Soils, Plants and Phytoremediation


This one day course delivered as two online sessions across two days will help participants recognise the remedial actions that can be taken to resolve or reduce the effects of human impacts on biodiversity, such as recreational pressure or pollution. We will also look at habitat indicator plant species and the habitats in which they grow and cover the importance of understanding the laws surrounding protected species and invasive plants.


This course will cover soils, plants and phytoremediation. The course will help participants understand soil types, horizons, structures and nutrients and the effects of soil pH balance (acid, neutral, basic/alkaline). We will also look at mycorrhizal fungi and symbiotic relationships between plant species and their importance for biodiversity and the food web. Participants will learn how to identify habitat types and indicator plants and identify plant species that can be used for phytoremediation. We will look at brown sites, pollutants and nutrient enrichment and hyper-accumulators, bioaccumulation and harvesting. Participants will also gain an understanding of the laws surrounding protected species and invasive plants.

Training will take place remotely via Zoom at a relaxed pace over two half days.


Session Date of session Session Times
Session 1 13 June 2024 10:00am - 13:00
Session 2 14 June 2024 10:00am - 13:00

Who Should Attend?

This course is suitable for local authority ecologists and planners, conservation officers and licensing staff within SNCOs or NGO’s, students, ecological consultants, environmental managers, wardens and rangers. This course is also suitable for conservation volunteers.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge or experience is necessary.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify human impacts (e.g. recreational pressure, pollution) on biodiversity and resolve constraints through remedial actions.
  • Understand soil types, structure, nutrients, symbiosis and indicator plants.
  • Identify appropriate remedial actions to achieve positive outcomes for biodiversity (within legislative constraints).
  • Identify remedial plant species.
  • Make assessment of species status (native/non-native and/or invasive/protected).
  • Use safe, biosecure and legal species handling techniques.
  • Recognise personal limitations and areas for development and seeking opportunities to develop knowledge, understanding and skills.


We will take a scheduled break during training for refreshments.


Tickets Person(s) Price (£)
CIEEM Member Ticket 1 £135.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £195.00