This course is entirely outdoors involving walking on the estate and finding trees to identify. There will be no set route, we will be guided by what we see and choose to investigate.

We may spend some time at one tree getting to grips with the features that distinguish it from other trees. It will be entirely descriptive and is aimed at people who want to learn how to identify common trees when they are out and about in their spare time. Therefore, we will be looking to some degree and growth form but mostly at buds, twigs and bark and any other tell-tale signs.

No prior knowledge is needed, this is a day for absolute beginners.

This course is aimed at adults only and you must be at least 18 years old to attend.

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By the end of the course attendees will be able to:

Identify a range of common broadleaf tree species in winter
Use features such as twigs, buds and bark to identify species


This course takes place at Doddington Hall.

Doddington Hall is situated on the outskirts of Lincoln:

Doddington Hall & Gardens
Main Street

Course fees

If you are aged 18-25 please select Adult (Option 1) £10

If you are aged over 25 please select Adult (Option 2) £30

The course fees are subsidised by the Wilder Connections project and reduced from the normal cost of £60.

Example Timetable

10.00 – Meet at the Giant bike shop car park. Introduction to the day, health and safety briefing

10.30 – 12.30 Walk the estate and look at various trees

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.30 Walk the estate and look at various trees

15.30 – 16.00 Sum up and depart

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

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

What to bring

  • Plenty of warm and waterproof clothing and footwear.
  • Flasks of hot drinks and a packed lunch (unless the weather is awful, we will lunch outdoors).
  • A clipboard/notebook and pen to take notes if you wish.
  • A camera or phone with camera to take shots of trees, buds and bark for future reference.


Please find details of travelling to Doddington Hall on their website

Opportunities to attend this course

This course is not currently available to book. Dates will follow soon.

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