This course is aimed at people interested in learning about the botany of trees and covers the basics for anyone interested either both as a hobbyist or as a career.
Trees form an imposing and ecologically important part of the landscape of the British Isles, but they are much more interesting if we know what we are looking at.
In this beginner course you will learn how to correctly identify deciduous trees and become familiar with the more commonly found species. The course will start by looking at features such as leaves, bark, flowers, and fruits, how they are arranged on the tree, and how these clues can be used to identify them. You will then learn how to recognise the three main types of leaf margin; how to spot the difference between a compound leaf (with leaflets) and a simple leaf; and how to understand and recognise basic botanical terms describing leaf arrangement and other useful features.
There will be plenty of time to get outside and put your newfound knowledge into practice! If you can’t tell an Ash from an Oak, this is the course for you!
As part of this course, you will need to purchase the FSC publication –Tree Name Trail before you attend, as you will be using this throughout the course. This is a great tool to use both during and once you have completed the course allowing you to continue exploring and understanding this subject.
Purchase your copy here: www.field-studies-council.org/shop/publications/tree-name-trail/
Please note – there are no accommodation, lunch and or evening meal facilities at FSC Amersham
Bookings will close if course capacity is reached
Who Should Attend?
Nature enthusiasts, Students, Rangers, Early career consultants and ecologists.
Beginner. Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: Framework and Course Level Descriptors
Knowledge of different UK trees (i.e. broadleaf vs conifer) would be beneficial, but not necessary. Just a willingness to explore and learn.
What will be covered during this course?
- An overview of deciduous trees in summer within the UK and key features
- Introduction to the three main types of leaf margin
- Introduction to and the importance of using scientific/Latin plant names.
- How to use Crib/Table of Difference to identify plants and trees
- How to identify deciduous trees using keys and reference books
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Identify key features of deciduous trees (leaves, bark, flowers, and fruits)
- Understand the limitations and benefits of using reference materials and the importance of personalising your own reference books.
- Correctly identify the main types of leaf margin and how they can be used to identify trees
- Use a simple Botanical Key and a Crib/Table of Difference with confidence, allowing you to identify common deciduous trees with ease
- Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers
The course gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new subject and acquire novel skills. Our fantastic tutor will combine the use of classroom-led learning and outside learning opportunities to give individuals the skills and confidence to learn more about deciduous trees.
- See the ‘Example Timetable’ and ‘What’s Included’ sections below for more information about this course
- Upon booking, you will need to provide individual details of all attendees
- Please email [email protected] if you have any questions
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If you have a group of 10 or more individuals wanting to complete one of our courses, our team are available to discuss your options – from discounts to private team courses.
- Discounted rates
- Privately run courses for your group
- Bespoke courses developed specifically for your needs
Email [email protected] to discuss your options!
If we are unable reach viable numbers for this course, we will inform you of the course cancellation 14 days prior to the course run. We would recommend when purchasing accommodation and/or travel you should take out your own insurance.
Tutor: Rachel Cassidy
Rachel Cassidy is a Professional Gardener, Plantsmith, Field Botanist, Consultant Forensic Horticulturalist, gardening Journalist, and Author, having published over two dozen Botany and Gardening books, including introductions to identifying Conifers and Broadleaved Trees. In addition, she writes regularly about gardening on her website, http://rachel-the-gardener.blogspot.co.uk/
With a style that has been variously described as “chatty and informal” and “appropriately bossy”, Rachel makes it her mission to demystify botany for beginners and improvers, aiming to simplify without dumbing down.
Trees have been her passion for many years, and she loves to pass on her knowledge and enthusiasm for these gentle giants of the landscape!
Book with Confidence
We understand the difficulties of making plans in the current situation when guidelines continue to change, and insurance conditions are being tightened. In response, we will continue to offer additional flexibility. Find out more here
This timetable is subject to change but should give a clear outline of what to expect
- Please arrive in time for the course to start promptly at 9:00 am
- The course will end at 4:00 pm.
|9:00am||Arrive for registration, H&S lecture|
|9:30am||Tutor introduction, the fun begins: essential ID skills|
|10:30am||Break – refreshments not provided|
|10:45am||How to key, with practical examples in the classroom|
|12:30pm||Lunch – not provided|
|1:00pm||Latin is not your enemy! Short interactive lecture|
|3:30pm||Return to classroom, summary and final questions|
This course will involve a brisk walk in the park: we will be outdoors for approximately two hours but will not be walking the whole time.
The course has been carefully created by expert tutors and educators to help you build your knowledge and apply it within the field surrounded by like-minded individuals.
The course includes:
- Classroom learning covering the theory of the species
- Field excursions to apply new knowledge
- Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned
You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be provided. In choosing an FSC course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.
Before You Attend
Before you attend:
This course requires you to purchase an FSC publication – Tree Name Trail www.field-studies-council.org/shop/publications/tree-name-trail/
Please ensure you have this before you attend the course.
What to Bring:
- Notebook and pencil
- Lunch and refreshments
- Sensible footwear and clothing for being outdoors
- Small bag to carry personal items
If you have them:
- Hand lens
- Your own reference book(s)
Please be aware that there can be ticks at this location. Please consider wearing long-sleeved tops and trousers, even if the weather is nice, and bring insect repellent.
There will be a member of staff with first aid training and access to a first aid kit on site. If you have special medical or access requirements, please let us know as soon as possible so we can plan the course.