Identification of Grasses, Sedges and Rushes


This one day beginner to intermediate level training course delivered by Ben Averis will equip delegates with the skills to identify common grasses, sedges and rushes.

The training course will include some classroom based teach to introduce and explain the plan for the day. A majority of the day will then be spent in the field looking at the identification (and habitats, ecology, etc.) of the grass, sedge and rush species that are present there.

There will be a question and answer time at end of day, though questions will also be welcome throughout the day.

Ben has over 35 years of experience of professional botanical survey and monitoring work in a wide range of habitats in Britain for a wide range of clients including government agencies, conservation charities and ecological consultancies.

Who Should Attend?

Land managers, local authority ecologists/planners, conservation officers, students, ecological consultants, environmental managers, wardens, rangers and anyone else with an interest in plants.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is required.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know how to tell grasses, sedges and rushes apart.
  • Identify some of the commoner grasses, sedges and rushes.
  • Understand more about the habitats of some of the commoner grasses, sedges and rushes.
  • Know more about variation in the palatability of grasses, sedges and rushes to large herbivores.
  • Know more about graminoid anatomy and growth forms.


Please bring your own packed lunch.


Tickets Person(s) Price (£)
CIEEM Member - Early Bird
(Price valid from 28/11/2023 to 21/05/2024 inclusive)
1 £115.00
Early Bird Non Member
(Price valid from 28/11/2023 to 21/05/2024 inclusive)
1 £175.00