Woodland Mosses for Beginners
About the event
This is an introduction to the basic structure of mosses and to their unusual life cycle. We will look at key identification features, focusing on those that can be used in the field using a x 10 (or x 20) hand lens, for identifying the top 20 most common woodland mosses.
We shall spend the morning in the classroom when the main focus will be on how to identify mosses, using characteristics that are observable with a hand lens. In the afternoon we shall practice ID skills in the field at Knock Wood on the outskirts of Tenterden (travelling in own cars, sharing where possible).
Beginners should acquire a basic knowledge of mosses and how to identify a range of the more common species found in Kent’s woodlands. They should also gain the inspiration to pursue the subject further.
Suitable for beginners and improvers.
Led by Ros Bennett, Botanist and Ecologist
Photo: Matthew Robert
Phone number01622 662012
PriceStandard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.
Additional booking informationThis is a two location study day. The morning will be spent at Tyland Barn and the afternoon at Knock Wood which is on the outskirts of Tenterden. Participants will need to travel in their own transport - hopefully sharing where possible.
Suitable forAdults, Beginners
Know before you go
Participants must be prepared to walk around. 1.5 miles over rough terrain but at a gentle pace. If the weather has been wet (ideal for mosses!) the ground will be slippery and squelchy.
Wheelchair accessNot wheelchair accessible
What to bring
Notebook and pencil. A x10 (or if preferred a x20) magnification hand lens (x10 will be available on loan or for purchase at the Barn at £8.75). Suitable outdoor clothing and a picnic lunch (or sandwiches may be be purchased at Tyland Barn). We shall not be near shops or a pub at lunchtime, and there will be no access to public conveniences during the afternoon.