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Whats That Tree in Winter


8 Feb 2019 9.30am – 12.30pm

Learn how to identify trees and shrubs in winter using buds on twigs, bark and tree shape.

Once the leaves have fallen many trees and shrubs can seem very similar but there are lots of clues as to their identity if you know what to look for. You will be spending the morning outdoors at Harewood Forest near Andover learning identification tips.

Using an identification key you will learn how to tell the difference between live tree and shrub species in winter by learning to identifying the buds twigs and plant shapes.

During the course you will be walking at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including hilly places, a short but steep slope and rough, sometimes muddy tracks.


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Is this course for me?
This is an ideal course for beginners and improvers who want to learn about or brush on their skills identifying trees and shrubs in winter.

You must be able to walk at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including hilly places, a short but steep slope and rough, sometimes muddy tracks.

When and where?

Friday 8th February 2019 – 9.30am to 12.30pm

Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start

We will be meeting at Wherwell village playing fields car park, Longparish Road, Wherwell, SP11 7JP

The playing fields are located near to the school where there is a very large car park with free parking for you to use.

 What do I need to bring?

  • Suitable, warm and dry clothing for the weather on the day
  • Strong, comfortable footwear for walking
  • If it’s due to rain please bring waterproofs
  • Please bring your own refreshments.


Susan Simmonds – Education Officer

Susan has a lifelong passion for wildlife and graduated in Environmental Science, she has worked and volunteered in the conservation sector for over 15 years. Susan is a part-time lecturer at Sparsholt College on the Ecology and Conservation Management degree.  Susan has a Certificate to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) and enjoys teaching her skills through courses like plant species identification and mammal tracks and signs to others. She has a desire to make a difference and to play a part in conserving our natural world and believes that she can do that through further study and ultimately through lecturing and research. She loves species identification and regularly teaches wildflower identification; water vole survey techniques and more recently river fly surveying.

Susan has worked closely with a local primary school to assist them in using their outdoor environment. As the chairperson for the school’s Woodland Committee she has written a management plan for the site and oversees its management.



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