In this beginner wildflower online course, you will build your understanding of wildflower basics considering their biology, ecology and the structure of flowering plants and be introduced to the species commonly encountered in the UK.

Delve into the fascinating and beautiful world of botany! Plants are essential for all life on earth as they are the base of all terrestrial food chains.

What is covered in this course?

  • An introduction to flowering plants
  • Introducing vegetative parts
  • Introducing flowering parts
  • Common species of grassland, hedgerow and wayside

Please note that this is NOT a species identification course

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This beginner course will introduce you to the botany of flowering plants and equip you with the skills to recognise the key features needed for plant identification. This course will cover some of the most common wildflowers that you are likely to encounter right on your doorstep. Alongside expert tutor content and webinars, this course is brimming with field-based activities and self-guided learning to continue to develop your knowledge of UK wildflowers. This is the perfect course for those wanting to start their wildflower identification journey.

This is a 4-week online course covering 4 topics, for which you will complete a variety of self-led online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the online content. Time commitment is approximately 2-3 hours a week and an E-certificate is provided upon completion.

Who Should Attend? – Budding writers, Nature enthusiasts, Students, Rangers, Early career ecologists.

Knowledge Level – Introductory. Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: Framework and Course Level Descriptors

Prior Knowledge – No existing knowledge or experience is needed for this course. Just a willingness to contribute and learn.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic evolution of flowering plants, and how they fit in the plant kingdom.
  • Describe the function and label the basic vegetative parts of plants needed for using botanical keys.
  • Describe the function and label the basic floral parts of plants needed for using botanical keys.
  • Use the Field Studies Council Walks and Waysides guide to recognise some of the most common flowering plants of grassland, hedgerow and wayside.
  • Share this knowledge with friends, family and fellow volunteers.

Understand how our online courses are delivered

Live Webinar Information

There are 4 webinars for this course, taking place at the end of each week. Please see the date listing below for the day and time.

Please note – webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend.

About The Tutor

Karen Van Oostrum

Karen van Oostrum has a love of plants and the environment, underpinned by a solid understanding of plant adaptability, physiology and genetics. A Biology graduate of Oxford University with a Ph.D. in wheat genetics, Karen was Head of Education at Cambridge University Botanic Garden from 2006 – 2012. Karen specialises in: running taster courses for adults in Botany, Microscopy, Genetics and Plant Breeding; and supporting the teaching of plant science in Primary Schools.

Example Timetable

Week 1: An introduction to flowering plants
Self-study material available from the start date.
Week 1 Live Webinar at the end of week 1

Week 2: Introducing vegetative parts
Self-study material available after week 1 webinar
Week 2 Live Webinar: at the end of week 2

Week 3: Introducing flowering parts
Self-study material available after week 2 webinar
Week 3 Live webinar at the end of week 3

Week 4: Common species of grassland, hedgerow and wayside
Self-study material available after week 3 webinar
Week 4 Live webinar at the end of week 4

The final deadline to complete any outstanding assignments and self-study components 2 weeks after the final webinar

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 2-3 hours of your time each week. This includes covering course materials on our Moodle learning platform and the Zoom session.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created to help you continue to build and develop your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the Field Studies Council.

The course includes:

  • 45-minute interactive weekly Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants
  • Expert tuition for which the Field Studies Council is renowned
  • Activities to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop
  • Tailored course completion certificate

Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user-friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. Quizzes and skill checks will give you instant feedback on your learning. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work.

Bursaries and Subsidies

Student Discount

This course is eligible for a student discount. If you are a current student, please use discount code BioStudent20 at checkout for 20% off all Biodiversity courses.

Natural History Bursaries

There are a number of natural history bursaries available to help with the cost of your course. To find out if you and your chosen course are eligible, find out more here.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Thu 06, April 2023 - Thu 18, May 2023

    The webinars will take place on Thurdays at 11:30am-12:15pm (BST)

    Location
    FSC Virtual
    Region
    Online
    Price
    £60
    Tutor
    Karen Van Oostrum
  • Wed 21, June 2023 - Wed 02, August 2023

    The webinars will take place on Wednesdays at 11:30am-12:15pm.

    Location
    FSC Virtual
    Region
    Online
    Price
    £60
    Tutor
    Karen Van Oostrum

Progress Your Learning

This is a training course from the Field Studies Council, delivered by expert tutors with an approachable learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning with further relevant courses or branch out into other areas of natural history. The Field Studies Council offers both online and in person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

The course gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new subject and acquire novel skills. Our online portal gives you time to study at your own pace and fit the lessons around your own schedule.

If you have any questions about our online courses please check our Frequently Asked Questions
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Group Bookings Made Easy

If you have a group of 10 or more individuals wanting to complete one of our courses, our team are available to discuss your options – from discounts to private team courses. Find out more!

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing a Field Studies Council course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.