This beginner tree identification course will help you learn to use features such as twigs, buds and bark to identify broadleaved tree species during winter.  

This is the perfect course for beginners looking to develop their broadleaf tree identification skills using features other than leaves. 

What is covered in this course?

  • Introduction to Winter Features
  • Identifying Broadleaf Trees in Winter

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This tree identification course will cover an overview of the changes broadleaved trees undergo during the winter season, the key features needed to identify trees in winter (twigs, buds and bark) and species profiles for a number of common UK broadleaf tree species. By the end of the course, you will be able to use botanical terms to describe key winter tree features and use them to recognise a variety of common tree species in the UK.

This is a 3-week online course for which you will complete a variety of self-led online study content, activities and a marked assignment. Both topics are 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. Understand how our online courses are delivered here.

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 prior knowledge is required to take part in this course, just a willingness to explore and learn.

Recommended Devices – It is recommended that you access your course through a PC or laptop. Please be aware that there will be reduced functionality if you decide to access the course through a tablet or smartphone. The Field Studies Council is unable to email content directly to you.

Please note that bookings will close 2 working days before the start date to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – bookings will not be taken after this time. Bookings will close sooner if course capacity is reached.

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the changes broadleaf trees undergo during the winter season in the UK
  • Describe key features of trees in winter using basic botanical terms
    Recognise, by key characteristics, some of the most common broadleaf trees in winter
  • Use buds, twigs and bark to make an accurate identification of the more commonly found species in the UK

Live Webinar Information

There are 2 webinars for this course, taking place at the end of Weeks 1 and 3. Please see the listing for the day and time. Weeks 2 and 3 will include a marked assignment which is due at the end of week 3.

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

About the Tutor

Tim Smith

Tim Smith is a botanist, ecologist and science educator. He brings a range of expertise from a background in habitat conservation, ecological consultancy and higher education, where he has investigated and researched plants, taught others about them and educated trainee teachers to inspire other students about the natural world. His knowledge ranges from aquatic non-native plants to trees and shrubs including natives, ornamentals and fruiting species.

Example Timetable

Timetable

Week 1: Introduction to Winter Features
Self-study material available from start of course
Week 1 live webinar

Weeks 2 and 3: Identifying Broadleaf Trees in Winter
Self-study material available after week 1 webinar
Marked assignment due at the end of week 3
Week 3 live webinar

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 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/s.

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.

Reviews

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    I liked the idea of the four weeks training and being to access the course to fit in with my busy work life. This gave me time to digest the information at my own time and meant that i could go back over things that I was not sure of or didn;t completely take in the first time I read it.
    I also like that the information was available to download so that I can refer back to my notes after the course has finished so that I can use the knowledge I have learnt to carry on.

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    I enjoyed reading about the pests and diseases. I'd like to learn more about them.

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    Superb materials, really useful to have and presented in understandable format.

  • ☆☆☆☆☆

    i liked there being alot of photos and disagrams in the learning materials.
    i was really pleased to learn that some trees were surviving ash die back disease :)

  • ★★★★★

    I really enjoyed this course and feel that I have taken with me a good level of knowledge and feel very grateful to have taken part in it.

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.

The Wild Flower Society Bursary

The Wild Flower Society (WFS) has generously donated a number of bursaries to encourage a wider understanding of wild flower identification among younger people. If you are aged 18 to 30, you may wish to apply. You can find out more here.

Before You Attend

Accessing Your Course

  • Once you sign up you’ll receive an email at least 24 hours in advance of the course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.
  • Moodle can be accessed through a browser or an app.
  • Webinars are via Zoom so you won’t need any new software to attend.

Recommended Devices

It is recommended that you access your course through a PC or laptop. Please be aware that there will be reduced functionality if you decide to access the course through a tablet or smartphone. The Field Studies Council is unable to email content directly to you.

Opportunities to attend this course

  • Mon 20, February 2023 - Mon 27, March 2023

    The webinars will take place on 27/02 and 13/03 at 7:00-7:45pm

    Location
    FSC Virtual
    Region
    Online
    Price
    £45
    Tutor
    Tim Smith

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 or email [email protected].

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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!

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