Workshops

Wildflower Workshops

Wildflower Identification for beginners and improvers

Running from 10.30 am to 4 pm, these workshops are carefully designed to give an in-depth look at a particular topic. Everyone is welcome, from complete beginners to more experienced naturalists, and we aim to make them both educational and fun. All workshops are based at Natural Surroundings, and the variety of habitats here at Bayfield is ideal, but we may walk or drive a short distance in order to visit a particularly flower-rich habitat. The tutor is Simon Harrap, author of several books on wild flowers, including the highly-regarded field guide, Harrap’s Wild Flowers.

The maximum group size is 8 plus the leader; children aged 12 and over are welcome if accompanied by an adult. The pace is relaxed, with plenty of time to stop and look, ask questions and take photographs, and we generally cover easy terrain. Please note that our events are not suitable for those who have difficulty in walking unaided (contact us if you are in any doubt).

The cost is £30 per person per day, including tea and coffee in the morning and afternoon; lunch is not included, but our café offers a range of simple but tasty snacks and meals. All workshops must be booked in advance: pleased book in person at the café/shop, or contact us by phone (01263 711091) or e-mail (wildlife@naturalsurroundings.info).

Saturday 22 April – General Introduction & Spring Flowers

Sunday 21 May –  Woodland Flowers

Saturday 17 June – Umbellifers (the carrot family – Cow Parsley, Hedge Parsley, Hogweed etc.; not so difficult when you know what to look for).

Sunday 23 July – Saltmarsh Flowers

Saturday 19 August – Wetland Flowers

Saturday 9 September – The daisy family – dandelions, hawkweeds, hawkbits etc: the names are often more confusing than the plants themselves!