15:00 Lecture. Introduction to course
Lecture. Wildlife, Health and Safety, Pesticide and other legislation and the implications for historic site management
Introduction to reptiles and amphibians
Lecture: Trees on monuments
Lecture: The flora of historic walls - bryophytes and lichens
Lecture: Climbing plants on walls
Lecture: Bats in historic buildings
Evening Visit: Bat Walk on the West Dean Estate, including a visit to a hibernation site in a disused railway tunnel
Lecture: The flora of historic walls - flowering plants and ferns
Lecture: Grassland ecology and management
Visit. The Trundle - An Iron Age hill fort illustrating different grassland flora and management techniques
Boxgrove Priory - a partly ruined medieval priory and functioning parish church illustrating a wide range of micro-habitats for flora
Evening Lecture: The insect fauna of historic walls
Lecture: Soft-capping: Using vegetation to protect wall tops
Lecture: Dealing with problem species on monuments
Project: A group desk exercise, followed by feedback
Final questions, event evaluation and close
16.00 Issue of certificates and depart.
Timetable for courses more than one day in length
(The tutor may make slight variations, please see Course Description above for any timing variations)
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
BCM Course Leader
Alan Cathersides has spent 40 years working in historic landscapes, for the last 27 with English Heritage/Historic England and is currently a National Landscape Advisor with Historic England. He is particularly interested in the management of historic sites to benefit both their historic and natural interest.