How To Use a Botanical Key (Bushy Park)
- Location: London
- Tutor: Rachel Cassidy
- Date: Saturday 23 June 2018
- Times: 10:00 - 16:00
- Level: Beginners
- NON-RESIDENT: £45
"Keying out" is an essential skill for anyone interested in Botany, but it can be daunting: this one-day introduction will explain how Dichotomous Keys work, how to find your way around them, and will guide you through their use and application - and their limitations. We will be working mainly from The Vegetative Key to the British Flora by Poland and Clements (with reference to Rose, and Stace) and from the FSC's own fold-out Tree Name Trail, a copy of which will be provided for you to keep. This practical course will take us outside as much as possible in Bushy Park.
About the Tutor:
Rachel Cassidy is a Professional Gardener, Plantsmith, Field Botanist, Consultant Forensic Horticulturalist, gardening Journalist, and Author, having published over two dozen Botany and Gardening books, including introductions to identifying Conifers and Broadleaved Trees. In addition, she writes regularly about gardening on her website, http://rachel-the-gardener.blogspot.co.uk/ . With a style that has been variously described as “chatty and informal” and “appropriately bossy”, Rachel makes it her mission to demystify botany for beginners and improvers, aiming to simplify, without dumbing down.
- 0930 Registration
- 1000 Welcome, Health and Safety & Introduction
- 1015 Morning session
- 1300 Lunch
- 1330 Afternoon session
- 1550 Taking your interest further and Course Reviews
- 1600 Course finishes
Disclaimer: All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course.
What to bring:
- Packed Lunch (hot drinks will be provided)
- Suitable clothing & footwear, waterproofs or sun cream as appropriate!
- Notebook and pencil
- Small bag to carry personal items
If you have one:
- Hand lens
- “The Vegetative Key to the British Flora” by Poland and Clements
- Your botanical reference book(s) of choice
Health and Safety:
- There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site.
- If you have special medical requirements please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.
- Please be aware that this is a Deer Park, and there can be ticks. Please consider wearing long sleeved tops and trousers, even if the weather is nice, and bring insect repellent.
Meeting point / Location:
The Stockyard, Bushy Park. https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/bushy-park/visitor-information/opening-times-and-getting-here
FSC in Bushy Park:
FSC have been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In Bushy Park, our education Centre has two classrooms, toilet facilities, a small kitchen and office space. Alongside this is an area of the Park for education use, not open to members of the public. With two large meadows and grassland areas, woodland areas and three ponds, this is an exciting and inspiring space to discover more about the Park. Located near Hampton Court Palace, Bushy Park's mixture of woods, gardens, ponds and grassland makes it a fantastic place to enjoy wildlife with roaming herds of Red and Fallow Deer. The park is also home to the famous Chestnut Avenue, a formal Baroque water garden and the beautiful Diana Fountain.
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