Native Winter Tree Identification
This course is suitable for beginners and for those who, however knowledgeable about trees, do not feel confident at identifying them in winter. No previous knowledge will be assumed.
We will focus on our native broad-leaved species and the most commonly occurring conifers.
Late autumn is an irresistible time to turn our attention to trees. At this time the broad-leaved trees are just losing their blaze of colour and the conifers stand out in majestic contrast. In the case of the broad-leaved trees, we can no longer rely solely on the leaf shape and fruits, we must now look at the bare twigs and winter silhouettes to help us identify these important members of our natural heritage. At this time of year conifers, by contrast, are easier to identify because they nearly all retain their foliage throughout the winter and all their cones are fully formed.
This course is concerned with identification. Depending on weather conditions, much of Saturday will be spent at the centre, sorting through specimens and getting to grips with the terminology of the features of twigs and buds and, in the case of conifers, needle design and cone shapes. We shall also practise working with different keys to identification. However, regardless of the weather, and especially on Sunday, we shall spend plenty of time exploring the local woods and hedgerows in order to put into practice what we have learned.
Be prepared for short bursts of brisk walking whilst exploring the woods. However, there will be longer periods of standing still while studying different tree specimens and, whatever the weather, you may become cold at these times, so do bring appropriate clothing.
To find out more, please visit our website: https://www.field-studies-council.org/courses-and-experiences/static-courses/native-winter-tree-identification/