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Dandelions, Daisies and Thistles

  • NON-RESIDENT: £255

By August many of our finest native plants have finished flowering, with the notable exception of glorious shows of thistles, ragworts, dandelions and mayweeds - a great time therefore to concentrate on the Asteraceae or the Compositae as we used to call them. The course will be essentially a practical one with ample time provided, under guidance, for the study of floral design under the low power microscope; a useful tool which undoubtedly aids future field identification.

Ros Bennett is a freelance botanist with a wealth of experience at many FSC Centres. She has a practical and participative approach and is enthusiastic about all aspects of botany. Accreditation: This course is part of the Biological Recording programme.


This is one of a series of courses run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University contributing to the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification.  This qualification is being discontinued so is no longer open for new registration.  Existing certificate students will be able to gain credits in the 2019/20 academic year. The course remains a  module choice for the Masters programme. To gain university credits you must be registered for the Masters programme in advance of this course.  For further details please contact:

The Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology Manchester Metropolitan University. E-mail: [email protected]

There is assessment of the course through, for example, identification tests, producing survey reports or field journals, working through keys and other various pieces of work.

The course is also suitable for non-credit students and for those enrolling on the new certificate course with FSC.  For further details on this course please contact FSC Head Office at [email protected]

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