Botanist and BSBI member Falgunee Sarker got in touch a few weeks ago to tell me about a training day she was involved in and to ask if I could send her some BSBI leaflets to distribute to those attending the session. I was happy to do this (if you are organising a training session and would like some leaflets, just email me and I'll post you some material).
Falgunee has now sent the images on this page and says "The Woodland Plants and Flowers Training Day was organised by Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership on 9th May 2015. The study day was led by Falgunee Sarker, Elizabeth Elliott and Carole Sobkowiak, members of Darlington and Teesdale Naturalists' Field Club.
"Twelve people participated in this free event. The course provided basic identification knowledge of flowers, grasses, sedges, rushes and ferns. All the attendants were encouraged to join the BSBI".
Environmental consultant and BSBI member Nick Law is also involved in helping people learn more about identifying wildflowers. He is organising training sessions as part of BSBI's involvement with the National Plant Monitoring Scheme (NPMS), which includes delivery of the training element.
Nick says "I have put together a series of 6 one-day plant identification workshops - the aim is to try and help NPMS volunteers with some of the more difficult groups, so that they can progress from recording at Wildflower Level up to Indicator Level".
Here are the dates and locations of the six workshops and the groups of plants on which they focus:
Monday 8th June Reading University, Berkshire Grasses
Saturday 13th June Fearby, North Yorkshire Sedges
Wednesday 17th June Lockington, Derby Grasses
Tuesday 23rd June Willand, Devon Sedges
Wednesday 15th July Hockwold-cum-Wilton, Norfolk Aquatic Plants
Saturday 18th July Weobley, Herefordshire Ferns