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Wild Flowers, Orchids and Grasses Identification Workshop

Wed 28 – Fri 30 Jun 2017

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Learn the skills for identifying the flowers and grasses that are abundant in the mosaic of ancient pastures, meadows and woodlands of Kingcombe Meadows.

The ability to identify wild flowers, orchids and grasses in the field opens up a whole world of discovery, transforming any trip outdoors.  This workshop aims to introduce and inspire you to quickly and confidently identify a range of wild flowers, orchids, and grasses.  This workshop will focus on the more common species you are likely to encounter on any walk in the countryside, whilst also touching on a few interesting rarities we have at Kingcombe.

Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve, which surrounds the Kingcombe Centre, is famed for its wide ranging habitats and species found across its ancient meadows, unimproved pastures, bog, woodlands and hedgerows.  It provides the ideal ‘classroom’ to discover a range of species over the workshop with fun learning and quizzes along the way.  In addition to field based learning, Leif will also give presentations on species, characteristics and floral structures during the evenings.

Suitable for any level of experience from beginner upwards.  There will be some walking on rough ground during the workshop and time in the field.

About the Leader:

Leif Bersweden has had a lifelong interest in nature, focusing on plants from the age of 12, and grew up in rural Wiltshire where he taught himself how to identify the local flora.  He is co-author of the AIDGAP identification guide Winter Trees, published by the Field Studies Council and regularly helps to lead plant identification courses for The Species Recovery Trust.

Leif graduated from Oxford University where he read Biological Sciences.  He is currently in London studying for a PhD at UCL, and writing a book about British and Irish native orchids.


£289 pp Residential  -  includes 2 nights sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition/activities.

£209 pp Non-Residential  -  includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.


The course will start at 1pm on Wednesday with lunch and introduction session.

The course will finish after at 2pm on Friday with lunch.

What to bring: 

Suitable clothing and footwear for being outdoors, notepad and pen.

Coming from further afield or wish to extend you stay – we offer B&B accommodation.


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