Wildflowers of streets and lawns: an online ID workshop
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: HS290
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Our streets and lawns support a wide array of self-seeded wildflowers. Once you start to look, you just keep on discovering more! These plucky species have made our man-made environment their home and often thwart attempts to irradicate them. This course will focus on spotting these species and developing the skills to identify them. Much of the charm of these species is in their relationship with people; their local names, historic uses and sometimes tales of how they arrived from afar.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Ecology of streets and lawns; why wildflowers can thrive here
- Techniques for observing plants
- Getting familiar with the main families of street / lawn wildflowers
- A virtual journey down a street to see what we can find
- A virtual hunt through a lawn
- Using specimens under a webcam and a plant ID guide to work through the identification process
- Aids that are available to help you with plant identification
- Identifying your wildflower finds through photographs and answering your questions
- Exploring plant common names, past uses and history in the UK.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explain why streets and lawns are good habitats for wildflowers
- Recognise the major plant families found on streets and lawns
- Gain more enjoyment from time spent outdoors through an appreciation for the wildflowers around us
- Work through the identification process for a wildflower using an ID guide
- Know how to access help for plant identification
- Feel a richer connection to local flowers through understanding their history.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and is open to all.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course will take place online. The main format will be an illustrated presentation, with some interactive learning activities, discussion, questions and answers. There will be no work required outside of the class, although you are encourage to explore your local area and share observations and questions with the group. Guidance to finding further information will be provided each week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notepad or device for note taking would be useful. As we will be looking closely at plant ID features, you might find it helpful to refer to a plant ID guide during the class, however it is not essential. If you are considering buying a plant ID guide, you may wish to wait until the first class when the tutor will make recommendations.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can find more courses on ecology, conservation and habitats on our website.
Brenna Boyle (B.Sc Hons Dunelm, M.Sc DIC) is a zoologist, wildlife guide and environmental teacher. She runs Wild Capital and also works for two urban environmental education charities. She is often to be found wading in either the River Thames or Deptford Creek. Her favourite species is the Long-tailed Tit.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.