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Using a Flora

  • NON-RESIDENT: £310

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

The use of a botanical flora is an essential skill for anyone with a serious interest in field botany, whether for survey work or simply as a hobby. Naming plants correctly can be difficult. It's a Buttercup, but which Buttercup? A Crane's-bill, but which Crane's-bill? And as for those little white things, the yellow dandelion-like things, and so on. The answers can be found by using a flora, generally in conjunction with an illustrated field guide. Floras employ identification keys which are very simple in principle but intimidating to the beginner due to the unfamiliar terminology and the frequent use of small, obscure plant characters. A great part of the course will therefore be spent working through keys, allowing you to practise and improve at your own pace. We will find a splendid selection of plants on which to practise in the lovely countryside around Preston Montford.

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.


This course is part of the Biological Recording programmes run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). There is assessment of learning on the course through, for example, identification tests, producing survey reports or field journals, working through keys and other various pieces of work.

Credits from these assessments contribute towards the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification and the MSc Biological Recording. To gain University Credits you must register in advance.

To do this, please contact the Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University (Shrewsbury Office),The Gateway, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1NB Telephone: 01743 355137 E-mail: [email protected] For more information about the course please visit the MMU website: http://www.sste.mmu.ac.uk/recording/ The course is also suitable for non-credit students.

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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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