FSC | Field Studies Council

Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Fern Identification

  • Location:  Kindrogan
  • Tutor:  Heather McHaffie
  • Dates : Friday 16 June 2017 to Monday 19 June 2017
  • Times: 17:00 - 16:00
  • Level: Intermediate
  • RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £245
  • RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £210
  • NON-RESIDENT: £160

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

Kindrogan is well placed for finding over 30 ferns and clubmosses with several uncommon species in the neighbourhood. Advice is given on suitable books, the use of keys and which ferns are most likely to be found in particular habitats. Species are viewed in context and while ferns are the main focus other plant groups, birds, land use and the underlying geology are discussed. For the more experienced there is a reference collection of ferns in cultivation at Kindrogan and this extends the range that can be examined.

A reasonable level of fitness is necessary as many of the sites are on uneven, sometimes steep slopes. The evenings are used to reinforce the species seen and to prepare for the following day.

Microscope techniques are demonstrated for those who require a high level of identification skills with the more difficult groups.

Heather McHaffie has been teaching the fern courses at Kindrogan for a number of years, and knows the area well. She is a botanist at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh and is currently engaged in botanical survey work covering a wide range of plant groups. She is a regular visitor to Kindrogan with a passion for her subject and an extensive knowledge of the local area.

Extra nights
If you are interested in staying at the Centre for additional nights, before or after the course, please contact the Centre for availability and costs which start from £25 for B&B, or £40 full board (we can confirm B&B availability 4 weeks prior to the course). Sunday rate £35.

Partner Rate
For those paying the sole occupancy price, we are offering our guests a special rate for those who would like a twin room for them and their partner not enrolled on an FSC course, at £35 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.

Further Information

About Kindrogan
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This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here.

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