Big Tree Country : Tree Identification for Improvers 12th – 16th May 2013 (Sunday - Thursday) Led by Jerry Dicker Level: Intermediate 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 Tel: 01250 870150, Fax: 01250 881433 freshwater and sub-aerial algae, offering many opportunities to learn about this fascinating and ecologically important group of plants. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org , 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 Course aims: 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 Association. 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. Recommended Reading: 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) Provisional Programme Sunday 12th Brief walk round Kindrogan Grounds following “Victorian Times” route - how to recognise species by distinguishing features Monday 13th 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 Tuesday 14th 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. Wednesday 15th Drive to Glenericht private arboretum belonging to William McCosh (loos)- some impressive conifers 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 Rucksack Plenty of spare warm clothing Notebook Booking Procedure: 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 set rate. 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.
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