Plant Identification


This training course includes lectures/group discussion; part-field observation and will cover the following:

-Understanding Scottish habitats and species,
-identification, vascular plant characteristics
-key species and methods
-use of plant ID keys
-Ecological requirements
– habitats and species·
-Plant ecological requirements
-Different vegetation types and key species
-Topography, common species and habitats
-Plant identification and species indicators for habitats

Afternoon: field excursion - Plant indicators for habitat identification

This is likely to include a few of the most common but also most interesting species and their habitats in the areas visited. We will focus on common species and plants associated with these communities. Incidental observation and awareness for other species e.g. introduced species.

Who Should Attend?

Students, graduate botanists and interested ecologists.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

Use of keys.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the key characteristics of different types of vascular plants
  • Use keys to identify vascular plants
  • Identify 5 grasses (including sedges and rushes)
  • Identify 10 wildflowers
  • Identify 5 trees and shrubs


Tickets Person(s) Price (£)
CIEEM Member Ticket 1 £135.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £195.00