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Discounts for shared accommodationShared accommodation is usually available on our residential courses at a discounted price. The cost isnormally around £10 per night less than sole occupancy price. Please contact the Centre (see page 2)for an exact price.centreleveldatesdayssole occupancynon-residentialfee FM . O . 01 Feb-03 Feb . Fri-Sun . £174 . £135& otherflowersThis section introduces the courses offered onthe plant kingdom throughout the FSC.However, as you will see from the list of coursetitles, this phrase is interpreted fairly liberally andincludes 'for convenience' groups such as lichens,plant galls and fungi, as well as the floweringplants. Most courses involve a strong emphasis onidentification skills, starting with general principlesand moving on to more detailed identificationusing appropriate guides and specialised 'keys'.From the experience of the plants you discoverduring our courses, you should leave confident thatyou can recognise and name unfamiliar plants infuture. The process and skills of identification are atthe heart of our teaching, not least because they arethe basis for all further investigations into the worldof plants.The majority of courses listed are open to people atany level of interest. There are also somespecifically designed for beginners and others atintermediate level, where appropriate previousknowledge and experience will be assumed.Courses marked *BI can form part of theUniversity of Birmingham Certificate in BiologicalRecording and Species Identification. Full detailsare given on page 43 of the brochure.For specific courses on biological monitoring andhabitat management please see the Habitats andConservation section on page 37.Comfrey budsPete BoardmanplantsFlower stamen Julian Cremona25www.field-studies-council.org/plants

FlowersWoodland PlantsSL . I . 04 May-07 May . Fri-Mon . £350 . £235Devon's woodlands should be at theirrichest in May, a treasure-trove to explorewith a wealth of plants to study andidentify, from carpets of spring flowers, tograceful canopies, trees now in full leaf(some still in flower), freshly unfurled fernfronds and many mosses not yet tired of thesummer to come. Ros Bennettis afreelance botanist, ecologist, formermember of FSC staff and an experiencedtutor in the UK and overseas. *BITop 20 Families of Flowering PlantsSL . O . 07 May-11 May . Mon-Fri . £410 . £275A course for anyone with a recent orrenewed interest in wild flowers, whowould like to learn how to identify themcorrectly. By close examination and gainingan understanding of floral structure of themajor flower families you will ensure hugestrides forward in your confidence andcompetence as a budding field botanist.Ros Bennettis a freelance botanist,ecologist, former member of FSC staff andan experienced tutor in the UK andoverseas.Spring Flowers of PembrokeshireDF . B . 14 May-18 May . Mon-Fri . £375 . £281An informal, beginner's guide to floweringplants in the Pembrokeshire Coast NationalPark. The itinerary will include walksalong stretches of coast path and visits toother coastal habitats including saltmarsh,shingle ridge and sand dunes. JohnArcher-Thomsonis Assistant Head ofCentre at Dale Fort. His special interestsinclude diving, photography, ecology andnatural history.Wild Flower Identification forBiological SurveyorsFM . I . 18 May-20 May . Fri-Sun . £288 . £210A course aiming to improve skills in wildflower identification, specially designed foranyone involved in biological surveyingprofessionally or at an enhanced amateurlevel. By looking carefully at the structureand function of flowers you will extendyour working knowledge of the mainflower families and increase yourconfidence in using a flora to track downthe more elusive species. Please note thatsurveying techniques per se are not coveredon this course. Andrea Kiewittis anenthusiastic and experienced botanist whoteaches regularly at Flatford Mill.Getting to Know Wild FlowersPM . B . 25 May-27 May . Fri-Sun . £248 . £170This course is for anyone who loves wildflowers and would like to be able torecognise and name more of them. We willgo plant-hunting in the beautifulShropshire countryside and then use theCentre's facilities to study the intricatestructure of flowers with specimens andslides. Brenda Haroldis a qualifiedbotanist who tutors for variousorganisations and is an active Wildlife Trustvolunteer.Wild Flowers of the Limestone DalesMT . O . 25 May-28 May . Fri-Mon . £335 . £229This course will introduce you to the studyof wildflowers. Malham Tarn lies in theheart of the Yorkshire Dales, with a widevariety of habitats close to the Centre. Youwill encounter a wonderful diversity offlowers, including some of the limestonespecialities of the area such as bird's-eyeprimrose and globeflower. This courseincludes a gentle, but thorough,introduction to using keys and to flowerswhich will help participants enjoyidentifying flowers anywhere. JudithAllinson, an experienced botanist andtutor, knows the area well and has led manycourses based at Malham Tarn.Wild Orchids of South East EnglandJH . O . 01 Jun-03 Jun . Fri-Sun . £225 . £160This course will cover the identification,ecology and distribution of orchids as wellas the astonishing pollination mechanismswhich have evolved. The field excursionswill provide plenty of opportunities forphotography. No previous knowledge isnecessary; this is a course for anyoneinterested in wild orchids. By combiningthis course with the later orchid course atKindrogan you will see almost half of allBritish orchid species. David Streeter,Reader in Ecology at the University ofSussex, is an authority on chalklandecology. Using a FloraFM . I . 01 Jun-05 Jun . Fri-Tue . £438 . £310A practical course on using a flora foramateur and professional botanists andecologists who wish to gain moreexperience and confidence in plantrecognition. Participants will be led gentlythrough the mysteries of botanical keys, sothat you can arrive at correct identificationsand understand the complex structures thatmake up the whole plant. Ros Bennettis afreelance botanist, ecologist, formermember of FSC staff and an experiencedtutor in the UK and overseas. *BIIdentifying Clovers, Medicks and VetchesFM . I . 05 Jun-07 Jun . Tue-Thu . £240 . £172Clovers and their allies form an extensiveplant family with many species importantfor wildlife and in agricultural andhorticultural contexts as well. This shortcourse will help you master the challengesof identifying a wide range of speciesaccurately. Ros Bennettis a freelancebotanist, ecologist, former member of FSCstaff and an experienced tutor in the UKand overseas.. *BIWild Flowers for Beginners: The Top 20 Flower FamiliesFM . B . 07 Jun-10 Jun . Thu-Sun . £342 . £244A beginners course for anyone with a recentor renewed interest in wild flowers, whowould like to see a good variety of speciesand learn how to identify them correctly.By looking carefully at the structure andfunction of flowers you will develop a goodworking knowledge of the main flowerfamilies. Ros Bennettis a freelancebotanist, ecologist, former member of FSCstaff and an experienced tutor in the UKand overseas.BluebellsMargaret and John Sixsmith26*Accredited courses which could count towards a qualification (see page 43).BLBlencathra .DFDale Fort . DGDerrygonnelly .EFEpping Forest .FMFlatford Mill . JHJuniper Hall .KDKindrogan .MTMalham Tarn .MAMargam .OROrielton .PMPreston Montford .RCRhyd-y-creuau .SLSlapton Ley