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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Wild Flower Identification: The Top 20 Flower Families

  • Location: Flatford Mill
  • Tutor: Alanna Cooper
  • Dates: Friday 24 May 2019 to Monday 27 May 2019
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £415
  • RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £330
  • NON-RESIDENT: £255

This course is for anyone with a recent or renewed interest in wild flowers, who would like to learn how to identify them correctly. By close examination and gaining an understanding of the floral structure of the major flower families that make up over three quarters of our British flora, you will make huge strides forward in your confidence and competence as a budding field botanist. For those who begin to take more than a passing interest in our wild flowers, the seemingly infinite variety of colours and designs soon becomes an overwhelming obstacle. That original romantic attraction, for those who face the challenge, often turns into an irresistible, absorbing, life-long enthusiasm. However, the many problems of recognising and naming plants, from the insignificant pearlworts to the flamboyant orchids, may still remain insurmountable for some time. This course is suitable for beginners; no previous knowledge will be assumed. Visits to local nature reserves and other flower-rich sites each day will be complemented by identification sessions in the evenings. This course contributes to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements and a Certificate of Attendance can be provided on request. Bursaries are available for this course, generously organised by the Suffolk Biodiversity Information Service. Please contact FSC Flatford Mill for details.

Alanna Cooper is a botanist and is principal ecologist at a local environmental and engineering consultancy. She has experience of botanical survey work and habitat management in both Canada and the UK for a diverse variety of habitats. She is actively involved in the Wildflower Society and BSBI and is convenor for the CIEEM East of England committee.


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RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY) : £415


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