Field Identification Skills Certificate

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Field Identification Skills Certificate

High quality botanical survey skills

Kent Wildlife Trust in partnership with the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland will be offering Field Identification Skills Certificate days (FISC) again in 2021.

The Field Identification Skills Certificate or FISC is becoming the standard for assessing botanical survey skills - there is currently no equivalent qualification. 

All candidates receive a certificate from the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland stating their botanical skill level.  Useful advice is also given on how to progress to the next level.

A FISC starts with a morning lab session, where candidates identify plant species from all over the British Isles.  In the afternoon, candidates visit a secret location and spend around an hour and a half recording every plant they see.

The cost for FISC events is £75 nationally. Normally this would include transport to the secret location.  However, due to Covid restrictions, you need to make your own way for site visit in the afternoon for this year's FISC event. 

Online booking is preferred, however, if you have difficulty booking, please email or contact the Study Days team at Kent Wildlife Trust on 01622 662012.

Our first FISC event at Tyland Barn next year will be on Thursday 20th May 2021:

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Our second FISC event at Tyland Barn next year will be on Thursday 24th June 2021:

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We are working in partnership with Canterbury Christ Church University to run a third FISC event at their Biology building in North Holmes Road on Thursday 15th July

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These courses are now all fully booked but you can add your name to the waiting list.  Go to one of event pages above and then click on the orange 'Join Waitlist' button on the page.  We will then contact you if a place becomes available on that event or if we are able to offer other dates.  We are hoping to run at least one more FISC event in September and will update this page as soon as we have more news.

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