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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

The Fern Guide

  • Location:  Blencathra
  • Tutor:  James Merryweather
  • Dates : Sunday 27 August 2017 to Friday 01 September 2017
  • Level: Beginners
  • NON-RESIDENT: £315

We will spend most of our daytime in the field visiting four different locations around the Lake District with various habitats (woodland, crag, lake, mountain, limestone) to examine a significant proportion of Britain’s ferns, horsetails, clubmosses and quillworts - the pteridophytes. Our main objective will be identification, but ecology will also be a mainstay of the course. Field excursions will be illustrated and enhanced with lectures and lab examination of field - gathered material. As a bonus, participants can hope to leave competent to identify, to a reasonable degree, the tricky five male fern species, differences between which are subtle but ecologically and evolutionarily important.

James Merryweather is the author of two FSC AIDGAP field guides: a comprehensive key to all British pteridophytes and a folding chart that covers 38 common ferns. He has been teaching fern identification and ecology since he first came to the Blencathra Centre, shortly after publication of The Fern Guide in 1991

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