Oxeye daisy meadow, photo by Dave Kilbey

Oxeye daisy meadow, photo by Dave Kilbey

Dandelions, Daisies and Thistles

Sort out the look-alikes in this, the largest family of flowering plants.

Event details

Meeting point

Classroom at Tyland Barn. Postcode ME14 3BD


10.00am – 3/4pm
A static map of Dandelions, Daisies and Thistles

About the event

At least half the morning will be spent in the classroom getting to grips with the basic features of this family – the Asteraceae (or Compositae as they were previously called) - particularly those features that help us sort out the different genera and species. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the local habitats (at a leisurely pace) and practising those ID skills.

By the end of the session you will be able to identify using key features, especially floral features (using a hand lens), members of the family Asteraceae and also of the major genera and their species. 

N.B.  We shall not be concerning ourselves with the micro-species of Taraxacum or Hieracium

Led by Ros Bennett, Botanist

Suitable for beginners and improvers

Tyland Barn will be open to the public 10am-5pm; café facilities are only available during this time.


Phone number

01622 662012


Normal fee: £33 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Suitable for


Know before you go


Guide dogs only


Minimal walking at a slow pace.

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair accessible

What to bring

Notebook, pencil, hand lens x10 or x20 (available on loan or for purchase at the Barn at £8.75), outdoor clothing, packed lunch, field guide (optional)


Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012