This beginner course will provide you with an introduction to the plants of chalk grassland, covering a mixture of the more common and some unusual species, with an opportunity to identify these in the field!

This course will enable you to build skills in identifying wildflower families in the field, in the presence of an expert tutor. You will go out into the field and study the plants of chalk grassland, observing the wide variety that can be found.

The course will include:

    • An introduction to the plants of chalk grassland, including common and more unusual species
    • Field visit to observe these species in their habitat
    • How to identify species covered

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

    • Display knowledge of chalk grassland species
    • Identify chalk grassland species

Who Should Attend? – Nature enthusiasts, students, rangers, early career consultants and ecologists.

Knowledge Level  – Beginner. Level descriptors can be found on the following web-page: Framework and Course Level Descriptors

Prior Knowledge – basic knowledge of wildflower families would be beneficial, but not essential.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no accommodation, refreshments, or meal facilities provided with this course. If we are unable to reach viable numbers for this course, we will inform you of the course cancellation 4-5 weeks prior to the course run. We would recommend when purchasing accommodation and/or travel you should take out your own insurance.

Bookings will close if course capacity is reached.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Tutor: Pippa Hyde

Pippa Hyde is an experienced recorder, contributing to the London Natural History Society project and The London Flora Atlas. She is Chair of the Bushy Park Wildlife Group and edited The Wild Flower Society's Magazine for fifteen years until 2016.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

Bursaries and Subsidies

Student Discount

This course is eligible for a student discount. If you are a current student, please use discount code BioStudent20 at checkout for 20% off all Biodiversity courses.

Before You Attend

What to Bring:

  • Notebook and pencil
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Sensible footwear and clothing for being outdoors
  • Small bag to carry personal items

If you have them:

  • Your own reference book(s)