This beginner course is a chance for you to look at an extensive limestone nature reserve in spring when the woodland species are at their best. The course provides the opportunity to see uncommon plants that are specific to limestone, and will introduce ferns, enabling you to identify different species in the field.

Llynclys Common nature reserve is one of the richest botanical sites in Shropshire. The reserve is comprised of a series of former limestone quarries and a large common. The range of habitats, both limestone and mesotrophic grassland, cliff face and scrub display a terrific array of species, but it is the woodland at this time of year which entices the naturalists!

We will begin with a short presentation on the reserve, its history, and current management. Most of the day will be spent exploring this large reserve with its network of paths and small quarries, identifying a wide range of wildflowers and ferns.

Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Tutor: Fiona Gomersall

Fiona Gomersall is a trained biology teacher and skilled field botanist. She is Conservation Officer at Shropshire Wildlife Trust and is an active member of the Shropshire Botanical Society. Fiona’s monitoring and botanical survey work takes her all over the county to the 40 nature reserves and several hundred local wildlife sites.

Bursaries and Subsidies

Student Discount

This course is eligible for a student discount. If you are a current student, please use discount code BioStudent20 at checkout for 20% off all Biodiversity courses.