Crazy About Conifers is a new one-day course. During this conifer identification session we will spend time in an area of our local woodlands, exploring the key features used to identify different families and species of conifers. We will look at features such as leaves, bark, and cones, which can be used to identify the more common species. We will gather a selection of different cones and foliage to study as part of this identification.
There’s so much more to conifers than Leylandii and the ubiquitous Christmas tree. Scotland has become a second home to many exotic non-native species from around the world. The extensive range of specimen of coniferous trees in and around Moray provides an excellent resource to study these incredible plants.
Jennie Martin, the course leader, is an experienced ethnobotanist and outdoor educator. Jennie has an online resource for studying and exploring the ethnobotanical facts of plants and flowers found in the UK and has taught courses on plant identification and ecology to groups of all ages.
The event will run from 10:00am until 3:00pm. We will meet in an area of woodland around Forres, where you will be introduced to our instructors and the main themes of the course.
This course will help build confidence in field recognition of the major genera of conifers and practice looking for appropriate characteristics to confirm the species as well as exploring some interesting ethnobotanical facts about each tree species.
We will look at features such as leaves, bark, and cones, which can be used to identify the more common species. We will gather a selection of different cones and foliage to study as part of this identification. You might even be able to keep a couple of cones or twigs for future reference.
We also have the chance to sit and have a lunch break around an open camp fire and discuss everything we have learned and looked at throughout the session.
Wild things! provide all necessary equipment, tools, and learning resources.
Instruction and supervision is provided by our qualified and experienced Wild things! activity leaders. Maximum group size is 10 participants. Emergency Transport (4-wheel drive vehicle) is always available for outdoor activities.
The course will run from 10:00am – 3:00pm and will be based in an area of woodland around Findhorn.
All you are required to bring is:
- A packed lunch
- Notebook and pen/pencil
- Sturdy pair of walking boots
- Warm and waterproof clothing
- Your enthusiasm for a wonderful day in the outdoors.
We can provide waterproof clothing and warm layers if required.
The cost of this course is £45 per person. The fee includes guidance by our qualified and experienced instructors, as well as all necessary equipment and materials. This fee does not include accommodation or any meals.
Select your chosen event from the dates and options listed above and complete the online booking form and make payment to confirm your place.
Please feel free to Contact Us for additional information, or if you wish to pay a deposit to secure your booking.
We can happily provide a gift voucher if you are making the booking as a gift for someone else.