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Woodlands in spring


5 May 2017 9:30am – 12:30pm

Woodlands come alive in spring and are rich and diverse habitats for wildlife. On our Woodlands in spring course we will discuss the history and the management of ancient woodland and look at some of the species, including carpets of Hampshire’s famous bluebells, associated with this special habitat.

In relaxed morning of discussions, observations and practising wildlife identification using FSC guides you will learn basic skills in:

  • Tree identification
  • Wildflower/ancient woodland indicator identification
  • Wildlife identification
  • Basic woodland management
  • Basic woodland ecology overview

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At the end of the morning you will have gained enough knowledge to identify common species of plants and animals found in woodlands and enrich your spring woodland walks.

Our Woodland in spring course will include an approximately 3 mile walk on public footpaths alongside Harewood Forest.

Is this course for me?
This course is suitable for anyone interested in exploring Hampshire’s woodlands and would like to understand basic woodland wildlife species and ecology.

When and where?

Friday 5th May 2015 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 which has free parking you can use.

What do I need to bring?

  • Appropriate clothing for walking outside for the weather on the day
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking boots,
  • Binoculars may be useful if you have them
  • Refreshments


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.