Our Botany Evening Classes during Winter/Spring 2020 will cover the Botanical identification of wild and naturalised British plants. Classes are open to students and to members of the public.
Participants will learn how to confidently identify and record plants and seek confirmation when necessary. They will identify plants in families and genera by the use of keys, specimens and descriptions.
Each week concentrates on the identification of a genus of plants in Kent with specimens, presentations and a quiz on the previous week’s plants. Plants will be identified by comparison of specimens to find species, and the use of keys to assign names. Cribs to the identification of species in Kent will be produced.
The classes are led by Alex Lockton, who runs our popular Plant Identification in the Field course each summer. He has lectured at the University of Birmingham and Manchester Metropolitan University for many years and worked as coordinator of the Botanical Society of the British Isles and as an ecological consultant. He is a county recorder for Shropshire and author of The Flora and Vegetation of Shropshire (2015).
Please note that this course runs in parallel in Maidstone on Tuesday evenings. If that venue is more suitable for you, feel free to book it here.
It is useful for participants to bring their own wildflower books and hand lenses, but some are available for use on the day. This venue is suitable for wheelchair users - if you have any specific accessibility issues, please contact us in advance.