We held a very successful training session last Wednesday (18th June), on Limestone grassland species identification.
The 1 day course was led by Elizabeth Elliott, Fal Sarker and Carole Sobkowiak from the Darlington and Teesdale Naturalists Field Club, who were fantastic at sharing their wealth of knowledge with those who attended. It was organised as part of our Landscape Discovery Project, which aims to re-connect communities with their local landscape and heritage through training sessions.
The course was held at Bowlees Visitor Centre and started off with a short session in the basic structures of flowers, grasses, sedges and ferns, and the features you can use to tell them apart. Everyone then headed outside to the Quarry area near Bowlees to see what plants we could find and identify. After lunch everyone headed over to the hay meadows around Low Force Waterfall and again spent a couple of hours spotting and identifying a whole range of plant species. We saw everything from flea sedge to butterfly orchid.
Feedback from the day was extremely positive; there was particular praise for the trainers, whose knowledge was very extensive! All of those who attended said that they felt like they had learnt alot and were more confident at identifying plants typical to limestone grassland.
We have lots of other wildlife related training coming up, so check out the events section of our website if you would like to find out more!