Fern-focused field meetings in 2023
Looking to get started with fern ID at a BSBI workshop? Our event in Lanarkshire on 2nd September combines a morning in the classroom with expert tutors followed by an afternoon in the field to try out your new skills. More details here. Cost £40 but 50% discount for BSBI members and full-time students.
Or maybe you're ready for the next step? Also on 2nd September, in Co. Wexford, a free training day focused mainly on scaly male ferns (a tricky group). More details here.
Online fern ID course for beginners
Launched in 2021, Joshua Styles' very popular online fern ID course is available to all members and non-members wanting to improve their pteridology ID skills!
The fern course followed on from Joshua's online Dandelion ID course. Now, this one-hour course is available as a video link and aims to get you started with fern ID.
Use the buttons below to pay the small course fee (£5 or €6) for the fern ID video, which lasts around one hour. Once your payment has been received, you will immediately receive a link to the training video, which you can then access as many times as you like.
If you experience any issues with accessing the video, please contact us.
BSBI Plant Cribs
From the BSBI Plant Crib, you can view or download individual cribs to help you identify ferns in the following genera or groups:
Take a look at the plant ID: getting started page on this website where you will find links to websites with correctly identified images of British and Irish wild plants, including ferns.
British Pteridological Society
Our sister society, the British Pteridological Society, has some excellent online resources to help you learn more about ferns, and many are freely available to non-members. Try their Identification page with a Key to Common British Native Ferns; there's also a Glossary to help you understand fern-related terms.