Woodlands include a wide range of our native plant groups – this course aims to introduce the most common plants in these groups and to help you begin to recognise them in the field!
This beginner course will introduce you to the most common plant groups and species found in native woodlands, including the more obvious flowers, trees, grasses, sedges, and rushes and a range of ferns!
The course will be delivered both in a classroom setting and out in the field, with our expert tutor helping you build identification skills, and also touching on the stories these plants tell about the environment in which they are found.
The course will combine the identification of species on local sites and looking at pot-grown species, to cover a wide breadth of species you may come across.
What will be covered during this course?
- Introduction to common plant groups found in native woodland
- The importance of woodland plants
- How to identify some of the most common woodland plant
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Display knowledge of the characteristics of the most common woodland plants
- Be confident in identifying a number of our native woodland plant species
Who Should Attend? – This course is targeted at anyone who is interested in learning more about this area of natural history.
Knowledge Level – Beginner. Level descriptors can be found on the following web-page: Framework and Course Level Descriptors
Prior Knowledge – No prior knowledge will be assumed; participants with at least some prior knowledge may find it a little easier to build on their existing learning, but it isn’t necessary.
PLEASE NOTE the course fee is for tuition only. There is no accommodation or lunch provided with this course.
Bookings will close if course capacity is reached.
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
About the Tutor
Sally’s interest in natural history began at an early age but was fanned into flames by involvement in leading groups in the hills and mountains of the UK as a teacher. This led to a fascination with the plants of the UK, so that seeing plants when out walking is like seeing old friends.
This timetable is subject to change but should give a clear outline of what to expect.
- Please arrive in time for the course to start promptly at 10:00 am
- The course will end at 5:00 pm
Morning - classroom session:
- The importance of woodland plants
- Introduction to the plant groups & species found in native woodland
Afternoon - field visit!
- Identifying common woodland plants out in the field
Please note accommodation, refreshments and an evening meal are not included.
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
You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be provided. In choosing an FSC course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.
Bursaries and Subsidies
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.
Before You Attend
What to Bring:
- Notebook and pencil
- Lunch and refreshments
- Sensible footwear and clothing for being outdoors
- Small bag to carry personal items
- Your own reference book(s) if you have them
James Merryweather’s book “The Fern Guide” (2007), published by the FSC, is an outstanding key and guide to the ferns found in the UK.
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
Sun 07, May 2023 10:00 - 17:00
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.
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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.