For transport, accommodation and all meals throughout the week||GBP 180.00|
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Participation in synchronous sessions (10%)
Student group work presentation (50%)
2x short field reports, 1 page each (2x20%)
Proposed resit for students taking the course in AY20/21
Resit of any failed element
Online identification test (formative)
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