Wildflower Identification for Improvers

Improve your wild flower identification skills on our relaxed, 1 day Wildflower Identification for improvers course. You will spend the day on a beautiful chalk downland site practising and improving your wildflower identification skills.

Event details

Meeting point

Buckholt Rd, Stockbridge. SO20 8DA


10am - 3pm
A static map of Wildflower Identification for Improvers

About the event

Through observation, discussion and hands-on use of FSC plant keys and The Francis Rose Wildflower Key book you will practice plant identification in the field. The wild flower identification for improvers course will cover:

  • An overview of the chalk downland habitat including what we would expect to see
  • Improving wildflower identification skills using various keys and a hand lens

During the Wildflower identification for improvers course you will be walking at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including very steep, possibly slippery slopes and bending or kneeling to look at plants.

Is this course for me?
The Wildflower identification for improvers course is ideal if you have previously completed the beginners course, or have some initial botanical knowledge but want to brush up on your skills and improve. The course will involve a reminder of using a key and a hand lens, fundamental features of wildflowers and identification of several new species that may be less widespread.

To attend this course you should be able to walk more than 3 miles over uneven ground, steep and possibly slippery slopes as well as be able to bend or kneel to look at plants.

When and where?

Friday 3rd July 2020, 10am-3pm

Broughton Down 

Meet at Buckholt Rd, Stockbridge. SO20 8DA

Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start

What do I need to bring?

  • Appropriate clothing for the weather on the day
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking boots,
  • A hand lens could prove useful if you have one
  • Refreshments, drinks & a packed lunch


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.





Additional booking information

Booking is essential

Suitable for


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No dogs permitted


People with limited mobility should contact the organiser in advance

Contact us

Susan Simmonds
Contact number: 07825 201538