Wildflowers and orchids on Bluebell Hill, Photo by Dave Watson

Photo by Dave Watson

Introduction to Wild Flowers for Beginners

Location: Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve and Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3DH
Learn how to identify and classify flowers, and how to use an identification book. Practice your new skills by using keys to identify flowers collected from the habitats in the reserve.

Event details

Meeting point

Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3DH. Map Ref TQ 520565

Date

Time
10:30am - 4:00pm
A static map of Introduction to Wild Flowers for Beginners

About the event

    This wildflower course is designed for absolute beginners.  We start in the classroom with an introduction to flowering plants. You will examine specimens and will be shown the important parts required for plant identification and classification. You will also learn how to use identification books and keys. 

    We will then visit various habitats within the reserve, collecting and bringing back specimens to the classroom for identification.

    The remainder of the day will be spent in the Visitor Centre of the Reserve with selected specimens, using the Wild Flower Key to confirm their identification.

    By the end of the session it is expected that you will feel confident to:

    • Recognise some common wild flowers by looking at key features
    • Use identification keys and books

    Led by Joyce Pitt, Botanist.
    Suitable for beginners

    Booking

    Phone number

    01622 662012

    Price

    Standard fee: £35 per person per day.
    Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

    Suitable for

    Adults, Beginners

    Know before you go

    Dogs

    Guide dogs only
    Only guide dogs are allowed on the reserve. Dogs are allowed in the car park and picnic area on a lead.

    Mobility

    Suitable for people with limited mobility but not for wheelchair users.

    Wheelchair access

    Not wheelchair accessible

    What to bring

    A x10 or x8 hand lens is essential (some will be available to purchase or on loan).  Clothing and footwear suitable for the conditions of the day and a picnic lunch and drink. It would be useful to have a copy of either: The Wild Flower Key, by Francis Rose, or Excursion flora of the British Isles by Clapham, Tutin and Warburg.  A few copies will be available for use on the day.

    Facilities

    Toilets
    Shop
    Cafe/refreshments
    Picnic area

    Contact us

    Jill Evington
    Contact number: 01622 662012