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Wildflowers add vibrant colour to the British countryside and have significant historical and cultural importance.

This course will look at some of the most common wildflowers that you are likely to encounter right on your doorstep, as well as looking at the historical significance of some of our most common wildflower species. You will learn about their folklore, medicinal uses, and foraging tips. This is the perfect starter course for those dipping their toes into the colourful world of British wildflowers.

This is a 2-week online course covering 2 topics, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the content.
More details of dates and time commitments can be found below.

Enjoy a blend of learning ID skills with cultural history and foraging tips as we explore commonly encountered species and their usage through time. Topics covered are:

    • Common species of grassland, hedgerow and wayside*
    • Historical and cultural uses of flowering plants

*Please note topic: Common species of grassland, hedgerow and wayside is also covered in the ‘Discovering Botany’ course

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

    • Use the FSC Walks and Waysides guide to recognise some of the most common flowering plants of grassland, hedgerow and wayside.
    • Identify the historical and cultural uses of British flowering plants.
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family and fellow volunteers

This is a training course from the FSC EcoSkills, including online course materials, expert tuition and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress you’re learning about wildflowers with further relevant FSC courses or branch out into other areas of the plant kingdom. FSC offers both online and in-person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Friday 7th May to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – booking will not be taken after this time.

Each individual needs to place their own order to ensure we can sign you up to the learning platform and give you access to resources.

Tutor: Laurie Wildwood

Laurie Wildwood is a professional Ecological Consultant and botany tutor who, with his refreshing approach, aims to inspire adults and children to explore and appreciate the natural world. His professional background is in ecology, conservation and habitat management.

The webinars will take place on the following dates at 1:00 pm (BST):

    • Monday 17th May 2021 at 1:00 - 1:45pm
    • Monday 24th May 2021 at 1:00 - 1:45pm

Please note - webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend.

Example Timetable

Week 1: Common species of grassland, hedgerow and wayside

Self-study material available: 10/05/21
Week 1 live webinar: 17/05/2021 at 1:00 pm

Week 2: Historical and cultural uses of flowering plants

Self-study material available: 17/05/21
Week 2 live webinar: 24/05/2021 at 1:00 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 31/05/2021.

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 2-3 hours of your time each week. This includes covering course materials on our Moodle learning platform and the Zoom session.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created to help you constantly build on your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the FSC.

The course includes:

    • 45-minute interactive weekly Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants.
    • Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned.
    • Activities to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop.

Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user-friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. Quizzes and skill-checks will give you instant feedback on your learning. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work. Unique to the FSC, there are also Mindful Moments: a chance to stop, step away from your screen and interact with nature and enjoy a personal moment.

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing an FSC course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Before You Attend

Once you sign up you’ll receive an email at least 48 hours in advance of the course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.

Webinars are via Zoom so you won’t need any new software to attend

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Friday 7th May to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform - booking will not be taken after this time.

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