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 statuesque Family deserves our attention and respect for many reasons, as an important food plant, for us, and for a wealth of species. They ornament our hedgerows with a sequence of colours from the start of the growing season. Some can cause injury and even death, making it a wise thing to be able to distinguish between species that at a glance can appear similar.

This course will focus on the key differences between the members of this family, helping elucidate the guide books and enable the amateur to become proficient at determining what member of the Apiaceae they are looking at.

Tutor: John Handley

John is the Director of CH Ecology, an independent ecologist and consultant, providing surveys and training on behalf of conservation agencies and Local Authorities. John has a background within amenity horticulture as a Technical Manager, providing advice and training to Local Authorities, prominent sports facilities and private land owners. John is an enthusiastic communicator and botanist.

Example Timetable

Please arrive at the Centre in good time prior to the 10.00am start time.

10:00am Introduction and question: why umbellifers?
10:30am Collectively examining one specimen in detail to develop an understanding of the terminology used in the keys.
11:30am Tea break.
11:45am Looking at further characters that are evident in a second specimen. Comparing these two specimens.
12:30pm Lunch.
13:15pm Using keys to determine specimens on site and selected collected specimens.
14:30pm Tea break.
14:45pm Looking at rare and uncommon specimens collected from around Britain.
15:45pm What next?

The course will run all day and finish around 16.00pm. Please bring your own packed lunch for the day.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance
  • Picnic Lunch

Before You Attend

What to Bring

  • x10 and/or x20 hand lens*.
  • Dissecting equipment (needles and forceps/tweezers) if you have them.
  • A packed lunch and drink.
  • Walking boots and waterproofs.
  • Bring along any specimens you would like help with identifying.

Useful Books

  • Favoured guide or set of keys.
  • Umbellifers of the British Isles (B.S.B.I. handbook) by T. G. Tutin.
  • The Wild Flower Key by Francis Rose revised and updated by Clare O'Reilly.