Last places for Beef Tub botany course

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There are a few places left on the first botany course at the Devil’s Beef Tub near Moffat this weekend.

Owners, conservation charity Borders Forest Trust (BFT), hope the £40 ‘Botany in the Beeftub’ at Corehead Farm will help participants identify flowering plants, mosses and grasses, and to understand upland plant communities.

On Saturday students will learn about the background of Corehead Farm, plant communities and structures, before working in pairs to identify, record and photograph or draw and learn four to six plants at a time on the Beef Tub.

On Sunday participants will go to Tweed Hope woodland to again learn the plants and find out about the plant community there.

The course will be led by ecologist Stuart Adair who has been surveying the farm’s flora before more tree planting.

Corehead volunteer and course facilitator Peter Dreghorn said: “The course will be for anyone with an interest in this area. Enjoyment of observation of the native plants gaining an understanding of what is growing at Corehead are also main objectives.”

Ancrum-based BFT bought the 1,580-acre farm in 2009 after an 18-month campaign to raise the £700,000 needed. Volunteers have since planted 226,000 trees, dug several ponds and established two large orchards.

To book contact Philip Roe, Corehead site manager, by email: philip@bordersforesttrust.org or on 07713 566295 or Peter Dreghorn on 07810 505323.