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Introduction to umbellifers - Gloucestershire

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. 

This plant identification course walk is easy to reach from Cirencester, Cheltenham, Swindon, Gloucester, Oxford, and Stow-on-the-Wold, with Bristol under one-hour away.

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Wednesday 16 June 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


Cerney House Gardens, Gloucestershire


Varying terrain, mostly grassland, waterside and woodland

Age limit

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

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