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 wildflower identification course, suitable for both beginners and more experienced botanists alike, provides a special opportunity to study the exceptionally rich downland flora of Box Hill. This will enable us to become familiar with the identification and natural history of a wide range of chalk plants, including less familiar groups such as grasses, roses, composites and crucifers. Help and advice will be given on identification aids and the use of keys and there will be plenty of opportunities for keen photographers. Also, we will be sure to see some of the rarer and more unusual species that are a speciality of the area.


Tutor: David Streeter

David Streeter is Emeritus Reader in Ecology at the University of Sussex and a past chairman of the Conservation Committee of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. He has had a long association with Juniper Hall and Box Hill.

Example Timetable

We will visit Box Hill spending the day in the field looking at a range of chalk grassland and examining it’s qualities. The evening will be spend discussing what was observed.

This day will take place on Ranmore Common looking at chalk woodland and a further range of chalk grasslands.

Start and finish times
Residential guests are welcome to arrive, register and settle into rooms any time between 15.30 and 17.30 on Friday. Non-residents should aim to be here by 17.30. Afternoon tea will be served at 16.00. A short welcome talk will take place at 18.30. You will then be shown into dinner at 18.45.
The course will begin with a classroom session after dinner and will finish with afternoon tea at approximately 16.00 on Sunday.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

Please bring the following with you if you can

  • Hand lens (x10 magnification) can be borrowed from the Centre
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Stout shoes or boots (wellies can be borrowed from the Centre)
  • Waterproofs (just in case!) – these can be borrowed at the Centre
  • Small rucksack or bag
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Lunchbox
  • Water bottle
  • Casual clothing