Yorkshire fog, photo by Jude Shorter

Yorkshire fog, photo by Jude Shorter

Grasses for Beginners

Location: Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
Did you know that there are over 150 species of native grasses in Britain? Come along and learn how to identify some of the most common species.

Event details

Meeting point

Training Room at Tyland Barn


10am - 4pm
A static map of Grasses for Beginners

About the event

On this course you will cover:

  • the basic structure of grasses and especially the inflorescence
  • how grasses can be distinguished from sedges and rushes
  • the top 30 grasses

You will learn about the key characteristics which help to distinguish between the different species. 

Most of the morning will be spent indoors getting to grips with the basic features of the Poaceae (Grass family) and particularly those that can be used as clues to identification. 

The emphasis of the course will be on identification by close examination as well as considering useful field characteristics.  Simplified keys will be introduced. Plenty of guidance will be given in the use of scientific keys for identification. 

We shall concentrate on those species which are common in Kent.  The rest of the day will be spent in Tyland Barn Nature Park and immediate vicinity practising the process of identifying many of the common species.

Led by Ros Bennett, Botanist and ecologist

Suitable for beginners and improvers who don't have a working knowledge of grasses.

This course is now fully booked but you can add your name to the waiting list by clicking on the orange 'Join Waitlist' button further down this pag


Phone number

01622 662012


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

Additional booking information

People who are particularly prone to hay fever should make sure they bring their own antihistamines.

Suitable for

Adults, Beginners

Know before you go


Guide dogs only


All abilities.

Minimal walking at a slow pace (200 yards per hour!).  Close-up wheelchair access available to nearly all specimens.

What to bring

Please bring a packed lunch and drink, a good sized notebook (A4 or foolscap), pencil, scissors, sellotape, a hand lens magnification x10 (available on loan or for purchase at the centre at £4.50 to £8.00) and suitable outdoor clothing.

If you don’t have a grass identification book, you could buy a field guide such as C.E. Hubbard’s Grasses (available for as little as 72p on Abe Books).


Picnic area
Accessible toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012