Training courses

Online training courses in 2022: Please check the list of providers below and contact them direct to find out if they are offering online training during lockdown.

We are aware of online training courses provided by Josh Styles at British Botany (Josh was the tutor on our popular Dandelion and Fern ID courses) and have also been told of this wildflower ID course.

If you hear of any other online plant ID training this year, please let us know so we can share details on this page but note that we are not endorsing any of these courses, simply providing information.

If you have attended an online course, why not write a review for our News & Views blog and let everyone know what you thought about it? Email us for details of how to submit your review.

Short plant ID/ botany courses

There are many short plant ID/ botany courses available from various providers throughout Britain and Ireland. These are a good way to get started, or to learn a new group of plants. BSBI experts and referees teach on many of these. Try...

Our hour-long Fern ID online course, previously only available to BSBI members, is now available to everyone and is still offered at the bargain price of only £5 per person. Taught by Josh Styles, the course aims to get you started with fern ID.

Find out more and register for the online course via our fern identification page which also has links to some free fern ID resources from BSBI and our sister society, the British Pteridological Society.

Identiplant online plant identification course for beginners in serious botany: February 2022 message from Course Director Brenda Harold

"Now that the Field Studies Council is no longer supporting the Identiplant course we are working on a new method of delivery, in liaison with the BSBI. In 2021 we ran a successful trial of an email based system, with more direct contact between tutor and student. During 2022 we are developing a new, regionally based delivery system.

"The course is now full for this year and the application form is closed. Successful applicants will be informed by 11th February - please do not contact us before then. We apologise to those who are disappointed but the number of places for new students in this transitional year is limited.

"We hope to be able to re-launch the course fully in 2023".

Professional development

For a career in ecology, the place to start is Manchester Metropolitan University, which runs the acclaimed biological recording programmes that the BSBI was influential in setting up 20 years ago. Courses include everything from day schools in identification to a Masters Degree in biological recording which is widely considered the top qualification in this field. Contact the Shrewsbury Office for details.

For training webinars in grass ID please visit the Irish Grasslands Project page.

Find out about our other training webinars on these pages: Aquatic Plant Project; Fern ID; dandelions; charophytes.

Videos of many of our training webinars - most of which are free for everyone to view and enjoy - are uploaded afterwards to our BSBI YouTube channel.

Other University courses

There are no longer any universities offering degree courses called simply 'Botany' but the following offer BSc and MSc degrees in plant sciences with some  botany/ plant ID/ molecular and crop sciences studies/ herbarium studies:

Try also this Lifelong Learning page on the Linnean Society website for more UK natural history courses, including botany.

If you know of any plant science/ botany courses in Britain or Ireland that are not listed here, please let us know.

Field skills

Training & Education Committee runs Field Identification Skills Certificates, to test how good you really are at botany. For more information, turn to the FISC page.