Soils, Plants and Phytoremediation


This one day course 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.

FSC Preston Montford (Field Studies Council) is set in a 12-hectare estate situated 6 miles west of Shrewsbury in the heart of Shropshire on the banks of the River Severn with views into Wales. It is set in a convenient location that is less than 1 hour from Birmingham, less than 2 hours from Manchester and Liverpool and 3 hours from London. It boasts a wide range of habitats including semi-ancient woodland, ponds, wildflower meadow, ancient orchard, the remains of a walled garden and a bee hotel.

There is on-site parking.

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.


Course fee includes refreshments throughout the day. Please bring your own packed lunch.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Early Bird Member Ticket
(Price valid from 22/01/2020 to 06/08/2020 inclusive)
1 £100.00
Early Bird Non Member
(Price valid from 22/01/2020 to 06/08/2020 inclusive)
1 £160.00
Member Ticket 1 £120.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00