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Natural History Courses

Botany course: Wildflowers & other plants

A nine- or ten-week course on botany, studying a number of aspects of wildflowers and other plants. Areas of study include: 1. Introduction to the diversity of plants; from trees, shrubs and herbs to mosses, algae and lichens. 2. Structure and function of plants. How the complex anatomy and physiology of these amazing organisms are adapted to and respond to their particular environments. 3. Identification of plant species both in the field and indoors – improve your ability to identify the plants you are seeing and hopefully increase your enjoyment of the ‘great outdoors’. 4. Field trips (2 or 3) to see plants in their habitats and to put theory from indoor sessions into practise. 5. How to record plants that you see and make even more use of your knowledge.

Rushes and Sedges Identification Workshop

A one-day workshop on the biology and identification of wild rushes and sedges. Topics to be covered include structure and taxon-specific terminology; how to discriminate between rushes (Juncaceae) and sedges (Cyperaceae); the main characters used in identifying these to genus and species level; practical methods of identifying rushes and sedges in the field; etc. It will include a short visit to a local site weather permitting.

Are you a member of an interest group?
Would you like a workshop, guided walk or illustrated talk for your group?

Do you work within the field of ecology and require work-place training in aspects of ecological survey?

Bespoke Courses