Beef Tub botany weekend course

Conservation charity Borders Forest Trust (BFT) are holding a ‘Botany in the Beeftub’ weekend near Moffat next month.

The £40 course at the famous Devil’s Beef Tub, part of Corehead Farm, aims to help participants identify flowering plants, mosses and grasses, and to understand the nature of upland plant communities.

Corehead volunteer Peter Dreghorn said: “The main aims of the course are to understand plant communities, learn to identify flowers, plants and mosses, and hopefully return to monitor changes in the landscape.

“The course will be for anyone with an interest in this area and will include surveying, rote learning and photography.

“Enjoyment of observation of the native plants in this beautiful area and at the same time gaining an understanding what is growing at Corehead are also main objectives.”

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

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.

For further details and booking, contact Philip Roe, Corehead site manager, by email: philip@ or on 07713 566295 or Peter Dreghorn on 07810 505323.