Cambridgeshire Umbellifer Course

Dates available

 20 May - Book now! 

Foraging courses

Umbellifers: An introduction to identification of the carrot family

Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Cambridgeshire


Wednesday 20 May 2020 - Book here!

Cost: £50 per person

Duration: 6 hours, with lunch break

Start time: 10am

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. However, its members also included some seriously poisonous, even deadly, individuals like Hemlock, Hemlock Waterdropwort, and Fool's Parsley.

The similarity between this family's members often discourages learning about them, but there are ways to help guide you through these fascinating plants.

Join us for a day to discover the carrot family and identification of species within it.  The course is part-classroom, part-field based with plenty of interaction.

The course includes:

  • identifying Umbellifers/Apiaceae as a whole

  • explanation of botanical terms and use of keys

  • examination of identification points of two species 

  • exploration of local habitat 

  • identification of local species in the field

  • identification of other species in classroom

Lunch is not included. Please bring a packed lunch or use the cafe in Hinchingbrooke Country Park.


This plant identification course walk is easy to reach from Peterborough, Northampton, Bedford, Stevenage, Newmarket, Wellingborough, Kettering and Cambridge.

Please note this is not a foraging course and edibility will not be a focus of this workshop. For foraging courses, click here


The exact meeting location and park access details will given upon booking.


Participants must be aged 18 or over - sorry, no children under 18 or babes in arms on this course.


Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted on the course.

There may be opportunities to buy plants and learning materials on this course.