This beginner course is designed to provide you with a basic overview of ferns and their ecology. The course will focus on the identification of common ferns.

In the field you will also examine the anatomy, morphology, and taxonomy of ferns. You will also learn about the importance of ferns in the environment, plus the benefits and restrictions on collection and cultivation of ferns.


Tutor: David G Hill

David has had a long interest in all aspects of natural history. After training in Forestry and Soil Science he has worked in Wildlife Photography, IT and Further-Education, but became interested in Biological Recording in 2011. He went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Biological Recording in 2015, with a dissertation on Marsh Clubmoss and has developed a particular passion for ferns and lycophytes. He is currently Honorary General Secretary for the British Pteridological Society, a Cofnod Director and Fellow of the Linnean Society.

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