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Woodland Plants

  • NON-RESIDENT: £270

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 botanist and ecologist. She was formerly a full time tutor at Flatford Mill (another FSC Field Centre) and then organiser and leader of courses for FSC Overseas. She has written books on flowers and teaches courses on plant identification to both amateurs and professionals.


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

Woodland Plants
About Slapton Ley
Directions to Slapton Ley

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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