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Winter Tree ID - RFS one day training course

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Date: Friday 22 February 2019 

Instructor: John Morris

Location:  Hockeridge & Pancake Woods and The Old School, Ashley Green, Bucks

About: Learn to identify and understand the differences between some of the more common broadleaved trees and conifers found in Hockeridge & Pancake Woods, which were planted as forestry crops or as ornamentals. The wood contains a good range of native trees found in the Chilterns and lowland England. Learn to assess the whole tree. Collect samples of twigs & buds to check against simple keys. Compare bark colours and patterns in the wood using simple charts, assess tree and branch shapes, look for seeds and other clues to help with identification and build confidence in your ability to use tree books, keys etc to identify new species.  Included in the ticket price is a 48 page illustrated booklet showing twig and bud arrangement of 36 common native treesin addition to photos of the bark patterns.

Duration: 09.45am to 3.45pm 

Price: £75.00 RFS members / £85.00 non RFS members

Note: Course attendees are advised to bring packed lunches as lunch is not provided.  Tea, coffee, water and biscuits will be provided on arrival and in any suitable breaks in the classroom sessions.

About the tutor:

John Morris is Director of a local charity, the Chiltern Woodlands Project. John studied Biological Sciences at Exeter University. He has been giving advice and assistance on woodland management in the Chilterns for nearly 35 years. He has organized several conferences and training events. He is a longstanding member of the RFS and currently represents Oxon-Bucks division on Council. John has been organizing volunteer workparties with the Chiltern Society in Hockeridge Wood since November 2014 and took on the role of woodland manager in June 2017, so knows these woods well.


John Morris Photo