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Flowering plant (Angiosperm) families, or the field Botanist’s mind bungalow

Tuesday 2 July at 10:00 am to 4:30 pm


A close up image of common spotted orchid; it's pale pink flowers marked with a darker pink intricate pattern.This is an introduction to the identification of some flowering plant families, including their ecology and uses. We will consider their ecosystem services, the effect of development and land-use change, invasive species, rare and legally protected species, and the use of indicator plants in interpreting change.

The workshop is one stand-alone day. It will consider simple methodologies for investigation and sources of information and will include examination of specimens. The emphasis is on flowering plants.

Level: Suitable for: beginners with no formal botanical training but an interest in plants, consultant ecologists wishing to improve their plant identification skills, and academic biologists seeking to develop their botanical knowledge further.

Tutor: Dr Paul L Smith BSc, MCIEEM CEnv

Paul is a formally trained botanist who has practiced in the academic and consultancy sectors for 40 years including work for Local Authorities, Natural England, Multi-national consultancies, and the Wildlife Trusts. He is a Senior Associate Teacher with the University of Bristol and teaches applied ecology for various faculties. Paul also works for commercial clients under his own consultancy ‘Botanical Investigations’.

Paul is the author of numerous academic and practical papers on issues relating to plants and fungi. He has a special interest in solving botanical conflicts with development and landuse change. His book on ‘indicator plants’ may be previewed at the Wildtrack Publishing website.

For the garden visit students should bring: A hand lens, also a coat, notebook, pencils, suitable outdoor shoes for walking on rough ground (and in the rain), any medications needed for personal use (e.g., antihistamines).

Book your place

Course fees for the day are £95, and booking is essential. Please book through the online shop. You will need to register your details. You will only be charged once you have confirmed your booking.

Limited spaces at a special student rate of £65 are available – please email from your student email account to book.

Enrolment will close 2 days before the start of the course. We only accept online bookings.

Contact us

If you have any questions contact us at 

Tel: 0117 428 2041


Tuesday 2 July
10:00 am to 4:30 pm


University of Bristol Botanic Garden
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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0117 42 82041

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