Is this course for me?
The Wild flower identification for improvers course is ideal if you have previously completed the beginners course, or may have some initial botanical knowledge but want to brush up on your skills and improve. The course will involve a reminder of using a key, hand lens, key features of wildflowers along with identification of several new species that may be less widespread.
To attend this course you should be able to walk more than 3 miles over uneven ground, steep and possibly slippery slopes as well as be able to bend or kneel to look at plants.
When and where?
Friday 7 July 2017, 10am-3pm
Starting at Broughton Down and moving onto Danebury Hill
Meet at Buckholt Rd, Stockbridge. SO20 8DA
Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start
What do I need to bring?
- Appropriate clothing for walking outside for the weather on the day
- Comfortable and sturdy walking boots,
- A hand lens may be useful if you have them
- Refreshments, drinks & a packed lunch
Susan Simmonds – Assistant 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 has previously worked as a sessional lecturer on the BTEC National Diploma course in Countryside Management and currently covers a number of degree sessions at Sparsholt College. 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. You can hear Susan several times a month in a slot on BBC Radio Wiltshire on Sunday lunchtimes, where she speaks about seasonal aspects of the countryside.