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 number01622 662012
PriceStandard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.
Additional booking informationPeople who are particularly prone to hay fever should make sure they bring their own antihistamines.
Suitable forAdults, Beginners
Know before you go
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).