Wild Flowers of the Test Valley

Chalk Downland and Wet Meadow wild flowers are at their best in June, join Susan Simmonds to take a closer look at two contrasting habitats in the beautiful Test Valley.

We’ll look at both wet meadow and chalk downland plants at Chilbolton Common and West Down using a combination of FSC keys and The Francis Rose Wildflower Key to introduce and practice our identification skills.

In a day of observation, discussion and practical activities you will learn:

  • An overview of the chalk downland
  • An overview of wet meadow habitat
  • The wild flowers you would expect to see in these habitats
  • Introducing or improving ID skills in the field using various keys.

We’ll look at both wet meadow and chalk downland plants at Chilbolton Common and West Down using a combination of FSC keys and The Francis Rose Wildflower Key to introduce and practice our identification skills.

Is this course for me?
The Wildflowers of the Test Valley course is suitable for beginners, no experience necessary.

You must be able to walk at least 4 miles on uneven terrain including very steep, possibly slippery slopes and bending or kneeling to look at plants.

When and where?
Friday 23 June, 2017 – 10am – 3pm
Please arrive 10 minutes before the course is due to start

Chilbolton Common and West Down
We will meet in the car park just over the bridge from The Mayfly Inn, Chilbolton, Stockbridge. SO20 6AX, near Stockbridge. The grid reference is SU 383 389.

What do I need to bring?

  • Warm, dry outdoor clothing suitable for the weather
  • Sturdy and dry shoes or boots for walking across country
  • Your own drinks and packed lunch
  • Protection equipment i.e. sun cream, sun hat etc.

Tutor
Susan Simmonds – Assistant Education Officer

Susan has a lifelong passion for wildlife and graduated in Environmental Science, she has worked and volunteered in the conservation sector for over 15 years. Susan has previously worked as a sessional lecturer on the BTEC National Diploma course in Countryside Management and currently covers a number of degree sessions at Sparsholt College. Susan has a Certificate to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTLLS) and enjoys teaching her skills through courses like plant species identification and mammal tracks and signs to others. She has a desire to make a difference and to play a part in conserving our natural world and believes that she can do that through further study and ultimately through lecturing and research. She loves species identification and regularly teaches wildflower identification; water vole survey techniques and more recently river fly surveying.
Susan has worked closely with a local primary school to assist them in using their outdoor environment. As the chairperson for the school’s Woodland Committee she has written a management plan for the site and oversees its management. You can hear Susan several times a month in a slot on BBC Radio Wiltshire on Sunday lunchtimes, where she speaks about seasonal aspects of the countryside.

Key Information

Start date:

Cost:

60.00

Organisation:

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust

Type:

Short

Sector:

Biodiversity, Ecology

Location:

Chilbolton, Stockbridge. Hampshire

Contact Details: