Identifying Plants of Limestone Habitats

This beginner to intermediate botany course will help you learn how to identify a range of plant species that are specific to limestone habitats.

Learning to name the species you find is an important step in understanding the environment around you, yet field guides and identification keys can be intimidating, to begin with. During this course, we will immerse ourselves in the limestone landscape and learn how to use a good field guide. We will visit a variety of local habitats to gain experience in using keys and identifying a wide range of species in the field. We will concentrate on several important plant families including ferns, grasses and sedges.

This course will cover:

  • The major plant families of limestone habitats
  • Field visits to woodland, grassland and limestone pavement
  • How to use identification keys

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the ecology of limestone habitats
  • Identify some important plant families and characteristic limestone species
  • Confidently use an identification key
  • Share this knowledge with friends, family and fellow volunteers

PLEASE NOTE: the course fee is for tuition only. There is no accommodation provided with this course. If you would like to book accommodation, lunch and an evening meal at Malham Tarn, please email

Please refer to our website for full details and to book.

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Key Information

Start date:

16th July 2022 at 10:00am




Field Studies Council




Biodiversity, Biology, Climate Change, Conservation, Ecology, Education, Environment, Nature & Wildlife


FSC Malham Tarn, United Kingdom

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