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Using a Flora

  • NON-RESIDENT: £345

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

The woodlands of South Devon should be at their richest in May - a treasure- trove to explore with a wealth of plants to study and identify, from carpets of spring flowers to the graceful canopies of deciduous trees, now in full leaf and several still bearing catkins or blossom. Many of the freshly unfurled ferns will be bearing sporangia, which will aid identification and there will be many mosses in prime condition and low-hanging willow branches swathed in lichens to entice those who have not yet developed an interest in these groups of attractive plants. There will be plenty of guidance. This course is focused on identification and designed to give the beginner a basic knowledge of all these groups. To achieve this we shall consider the essential structural details and the terminology used in the scientific keys to identification for each group. We shall spend most days exploring the woodlands of Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve with some excursions further afield.

Ros Bennett is a freelance botanist, ecologist, former member of FSC staff and an experienced tutor in the UK and overseas. She has written books on flowers and has taught courses on wild flowers to all age groups. 


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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