Learn the basics of botany identification with Chris Wedge from Natural England and Rosie Kelsall from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. If you are keen to take part in our Woodland Flora Survey this course will give you all you need to get started. During the morning there will be an introduction to the project, basic botany and plant ID including plant, flower and leaf structure and using the FSC woodland plant key.
In the afternoon there will be a visit to nearby Blake’s Wood to practice the skills you have learnt.
Location : Christchurch Pavilion, Christchurch, Coleford, GL16 7NN
This training day is aimed at beginners. It will be followed by three field sessions (one daytime, one evening and one at a weekend) in the weeks following. If you already have a basic knowledge or have already helped with the survey then you can just come along to the field sessions which we will advertise soon.
Booking is essential, please contact Woodland Flora Project Leader Chris Wedge at email@example.com or call 07775 593965 to book your place.
We will provide you with:
• A Field Studies Council (FSC) woodland plant identification guide
• Clipboard (to be returned after surveys completed)
• Volunteer time sheets
• Survey forms and maps
• Lunch (we will provide hot and cold drinks and some nice cakes and biscuits!)
• Plant identification books/guides if you have them, e.g. The Wildflower Key by Francis Rose, Collins Flower Guide by David Streeter et. al.
• Suitable footwear and clothing for the outdoor session in the woodland (please get in touch asap if you do not have suitable clothing/equipment as it is available on loan to Natural England volunteers).
• Pen and paper for taking notes.
• Hand lens if you have one.
Find out about the Woodland Network Project
You might be surprised what you find!
From creating habitats for our wildlife or improving our waterways, to recording oral histories or finding old photos, there’s always something going on to get involved in!