Using Botanical Keys - 11th May 2019

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Using Botanical Keys - 11th May 2019

85.00

This is an introductory course aimed at beginner and improver botanists with little or no previous experience using keys.

Since its publication in 1981 Francis Rose’s ‘The Wildflower Key’ has been the gold-standard in illustrated guides to the British flora. While many rely on ‘picture matching’ for identification this course will offer an accessible introduction to using the keys. Unfamiliarity with the process and terminology can make starting to use keys a bit daunting. This course will use simple terminology, group exercises and lots of practical demonstration of key features to help overcome this. Learning to make keys work for you will improve the reliability of your identifications and help you take your botanical skills to the next level.

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Using a Botanical Key: Francis Rose’s ‘The Wildflower Key’

Dates             Saturday 11th May

Times             10.00 – 16.00

Venue              Hill End Centre, Eynsham Rd, Oxford OX2 9NJ (hill-end.org)

 

This is an introductory course aimed at beginner and improver botanists with little or no previous experience using keys. By the end of the course participants should:

  •  Understand how botanical keys work;

  • Understand the basic features and terminology used in ‘The Wildflower Key’; and,

  • Be confident using the ‘The Wildflower Key’ to attempt to identify plant specimens.

About the tutor

Sam Thomas is an expert field botanist based in Oxford with a background in botanical teaching and recording. Sam holds a Level 6 Field Identification Skills Certificate from the BSBI indicating a botanist with ‘national status’ and ‘excellent ID skills.’

Sam has taught numerous courses on using botanical keys as well as other workshops on botanical subjects including tree identification, conifer identification, identifying ferns and identifying wetland plants.

What will be provided

  • Course specific handout

  • Tea and biscuits / cake

What to bring

  • Rose & O'Reilly (2006) The Wild Flower Key: How to identify wild flowers trees and shrubs in Britain and Ireland (make sure it’s the updated Rose & O'Reilly 2006 edition not the original as we will be working through keys as a group and the keys differ between the editions)

  • Hand lens (10x or 15x with a large diameter is best)

  • Notebook

  • Packed lunch