Our 'Beginning Botany' short courses are an ideal introduction to the green kingdom, looking at the incredible diversity and adaptability of plants. For something more focused, our one-day workshops are a great way to acquaint yourself with many of our native plants and fungi. They allow you to brush up on your identification skills, as well as finding out a little bit about the ecology, ethnobotany and importance of many of our native species.

You can view our forthcoming botany courses below.

If you would like to get more serious about field botany - perhaps as part of your job or university studies - you can join our Certificate in Practical Field Botany course. To take your studies to a postgraduate level we offer an MSc in the Biodiversity and Taxonomy of Plants.

Students on the botany course

Forthcoming botany and science courses

Blue Poppy (Meconopsis) Workshop

This one day workshop will look at cultivation and propagation techniques for successfully growing Meconopsis.

Fern Identification

On this one-day workshop you will learn some of the simple skills to identify the most common ones around Edinburgh.

RBGE Certificate in Field Botany

RBGE Certificate in Field Botany

This intensive course introduces a wide range of practical field botany skills, including survey techniques, collection, identification, preservation and curation of botanical specimens.

Wildflower Identification

The day includes a hands-on workshop to teach you some basic skills, plus a field trip for a chance to put them into practice.

Seaweed Foray (In North Berwick)

We’ll look at their diversity, work out the basics of identification and find out some of the weird, wonderful and everyday uses for this fascinating group of plants. Held at North Berwick beach, we’ll comb the shore and explore some pools.

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