There are around 1,600 species of wildflowers in Britain and Ireland. Many of which are easy to recognise with a bit of practice.
By exploring different habitats, you can start to uncover the variety of wildflower species specific to certain areas allowing you to correctly identify them.
This introductory wildflower course will give learners an opportunity to visit different habitats within a small area and compare the plants seen there. Discover the wonderful diversity of wildflowers and plant life in the different areas of Bushy Park. Be led on an exploratory visit through Bushy Park’s nature reserve and the acid grassland of the open parkland.
Firstly, in a managed nature reserve and then open parkland which is predominantly acid grassland. You will have time to explore your surrounding environment to find some specimens, learning valuable observational and comparative field identification tips.
Be inspired and engaged by the expertise of our specialist tutor and enjoy being surrounded by like-minded individuals to share your interests.
Please note – there are no accommodation, lunch and or evening meal facilities at FSC Bushy Park
Who Should Attend?
Nature enthusiasts, Students, Rangers, Early career consultants and ecologists.
Introductory. Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: Framework and Course Level Descriptors
No existing knowledge, or experience is needed for this course. Just a willingness to explore and learn.
What will be covered during this course:
- An overview of the species diversity within the UK
- Comparison of plants found in a nature reserve and acid grasslands
- Begin to learn how to identify plants using keys
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Recognise common species of wildflower found in the UK
- Describe the differences between wildflowers based on habitat
- Understand the basics of using keys
- 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 Pippa Hyde will combine the use of classroom-led learning and outside learning opportunities to give individuals the skills and confidence to learn more about British wildflowers.
- See the ‘Example Timetable’, ‘What’s Included’ and ‘Before You Attend’ 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
- Please note – there is no onsite parking. Pay and display parking is available in the Park (See The Royal Parks website for details and prices). We can arrange parking for blue badge holders, please contact us in advance of your trip. More information can be found here: https://www.field-studies-council.org/locations/london-bushy-park/
Group Bookings Made Easy
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!
Tutor: Pippa HydePippa Hyde is an experienced recorder, contributing to the London Natural History Society project and The London Flora Atlas. She is Chair of the Bushy Park Wildlife Group and edited The Wild Flower Society's Magazine for fifteen years until 2016.
In order to keep our customers and staff safe we ask that anyone attending our centres:
- wears a face covering when in shared indoor space (unless exempt).
- maintains social distancing.
- cleans their hands regularly.
- takes a Covid-19 test before they arrive.
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 09:30am
- The course will end at 4:00pm.
|9:45am||Classroom session covering:|
|10:45am||Break and prepare for the field session|
|11:00am||Field visit to Bushy Park nature reserve|
|12:30pm||Break for lunch - Not included|
|1:30pm||Field visit to open grasslands habitat|
|3:05pm||Break and return to centre|
|3:15pm||Classroom plenary and final questions|
- Classroom learning covering the theory of the species
- Field excursions to apply new knowledge
- Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned
- Clear objectives and progression
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.
PLEASE NOTE lunch, refreshments and accommodation are not included
Before You Attend
What to Bring
- Lunch and refreshments
- Warm clothing
- Waterproof jacket and trousers (can be borrowed from Centre)
- Outdoor footwear – sturdy shoes or boots and wellies
- Day rucksack
- Warm hat and gloves for inclement weather and sunhat and sun cream for sunny days.
- A hand lens if you have one, we have some at the Centre for you to borrow
- Any ID guides
Parking - Please refer to FSC London - Bushy Park for travel and parking information
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.