During this intermediate course you will look at a range of plants, from those usually seen in flower, to grasses sedges and ferns, working towards building confidence in using a key.
This course will include:
- Identification of species on local sites
- Learning the required vocabulary
- Plenty of practice outside using a key to build confidence
For much of the year, plants are not in flower. Many can still be identified using other features. This course explores how to do this using Poland & Clement’s “The Vegetative Key to the British Flora”.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of how to use a key successfully
- Display confidence in identifying flowering plants
Who should attend? – A basic understanding of botanical species and terminology would be beneficial for this course.
Knowledge level – Intermediate. 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: There is no accommodation, refreshments, or meal facilities provided with this course. If we are unable to reach viable numbers for this course, we will inform you of the course cancellation 4-5 weeks prior to the course run. We would recommend when purchasing accommodation and/or travel you should take out your own insurance.
Bookings will close if course capacity is reached.
Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.
About the Tutor
Sally has a longstanding love of the outdoors and of the living things within it, especially our wealth of plant life.
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
- The course will end at 17:00
Morning: Whilst you will identify some species in the area around the venue, you will also spend time indoors so that you can see the detail of the plant material which will be provided.
You will cover:
- How the key works (and how it differs from other, more familiar keys)
- The vocabulary needed to use the key effectively
Afternoon: field visit to look at flowering plants and trees
Out in the field looking at other groups such as as grasses, sedges, rushes, ferns
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 build 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 a Field Studies Council 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, read more here.
Before You Attend
What to Bring
- Notebook and pencil
- Lunch and refreshments
- Hand lens (if owned)
- Sensible footwear and clothing for being outdoors
- Small bag to carry personal items
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 12, August 2023 10:00 - Sun 13, August 2023 17:00
If you would like to book accommodation, lunch and an evening meal at the Slapton Ley Field Centre, please email: [email protected].
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.