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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

Shropshire Wildflower WeekendPM . O . 15 Jun-18 Jun . Fri-Mon . £334 . £235A field course which will celebrate some ofthe finest botanical habitats in Shropshire inJune. It will be an opportunity to learn orrevise the vascular plants whichcharacterise some key habitats and toexplore their ecology. Ian Truemanis anecologist and joint author of An EcologicalFlora of the Shropshire Region, The Flora ofMontgomeryshireand the new Birminghamand Black Country Flora.Identification of Highland PlantsKD . O . 15 Jun-22 Jun . Fri-Fri . £475 . £356Familiarity with a wide range of highlandplants will be promoted by combining shortecological excursions with formaltaxonomic training and hands-onexperience with diagnostic keys, both in thelaboratory and the field. Bob Callowis anexperienced botanist who has rununiversity courses at Kindrogan for morethan 25 years.Wild Flowers of the Limestone: The Flora of LlanymynechPM . O . 16 Jun . Sat . Non-residential . £30Wild flowers of the limestone areas ofShropshire are a delight and this course willhelp you to understand and identify arange of those found in the OswestryUplands. The site is a blend of wonderful,fascinating history with lime kilns andquarries and is now a haven for wildlifewith orchids and flowers galore. FionaGomersallis a trained biology teacher andskilled field botanist. She works for theShropshire Wildlife Trust and is an activemember of the Shropshire Botanical Society.Discovering Wild FlowersEF . B . 17 Jun . Sun . Non-residential . £37.75Participants will be encouraged to closelyexamine local flowers by recognisingcommon characteristic features andpractising field identification skills. Groupdiscussions will take place coveringfolklore, cultural significance and habitatrequirements. Tricia Moxeyis a qualifiedbotanist and lecturer and has worked inEpping Forest for many years.Wild Orchids of ScotlandKD . O . 19 Jun-23 Jun . Tue-Sat . £205 . £154The course covers all aspects of Scotland'sorchid flora. Field sites will be visited to seemany orchid habitats and to study thespecies which occur there. An illustratedpresentation will show all the species whichgrow elsewhere in Scotland. By combiningthis with the earlier Juniper Hall course youwill see almost half of all British species.Martin Robinsonis a freelance ecologicalsurveyor and the Vice-County PlantRecorder for East Perthshire. Wild Flowers for Beginners: The Top 20 FamiliesJH . O . 22 Jun-25 Jun . Fri-Mon . £300 . £240More than three quarters of our wildflowers belong to one of only 20 families -The Top 20! By close examination of thefloral structure of the major flower familiesyou will make huge strides forward in yourconfidence and competence as a fieldbotanist. A course for anyone with aninterest in wild flowers, wishing to learnhow to identify them correctly. RosBennettis a freelance botanist, ecologist,former member of FSC staff and anexperienced tutor in the UK and overseas.Limestone FloraMT . I . 22 Jun-25 Jun . Fri-Mon . £335 . £229A weekend for botanists to concentrate onthe specialist flora of limestone habitatsamid the magnificent scenery of theYorkshire Dales National Park. Excursionswill cover grasslands, flushes, woodlandsand limestone pavement to improve skillsin identifying a wide range of species in thefield, making sure we don't miss the ferns,grasses, sedges, or the views. Ian Powellisa senior lecturer in conservation biology atEdge Hill University and former tutor withthe FSC. *BIPlant Communities of the Scottish HighlandsKD . O . 22 Jun-29 Jun . Fri-Fri . £475 . £356This course is for those seeking tounderstand the nature of plantcommunities in the Scottish Highlands. Weshall explore their history andenvironmental constraints and learn torecognise the key combinations of constantand indicator species. Bob Callowis anexperienced botanist who has rununiversity courses at Kindrogan for morethan 25 years.Discovering and Identifying Wild FlowersKD . B . 25 Jun-29 Jun . Mon-Fri . £205 . £154This course will be an introduction to theflowers of the many exciting habitats closeto Kindrogan. It is aimed at anyone wholoves plants and would like to know moreabout them including how and where theylive and how to feel confident putting aname to them. Martin Robinsonis afreelance ecological surveyor and the Vice-County Plant Recorder for East Perthshire. Identifying Scrophulariaceae and LamiaceaeJH . I . 29 Jun-02 Jul . Fri-Mon . £328 . £266The Lamiaceae is a large family well knownfor its many aromatic culinary and medicinalherbs as well as garden ornamentals. Withoutclose observation these plants may beconfused with those in other closely alliedfamilies. The aim of this course is to enableparticipants to readily distinguish thesefamilies and to gain confidence in the use ofspecies keys. Ros Bennettis a freelancebotanist, ecologist, former member of FSCstaff and an experienced tutor in the UK andoverseas. *BIDiscovering Mountain FlowersKD . O . 29 Jun-02 Jul . Fri-Mon . £189 . £142Kindrogan is a superb location to introduceyou to a wide range of plants that inhabitour mountain environment. In the fieldthere will be an emphasis on identifyinghabitats and communities as a means todiscovering the types of plants that occur inthem. A moderate level of fitness isrequired. Theo Loizouis a consultantbotanist based in Angus with over 20 years'experience studying the mountainenvironment.Identifying the ApiaceaePM . I . 06 Jul-08 Jul . Fri-Sun . £248 . £170This course will look at those plants sooften lumped together as 'cow parsley' anddiscover that on closer examination thereare many quite distinct species in thisinteresting plant family. Learn more aboutthe species and improve your identificationskills. John Swindellsholds theBirmingham University MSc in BiologicalRecording. He is Chairman of the WildFlower Society and a Vice-President of theLondon Natural History Society and has aparticular interest in urban wild plants. *BIIdentifying Difficult PlantsFM . O . 06 Jul-09 Jul . Fri-Mon . £342 . £244Do you shy away from the dandelion look-alikes? Do you say 'I don't do sedges .. orwillows .. or ferns .. or goosefoots'? Thiscourse aims to demystify where possibleand to get you started on these and otherso-called 'difficult' plant groups. RosBennettis a freelance botanist, ecologist,former member of FSC staff and anexperienced tutor in the UK and 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 . £135Flowers & other PlantsWood anemones in MayJulian CremonaNEWNEW