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Plant Identification for Field Surveyors

  • Location: Preston Montford
  • Tutor: Mark Duffell
  • Date: Thursday 17 May 2018
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 04:00 PM
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • NON-RESIDENT: £45

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

Most botanists start out identifying plants by comparing their specimens to photographs or illustrations in books. This course is aimed at those people wanting to progress from picture book identification onto proper ‘Floras’. This course will introduce simple techniques and the use of keys to enable identification of a wide variety of plant families and species. The course will concentrate on the key characters needed for identifying a range of families and recognition of an individual as belonging to a particular family. By working through the ‘Floras’ together, participants will discover how to use keys for accurate identification. Useful identification tips will be illustrated with specimens and presentations. The mysteries of Floral formulae and their use in aiding identification will be unravelled throughout the weekend. We will concentrate on using the keys in the ‘industry standard’ Stace’s ‘New Flora of the British Isles’; learning how to master the keys and not be put off by the botanical terminology it contains.

Mark Duffell has had a lifetime interest in plants, gaining the RHS Diploma in Horticulture, becoming Young Horticulturist of the Year in 2001 and completing an MSc in Biological Recording. He now runs Arvensis Ecology, splitting his time between conducting botanical surveys and teaching botanical identification and survey techniques to undergraduate and postgraduate students, consultancies and environmental organisations.

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This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here.

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