Wild flower identification for beginners

Fri 03/06/16 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

 Learn the basics of wild flower identification on this relaxed,1 day course.You will spend the day on a beautiful chalk downland site 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.
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
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 3rd June 2016 – 10am-3pm
St Catherine’s Hill
Please arrive 10 minutes before the course session is due to start
Meeting at Otterbourne Primary School, Main Road, Otterbourne, SO21 2EQ and
moving onto St Catherine’s Hill after the indoor session.
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