Course: Wild Flower Identification for Improvers

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Broughton Down, near Stockbridge, Hampshire
5th July 2019 01489774400 Courses

Cost: £60

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

Improve your wild flower identification skills on our relaxed, 1 day Wild flower Identification for improvers course. You will spend the day on a beautiful chalk downland site practising and improving your wild flower identification skills.

Through observation, discussion and hands-on use of FSC plant keys and The Francis Rose Wildflower Key book you will practice plant identification in the field. The wild flower identification for improvers course will cover:

  • An overview of the chalk downland habitat including what we would expect to see
  • Improving wildflower identification skills using various keys and a hand lens

During the Wildflower identification for improvers 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.

 Is this course for me?

The Wild flower identification for improvers course is ideal if you have previously completed the beginners course, or may have some initial botanical knowledge but want to brush up on your skills and improve. The course will involve a reminder of using a key, hand lens, key features of wildflowers along with identification of several new species that may be less widespread. 

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 5 July 2019, 10am-3pm

Starting at Broughton Down and moving onto Danebury Hill

Meet at Buckholt Rd, Stockbridge. SO20 8DA

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Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start

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


Susan Simmonds – 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 is a part-time lecturer at Sparsholt College on the Ecology and Conservation Management degree. 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.

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