Course: Introduction to Deciduous Trees in Summer

Field Studies Council

Amersham, Buckinghamshire
Saturday 18th June 2022

Cost: £60

Sectors: ecology, conservation & wildlife

This course is aimed at people interested in learning about the botany of trees and covers the basics for anyone interested either both as a hobbyist or as a career.

In this beginner course you will learn how to correctly identify deciduous trees and become familiar with the more commonly found species. The course will start by looking at features such as leaves, bark, flowers, and fruits, how they are arranged on the tree, and how these clues can be used to identify them. You will then learn how to recognise the three main types of leaf margin; how to spot the difference between a compound leaf (with leaflets) and a simple leaf; and how to understand and recognise basic botanical terms describing leaf arrangement and other useful features.

What will be covered during this course?

  • An overview of deciduous trees in summer within the UK and key features
  • Introduction to the three main types of leaf margin
  • Introduction to and the importance of using scientific/Latin plant names.
  • How to use Crib/Table of Difference to identify plants and trees
  • How to identify deciduous trees using keys and reference books

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Identify key features of deciduous trees (leaves, bark, flowers, and fruits)
  • Understand the limitations and benefits of using reference materials and the importance of personalising your own reference books.
  • Correctly identify the main types of leaf margin and how they can be used to identify trees
  • Use a simple Botanical Key and a Crib/Table of Difference with confidence, allowing you to identify common deciduous trees with ease
  • Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers

Please note – there are no accommodation, lunch and or evening meal facilities at FSC Amersham.

Please refer to our website for further information and to book.

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