Course: Wildflower Identification for Beginners

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Winchester, Hampshire
8th June 2018 01489774400 Courses

Cost: £60.00

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Is this course for me?

This workshop is aimed at beginners looking to learn more about wildflowers of chalk downland in Hampshire. The course will involve identifying a handful of key species, an introduction to wildflowers and their ecology, along with how to use a hand lens and a key.

To attend this course you should be able to walk more than 3 miles over uneven ground, steep and possibly slippery slopes as well as be able to bend or kneel to look at plants.

When and where?

Friday 8 June 2018, 10am-3pm

Meeting at Trinity Winchester, Bradbury House, Durngate, Winchester SO23 8DX (you will need to pay for parking) next to Winnall Moors and travelling to our beautiful St Catherine’s Hill reserve. If arriving by car you will need to drive to St Catherine’s Hill where there is free parking.

Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start

Directions to Trinity Winchester

The Durngate entrance is at Durngate Place, Winchester, SO23 8DX, opposite the Willow Tree pub OS grid reference SU 486 297. This is a pay and display car park so please expect to pay for parking.

What do I need to bring?

  • Appropriate clothing for walking outside for the weather on the day
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking boots,
  • A hand lens may be useful if you have them
  • Refreshments, drinks & a packed lunch
  • If arriving by car you will need change for the parking meter for around 3 hours of parking if you be driving your car to St Catherine’s Hill for the afternoon.


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 over 15 years. Susan has previously worked as a sessional lecturer on the BTEC National Diploma course in Countryside Management and currently covers a number of degree sessions at Sparsholt College. Susan has a Certificate to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) and enjoys teaching her skills through courses like plant species identification and mammal tracks and signs to others. She 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; water vole survey techniques and more recently river fly surveying.

Susan has worked closely with a local primary school 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 several times a month in a slot on BBC Radio Wiltshire on Sunday lunchtimes, where she speaks about seasonal aspects of the countryside.

Learn the basics skills of wild flower identification on our relaxed, wild flower identification for beginners course.

You will spend the day learning to recognise the characteristics of different plant families and start to understand some of the terminology used when looking at the different parts of a plant and the basics of how to use a plant key to help with wild flower identification.

Through observation, discussion and hands-on use of plant keys you will practice plant identification in the field. The wild flower identification for beginners course will cover:

  • An overview of the chalk downland habitat
  • Introduction of plant ID terminology & use of a key
  • Wildflower identification skills with an emphasis on recognising common family groups

During the wildflower identification for beginners course you will be walking at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including very steep, possibly slippery slopes and bending or kneeling to look at plants.

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