This beginner online course will introduce you to the complex world of ferns.

Ferns are a common sight on a woodland walk, but have you wondered what species you are seeing? Ferns are vibrant non-flowering plants and reproduce via spores. With a diverse variety of species in the UK, there is much to explore!

This course is an introduction to the fern species found in the UK. The course covers their biology, ecology and where you can find them. Focusing on their key features such as fronds, spores and structure. There are plenty of opportunities for you to get outside and put your newfound knowledge into practice, alongside guidance from an expert tutor. The course is at a beginner level and is a great place to start for those with a botanical interest who are thinking about taking their first steps into fern identification.

Tutor: Derek Green

Although Derek’s principal area of interest is botany, he has a keen interest in all aspects of wildlife and ecology. A former college lecturer, teaching ecology and conservation, he now works as a founding Director of Budding Nature CIC, a Cornwall-based Community Interest Company that aims to increase public awareness and understanding of the natural world and to equip people with the knowledge and skills to participate in its protection. He is a highly experienced designer and deliverer of natural history workshops, creating and hosting events for a broad range of conservation and educational organisations, including Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Penwith Landscape Partnership, Dynamic Dunescapes Cornwall, Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust, Plantlife, the National Trust, the University of Exeter and Newquay Community Orchard.

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