For those with some knowledge of aquatic and marginal plants who wish to learn the more critical groups, such as the water crowfoots, duckweeds, pondweeds, starworts, aquatic grasses, sedges and rushes, stoneworts and aquatic liverworts. It also tackles the growing list of alien aquatic plants.

Tutor: Fred Rumsey

Fred Rumsey is the British plant specialist at the Natural History Museum with a strong interest in conservation, particularly of cryptogamic plants. He provides expert taxonomic advice to various Taxon and Red-List Groups, sits on IUCN specialist groups and is referee for several families for the BSBI for whom he was a Vice-President. Fred is an ex President of the British Pteridological Society and still acts as their Conservation and recording officer. He is also bryophyte Vice County recorder for N. Hants. Actively involved in the museum's citizen science work he has taught botanical skills from primary to tertiary level and run courses for the FSC at several centres.

Example Timetable

09.30 - Registration and refreshments
09.45 - Lecture: Books on aquatic plants. A review of available identification guides
10.30 - Lecture: Identification of difficult aquatic genera and alien invasives
11.00 - Local field visit - Epping Forest ponds
12.00 - lunch
13.00 - Field trip – Lesser Wake Valley Ponds and River Roding
15.30 - Refreshments and discussion
16.00 - Course ends

All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course. Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

Sensible clothing for the weather and appropriate footwear. Lunch and Drinks (refreshments are provided).

x20 hand lens