This beginner course will cover survey methods for both amateur interest and the specialist, as well as veteran trees as a habitat and their historical context in Epping Forest.

Veteran trees are major habitats in themselves stretching back in time. Epping is one of the most important sites with many examples.

This course will cover:

  • Veteran tree survey methods and practice
  • The value of veteran trees
  • Field visit to view specific trees in Epping Forest
  • The historical context of veteran trees in Epping Forest

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During this course, we will explore Epping Forest to look at veteran tree distribution. We will cover how you can survey and record ancient and veteran trees, plus the historical context and management of Epping Forest. Finally, we will consider ancient trees as a habitat, illustrated using certain species/species groups. By the end of this course, you should feel confident in identifying a range of ancient and veteran trees through visual features.

This course takes place situated in the heart of Epping Forest, an area of around 2,400 hectares of wood-pasture, stretching from Manor Park in East London to just north of Epping in Essex.

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

  • Survey veteran/ancient trees and contribute to databases
  • Recognise veteran/ancient trees and have an enhanced understanding of their importance
  • Gain knowledge of Epping Forest trees
  • Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers

Who Should Attend? – Nature enthusiasts, students, rangers, early career ecologists.

Knowledge Level – Beginner. Level descriptors can be found on the following web-page: Framework and Course Level Descriptors

Prior Knowledge – No existing knowledge, or experience is needed for this course, just a willingness to explore and learn.

Please note – there are no accommodation, lunch and or evening meal facilities at Epping Forest. Refreshments (tea and coffee) will be available.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Example Timetable

Example Timetable

This timetable is subject to change but should give a clear outline of what to expect.

  • Please arrive at 9:45am in time for the course to start promptly at 10:00am
  • The course will end at 4:30pm

10:00am Introductions
10:30am Classroom session covering:

  • Veteran tree survey methods
  • Veteran tree habitat

11:30am Break and prepare for field session
11:45am Practice of veteran survey methods in Epping Forest
1:00pm Lunch – Not included
2:00pm Wider field visit - mile or so walk with some steeper slopes
4:00pm Classroom plenary and final questions
4:30pm Finish

Please note: accommodation and lunch are not included. Refreshments (tea and coffee) will be provided.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created by expert tutors and educators to help you continue to build and develop your knowledge and apply it within the field surrounded by like-minded individuals.

The course includes:

  • Classroom learning covering the theory of the species
  • Field excursions to apply new knowledge
  • Expert tuition for which the Field Studies Council is renowned
  • Clear objectives and progression
  • Refreshments (tea and coffee)

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

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, read more here.

Before You Attend

What to Bring:

  • Notebook and pencil
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Sensible footwear and clothing for being outdoors

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 or access requirements, please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Sat 21, September 2024 10:00 - 16:30

    The Centre is unable to offer accommodation with this course, please book local accommodation if you require overnight stays and ensure you take out the appropriate insurance.

    East of England
    Sharon Brown

No current dates for this course? Click here to view all the upcoming Natural History courses.

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 courses please check our Frequently Asked Questions or email [email protected].

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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.