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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

Discovering the Flora of ChalkGrasslands and WoodlandsJH . O . 13 Jul-15 Jul . Fri-Sun . £225 . £160Suitable for beginners and more advancedbotanists, this course will take you to thechalk grasslands and woodlands aroundBox Hill where you will learn to identify thelocal flora, including some of the moredifficult families and some of the rarerspecies that are a speciality of the area.John Dicker, a committee member of theSurrey Botanical Society, is a keen andenthusiastic botanist with a wideknowledge of the local flora of Surrey. Using a FloraPM . I . 16 Jul-20 Jul . Mon-Fri . £374 . £265A practical course of particular interest tothose wishing to gain more experience inaccurate plant identification. Reference willbe made to a wide range of floras and wewill have a splendid selection of plants onwhich to practise in the beautifulcountryside around Preston Montford.Brenda Haroldis a qualified botanist whotutors for various organisations and is anactive Wildlife Trust volunteer. *BI Using a FloraSL . I . 20 Jul-24 Jul . Fri-Tue . £425 . £295This accredited course will be particularlyuseful to countryside professionals and isintended for those with some knowledge ofbotanical terminology wishing to havemore practice in the use of botanical keys.In July, wild flowers festoon the variedhabitats around Slapton, from shinglebanks, marshes and waysides to cliff tops.Ros Bennettis a freelance botanist,ecologist, former member of FSC staff andan experienced tutor in the UK andoverseas. *BIWild Flower Identification: Using a FloraFM . O . 23 Jul-26 Jul . Mon-Thu . £342 . £244This is a very practical course of particularinterest to amateur and professionalbotanists and ecologists who wish to gainmore experience and confidence in plantrecognition. The emphasis is on using aflora as a means of identifying and gettingto know more about our wonderfulheritage of wild flowers. Andrea Kiewittisa botanist and ecologist working for theForestry Commission as a woodlandvegetation research scientist.Identifying AsteraceaeSL . I . 24 Jul-27 Jul . Tue-Fri . £350 . £235The Asteraceae, the largest flower family inthe world, brightens our landscapes withglorious drifts of colour, but telling thespecies apart can be a real challenge. Highsummer is an excellent time to sort out thehawkweeds from the hawkbits, themayweeds from the chamomiles and themany other lookalikes. Ros Bennettis afreelance botanist, ecologist, formermember of FSC staff, and an experiencedtutor in the UK and overseas. *BICoastal PlantsSL . O . 03 Aug-05 Aug . Fri-Sun . £225 . £160Slapton is an ideal location for the study ofcoastal plants. Famous for the uniqueshingle beach of Slapton Sands and for thefreshwater lake of Slapton Ley, it is alsowithin easy reach of the cliffs of Start Pointand the sand dunes and salt marshes of theAvon Estuary. David Streeteris Reader inEcology at the University of Sussex and hashad a long association with Slapton Ley.Identifying the AsteraceaePM . O . 03 Aug-06 Aug . Fri-Mon . £334 . £235The Asteraceae, the largest flower family inthe world, brightens our landscapes withglorious drifts of colour, but telling thespecies apart can be a real challenge.August is an excellent time to sort out thehawkbits from the hawkbeards, along withthe many other lookalikes. John Swindellsholds the Birmingham University MSc inBiological Recording. He is Chairman ofthe Wild Flower Society and a Vice-President of the London Natural HistorySociety and has a particular interest inurban wild plants. Docks and Goosefoots: Identifying the Polygonaceae andChenopodiacae (Amaranthaceae)FM . I . 20 Aug-22 Aug . Mon-Wed . £240 . £172Docks and goosefoots are two of the morechallenging groups of plants to get to gripswith. This weekend course will help youbecome familiar with a wide range ofspecies and give you confidence inidentifying them with accuracy. RosBennettis a freelance botanist, ecologist,former member of FSC staff and anexperienced tutor in the UK andoverseas.*BITreesIdentifying Trees Without LeafEF. I. 22 Jan. Sun. Non-residential. £48This day will concentrate on identifyingnative broadleaved trees and shrubs in theEpping Forest area. Identifying trees inwinter can be a difficult process, thereforethe main focus will be on identificationusing bark, twigs, buds and fruit. KenAdamsis BSBI Recorder for Essex and co-author of the Second Flora of Essex.Winter Tree IdentificationPM. O. 25 Feb. Sat. Non-residential. £30Aimed at the keen beginner and improver,this course provides an introduction toidentifying trees in winter. Emphasis willbe placed on key characters to distinguisheach species from similar looking plants.By the end of the course participants will beable to use a key and will be able torecognise main features. Mark Duffellhashad a lifelong interest in plants withexpertise in both horticulture and botany.Big Tree Country: Introduction to Tree IdentificationKD. B. 27 Apr-29 Apr. Fri-Sun. £160. £120This course aims to get you started or, ifyou know a bit already, to consolidate yourknowledge. The course will involve a lotof walking to meet many remarkable treesas well as the more common broad-leavedand conifer species. Perthshire is 'Big TreeCountry', the scenery is terrific and May isan ideal time of year for all woodlandplants. This course complements and canbe combined with Tree Identification forImprovers which follows immediatelyafterwards. Jerry Dickeris a workingarboriculturist and experienced teacher.Big Tree Country: Tree Identification for ImproversKD. I. 29 Apr-03 May. Sun-Thu. £205. £154Visiting woods and estates in Perthshire's'Big Tree Country' this course will buildup your confidence and treeidentification skills. Native, naturalisedand exotic conifers and broad-leavedtrees will be encountered in their springglory. We will also identify woodlandground flora which are at their best atthis time of year. Some time will be givento tree biology, woodland history,management and plant communities.This course complements and can belinked to Introduction to TreeIdentification which runs immediatelybefore it. Jerry Dickeris a workingarboriculturist and experienced teacher.Foxglove flowerPete Boardman28*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