Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Carline Thistle Great Orme

Carline Thistle (Carlina Vulgaris)

This thistle from the Asteraceae family grows on dry well grazed calcareous soils.  The photograph below was taken on the Great Orme, Llandudno on 27th July. Limestone dominates in this location (and also dolomite) and the grassland is well grazed by sheep and Kashmir goats. 

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Botany for Beginners

Want to improve your botanical Identification skills? Are you a conservation professional or volunteer or a hobby botanist? Want to learn at your own pace with guidance and support on hand?

Enrol on our online, flexible modular training course with mentor support. Gain skills to help towards gaining a FISC level or to prove your commitment for ecological memberships and also gain certificates of participation and achievement towards your CPD.

To learn more, go to:  http://qualiteach.co.uk/training.htm 


call 07743 712020 

Common Cow Wheat (Melampyrum pratense)

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Garden Lady's Mantle

Alchemilla mollis

The scientific genus name Alchemilla is derived from the word alchemy and refers to the belief that drops of dew from the leaves could turn base metal into gold.

The species name Mollis means soft or smooth.

Friday, 18 May 2018


An example of fasciation in a Bulbous Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus) where a disruption in the growth of cells has caused abnormal growth. Note the flattened, fused stem and heads.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Improve your botanical ID skills

Learn about plant science and ecology


Open for enrolments

Online flexible training with mentor support

Modular format means you can enrol on one or all four modules of your choice

suitable for hobby botanists, conservation volunteers and professionals

To learn more go to http://qualiteach.co.uk/training.htm


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Online Botany and Ecology Course
Botany and its role in the ecosystem

The course is open for enrolments.  Apologies to anyone who experienced difficulties with enrolling, this has now been resolved. 

The course is flexible and modular with mentor support and covers:

  • Plant science
  • Botanical identification
  • Taxonomy
  • Habitats 
For more information, check out the Training page at 
or contact Lorna or Richard on 07743712020 or email contact@qualiteach.co.uk

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Harbinger of Spring #2 Cuckooflower

The County flower of Cheshire, common names for Cardamine pratensis include Cuckooflower, Lady's Smock and Milk Maids. The species name 'pratensis' refers to the meadow habitat in which it grows.