02. August 2021 - 9:00 till 15:00
Langford Lakes Nature Reserve, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust
United KingdomSalisbury

Aquatic Plants 2021, Langford Lakes Nature Reserve, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Monday, 02. August 2021

A 1 day course covering how to identify a range of common waterside plants, focusing on submerged, floating, emergent and bankside communities of chalk streams and slow-flowing/standing water.

Tutor: Sharon Pilkington

About the tutor:

Sharon Pilkington is a highly regarded botanist and vice-county recorder for Wiltshire. She is also a passionate and experienced field bryologist and a regional recorder for the British Bryological Society. She holds two of the highly-respected Natural History Museum Identification Qualifications (IdQs) and is a Chartered Environmentalist and qualified horticulturist.

Lowland freshwater habitats such as rivers and streams often support very characteristic communities of plants, many of which can be quite challenging to identify. 

This course offers the chance to learn how to identify a wide range of riparian plants in the River Wylye (a small chalk river), disused gravel pits and associated wetland habitats including submerged, emergent and bankside communities of plants. Teaching techniques will focus on reliable and easily-memorable characters that can be used for much of the year. There will also be an opportunity to learn how to use a grapnel.

This workshop will be suitable for beginners and improvers alike.

What to bring


Lunch, water and snacks 


A hand lens

Collecting bags (optional)

Any ID guide you are happy working with 

A handout can be downloaded here, which can either be printed and brought on the day, or used as a reference guide after the course.


10.00 Arrival and welcome 10.10 Identification of river plants13.00 Lunch13.30 Identification of pond, stream and wetland plants14.45 Practical exercise16.00 Departure


Just off the A36 Salisbury to Warminster road, follow signs for The Langfords. In Steeple Langford turn into Duck Street. Reserve entrance is on the left once you have crossed the river. Toilets are available in the reserve visitor centre. 

Nearest postcode: SP3 4PA Grid Ref: SU03823692

Google Maps: click here

If using bus – use the No.265 bus service between Salisbury and Bath. Nearest bus stop is 500m away in Steeple Langford. Visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/parkingtransportandstreets

Please inform us of any medical requirements/conditions we should be aware of prior to the course.

Any problems on the day please call Sharon on 07801 627449.

Feedback from previous courses

'The pace was good and the relaxed atmosphere was good for learning'

'Based in one place but walked around to see different environments, and using easy key features to ID with'

'I think Sharon is a brilliant teacher, I found her explanation easy to understand and she kept my attention the whole day.'

Monday, 02. August 2021, Langford Lakes Nature Reserve, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Aquatic Plants 2021

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