Dates are being revised due to Covid-19

Wild plants in urban areas are often very different to their counterparts in the countryside. You will be introduced to non-natives of the London area that you are less likely to experience elsewhere in the UK. You will be introduced to some basic identification skills and keys. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: Non Native Invasive Plants of Britain and Ireland.

Tutor: Mark Spencer

Mark Spencer did his PhD on the evolution of oomycetes and has a long-standing interest in field mycology. He is an experienced botanist and is the vascular plant recorder for the LNHS and BSBI Middlesex vice-county recorder. He has research and personal interest in 17th and 18th botanical science, urban botany, non-natives and the impacts of environmental change.

Example Timetable

09.30 Registration
10.00 Welcome, health and safety and introduction
10.15 Morning session
13.00 Lunch
13.30 Afternoon Session
15.50 Taking your interest further and course reviews
16.00 Course finishes

All timings are approximate. This is an outline programme and may be subject to change according to the weather, requirements of the group or access restrictions to field sites on the day of the course. Our courses include some classroom sessions but field visits may be a few hours long and involve walking over uneven ground.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Hot and Cold Drinks

Before You Attend

What to bring

  • Sensible clothing for the weather
  • Appropriate footwear
  • Lunch and Drinks (refreshments are provided)


  • Your favourite botany field guide and hand lens, if you have them.

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