Introduction to umbellifers - Cambridgeshire
About this course
The Carrot family, otherwise known as the Umbellifer or Apiaceae family, is an intriguing group of plants. It contains some of our most loved herbs and vegetables, like carrots (obviously!), parsnips, celery, fennel, dill, and parsley. Its members also include some seriously poisonous, even deadly, individuals like Hemlock, Hemlock Waterdropwort, and Fool's Parsley.
Their beautiful umbrella-shaped flower heads adorn different habitats, and they provide important food sources for wildlife.
The similarity between some of this family's members often discourages learning about them. However, a bit of help with those first steps can help you on your road to discovering more about these fascinating plants.
Join us for a day to discover the carrot family and identification of species within it. The course is entirely outdoors.
Aimed at beginners, the session will include:
the basics of identifying umbellifers/apiaceae
introduction to botanical terms
introduction to the use of keys
examining identification points
exploration of the local habitat
identification of local species in the field
identification of other species brought along
folklore and fun facts
field guide to take home
Lunch is not provided on this course. Please bring a packed lunch or use the onsite café.
This plant identification course walk is easy to reach from Peterborough, Northampton, Bedford, Stevenage, Newmarket, Wellingborough, Kettering and Cambridge.
Wednesday 19 May 2021 - Book here
Cost and duration
£80 per person (inc fees) 10am - 4pm
(If this course is cancelled due to Covid, a full refund will be given) Foraging course vouchers are not valid for this course
Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Cambridgeshire
Varying terrain, mostly grassland, waterside and woodland
Participants must be aged 18 years or older - no children under 18 or babes in arms allowed on this course
Dogs are not allowed to be brought along on this course
Car parking on site with small fee
Terms and conditions
Please read our terms and conditions here
There may be opportunities to buy plants and learning materials on this course.
Edibility will not be a focus of this course - this is an identification course not a foraging course
Please note that tickets are non-refundable or transferable once booked
Full terms and conditions here