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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Identifying Plants: Using Botanical Keys with Confidence

  • Location: Flatford Mill
  • Tutor: Alanna Cooper
  • Dates: Friday 27 July 2018 to Monday 30 July 2018
  • Times: 07:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £411
  • RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £351
  • NON-RESIDENT: £291

Thank you for your interest in our course. The accommodation at the centre is full, however we work closely with the local B&Bs to offer participants the chance to attend as a non-resident and stay within the local area. If you would like to attend as a non-resident provisionally book your place on the course and then confirm your accommodation. Please contact FSC Flatford Mill for a list of local B&Bs and hotels. The non-resident price includes evening meal and packed lunch.

Identifying plants can seem a time consuming and daunting task for those starting out. There is a wide selection of field guides available, but how do you know your guide has the most recognisable picture? How do you know you have the right species if it is growing in an exposed or shady environment and may not look like the drawing or photograph in your book? What about plants without flowers...how can you be sure it is what you think it might be? This course will focus on providing a good grounding on flowering parts and the vegetative structure of plants required to use botanical keys successfully and with confidence. We will demystify terms that sometimes make it seem that botanists are using 'a different language'. This course is especially useful for those who want to identify plants to the species-level for surveys and assessments and need to have confidence in what is recorded on a site. This course is suitable for beginners (no previous knowledge will be assumed) and it also suitable for improvers. Although this is not an accredited course, it is suitable for anyone wishing to contribute to their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements and a Certificate of Attendance can be provided on request. Bursaries are available for this course. Please contact FSC Flatford Mill for details.

Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service (SBIS) and Suffolk Naturalists Society (SNS) have kindly offered a bursary to support individuals who wish to attend this course to help provide people with the skills and experience to identify and record Suffolk wildlife. Further info can be found HERE.

Alanna Cooper is a botanist and is principal ecologist at a local environmental and engineering consultancy. She has experience of botanical survey work and habitat management in both Canada and the UK for a diverse variety of habitats. She is actively involved in the Wildflower Society and BSBI and is convenor for the CIEEM East of England committee.

Bring a friend!

If you are attending a course at Flatford Mill at the sole occupancy price, we are offering a special rate for a friend or partner not enrolled on the course to also stay at £50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.

Please contact FSC Flatford Mill on 01206 297110 or [email protected] to book this offer.

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RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY) : £411


RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM) : £351


NON-RESIDENT : £291


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