A collaboration of coast and countryside organisations on The Lizard Peninsula


Lizard coastal floraThe Lizard is a very special site with a mix of lowland heath and coastal maritime grassland habitats. Many of the species on the site are Red Data Book listed, national rarities or local specialities. Therefore we welcome experienced botanists and especially those with a good local knowledge of this area. We would be particularly keen to hear from you if you have bryophyte identification skills. Participants will receive training at various skill levels, which is then consolidated with up to three days fieldwork, all supported by experts.

  • Intermediate/improvers: We will be providing refresher training covering ID of the main species groups. This is an excellent opportunity for intermediates to tackle more difficult groups and refresh areas they are rusty on.
  • Expert: we are really keen for experts in relevant species groups to take part. It will increase the quality and speed of the surveys, and allow other experts to focus more on training and support. If they want to deliver training, even better and that is of course also a development opportunity.
  • All: Surveys are run with participation from local stakeholders including local recording societies, Wildlife Trusts etc. It's an opportunity to make new contacts. It's also a great chance to get to know a National Nature Reserve really well.

If you fancy getting involved in a few days of sun-drenched (not guaranteed), unique botanising (guaranteed) you will need to be quick as places are filling up fast. And you will need to be able to commit to at least 2 days. In order to take part we ask that everyone attend the training day on Tuesday 18th June, and come along to at least one of the survey days of the 19th, 20th, 21st. We do need a firm commitment beforehand so as to ensure that we can organise survey teams with complementing skills. In return for your skills and time we hope you may learn a little or a lot, have an enjoyable time, contribute to our science base, and quite possibly get a free lunch!

We hope to include an introductory ramble on Monday evening and a nightjar barbeque midweek depending on the weather.

If you would like to know more, register your interest, or ask a question then please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01326 240808. If you are registering an interest in taking part please include the dates you would like to participate, and an assessment of your plant ID skills (expert, competent or beginner).

The closing date for registration is 17th May.

Published: May 2013
Author: Steve Townsend (Natural England)

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