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
Woodland PlantsPM. O. 12 May. Sat. Non-residential. £30A course providing an introduction toidentifying woodland plants andunderstanding their role in the woodland.Aimed at the keen beginner and improver,emphasis will be placed on key charactersto distinguish each species from similarlooking plants. By the end of the courseparticipants will be able to identify themajor groups and be familiar with the mainfeatures of those they don't recognise.Mark Duffellhas had a lifelong interest inplants with expertise in both horticultureand botany. Identifying Woodland PlantsPM. I. 18 May-21 May. Fri-Mon. £334. £235This course is for botanists wishing to honetheir skills in woodland plant identification,concentrating not just on trees and the morecolourful woodland herbs but also on thetraditionally difficult groups such aswoodland grasses, sedges and ferns as wellas providing an introduction to mosses andliverworts. Please note that this is in effecta Level 2 walking course, requiring amoderate level of fitness. Nick Lawis anecologist at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.Sarah Whildis a lecturer in plant ecology inthe School of Biosciences at the Universityof Birmingham. *BINatural History of Veteran TreesEF. O. 20 May. Sun. Non-residential. £42.50Epping Forest is home to over 50,000veteran trees. This course will look moreclosely at these special trees and otherorganisms associated with them. There willalso be the chance to discuss managementtechniques and problems which theseveterans may face in the future. TriciaMoxeyis a qualified botanist and lecturerand has worked in Epping Forest for manyyears.Tree IdentificationRC. O. 01 Jun-04 Jun. Fri-Mon. £295. £180The course introduces the skills needed toidentify trees native to the British Isles, aswell as common non-native species. Overthe weekend both the broadleaves and theconifers will be covered. By the end of thecourse you will be able to identify the morecommon trees to the species level withconfidence! Matt Parrattis a qualifiedbiologist and has worked as a researchscientist for the Forestry Commission for 17years. During that time he has workedextensively on tree and shrub seed andseedling biology and ecology.Identification of the Native and Exotic Trees of MargamMA. O. 15 Jun-17 Jun. Fri-Sun. £230. £157Within the 850 acres of the MargamCountry Park there are stunning examplesof various native and exotic trees. Thiscourse aims to give everyone, at any leveland experience, an opportunity to practiceidentification using various keys andguides. There will be a chance to see avariety of broadleaf and conifer trees at oneof the best times of year for identification.Originally trained as an arborist, MargamPark Ranger, Steve George, has beensharing his knowledge of and enthusiasmfor Margam Park and its beautiful treeswith the public since 1979.Identifying British TreesPM. O. 30 Jun. Sat. Non-residential. £30This day course is designed to help you torecognise trees from field characteristicsand become more confident in recognisingthem in both plantations and naturalhabitats. Kate Thorneis a freelanceecologist with a particular interest inbotany. She is the BSBI County Recorder forMontgomery.Trees and Tree Identification in SummerFM. O. 20 Jul-23 Jul. Fri-Mon. £342. £244Summer is a great time for looking at trees:their leaves and needles are at their best andthey are often already producing fruits andseeds. This long weekend will explore thenatural history of trees and show you howto recognise individual species. The mainemphasis will be on trees native to Britainbut we will also pay attention to introducedspecies, particularly conifers. AndreaKiewittis a botanist and ecologist workingfor the Forestry Commission as a woodlandvegetation research scientist.Identifying Trees in LeafEF. B. 01 Sep. Sat. Non-residential . £42.50This course is aimed at those who havelimited knowledge of tree identification andare interested in learning how to identifycommon and less common trees in EppingForest during the months when they are inleaf. John Woodhas studied trees for yearsand surveyed those which fell in EppingForest in the storm of 1987.Broad-Leaved TreesJH. I. 21 Sep-23 Sep. Fri-Sun. £268. £202Autumn is an irresistible time to turn ourattention to the broad-leaved trees. Soonthey will start to transform our landscapesinto a blaze of colour. Now is the time tolearn what we can from the foliage andfruits, before we have to rely on twigformation and winter silhouettes to help usidentify these important members of ournatural heritage. Ros Bennettis a freelancebotanist, ecologist, former member of FSCstaff and an experienced tutor in the UKand overseas. *BIGetting to Know ConifersJH. I. 16 Nov-18 Nov. Fri-Sun. £268. £202Winter provides a wonderful opportunityto focus our attention on the conifers, mostof which are evergreen and still bear cones.The British flora is remarkably poor indiversity of native conifers but manyintroduced species form a major feature inour landscape. This course includes a visitto Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent which has afine collection of this magnificent group oftrees. Ros Bennettis a freelance botanist,ecologist, former member of FSC staff andan experienced tutor in the UK andoverseas. *BITrees and Tree Identification: The Challenge of Early WinterFM. O. 30 Nov-02 Dec. Fri-Sun. £230. £164An introduction to the most magnificentfeatures of the living landscape, the conifersand broad-leaved trees, with the addedchallenge that many of the leaves will nowbe on the ground! This weekend isdesigned to improve your treeidentification skills, helping you toappreciate subtle differences in twigformation, tree silhouettes and cone design.Ros Bennettis a freelance botanist,ecologist, former member of FSC staff andan experienced tutor in the UK andoverseas..Autumn in the New ForestJulian CremonaBogbean Pete BoardmanNEW(see page 2)centreleveldatesdayssole occupancynon-residentialfee FM . O . 01 Feb-03 Feb . Fri-Sun . £174 . £135Flowers & other Plantswww.field-studies-council.org/plants29Discounts 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 for an exact price.