In 2019 we held four workshops and one field meeting, covering between them plant families, grasses and sedges & rushes. We were delighted to welcome many professional participants from environmental consultancies as well as keen amateurs to all these events. The participants on all the workshops receive a free copy of the appropriate booklet – the Pocket Guide to Wildflower Families, Start to Identify Grasses or Start to Identify Sedges & Rushes.
In 2020 we were due to hold one Plant Families workshops, two on Grasses and two on Sedges & Rushes. We also had a field meeting on Ben Lawers arranged, specialising in grasses and sedges for beginners and improvers. Alas, due to the Covid-19 restrictions, all the workshops and field meetings had to be cancelled. We did have hopes of running the same workshops programme in 2021 instead, but it looks as though that won't be possible either. The field meeting at Ben Lawers is due to go ahead, but we already have 15 people booked on it, so limitation on numbers may mean there are no more places, alas.
While you are waiting for the reappearance of live workshops, I can recommend a series of webinars on YouTube, on grass and sedge ID, which are highly informative and very easy to follow. Search for BSBI Irish Grasslands Project. BSBI Scotland is running webinars on Plant Families and on Grasses – both based on the books on this website – so try booking for those (open to anyone) on the BSBI website – or wait for them to appear on the BSBI's YouTube channel.
he BSBI in Wales have adopted our Plant Families approach and held a number of very successful meetings throughout 2019. If you would like a workshop arranged for your area, get in touch with me, Faith, and I will see what I can do, as the format and materials are available to any member of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland who wants to lead a workshop and could also be adapted for other suitable workshop leaders.
Workshop images courtesy of Peter Dahl
Posters designed by Angela Fendley
How many of the wild flowers illustrated on this website can you identify? Can you name any of the families they belong to? Perhaps if you attended one of the workshops, or studied one of the books, you could make a start . . .