Botany Classes

Wildlife Study Days

Botany Evening Classes

Our Botany Evening Classes in 2019 will cover the Botanical identification of wild and naturalised British plants.

Participants will learn how to confidently identify and record plants and seek confirmation when necessary.  They will identify plants in families and genera by the use of keys, specimens and descriptions.

Each week concentrates on the identification of a genus of plants in Kent with specimens, PowerPoint presentations and a quiz on the previous week’s plants.  Plants will be identified by comparison of specimens to find species, and the use of keys to assign names. Cribs to the identification of species in Kent will be produced.

The classes are led by Alex Lockton, who has twenty years’ experience working as a lecturer in ecology at Birmingham University and Manchester Metropolitan University, as coordinator of the Botanical Society of the British Isles, and as an ecological consultant. He is county recorder for Shropshire and author of The Flora and Vegetation of Shropshire (2015).

Develop your botanical identification skills

Our botany classes will take place on Tuesday evenings (6:30 – 8:30pm) at our Tyland Barn Visitor Centre near Maidstone for 10 weeks, starting Tuesday 26th February, excluding 23rd April, the last session will take place on 7th May.

The cost for the whole 10-week course is £150. An early bird discount applies for bookings made before 14th January 2019.

Online booking is preferred.  However, if you have difficulty booking please email 

It would be useful for participants to bring their own wildflower books and hand lenses, but some are available for use on the day. This venue is suitable for wheelchair users - if you have any specific accessibility issues, please contact us in advance.

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