Around Britain in 20 ferns and their allies ONLINE Online

Mar 3, 2022 · ,
Online course looking at ferns and fern allies, covering all the commonly found species as well as a few rarer specialities.

Around Britain in 20 ferns and allies

Ferns have been around for 360 million years, and made up the first primeval forest which covered the planet. When you stand in a damp fern-dominated woodland these days it is easy to be transported back in time with these striking and enigmatic group of plants.

This course will focus of 20 key species of fern. The aim will be to show the key features of each species, using simple and memorable vegetative characteristics that can be used all year round.

The ability to confidently identify ferns can make all the difference between a good and amazing botanical survey, as well as giving huge enjoyment on a walk in the woods seeing how many species you can find in one go.

As well as the key species, we will also look at some of the weird and wonderful species such as the Adder's-tongues, Clubmosses and Pillwort that you might be lucky enough to encounter.

The course will include a range of tests, giving you the chance to re-run over these features to help learn them.

Although it is hard to exactly replicate the experience of learning in the field, this course does have the advantage of covering a wider range of species than would normally be possible, as well as a chance to see some of the vegetative features in close up (and no risk of your notes getting soaked in a rain storm!).

The course will include a pre-recorded tutorial, followed by a test then a 45 minute Zoom Q&A session.

All proceeds from the course will go to supporting our endangered species conservation work.

About the tutor:

Dominic Price is a highly regarded botanical tutor and has been running courses for all levels of ecologists since 2007. He is director of The Species Recovery Trust and specialises in the conservation of endangered species. He is the author of A Field Guide to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes and co-author of The Photographic Guide to Winter Trees and Shrubs. 

Having witnessed the pros and cons of various webinar hosting platforms during the pandemic we have made the decision to run the course via a pre-recorded Youtube video, followed by an optional test and live Zoom Q&A at the end. We hope this will allow all the attendees to easily follow the session, regardless of which hardware and software you are running it from.

Approximate Schedule

9.30 Video tutorial starts

11:40 Optional Zoom Q&A Session

12:30 Finish

The video will be available to attendees from 5:30pm the evening before, meaning those with work/study/childcare commitments can view it in the evening.

Additional note

Obviously this format does mean you can book on with one place and then 'attend' with 20 of your colleagues/friends. As we are pretty much relying on this course to fund our endangered species programme it would be great if you didn't do this!

You will receive an email, with all the details of how to access the tutorial and zoom, a few days before the course. If by the the day before you haven't received this, please check your junk folder (and make sure you are checking on the email you booked it on) and if you still can't find anything get in touch with us urgently!


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