Vegetation Survey training course
This practical two-week Vegetation Survey course, led by specialists from Kew's Botanical and Geographical Information Systems teams, offers an introduction to the techniques and technology available for classifying and mapping vegetation at regional and local scales. It is particularly designed for those carrying out surveys for conservation agencies or extractive industries.
Vegetation survey course (Images: RBG Kew)
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has a long history of carrying out vegetation surveys in many parts of the world and it is ideally placed to offer this kind of course. Taught by staff from Kew and its partner institutes, the course comprises lectures on:
- Fundamentals of vegetation classification and characterisation
- Survey methods and basics of mapping
- Sampling techniques and design for environmental studies
- Introductory GIS, remote sensing, use and fundamentals of GPS
- Importance and use of local knowledge
- Field soil identification
- How to present findings to clients and users
Course dates: Due to circumstances beyond our control, the 2013 Vegetation Survey course has been cancelled. The next course will run in September 2014 - dates to be confirmed.
Course duration: The course runs for two weeks from 9:00–5:30 Monday-Friday
Course venue: The course is based in the Kew Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives (situated next to the Main Gate to the Gardens on Kew Green); about 15 minutes’ walk from Kew Gardens Underground station (District Line/London Overground) and 10 minutes’ walk from Kew Bridge station (South West Trains).
Course fee: The course fee is £1500 which covers teaching costs, course materials and accommodation, transport and meals during field work. It does not include accommodation or meals at Kew. Funds for travel to Kew and subsistence must be sought elsewhere. In certain circumstances fees can be reduced (e.g. student cost is £750) – please contact the organisers. A deposit of 50% of the total fee is required on confirmation of a place.
Who is the course designed for?
The course has been designed for conservation and environmental professionals and those involved with industrial development (e.g. extractive industries). It is also suitable for graduate students, ecologists, zoologists and others in the field of natural resource management.
How is the course taught?
All survey and mapping techniques are illustrated with case studies and site visits. Practical components will take place at Kew with two days of practical fieldwork in the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex.
How to apply for the course
Further information can be obtained from the Course Coordinator: Jonathan Timberlake
In order to attend these courses at Kew, students from outside the European Economic Area may need to apply for a Student Visitor Visa from the UK Border Agency to enter the UK. For this purpose, Kew is accredited by the British Accreditation Council for Independent Further and Higher Education as a Short Course Provider. Further information will be provided to course applicants – you will need to be accepted onto a course before you can apply for a student visitor visa.
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