Course: Botany for Surveyors - Part 1

The Species Recovery Trust

3rd May 2024

Cost: £95

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Apiaceae (Umbellifers) to Convolvulaceae (Bindweed) inlcuding the Apiaceae (Daisy family)

Course overview

Whether you are cramming for a FISC test, feeling nervous about an upcoming year of surveys, or just trying to get better at botany, this is the course for you.

We've taken roughly 200 species of forbs (wildflowers) that all botanists should be familiar with, combining some that you will already know, with slightly more tricky ones which you might not, and some which people get panicky about, such as yellow composites and umbellifers.

The course is divided into three parts, and is designed so that attendees come to all three. They are spaced a week apart to give time for the information to sink in (if you can't wait that long you can purchase a bespoke ticket and sit the courses when you want).

The courses will not be using keys, but instead focussing on easy to learn features. It will include some taxonomy and an overview of key plant families, especially where this will aid in field identification.

The courses will include a pre-recorded tutorial interspersed with short self-tests, followed by a full test, which will then be available to use as a revision aid in perpetuity. By attending the course and then repeating this test you should be able to eventually memorise these 200 plants.

At the end of Part 3 there is a live Zoom session with the tutor to go through any questions you may have. Alternatively you can email with any queries.

Part 1

This course covers c. 75 species including the following families - Carrot, Daisy, Borage, Cabbage, Bellflower, Pink and Goosefoots. Particular emphasis will be put on telling the dreaded Yellow composites apart, using straightforward methods that can be easily remembered and used in the field.

Part 2 is available to book on 10th May and Part 3 on the 17th May.

We are also running all 3 parts again in September.

All proceeds from the course will go to supporting our endangered species conservation work.

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