RBGE Certificate in Field Botany

This programme provides students with the basic skills and understanding to conduct botanical field work. It an independent course, certified by RBGE. The practical certificate is ideal for continuing professional development for early career botanists and ecologists or for keen amateurs. It also forms a core part of the 3rd year practical content in our BSc in Horticulture with Plantsmanship and MSc in Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants.

RBGE can also deliver this course as an overseas development package to botanic gardens, universities or conservation groups worldwide.

Learning Opportunities for 2014

  • Edinburgh (Non- residential course): Fri 6 - Mon 9 June & Fri 20 - Mon 23 June 2014 based at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh & Field Sites in the Lothians.
  • Kindrogan Field Studies Centre, Perthshire (Residential course): Sat 26 July - Sat 2 August 2014 based at the Centre & Field Sites in Perthshire.

For further details of these opportunities and an application form please see the Applicant's Handbook: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Course outline

The RBGE Certificate in Field Botany consists of eight one-day modules:

  • Plant Identification (CPFB-1)
  • Preparation for Field Work (CPFB-2)
  • Information Recording (CPFB-3)
  • Habitat Surveying (CPFB-4)
  • Field Collection, Drying & Preserving (CPFB-5)
  • Applied Field Work 1 (CPFB-6)
  • Applied Field Work 2 (CPFB-7)
  • Applied Field Work 3 (CPFB-8)

The individual modules can be tailored to suit the needs of any user group, with a general botanical slant, or a focus on local floristic elements, specialist habitat types or taxonomic groups, fungi, lichens or survey techniques such as the UK National Vegetation Classification (NVC) system.

Assessment

Assessment consists of two parts:

  1. Course notebook: in which students must record what they learn on the day, as written notes, sketches or diagrams.
  2. Practical exam: students are expected to carry out a significant amount of practice after the taught section of the course is completed. This involves the preparation and mounting of three herbarium specimens.

Total time to complete the course is a minimum of 60 hours, and includes eight taught sessions (c. six hours each), plus time for specimen preparation.

Student Discount

A limited number of discounts are available on the Edinburgh course for fulltime students. Please apply in writing by enclosing a letter with your completed application form and return it to us. See handbook for full details.

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