Big Tree Country :
Tree Identification for Improvers
12th – 16th May 2013 (Sunday - Thursday)
Led by Jerry Dicker
Behind Meikleour Beech Hedge Photographed by; M R Dakin
Kindrogan Field Studies Centre
Enochdhu, Kindrogan Perthshire, PH10 7PG
Course outline: The area around Blairgowrie,provides a diversity of habitats for
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freshwater and sub-aerial algae, offering many opportunities to learn about this
fascinating and ecologically important group of plants.
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Web site: www.field-studies-council.org/kindrogan
The Field Studies Council (FSC) is an environmental education
charity committed to helping people explore, understand and be
inspired by the natural world. Each year over 100,000 people
experience the FSC through visits to our network of 17 Centres
To increase the number of tree species you can confidently recognise, whether you
are starting from a few or are a bit further on.
To touch and sniff trees of different species, and ages as well as looking at them.
To give some insight into how and why trees grow where they do and as they do.
To meet some remarkable trees.
Course outline: The course is mostly out of doors, walking through woodlands and
tree collections in the surrounding area, and noticing what is there. We shall look at
most of the common native trees but also more unusual and exotic species. You will
learn to distinguish each tree from similar and closely related species. In the
evenings there will be slide talks and practical work to consolidate skills and
knowledge, course members’ energy permitting. The course will be adapted to meet
participants’ expressed needs.
Your Tutor: Jerry Dicker is an Oxford graduate, a former primary
head teacher and a member of the Arboricultural Association, the
International Society of Arboriculture and the Small Woods
He works as a consulting arborist but maintains a strong interest in
wildlife conservation, particularly the study of woodlands. He is warden of a small
community woodland in his home town of Thornbury near Bristol, and is a voluntary
speaker for the Woodland Trust.
He has led courses about trees and woodlands at Kindrogan for several years and also
at Orielton Field Centre.
Tree Identification books; (There are many other good tree identification books but these are recommended)
Collins GEM Trees Alastair Fitter: (very concise and clear with lots of winter buds -
200 species. For once it really is pocket-sized - 12cm x 8 cm. A good starter.)
Collins Tree Guide Owen Johnson: (Comprehensive. The successor to the Field
Guide below, covering 1500 species of trees)
Collins POCKET Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe Alan Mitchell: (easier to
use than Field Guide below - pictures and text together - 600 species. Also slightly
more portable than Owen Johnson’s book)
Collins FIELD Guide to the Trees of Britain and Europe Alan Mitchell: (more
technical and fuller text - 800 species. An excellent book but now superseded)
Brief walk round Kindrogan Grounds following “Victorian Times” route - how to
recognise species by distinguishing features
Drive to Faskally boating station (loos) and walk in Faskally Wood, a former forestry
training wood; after lunch drive to Linn of Tummel and across Coronation Bridge – trees
in a more natural environment
Birks of Aberfeldy circular walk up Den of Moness – more trees plus ground flora;
lunch on picnic tables.
Non-native tree trail near car park.
Drive to Cluny House Gardens (John and Wendy Mattingley) exotic Himalayan trees.
Evening walk up hill behind Centre and around grounds - revision.
Drive to Glenericht private arboretum belonging to William McCosh (loos)- some
Drive via Meikleour (tallest hedge in the world) to Birnam (impressive oaks and
sycamores) – picnic lunch on tables.
Drive via Dunkeld north car park (loos) to Hermitage car park and walk to Ossian’s Hall.
Glenericht Arboretum Western Red Cedar at Glenericht
Photographs by Dave Pinney
Equipment to bring with you:
Lunch Box , vacuum flask
Wellingtons and/or waterproof walking boots
Plenty of spare warm clothing
To book a place on this course, please complete the booking form and send it together
with a deposit of £50.00 (cheque payable to Field Studies Council). Provisional
bookings should be made by telephone. Payment of the balance of the course fee will
be 30 days before the beginning of the course. Cancellation after this date may leave
the customer liable for the full amount – a condition which is accepted when the
booking is confirmed.
It is highly recommended that all visitors have adequate insurance cover at all times
and Field Studies Council now have an agreement in place with Zurich Insurance plc
who have arranged a blanket insurance policy for all FSC course participants, the
details of this will be sent to you upon booking.
Course Fees & What’s Included :
Resident £210 Sole Occupancy or £180 Shared Accommodation.
Non Resident £135 (everything except bed and breakfast)
Full professional tuition, full board accommodation including cooked breakfast,
packed lunch, Tea/Coffee, homemade cakes and an evening meal.
Vegetarian and other dietary options are catered for.
Transport to all field sites, where required, from supper on 12th until after
breakfast on the 16th.
Transport – Any excursions during the trip will be made in either the Centre vehicles
or private cars. The cost of this is included in the fee. For anyone who kindly uses
their own vehicle for the course excursions will be reimbursed for petrol costs at a
Arrival and Departure Times – Resident and Non-resident visitors are requested to
arrive at the centre before 7pm on the 12th and report to reception Evening meal will
be served at 7.30pm and the course will commence after a brief welcome to Kindrogan
Tuition will end on the evening of the 15th with departure after breakfast on the 16th.
If you would like to extend your visit we can offer accommodation on a Bed and
Breakfast or Dinner Bed and Breakfast basis, please contact the office on 01250
870150 to check on availability prior to your visit.
Your room at Kindrogan
We have a limited number of en-suite rooms in the main house for single/ shared
occupancy, these are subject to availability at the time of the course . We can offer
twin rooms also for single / shared occupancy with shared toilets and showers in our
Steading accommodation . We can also offer a single room with shared toilets and
showers at a discounted rate in our Ardle accommodation.