And now for something completely different. This course represents a new departure in botany. Can we see 300 species of vascular plants in 72 hours? Well, we’re going to have a very good try! To do so we shall have to look at not only flowering plants (including grasses and sedges) but also the ferns and horsetails and visit a wide variety of habitats. Happily, North Wales contains a wide and diverse range of plant communities and we shall be visiting sites from high in the hills to the shoreline, hopefully taking in wetlands, limestone pavements and dune systems along the way. We hope to see a good mix of plants from the commonplace to the rare.
Daytime walks will be up to four miles long through stunning rural scenery in and around Snowdonia and Anglesey with fine views on good days. The terrain will be diverse, including some rocky, steep sections, but will be taken at botanical pace, so despite our overall plan, no running shoes will be required! Rain will not stop play, but field days may be curtailed if prevailing weather conditions are unpleasant. After-dinner walks will be shorter in duration and of course visit areas closer to Rhyd-y-Creuau.
Tutor: Chris MetherellChris Metherell is the BSBI (Botanical Society of the British Isles) County Recorder for Northumberland and an experienced botanist. He regularly leads field trips for the Wild Flower Society and other interested groups.
Course participants are requested to arrive on the first day at our reception for registration from 4.00 - 5.15pm. An introductory talk to the Centre is at 5.45pm. Dinner is at 6pm, followed by an introduction to your course. Departure is at 4.00 pm on the final day.
Before You Attend
What to bring
- Your favourite plant ID book.
- Hand-lens if you have one
- Warm clothing is essential.
- Sun cream and sun hat (hopefully these will be essential!)
- Waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers (can be borrowed from the Centre).
- Outdoor footwear (walking boots and wellies can be borrowed from the Centre).
- Day rucksack, warm hat and gloves (can be borrowed from the Centre).
- A torch, water bottle, thermos flask and lunch box.