The limestone or calcareous grasslands of Shropshire are extremely rich in wild flowers. This course will enable you to identify a large number of these flowers, many of which are unique to this part of the county and include seven members of the Orchidaceae. You will spend most of the day in two nature reserves, Dolgoch and Blackbridge quarries with their limestone cliffs and relics of past quarrying. Flowers, ferns and mosses now cover the old spoil heaps and quarry floors.
Tutor: Fiona GomersallFiona 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.
Please arrive at the Centre in good time prior to the 10.00am start time. The course will run all day and finish around 16.00pm. Please bring your own packed lunch for the day.
Before You Attend
What to Bring
- A x 10 hand lens
- Stout footwear (the terrain is rough and fairly challenging in places) and waterproofs in case of rain
- A packed lunch and drinks for the day
- If you have access to the revised edition of ‘The Wildflower Key’, Rose and O’Reilly and the ‘Field Flora of the British Isles’, Clive Stace, please bring them along!