Wildflower Identification - Neutral and Calcareous Grassland


This training day will familiarise participants with wild flowers commonly encountered in the countryside, as well as the more specialist species associated with species-rich calcareous grassland. No keys will be used, but we will aim to get a handle on the main families of flowering plants in the UK, to help identification skills. The workshop will be carried out in stunning hill-forts surrounding Salisbury, and provide the opportunity to discuss some of the conservation management issues of these habitats, and how wildflowers can be used as indicator species of the habitats they live in.

The day will start be covering many of the species that are commonly encountered while surveying neutral grassland before moving on to the nearby Figsbury Ring, a SSSI with unimproved grassland and extremely diverse grassland flora with the chance to see and learn several species of orchid.

At both sites as well as being shown species participants will carry out quadrat monitoring in small groups to revise what we have seen.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone wishing to improve their botanical ID skills, both of common habitats and also unimproved grassland specialists.

Knowledge Level

Beginner - Intermediate

Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is required.

Learning Outcomes

  • Improved botanical ID skills.


Refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own packed lunch.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £110.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00