Trees and shrubs are a very important and beautiful part of our natural heritage, no less so in the winter when other plants have died back. Other wildlife depends on them throughout the year.
This course is designed to help participants to identify our native trees and shrubs using their twigs, buds and bark. We shall be focussing on native species plus a handful that are well naturalised.
Most of the morning will be spent in the classroom getting to grips with those basic features of winter twigs that can be used as clues to identification. Simplified keys will be introduced and students will be encouraged to use “A Guide to the Identification of Deciduous Broad-leaved Trees and Shrubs in Winter” by Andrew May and Jonathan Panter or their own favourite tree guide. There will be a variety of twigs available for practice. The rest of the day will be spent in the nature park at Tyland Barn or nearby, where we will be putting into practice what has been covered in the morning.
By the end of this course it is expected that you will feel confident to:
- identify the basic features of winter twigs
- use simplified keys
Led by Ros Bennett, Botanist
Suitable for beginners and for those who, however knowledgeable about trees, do not feel confident at identifying them in winter.
Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
Standard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.