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.
*Please note that there are two references to donations in the form. The initial payment of £5/€6 represents the course fee, with any amount above this given as a donation towards the work of the BSBI.
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:
The West Highland Flora website contains correctly identified images and ID notes for many of the native ferns found across Britain and Ireland. Take a look too at the plant ID: getting started page on this website where you will find links to many other 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.