Introduction to Identifying Coniferous Trees

There’s more to conifers than Leylandii and Christmas trees! This one-day workshop will introduce you to the commonly-found conifers, and will show you how to work out which is which. We will start with the absolute basics of identifying Conifers, so if you currently have very little idea which is which, this is the course for you! We will spend the morning in the classroom with a selection of specimens, learning how to use a hand lens to locate the small features which you will need, in order to sort out your Tsuga from your Pseudotsuga. In the afternoon we will be going on a field trip through Bushy Park, where you will run around like mad things, gleefully identifying the many specimen conifers which we have growing in the Royal Park. As well as learning the more formal side of tree identification, we will learn, in passing, about Cedrus and Larix, those two swotty Latin schoolboys; why a red-bearded Scotsman can help you to remember a name, and which Pine tree not to stand under, in high winds. Course fee includes FSC fold out chart: The Tree Name Trail.

Course objectives:

Delegates will also have gained a clear understanding of how to use a simple Botanical Key, and will be able to use the Tree Name Trail with confidence, allowing you to identify common conifers with ease. You will also have learned how a Crib (Table of Differences) works, and how to create your own, which you can then use to make identification quicker, easier and more fun! Delegates will also understand the benefits and limitations of using various reference materials, and the importance of personalising your own reference books; and hopefully will have learned that although Conifers are a difficult group of trees to identify, they are not quite as bad as they seemed. In addition, delegates will have been introduced to botanical nomenclature (“Latin Is Not Your Enemy”), which is more fun than it sounds.

How to Apply

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Key Information

Start date:

14th March 2020 at 9:30am




Field Studies Council




Biodiversity, Nature & Wildlife


FSC London: Bushy Park, United Kingdom

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