Learn how to identify trees and shrubs in winter using buds on twigs, bark and tree shape.
Once the leaves have fallen many trees and shrubs can seem very similar but there are lots of clues as to their identity if you know what to look for. You will be spending the morning outdoors at Harewood Forest near Andover learning identification tips.
Using an identification key you will learn how to tell the difference between live tree and shrub species in winter by learning to identifying the buds twigs and plant shapes.
During the course you will be walking at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including hilly places, a short but steep slope and rough, sometimes muddy tracks.
Is this course for me?
This is an ideal course for beginners and improvers who want to learn about or brush on their skills identifying trees and shrubs in winter.
You must be able to walk at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including hilly places, a short but steep slope and rough, sometimes muddy tracks.
When and where?
Friday 10th February 2017 – 9.30am to 12.30pm
Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start
We will be meeting at Wherwell village playing fields car park, Longparish Road, Wherwell, SP11 7JP
The playing fields are located near to the school where there is a very large car park with free parking for you to use.
What do I need to bring?
Susan Simmonds – Assistant Education Officer
Susan has a lifelong passion for wildlife and graduated in Environmental Science, she has worked and volunteered in the conservation sector for 15 years. She recently took the opportunity to spend two years lecturing as a temporary, sessional lecturer on a BTEC National Diploma course in Countryside Management at Sparsholt College. As a qualified teacher in the Lifelong Learning sector she enjoys teaching her skills through courses like plant species identification and mammal tracks and signs to others. Susan has a desire to make a difference and to play a part in conserving our natural world and believes that she can do that through further study and ultimately through lecturing and research. She loves species identification and regularly teaches wildflower identification and carries out survey work. She is currently playing a key part in updating the Botanical Society of The British Isles (BSBI) Atlas of the British & Irish Flora as a ‘Hectad Guardian’.
Susan is a governor at a local primary school and works each week with the teachers and children to assist them in using their outdoor environment. As the chairperson for the school’s Woodland Committee she has written a management plan for the site and oversees its management. You can hear Susan as she has a fortnightly slot on BBC Radio Wiltshire on Sunday lunchtimes, where she speaks about seasonal aspects of the countryside.
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