Introduction to Plant Morphology (The Regent's Park)
- Location: London
- Tutor: Mark Spencer
- Date: Saturday 14 July 2018
- Times: 10:00 - 16:00
- Level: Beginners
- NON-RESIDENT: £45
When trying to identify plants using keys are you confused by botanical terms and can’t quite understand what terms like ligule, phyllary or stipule mean? Worse still, you can’t even find them on your specimen! This course aims to guide you through the basic elements of flowering plant anatomy and explain what some of the apparently tortuous language refers to. Participants will use hand lenses to examine ‘simple’ flowers such as buttercups right through to the ‘dreaded’ grasses (the basics of which are a lot easier than people think).
This course based in Regent's Park will not cover everything you need to know to identify wild plants but it should help!
About the Tutor:
Dr Mark Spencer did his PhD on the evolution of oomycetes and has a long-standing interest in field mycology. He is an experienced botanist and is the vascular plant recorder for the LNHS and BSBI Middlesex vice-county recorder. He has research and personal interest in 17th & 18th Century botanical science, urban botany, non-natives and the impacts of environmental change.
- 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:
- Lunch and plenty to drink
- Suitable clothing & footwear, waterproofs or sun cream as appropriate!
- Notebook and pencil
- Small bag to carry personal items
If you have them:
- Your favourite botany field guide
- hand lens
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.
Meeting point / Location:
The Park Offices, Inner Circle, The Regent's Park https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/the-regents-park/visitor-information/opening-times-and-getting-there
FSC in The Regent's Park:
FSC has been working in partnership with The Royal Parks to deliver courses since 2011. In The Regent's Park, we use facilities within the Park Offices to deliver courses, including classroom space, toilet facilities and refreshments. Most of our courses use sites across the Park allowing you to experience the diversity of habitats in this stunning Park. The Regent's Park, designed by John Nash, covers 395 acres and includes Queen Mary's Gardens which features more than 12,000 roses of 400 varieties, as well as the gloriously restored William Andrews Nesfield's Avenue Gardens. With excellent sports facilities spanning nearly 100 acres it includes the largest outdoor sports area in central London. The park also houses the Open Air Theatre, London Zoo, Primrose Hill, the country's largest free to access waterfowl collection and 100 species of wild bird.
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