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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Identification of Conifers

  • Location: Preston Montford
  • Tutor: Mark Duffell
  • Dates: Friday 18 October 2019 to Sunday 20 October 2019
  • Times: 06:00 PM - 04:00 PM
  • Level: Intermediate
  • RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY): £295
  • RESIDENT(SHARED ROOM): £270
  • NON-RESIDENT: £215

A charismatic group of trees, with aesthetically pleasing foliage and cones, that with a little experience can be placed into recognisable groups e.g. Spruces or Firs. What can seem like an initially challenging group can be broken down and identified to species. By a range of workshops, lectures and field visits, you will build confidence to accurately identify Conifers. By the end of the course you should be able to identify in the field and laboratory a range of the major genera of conifers and, have had practice looking for appropriate characters to confirm the species. We will look at some of the trickier species within the genera e.g. Abies, Picea, Pinus A special focus will be made of the ‘Leylandii’ types including Chamaecyparis, Cupressus and Thuja).

Mark Duffell has had a lifetime interest in plants, gaining the RHS Diploma in Horticulture 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.

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RESIDENT(SOLE OCCUPANCY) : £295


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