Picture guides are really useful, when identifying wild plants, however, to get the most out of botanising, learning how to use keys is an essential tool. This course will take the fear out of ‘keying out’. You will be introduced to a range of different keys and their strengths and weaknesses will be explored. Guidance will also be given on how to use hand lenses. Course fee includes FSC fold-out chart: Describing Flowers.
Tutor: Mark SpencerMark 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.
10.00 Welcome, health and safety and introduction
10.15 Morning session
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.
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