British Botany

Welcome to the wonderful world of plants.

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Who are we?

British Botany is an online training platform, oriented around the spectacular groups of plants that occur in and around the British Isles. Whether you're an ecologist, conservation practitioner, or just a plain plant fanatic, our courses are targeted at both the beginner and the seasoned professional. We promote learning and captivation when it comes to some of the spectacular plants and habitats that Great Britain has on offer and aspire to making botany accessible to everyone.

We want people to LOVE plants!

Behind The Courses

British Botany

"As well as running regular training events for the likes of Natural England, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Ecology Consultancies, I also film occasional YouTube videos, all about our fantastical plants. Check out my personal YouTube channel, and get a sneak peak at what you might be in for on one of our courses!"

- Josh Styles

  • Introduction to Lichens

  • Delve into the marvellous world of lichens, including essential info on biology, ecology, species identification, and even lichens in space!
  • Introduction to Bryophytes

  • Learn about a group of plants that predate the dinosaurs by hundreds of millions of years!
  • Plants in the Planning Process

  • Want to learn more about relevant policy, legislation and other resources surrounding plants in the planning process, and the application to ecological reports?
  • Journey into the JUNCACEAE

  • In a rush to learn about rushes? Then this introductory course to the group might be for you!
  • Weeds, Bits and Beards

  • Want to know your dandelion look-a-likes? Then this course may be for you!
  • COMING SOON: Know your invasives: Cotoneasters

  • Ever felt confused in differentiating the 5 invasive Cotoneasters from the 90+ others that occur in Great Britain? Watch out for this course coming soon!

Introduction to Lichens

Delve into the marvellous world of lichens, including essential info on biology, ecology, species identification, and even lichens in space! Order now

Introduction to Bryophytes

Learn about a group of plants that predate the dinosaurs by hundreds of millions of years! Order now

Plants in the Planning Process

Want to learn more about relevant policy, legislation and other resources surrounding plants in the planning process, and the application to ecological reports? Order Now

Journey into the JUNCACEAE

In a rush to learn about rushes? Then this introductory course to the group might be for you! Order now

Weeds, Bits and Beards

Want to know your dandelion look-a-likes? Then this course may be for you! Order Now

COMING SOON: Know your invasives: Cotoneasters

Ever felt confused in differentiating the 5 invasive Cotoneasters from the 90+ others that occur in Great Britain? Watch out for this course coming soon!

Testimonials

Joshua's courses are inightful, informative and above all a pleasure to watch. I simply ordered my course online and received an email where I could watch and learn in my own time. Well done Joshua. 

James Anthony

I hadn't had any kind of in-depth interest in plants before Josh's courses on Ferns and Dandelions. Now I see things in an entirely different light and am beginning to identify wild plants near my home!

Phoebe O'Shea

I've now taken two of Joshua's online courses, and found them to be enjoyable, informative, and easy to follow. I would happily recommend them to anyone looking for an introduction to plant identification or to brush up on their skills!

Jonathan Pescod

I've done two of Josh's online courses now, and they are brilliant. He demystified ferns for me and helped me grapple with grasses. He is so knowledgeable and his enthusiasm for the subject matter shines through. Highly recommend. 

Moira O'Donnell