Training Webinars

Welcome to the training webinars booking page. A list of exciting, relevant and educational webinars are listed in the table below. The first tranche of  the  new 2022 webinar series is now ready for registration. See the table below for information about each webinar including date, time and trainer presenting.  

To book onto each webinar, please use the link by 'Register' for each one. This will direct you to a Zoom registration page, where you will be asked to register for that specific webinar. Following this you will be sent the joining information as well as reminder emails and a feedback survey link after the event. If you later find that you cannot attend the webinar, do not worry. Each one is recorded and uploaded, and added to our excellent collection of training videos and recorded webinars, on our YouTube channel here NPMS Support YouTube Channel. Please note that you do not need to contact us to let us know you will not be attending. New training videos will also be released as part of this years training programme.

More training webinars will be added as the season progresses, so keep checking on the latest additions. All of last years training webinars are already on our YouTube channel for you to watch here Recorded Webinars Playlist


Course Name Date Description
Introduction to NPMS and survey methodology 21/04/22

An introduction to the National Plant Monitoring Scheme, finding out why the scheme was developed, how to become a volunteer with this important national scheme, planning your surveys and survey methodologies. Now is a great time to get familiar with the methods and plan ahead for the upcoming season. This meet is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about methods and plot set up.

Time:17:00 - 18:00

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Booked participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Rachel Murphy, NPMS Volunteer Manager 
 

RegisterThis event has been and gone, look further down for another event! But check out the recording on YouTube here

NPMS Volunteer Mentor Opportunities 28/04/22

Within the NPMS we have been reviewing our Volunteer Mentor programme and so our means of supporting our mentors and volunteer surveyors. There are a number of ways mentors can support fellow volunteers both locally and nationally, depending on their own interests, strengths and of course availability and motivation!  

This webinar provides an opportunity for those interested in becoming an NPMS mentor, along with our current mentors to find out more about the programme, our plans for 2022 on, and the different opportunities and roles of NPMS mentors you may wish to become involved in. Also, the ways the NPMS team will be supporting and empowering our hugely valuable mentors. If you are at all considering becoming a volunteer mentor with us, please feel free to join this less formal webinar to find out more. 

Time: 16:00 - 17:00

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Booked participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Presenter: Rachel Murphy, NPMS Volunteer Manager

Register: This event has been and gone, look further down for another event! But check out the recording on YouTube: Here

NPMS: Creating and recording on linear plots 12/05/22

Following feedback from NPMS volunteers, we are presenting an overview of different types of linear plots within different NPMS habitat types. We will be considering how to choose your linear plot locations and covering surveying on these sites. 

Time: 12:30 - 13:30

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Registered participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Rachel Murphy and Sarah Shuttleworth, NPMS Volunteer Managers

Register: This event has been and gone, look further down for another event! But check out the recording on YouTube: Here

NPMS A closer look at Dry deciduous woodland 26/05/22

*New Date*

A more detailed look at this NPMS fine habitat category that sits within the broad habitat, Broad-leaved woodland. We take a look at a range of semi-natural woodland types, including on how soil type and geographic location can influence the species composition. The aim is to cover the more tricky to identify NPMS indicator species and will also include a question and answer session. 

Time: 12:00 - 13:00

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Registered participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Sarah Shuttleworth, NPMS

Register: This event has been and gone, look further down for another event! But check out the recording on YouTube: Here

Bog and Wet heath - Identifying the fine scale habitats 09/06/22

This session will look at the features that separate wet heath, blanket bog and raised bog from each other. These three fine-scale habitats have much in common floristically, and indeed the vegetation of blanket bog and raised bog can be of much the same type. That’s why this session will examine the similarities and differences, so that you’ll be better prepared for a…
Fine-tuned investigation
giving you a better-focused
fine-scale classification
of that tricky peatland locus 

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Registered participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Ben Averis, Botanical Consultant 

Register: This event has been and gone, look further down for another event! But check out the recording on YouTube: Here

A closer look at wet heath and the species within 13/06/22

Wet heath is a fascinating and very varied habitat type, including some rather botanically distinguished forms. In this session we see how the species composition of wet heath vegetation varies in relation to such things as wetness, acidity, climate and land use.
Looking close we get beneath
the superficial simple view 
that studying our wetter heath 
is not a worthy thing to do 

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Registered participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Ben Averis, Botanical Consultant

Register: This event has been and gone, look further down for another event! But check out the recording on YouTube: Here

A closer look at at neutral grasslands:  23/06/22

Neutral damp grassland and Neutral pastures and meadows

A more detailed look at these two NPMS fine habitat categories that site within the broad habitat, Lowland grassland. We will look at a range of semi-natural grassland examples and how to differentiate between the two fine habitats. The aim is to cover habitat identification and the more tricky to identify NPMS indicator species and will also include a question and answer session.

Time: 12:00 - 13:00

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Registered participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer:  Sarah Shuttleworth, NPMS

Register: This event has been and gone, look further down for another event! But check out the recording on YouTube: Here

Introduction NPMS and survey methodology  27/06/22

An introduction to the National Plant Monitoring Scheme, finding out how and why the scheme was developed, how to become a volunteer with this important national scheme, planning your surveys and survey methodologies.

This webinar is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about methods and plot set up.

Time: 13:00 - 14:30

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Registered participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Rachel Murphy, NPMS Volunteer Manager

Register: This event has been and gone, look further down for another event! But check out a recording of this presentation on YouTube: Here

 

A closer look at lowland dry heathland  15/09/22

*New Date - postponed due to trainer health

A more detailed look at this NPMS fine habitat category that sits within the broad habitat, Heathland. The aim is to cover the habitat composition and considerations, along with identifying the NPMS indicator species within, with an experienced ecologist in this field. There will also be opportunity for a question and answer session.

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Registered participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Sophie Lake, Footprint Ecology

Register: To register for this webinar's new date and receive your joining email, please follow this link: Here

 

A closer look at Montane acid grassland s and meadows) 22/07/22

In this session we see that the Montane Acid Grassland fine-scale habitat is much more than just grassland. It also includes various types of fern-dominated vegetation, montane snowbeds, and wind-exposed summit heaths consisting mainly of mosses, sedges and rushes. Hence it takes in some of our most noteworthy types of montane vegetation. Plenty to get stuck into (or, rather, to rise to).

More than just a bit of grass.

Botanically upper class!

(I’m not being snobbish, posh or rude.

“Upper” just means altitude)

 

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Registered participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Ben Averis, Botanical Consultant

Register: This event has been and gone, look further down for another event! But check out a recording of this presentation on YouTube: Here

 

A closer look at Dry acid grassland 21/09/22

*New Date - postponed due to unforeseen circumstances

A more detailed look at this NPMS fine habitat category that sits within the broad habitat, Lowland grassland. We consider how soil type and geographic location of dry acid grassland can influence the species composition. Along with the more typical grasses, including Bristle Bent, Common Bent and Sheep’s Fescue, we also aim to cover some of the trickier to identify NPMS indicator species. The webinar will also include a question and answer session.

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Registered participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Sarah Shuttleworth, NPMS

Register: To register for this webinar and receive your joining email, please follow this link: Here

 

A closer look at the coastal sand dunes fine habitat 11/08/22

A more detailed look at this NPMS fine habitat category that sits within the broad habitat, Coast. The aim is to cover the habitat composition and considerations, along with identifying the NPMS indicator species within, with experienced ecologists in this field. There will also be opportunity for a question and answer session.

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Registered participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Sally Luker and Derek Green, Budding Nature

Register: To register for this webinar and receive your joining email, please follow this link: Here

 

Using NPMS data:   25/08/22

Current research using surveyor data to investigate changes in UK plant communities

Climate change is likely to upend much of the natural world, but knowing how things will change requires us to understand changes which have already happened – It’s one reason why monitoring schemes like the NPMS are so vital. In this webinar, Oliver Wilson will demonstrate some of our latest research, looking at how UK habitats are exposed to climate changes, the NPMS’s nationally crucial role in capturing their effects, and how we’re using surveyors’ data to discover how UK plant communities are being changed. 

Time: 13:00 - 14:00 

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Registered participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting. 

Trainer:  Oliver Wilson, NPMS, Plantlife 

Register: To register for this webinar and receive your joining email, please follow this link: Here 

 

Introduction to NPMS and survey methodology 05/10/22

An introduction to the National Plant Monitoring Scheme, finding out why the scheme was developed, how to become a volunteer with this important national scheme, planning your surveys and survey methodologies. Though we are entering autumn and winter, now is a great time to start getting familiar with the methods and plan ahead for the upcoming season. This meet is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about methods and plot set up.

Time:12:00 - 13:00

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Booked participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Rachel Murphy, NPMS Volunteer Manager 

Register: To register for this webinar and receive your joining email, please follow this link: Here

Introduction to Freshwater Habitats 06/07/21

Freshwater Ecologist Sue Bell gives us an introduction to Freshwater habitats, incorporating Nutrient-poor lakes and ponds, nutrient-rich lakes and ponds and ponds, rivers and streams as listed in the NPMS survey guidance and species lists. An introduction to identifying the key families and species within these, with particular focus on NPMS indicator species.

Time: 10:00 - 11:30

Join: This is an online meeting via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Booked participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Sue Bell, Ecologist

Register: This event has been and gone, look further down for another event! But check out the recording on YouTube here

Introduction to NPMS and survey methodology 16/07/21

An introduction to the National Plant Monitoring Scheme, finding out how and why the scheme was developed, how to become a volunteer with this important national scheme, planning your surveys and survey methodologies. This is a great opportunity to get familiar with the methods and scheme. This webinar is also a useful way to ask any questions you may have about methods and plot set up.

Time: 12:00 - 13:30

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Booked participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Sarah Shuttleworth, NPMS Volunteer Manager

Register: This Event has been cancelled and replaced with the youtube recording which can be watched here 

Introduction to coastal habitats 23/07/21

Botanical Consultant Ben Averis gives us an introduction to Coastal habitats, incorporating Coastal Saltmarsh, Coastal Sand Dunes, Coastal Vegetated Shingle, Machair and Maritime cliff tops and slopes as listed in the NPMS survey guidance and species lists. An introduction to identifying the key families and species within these, with particular focus on NPMS indicator species.

Time: 10:00 - 11:30

Join: This is an online meeting via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Booked participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Ben Averis, Botanical Consultant

Register: This event has been and gone, look further down for another event! But check out the recording on YouTube here

Introduction to Rock outcrops, cliffs and screes 06/08/21

Botanical Consultant Ben Averis gives us an introduction to Rock outcrops, cliffs and scree habitats as listed in the NPMS survey guidance and species lists. An introduction to identifying the key families and species within these, with particular focus on NPMS indicator species.

Time: 10:00 - 11:30

Join: This is an online meeting via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Booked participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Ben Averis, Botanical Consultant

Register: This event has been and gone, look further down for another event! But check out the recording on YouTube here

Introduction to Bog and Wet Heath habitats 13/08/21

Botanical Consultant Ben Averis gives us an introduction to Bog and Wet Heath habitats as listed in the NPMS survey guidance and species lists. An introduction to identifying the key families and species within these, with particular focus on NPMS indicator species.

Time: 10:00 - 11:30

Join: This is an online webinar via Zoom video call. You do not need a Zoom account to join, just a computer/laptop, tablet or mobile device connected to the internet. Booked participants simply follow the link and joining instructions sent ahead of the meeting.

Trainer: Ben Averis, Botanical Consultant

Register: This event has been and gone, look further down for another event! But check out the recording on YouTube here

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