Key-writing Workshop

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Dinton Pastures Country Park
Davis Street, Hurst
RG10 0TH
United Kingdom


The workshop will be led by Martin Ebejer.

This workshop is aimed at those who have some experience of using keys, and may want to have a go at writing their own. Help will be given to novice key writers, as well as tips and advice for those who have already got some experience in this field.
In order to make best use of the time, Martin is keen to tailor the workshop to individual needs, so early booking would be appreciated. Please send expressions of interest to Tony Irwin straight away ( and give an indication of what you hope to gain.

10.00 – Introduction: Principles and methods of writing a modern key – emphasis on genera and species.
10.40 – Questions & discussion.
11.00 – Coffee break
11.20 – Practical session a) tabulation of characters, b) writing the key (material prepared in advance using a small group of species; aimed at complete or near complete beginners)
13.00 – Lunch
13.45 – Individual’s sessions (aimed at those who have made attempts at writing a key and may have come up against difficulties they wish to discuss)
15.30 – Summary and sharing learning points/experiences from the workshop. Handout of the introductory presentation.
16.30 – Close