Wildlearning - Wildflower Identification
15 July 2017, 10:00 - 15:00 (Add to calendar)
Join local botanist Ann Sherwood on this enchanting exploration of the wildflowers at Redgrave & Lopham Fen. Beginners welcome.
Ann is a highly skilled field ecologist with specialism in botanical ID. She will assist you in identifying some of the most common wildflowers you are likely to see in this area. There will be a short indoor session at Redgrave & Lopham Fen Centre where you will hear about the history of this nationally important site and the habitats and plants of interest many of which are nationally scarce. This will be followed by an outdoor session walking on the reserve where Ann will help you to discover and identify the abundance of wildflowers.
You will be able to record your findings on the day using i-record. Click here for further information about i-record, and to register if you wish. Records are archived by the Suffolk Biological Records Centre. The SBRC uses the records to produce distribution maps which help to monitor the status of animals and plants in Suffolk. The information is made available to local authorities, English Nature and Suffolk Wildlife Trust and is essential for making decisions about conservation in Suffolk.
• a copy of Francis Rose's The Wild Flower Key (2006) if you have one
• a copy of C E Hubbard 'Grasses' or the BSBI Grasses of the British Isles, Tom Cope & Alan Gray
• a copy of Collins Guide to Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and Ferns Richard and Alistair Fitter and Ann Farrett or any good rush/sedge guide.
• x10 magnification lens if you have one although there will be some to borrow at the Centre.
• a packed lunch
• notepad, pen and camera if you wish
Ann will bring a selection of ID books for you to look at.
Please wear stout shoes or boots and clothing suitable for the weather. Wear long trousers, bring insect repellent and sunscreen or a hat.
Free tea, coffee and biscuits will be available at Redgrave. You may wish to bring a flask of hot drink or a bottle of water for when you are out on the reserve.