05. Mai 2021 - 10:00 bis 15:45
Old Sarum, Salisbury
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Early Season Grass Identification 2021 | Mittwoch, 05. Mai 2021

Early season/vegetative grass and sedge identification  - Old Sarum, Salisbury

A one-day course giving participants; 

confidence in identifying key grasses when not in flower

a good feel for grass groups of neutral and unimproved calcareous grassland and their use as indicator species

a chance to learn memorable features, allowing grasses in any condition to be identified to species level

Nearly every species of grass and most sedges have at least one key feature, which can be used to pinpoint them to genus and species level. This course aims to teach people to spot and memorise these characters for the majority of common species and some of the more specialised species found on unimproved grasslands. 

This training day will give participants the confidence to identify a wide range of grasses at a time of year when many of them are not flowering. Throughout the day several species will be repeatedly examined and candidates tested on these, leaving them able to confidently identify 20 species. The workshop will be carried out on 3 different grassland types, and also focus on using indicator grasses to assess habitat type and quality. 

Tutor: Dominic Price

About the tutor

Dominic Price is a highly regarded botanical tutor and has been running courses for all levels of ecologists since 2007. He is director of The Species Recovery Trust and specialises in the conservation of endangered species. He is the author of A Field Guide to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes and co-author of The Photographic Guide to Winter Trees and Shrubs. 

What to bring


Water, lunch and snacks, firm boots (steep banks) and outdoor clothing

Hand lens (there will be some to purchase on the day)

£3 for parking at Old Sarum (contactless payment available)

The recommended text for the course is 'A Field Guide to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes' by Dominic Price, available to purchase on the day, or in advance here. 

Please visit our training resources page before the course to download a species list for the day, and take the Buzzfeed grasses quiz.


Old Sarum is signed off the A345, 2 miles north of Salisbury. Meet in the main car park (where there are loos). Address: Castle Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire - SP1 3SD. There is a £3 charge for parking (contactless payment available).Google maps - click here

Extra Info

Old Sarum can be extremely exposed to the weather and there are no indoor facilities beyond the loos. Any problems on the day please call Dominic Price on (07968) 786390 

Please inform us of any relevant medical requirements/conditions we should be aware of prior to the course. 

Lifts available from/back to Salisbury station on request.

Feedback from previous courses

‘I really enjoyed the course and found it much more useful than courses I have attended recently’

‘Just wanted to say thank you for such an enjoyable and interesting day.  Dominic is always such an excellent and relaxed tutor, who can even make learning grasses so enjoyable.’

‘Dominic is a brilliant teacher, it's the quirks one remembers well, not keys.’

'Relaxed atmosphere, so it didn't feel as though you were under pressure to get things right '