Dates are being revised due to Covid-19

One of four sessions, each of which will focus on 3-5 common wild plant families. You will be introduced to each family and their main vegetative and floral characteristics and then practice identification skills, using keys, and examine the plants in the field. The other sessions take place on 13 Jun: Pea, Grass, Rush and Sedge, 04 Jul: Mint, Figwort and Borage and 01 Aug: Daisy, Goosefoot, Dock and Willow. Attendance of all four sessions is not required.

Tutor: Mark Spencer

Mark Spencer did his PhD on the evolution of oomycetes and has a long-standing interest in field mycology. He is an experienced botanist and is the vascular plant recorder for the LNHS and BSBI Middlesex vice-county recorder. He has research and personal interest in 17th and 18th botanical science, urban botany, non-natives and the impacts of environmental change.

Example Timetable

09.30 Registration
10.00 Welcome, health and safety and introduction
10.15 Morning session
13.00 Lunch
13.30 Afternoon Session
15.50 Taking your interest further and course reviews
16.00 Course finishes

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
  • Hot and Cold Drinks

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • Sensible clothing for the weather
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Lunch and Drinks (refreshments are provided)


  • Your favourite botany field guide and hand lens, if you have them

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