Ben is a highly respected botanical teacher offering varied and flexible training to fit the exact requirements of the client. Most of his teaching is on:
Plant species identification including difficult groups such as grasses, sedges, rushes and bryophytes. He has taught species identification to staff of many organizations, and has run bryophyte identification courses for the Native Woodlands Discussion Group regularly since 2000.
National Vegetation Classification (NVC): he has taught NVC to staff of many organizations such as Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission and various consultancies, and is a regular NVC teacher for the Field Studies Council.
Botanical monitoring methods – for example devising and demonstrating suitable methods for various species and habitats.
Ben was chosen to provide programmes of botanical training to each of the two groups of 10 trainees in the Edinburgh-based Developing Ecological Survey Skills project - an important and very successful ecological training project run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust from 2011 to 2014, based in Edinburgh.