This weekend botanical tree course will equip you with the skills needed to confidently identify native broad-leaved trees; focusing on accuracy and diagnostic features.

Early autumn is an excellent time to turn our attention to identifying broad-leaved trees! Soon they will start to transform our landscapes into a blaze of colour that cannot go unnoticed. Now is the time to learn what you can from the foliage and fruits before needing to rely on twig formation and winter silhouettes to help in identifying these important members of our natural heritage. Your learning will take place within the 12-hectare estate of the Preston Montford Centre, nestled in the heart of Shropshire and surrounded by a rich range of habitats.

Tutor: Mark Duffell

Mark Duffell has had a lifetime interest in plants, gaining the RHS Diploma in Horticulture and completing an MSc in Biological Recording. He now runs Arvensis Ecology, splitting his time between conducting botanical surveys and teaching botanical identification and survey techniques to undergraduate and postgraduate students, consultancies and environmental organisations.