Due to Covid-19 we have had to cancel courses from March to 1st August, we hope you will find an event later in the year that you can attend.

This introductory course will equip participants with the skills and knowledge frequently required in the fields of ecology and conservation. We will cover botanical anatomy and terminology, common families, the use of flora keys, indicator species, Phase 1 survey methodology and a brief introduction to the National Vegetation Classification (NVC). Ideal for professional ecologists, conservationists and hobbyists.

We anticipate that this course will run with between 4 and 16 participants.

Tutor: Laurie Wildwood

Laurie Wildwood is a professional Ecological Consultant and botany tutor who, with his refreshing approach, aims to inspire adults and children to explore and appreciate the natural world. His professional background is in ecology, conservation and habitat management.

Example Timetable

Please arrive between 4.00pm and 5.30pm on arrival day, allowing time to settle into your room before evening meal which is usually around 6.00pm.

The course will begin formally after dinner with an introduction to the centre.

If you are non-resident, please arrive by 5.45pm. The course will end at 3.00pm on the last day and we ask that rooms are vacated by 9.30am.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance
  • Up to 9 hours of tuition a day.
  • Full board accommodation including a cooked breakfast, packed lunch, home-made cakes and an evening meal. Vegetarian and other dietary options are available on request.
  • Tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day.
  • Use of resources including library, workrooms and the centre grounds.
  • Centre organised transport during the course and most admission fees.
    Non-resident course fees include all of the above except breakfast and accommodation.

Before You Attend

What to Bring:

  • Notebook and pencil
  • Hand lens*
  • A copy of The Wild Flower Key (Francis Rose, 2006)*, or field guide of your choice.
  • A copy of “Grasses, Sedges, Rushes & Ferns” (Francis Rose, 1989)*, or field guide of your choice.
  • A copy of “Grasses” (C.E.Hubbard, 1992)*, or field guide of your choice.
  • Clothing to suit the British weather!
  • Walking boots
  • Sun cream, insect repellent
    *These items can be borrowed at the centre