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.
Grasses andGrasslikePlantsIdentifying Grasses in SpringJH. O. 20 Apr-23 Apr. Fri-Mon. £328. £266This course is designed to enable anyone toidentify grasses by their vegetative (non-flowering) characteristics and should beespecially valuable to those engaged inbotanical survey work, teachers of ecologyas well as to amateur botanists. You willdevelop your skills through laboratorywork, field visits to a variety of habitats andpractice with botanical keys. JudithAllinsonis a botanical surveyor and co-author of the AIDGAP Key to Grasses in theVegetative State. SedgesMT. I. 01 Jun-04 Jun. Fri-Mon. £335. £229Malham Tarn is a superb area with onethird of the British sedge flora growingwithin three miles of the Centre. Thiscourse will be useful for botanicalsurveyors and anyone interested in findingout about this fascinating group of plants atthe beginning of the 'sedge season'. We willvisit fen, bog, calcareous mire, grasslandand woodland and practise usingvegetative and flowering part keys. JudithAllinsonis a botanical surveyor and co-author of the AIDGAP Key to Grasses in theVegetative State. Identification of Grasses, Sedges and RushesEF . A . 09 Jun-10 Jun . Sat-Sun . Non-residential . £98No need to ignore these plants anymore!This course will allow beginners to start tounderstand the structure of these plantswhilst enabling those with prior knowledgeto master the identification techniques forsurveying. A wide variety of habitats willbe visited and participants will useillustrated keys to identify different species.Ken Adamsis BSBI Recorder for Essex andco-author of the Second Flora of Essex.Field Guide to Grass IdentificationPM. O. 09 Jun. Sat. Non-residential. £30This one-day course is designed to help youget to grips with the field characters of themore common grasses. Fiona Gomersallisa trained biology teacher and skilled fieldbotanist. She works for the ShropshireWildlife Trust and is an active member ofthe Shropshire Botanical Society.Introducing Grass Identification and EcologyFM. B. 15 Jun-17 Jun. Fri-Sun. £240. £172A weekend for anyone relatively new tostudying this important group of plants,concentrating on the principles of grassidentification down to individual speciesand also the broader ecologicalrelationships within different grasslandcommunities. We will visit a variety ofhabitats and by looking carefully at thedetailed structure of the plants, willdevelop your skills and confidence incorrect identification. Jonny Stoneis aSenior Ecologist for OHES Environmental.He has wide experience of grassidentification and vegetation surveys andhas often led this course at Flatford Mill.Identifying Sedges and Sedge-like PlantsPM. O. 22 Jun-24 Jun. Fri-Sun. £334. £235Sedges are often lumped together withgrasses and rushes as dull and difficult toidentify. Although there are few rarespecies in the county the variety of habitatsin Shropshire include a range of commonsedge and sedge-like species. You willlearn the difference between these groupsand how to identify sedge species with theuse of keys. Chris Walkeris a botanist andecologist with a wide experience of theplants and habitats of Shropshire andsurrounding areas.Identifying Grasses,Sedges and RushesPM. O. 01 Jul. Sun. Non-residential. £38This course will help participants toidentify grasses, sedges and rushes throughfield characteristics. It begins at 10:00 witha brief introduction before heading off tothe field, and will also include lab sessionsin the late afternoon and evening. Anevening meal will be provided. ChrisWalkeris a botanist and ecologist with awide experience of the plants and habitatsof Shropshire and surrounding areas.Identifying GrassesPM. O. 03 Jul. Tue. Non-residential. £38This course will help participants toidentify grasses using field characteristics.It begins at 10:00 with a brief introductionbefore heading off to the field, followed bytime in the lab with botanical keys. Theprice includes a supper and eveningsession. Chris Walkeris a botanist andecologist with a wide experience of theplants and habitats of Shropshire andsurrounding areas.Grass IdentificationKD. I. 06 Jul-13 Jul. Fri-Fri. £475. £356Kindrogan is situated near Pitlochry andoffers beautiful habitats to search forgrasses including heather moorland, basicflushes, acid and basic woodland andgrassland, riverside and mountain.Laboratory work on the structure andnames of grass parts, plus practice in usingboth vegetative and flowering part keys,will improve identification skills of bothbeginners and more experiencedparticipants. Judith Allinsonis a botanicalsurveyor and co-author of the AIDGAP Keyto Grasses in the Vegetative State. Grasses, Sedges and RushesPM. I. 13 Jul-16 Jul. Fri-Mon. £334. £235This course covers the structure andidentification of these important butdifficult plants. Visits to a range ofcontrasting habitats around Shropshire willintroduce many of the more commonmembers of all three families andparticipants will gain experience in the useof floras and keys. Brenda Haroldis aqualified botanist who tutors for variousorganisations and is an active Wildlife Trustvolunteer. *BI NEWNEWMeadowEdward JacksonNEWNEWNEW30*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