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Susan Simmonds

Wildflower Identification for Beginners

Location: Virtual meeting via Zoom, Zoom on your digital device
Learn the basic skills of wild flower identification on this online course.
You will learn how to recognise the characteristics of different plant families and begin to understand some of the terminology used when looking at the different parts of a plant, along with the basics of how to use a plant key to help with wild flower identification.

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About the event

The wild flower identification for beginners course will cover:

  • An overview of the chalk downland habitat
  • Introduction of plant Identification terminology & use of a key
  • Wildflower identification skills with an emphasis on recognising common family groups.

Is this course for me?
This workshop is aimed at beginners looking to learn more about wildflowers of chalk downland in Hampshire. The course will involve an introduction to wildflowers and their ecology, as well as how to use a hand lens and a key.

When and where?

Friday 3rd July 2020, 10am-11.30, online.


Your Tutor

Susan Simmonds – Engagement Officer

Susan has a lifelong passion for wildlife and graduated in Environmental Science. She has worked and volunteered in the conservation sector for over 20 years. Susan is also a sessional lecturer at Sparsholt College on the Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Management degree.

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 this through passing on knowledge and enthusiasm and therefore empowering others. She loves species identification and regularly teaches wildflower identification; water vole survey techniques and more recently river fly surveying.

Susan loves the outdoors and spends her free time hiking and cycling. She's currently also training to be a Duke of Edinburgh leader.



Phone number

07825 201538



Additional booking information

Booking is essential

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Susan Simmonds
Contact number: 07825 201538