Woodland Flora Introduction and Identification with Flora Locale, Perthshire

30 May

The Small Woods Association is also proud to offer a selection of Flora Locale training courses at a discounted rate of £50 for Small Woods members.

Facilitators: Carol Crawford and Rick Worrell

This year’s workshop will be in Highland Perthshire and will be the sixth led by Carol Crawford. It will be similar to last year’s oversubscribed workshop with some tweaks. Both woods we visit are owned or part-owned by Rick Worrell, a fellow forest ecologist, who has been preparing guidelines on the Introduction of Woodland Plants into Broadleaved Woodlands and will soon be establishing more demonstration sites. In the morning we visit Grandtully Old Castle Wood, ancient woodland by the River Tay near Aberfeldy. Here we will identify woodland plants (including ancient woodland indicators) on a route through:  oak and birch woods wood (W11 and W17 in the NVC), ashwood (W9) and alderwood (W7) and compare these with bracken and other ‘semi-woodland’ areas. On 1st June the bluebells will be in full bloom giving stunning displays. The afternoon will be spent in a birchwood on Rick’s property at nearby Upper Park.This wood has been gradually deconiferised and Rick has introduced a range of plants using various methods.  We will also see which woodland  plants arrived naturally. Rick will also cover management at both woods. The day will improve participants’ woodland plant ID skills, increase their understanding of the ecological factors which affect plant distribution and colonisation, and cover woodland plant introduction methods for different species and site types.