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Getting to Know Conifers

  • NON-RESIDENT: £207

During late autumn when there are very few flowers around and most of our native plants have lost their leaves, there is a wonderful opportunity to focus our attention on identifying the conifers - most of which are evergreen and still bear cones. During this conifer identification course you will spend time in and around Juniper Hall considering the key features of the different families and genera of conifers and how we might begin to separate the different species. Specimens of different cones and foliage will be available to study. You will build confidence in field recognition of the major genera of conifers and practice looking for appropriate characters to confirm the species. The British flora is remarkably poor in diversity of native conifers but many introduced species form a major feature in our landscape. On Sunday we will visit Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent which has the finest British collection of this magnificent group of trees. Here you will not only consolidate your knowledge of the more commonly occurring conifer species but you will also have the opportunity to study some unusual and uncommon members of this wonderful group of plants..

Ros Bennett is an experienced freelance botanist and ecologist. She was formerly a full-time FSC tutor at Flatford Mill and then organiser and leader of courses for FSC Overseas. She has written books on flowers and has taught courses on plant identification and ecology to all age groups.


This is one of a series of courses run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University contributing to the MSc Biological Recording and the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification. The University Certificate is being discontinued so is no longer open for new registration. Existing certificate students will be able to gain credits in the 2018/19 academic year. 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]

Further Information

Getting to know Conifers
About Juniper Hall
Directions to Juniper Hall

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