Winter Tree Identification


This one day training course delivered by Neill Talbot will focus on identifying native broadleaved trees in winter using key features such as buds, twigs, bark and fruits/seeds. It will also outline indicator tree species of ancient woodlands.

The course will be useful for those undertaking Phase 1 Habitat surveys and other botanical surveys, and also as an overview to different habitat types. It will help participants to assess whether a site is species-rich botanically (using indicator plants).

Who Should Attend?

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

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

The course will be pitched at beginners who have some prior knowledge and understanding of plants/trees.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn to identify 12+ common native broadleaved trees using features seen in winter.
  • Learn some key indicator tree species for ancient woodlands.
  • Awareness of factors that influence where different tree species are found.
  • Have an understanding of the taxonomic system of classification for plants.
  • Have an understanding of the structure/biology of trees and differences between trees and shrubs.


Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Please bring your own packed lunch.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £120.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00