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How to Use Plant Identification Keys

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  • Saturday 19th May 2018

    10:00 am - 04:00 pm


    The Regent's Park

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Do you feel embarrassed when you use picture guides to identify wild plants? Don’t, they are really useful! However, to get the most out of botanising, learning how to use keys is an essential tool.

This course will take the fear out of ‘keying out’. Participants will be introduced to a range of different keys and their strengths and weaknesses will be explored. Guidance will also be given on how to use hand lenses. The group will also practice on plant material in the classroom and around the park.

Dr Mark Spencer is an experienced botanist and is the vascular plant recorder for the LNHS and BSBI Middlesex vice-county recorder. He has research and personal interest in 17th & 18th century botanical science, urban botany, non-natives and the impacts of environmental change.

For further information on the course or to book your place use the Field Studies Council web site. If you are unable to find the information you need, contact the office on 01306 734 501. Places are limited, book early to avoid disappointment.

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