Introduction to Fern Identification


The course will focus on identifying native fern species using key features such as fronds, spores, structure and habitat. It will also outline indicator fern species of ancient woodlands. (I will also bring specimens of 3 or 4 wall ferns that may not be present in the woodland site)

The course will be pitched at beginners who have some prior knowledge and understanding of plants including ferns - I will ask about the level of knowledge of participants at the beginning of the course

Who Should Attend?

LA ecologists, SNCO/NGO conservation officers, students, ecological consultants, wardens, rangers.

Typical target audiences include: developers, industrial operators and land managers, local authority ecologists and planners, conservation officers and licensing staff within SNCOs or NGO’s, students, ecological consultants, environmental managers, wardens, rangers.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

A basic knowledge of plants including ferns would be useful, though handouts will be sent in advance of the course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn to identify 10+ common native fern species using key features (see below)
  • Learn some key indicator fern species for ancient woodlands.
  • Awareness of factors that influence where different fern species are found.
  • Have an understanding of the taxonomic system of classification for plants.
  • Have an understanding of the structure/biology of ferns and differences between ferns and other classes of plant.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Early Bird Member Ticket
(Price valid from 11/01/2022 to 25/07/2022 inclusive)
1 £100.00
Early Bird Non Member
(Price valid from 11/01/2022 to 25/07/2022 inclusive)
1 £160.00