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This course will allow you to explore different habitats, allowing you to start to uncover the variety of wildflower species specific to certain areas allowing you to correctly identify them.

There are around 1,600 species of wildflowers in Britain and Ireland. Many of which are easy to recognise with a bit of practice.

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 Bushy Park

Who Should Attend?

Nature enthusiasts, Students, Rangers, Early career consultants and ecologists.

Knowledge Level

Introductory. Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: Framework and Course Level Descriptors

Prior Knowledge

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:

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! 

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, 

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

Example Timetable

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 10am
  • The course will end at 5:00pm.

Day 1

10.15amClassroom session covering:

  • Common UK wildflower species of Bushy Park
10:45amBreak and prepare for the field session
11:00amField visit to Bushy Park nature reserve
1pmBreak for lunch - Not included
2pmField visit to open grasslands habitat
3pmBreak and return to centre
3:45pmClassroom plenary and final questions

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

What's Included

  • 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 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.