TRICKY PLANT ID: CHALK GRASSLAND AND ARABLE - 19th August 2018 10-4pm
A one day workshop looking at some of the more difficult to identify plant species found on chalk grassland and arable land. This workshop will be led by Sam Thomas an expert field botanist based in Oxford with a background in botanical research, teaching and recording. Sam holds a Level 6 Field Identification Skills Certificate from the BSBI indicating a botanist with ‘national status’ and ‘excellent ID skills’.
Species groups examined will include yellow-flowered Asteraceae (Leontodon, Crepis, etc.), docks (Rumex), knotweeds (Polygonum) and others.
The morning will be lab based and will involve looking in detail at provided specimens, understanding morphological terminology and using keys to identify a range of species.
After lunch, there will be an outing to visit chalk grassland and arable habitats and examine some tricky species in the field. The afternoon lab session will look in detail at the species encountered on the field visit.
Participants are welcome to bring along any problem plants and there will be an opportunity to talk about any particular identification problems anyone has encountered.
Handouts will be provided and there will be some spare hand-lenses but if possible participants should bring the following:
An ID book (Rose ‘Wildflower Key’ or Stace ‘New Flora’ depending on your preference)
A hand-lens (10x or 15x magnification is best)
Accommodation is not included but if required it is available within the local area, some suggestions can be found on our 'local accommodation' page - please arrange this yourself.. Refreshments are provided on the day but not lunches.
Toilet and classroom all easily accessible from the car park *Please bring a packed lunch*. Attendees must be over 16.