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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Wild Flower Identification: The Top 20 Flower Families

  • Location: Flatford Mill
  • Tutor: Alanna Cooper
  • Dates: Friday 18 May 2018 to Monday 21 May 2018
  • Times: 07:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • NON-RESIDENT: £291

This course is fully booked on this date but you can join the waiting list (by scrollling to the bottom of the page) in case space becomes available or it is run on another date.

This course is for anyone with a recent or renewed interest in wild flowers, who would like to learn how to identify them correctly. By close examination and gaining an understanding of the floral structure of the major flower families that make up over three quarters of our British flora, you will gain huge strides forward in your confidence and competence as a budding field botanist. For those who begin to take more than a passing interest in our wild flowers, the seemingly infinite variety of colours and designs soon becomes an overwhelming obstacle. That original romantic attraction, for those who face the challenge, often turns into an irresistible, absorbing, life-long enthusiasm. However, the many problems of recognising and naming plants, from the insignificant pearlworts to the flamboyant orchids, may still remain insurmountable for some time. This course is suitable for beginners; no previous knowledge will be assumed. Visits to local nature reserves and other flower-rich sites each day will be complemented by identification sessions in the evenings. The content is also appropriate for anyone wishing to contribute to their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

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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