This course is suitable for beginners and all those who love trees. No previous knowledge will be assumed.
Trees make up one of the most impressive and beautiful features of our landscape. They unquestionably constitute one of the most important aspects of our natural heritage. The different seasons are reflected dramatically in their changing appearance throughout the year. This course is concerned with their identification.
Early June is a great time for looking at broad-leaved trees: their leaves are fully formed and some will still be flowering. This weekend will explore the natural history of trees and show you how to recognise individual species. The main emphasis will be on tree identification, notably those native to Britain, but we will also pay attention to well-established, introduced species. We will practise working with different keys to identification. Part of each day will be spent at the centre sorting through specimens and getting to grips with the terminology of the different shapes of leaves and the different floral designs of those that are still in flower.
As much time as possible will be spent in the field exploring the local woodlands, hedgerows and wet thickets of the varied habitats around Flatford and the immediate vicinity in order to practice identifying as many species as possible.
Tutor: Ros BennettRos Bennett is a botanist and ecologist. She was formerly a full time tutor at Flatford Mill (another FSC Field Centre) and then organiser and leader of courses for FSC Overseas. She has written books on flowers and teaches courses on plant identification to both amateurs and professionals.
Full board accommodation and picnic lunch are for resident bookings only.