Most of the plants in this section are angiosperms, the flowering plants of a large group that comprises those that have flowers and produce seeds enclosed within a carpel.  These may be perennial or annual.

  We have separated some plants as they look a little different such as the grasses and trees – many of which can be included as vascular plants ie they have a structure of tubes carrying both water (xylem) and sugars (phloem) from the roots to the rest of the plant. 

  • Fritillary by Adrian Davies
  • bluebells in woodland

Without plants our planet would be dead. They are the base of most of our foodchains so we are all dependent on their power as they can harness the suns energy. They have a huge diversity of forms ranging from tiny arable weeds to enormous sky reaching trees. Field botany involve discovering more about them in their habitats, identification and understanding more about their form, function and ecology. Armed with a hand lens and simple guides you will be led by an expert tutor through a green world exploring the structures and forms which make up a plant. Learning new scientific terms to describe plant families, quick tips for ease of identification and demystifying the botanical keys are all part of the fun. 

Flowering Plant Identification Courses

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Identification Resources

Full-colour laminated charts designed for use outside. Clear colour illustrations help you make a positive identification quickly.
FSC Flowers of walks and waysides features common wild flowers you may see on country walks, growing in hedgerows, grassy areas and meadows.
FSC Woodland Plants Identification Guide includes 41 species of low-growing flowers and climbers.