Identifying plants in winter: using ‘THE VEG KEY’ 16th -17th March 2018 10-4PM
A two day workshop on identifying plants without flowers using the revolutionary ‘The Vegetative Key to the British Flora’ by John Poland. This workshop will show you how to identify plants all year round and will help you improve your skills at using botanical keys.
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’.
We will look at a wide range of common plants and representing many of the major groupings in The Veg Key. There will be lab based sessions that will involve looking in detail at provided specimens, understanding terminology and learning from first principles how to use botanical keys, and the veg key in particular, to help you identify plants throughout the year.
There will also be outings across the farm to examine species in the field and collect material for later examination.
All participants should bring a copy of The Vegetative Key to the British Flora by John Poland as the course will be based around this book. It is available from Summerfield books for between £21.75 (link below).
All participants should also bring a hand-lens (10x or 15x magnification is best, link for a basic lens below).
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.