Next course: 5th May 2018
Cost: £60.00 (£50.00 concessionary)
A one-day course that explores the range of UK habitats and associated flora, developing keys skills in botany and taxonomy of UK flora.
This course is designed for people who have a general interest in UK flora or wish to work in the conservation sector in the UK. The course is designed to expand your knowledge of UK flora including key families, associated habitats and distribution. On completion of this course participants will be able to produce a portfolio of fifteen key plants from a range of habitats. Participants will also be able to use a taxonomic key to identify five unknown samples and use standard scientific notation associated with describing unknown samples.This one-day course is designed for people who have a general interest in UK flora or wish to work in the conservation or habitat management sector. You will learn to evaluate plants at habitat level, as individual species and gain an understanding of taxonomy and botany through observations, drawing, sampling and recording their detailed structure. No previous knowledge is required, but participants need to be relatively fit as much of the day will require you to walk over fairly rough ground.
Your day at Slapton
After a brief introduction at the field centre, we will walk to Slapton Woods (an ancient woodland) via a green lane, and farmland fields. Slapton Woods is not open to the public, so you will have a unique opportunity to visit a relatively undisturbed woodland habitat. There is a highly diverse flora here that we will study and make drawings. We then pass through some fields containing wide range of arable flora where we can carry out some further studies. Weather permitting, we can enjoy our lunch on Slapton Beach, where a wide range of pioneer flora can be seen, and we will focus on the environmental adaptations of these special plants. During our walk we will pass through a wide range of habitats containing a high diversity of flora. We will return to the field centre where you will have an opportunity to identify and draw samples of plants collected en route and finish your portfolio.
Before the visit you will be provided with a brief medical checklist that you will need to send to us prior to the visit. A risk assessment has been prepared and will be discussed in the trip briefing. A copy will also be included in your course booklet.
Health and Safety
Participants should have sturdy footwear, and suitable clothing for a full day out and about – wet weather gear is advisable – just in case! Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink. A camera is well worth bringing, though not required to complete your day with us. You will be provided with a booklet to complete on the way round as well as writing materials.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ATTEND THIS COURSE AND WISH TO FURTHER YOUR KNOWLEDGE BY ATTENDING OUR BOTANY (INTERMEDIATE) COURSE, A DISCOUNTED PRICE FOR THE 2 COURSES IS AVAILABLE
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UK Flora Course 3rd June 2017 - participants looking at plant adaptations in grassland and on the coastal fringe.
UK Flora Course 4th June 16
participants enjoying both field and classroom work