01. Dezember 2020 - 10:00 bis 15:30
Woodford Village Hall, Middle Woodford
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Winter Tree Identification 2020 | Dienstag, 01. Dezember 2020

Identifying Trees and Shrubs in Winter  - The Woodford Valley, Wiltshire

A 1 day course giving participants 

the skills and confidence to identify trees and shrubs when not in leaf 

a chance to identify trees in the field and form twig specimens

a full set of twigs to label and take home

a free copy of the FSC Aidgap Winter Trees guide

Identifying trees through the winter months, when they rarely hold any leaves or fruits, is a real art form; but surprisingly simple when you know what to look for. This course will give participants a chance to look at the majority of British native species and learn how to confidently identify them, as well as take home a set of labelled twigs to aid revision and impress your friends. 

The course will be split into a morning identifying specimens indoors, a field visit to the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Devenish Reserve and then an informal test at the end of the day.

Included in the course fee is a free copy of the acclaimed 48-page colour guide book to winter trees and shrubs.

Tutor: Dominic Price

About the tutor:

Dominic Price is a highly regarded botanical tutor and has been running courses for all levels of ecologists since 2007. He is director of The Species Recovery Trust and specialises in the conservation of endangered species. He is the author of A Field Guide to Grasses, Sedges and Rushes and co-author of The Photographic Guide to Winter Trees and Shrubs. 

What to bring


Something to carry your twigs home in

Clean shoes for car sharing and the village halls

Water, lunch and snacks (coffee and biscuits provided) 

Please bring plenty of outdoor clothing if the forecast is for cold weather and winds.

Feel free to bring any (native) twigs you would like us to look at, apart from Ash twigs. 

Please inform us of any relevant medical requirements/conditions we should be aware of prior to the course.

Any problems on the day please call Dominic Price on (07968) 786390 

Schedule (approximate)

1.00 Meet at Woodford Village Hall 

10.10 Introduction and identification from twigs

12.35 Lunch

1.00 Drive to Devenish reserve in as few cars as possible

2.45 Return to Village Hall

3.00 Test and summary 

3.50 Finish


Woodford Village Hall is located in Middle Woodford (5 miles north of Salisbury) in Wiltshire. We will start and end the course here, with an excursion to a nearby reserve.

There is ample car parking directly opposite the village hall.

Address: Woodford Village Hall, Middle Woodford, Wiltshire, SP4 6NR

Google directions here

If you would like a lift from Salisbury Train station please inform us before the course.

Feedback from previous courses

‘I thought it was a well presented course, it felt nice and informal while I learned a relatively formal identification method, which I much approve of. The tutors were very open to questions and enquiries. Thumbs up all round.’

‘I feel more confident in identifying a range of species, which wasn’t the case before attending’

‘My twig collection is now on display in the Ecology Consultancy office where staff are testing their knowledge and the book has been very well received. Thanks again to Dominic. ‘

‘I thought it was great – good location, right amount of trees taught (anymore and I might’ve started to lose concentration, any less and I might’ve been a bit disappointed). ‘

‘Fantastic course, pitched at right level for me’

'Loved how hands on the course was being out in the field'

'easy approach the tutor had. We could ask any questions'

‘Really interesting course, stimulating and engaging’