Winter Tree ID - Online Training Course Online

Jan 20, 2022 · ,
Identifying Trees and Shrubs in Winter

Identifying Trees and Shrubs in Winter

A half-day online course giving participants 

  • the skills and confidence to identify trees and shrubs when not in leaf 
  • a set of c.20 labelled UK native twigs posted to your address prior to the course
  • a free copy of the FSC Aidgap Winter Trees guide

Identifying trees through the winter months, when they rarely hold any leaves or fruits, is a real art form; but surprisingly simple when you know what to look for. This course will give participants a chance to look at the majority of British native species and learn how to confidently identify them, as well as a set of labelled twigs to keep to aid revision and impress your friends. 

We have run this course for 6 years in London and Wiltshire, and normally it would run to a whole day with a field visit and test in the afternoon. All our 2020 courses are currently suspended due to Coronavirus restictions, however, we feel we can offer virually the same experience online. We hope this will also open up the course to participants from all over the UK who were unable to attend previous events.

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

Included in the course fee

  • A free copy of the acclaimed 48-page colour guide book to winter trees and shrubs.
  • A set of c.20 numbered twigs from UK native species, to examine during the course, label and keep at the end. These will be posted to you a week before the course date.

The course will include a pre-recorded tutorial, running through the species one by one, a Zoom Q&A session and then an online test.

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. 

What to have

  • Full set of twigs (which you will receive a week before the course) 
  • Good lighting and a hand lens/magnifying glass if possible

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.


9:00 Video tutorial

11:45 Optional Zoom Q&A Session

12:30 Finish

The video will be available to attendees for an additional 3hrs, to allow revision and to aid anyone who had connection problems in the morning.

Feedback from previous courses

'Brilliant course well done really informative loved all the humour thank you'

'I absolutely loved it and learnt so much - it was the best online learning I've ever attended, thank you!'

'I loved the learning style, exactly the right balance between the amount of information taught and a bit of informal humour. Also it felt like a 1:1 training session, which meant I got to concentrate completely. Honestly the most entertaining morning I've had at home in a long time. Yes really..'

'Very informative course. I will be testing my knowledge now out and about'

'Having the twigs was really useful, and nice to still keep some of the 'hands on/in the field' element by having them. They arrived fine and intact with only one label that had come off!'

'Accessing it remotely was very convenient instead of having to travel long distances to a physical course. The tutor was very good and explained the content at an easy to understand level'

'Very good preparation and communication beforehand. YouTube section was very well paced and nice atmosphere throughout'

' Dom's easy nature and despite his ridiculous knowledge it feels like you're being taught by a mate down the pub. Cheers'

'The fact that all the trees were covered and not just some of them and that pretty much most of the native species twigs we were able to have in the hand for IDing. I also liked the 10sec countdown music'

'I liked looking at the actual twigs and the tutor's expertise and friendly style '

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 winter habitat management work it would be great if you didn't do this! We have created 'add-on' tickets where you can book up to 10 people for half the price alongside you. They can enjoy the online teaching while sharing the twigs and the book. Some people may favour this as you can usefully split labelling twigs and taking notes between you!

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