Are you taxed to distinguish a daisy from a dandelion? Are you an expert on sorting out the taraxacums?
Either way, you will find the Botany Section a great source of information and enjoyment.
The Spring and Summer Programme includes fortnightly field meetings to local botanically rich areas. All flowering plants are identified and recorded. Lively discussions are prompted by the discovery of a difficult plant, with the result that everyone present learns a great deal. These field meetings, since they are primarily intended as an exploration of botany, are taken at a gentle pace, and are punctuated by many unscheduled stops for photography, questions, or simply to gaze at the beauty of the plants.
Autumn Field Meetings are devoted to Mycology, when members attempt to come to terms with the demanding, but fascinating, world of toadstools.
During the winter months, we enjoy a varied programme of illustrated lectures, dealing with botany locally and abroad.
Both the beginner and the experienced botanist will find an annual programme with much interest, coupled with great opportunities for improving his or her botanical skills.
Upcoming Plants events
Lecture: Some Insects Associated with Grasses, Stinging Nettles and Bird’s Foot Trefoil11th September 2018 at 7.30pm
Speaker: Mark Spencer Looking at some Insect Life Histories that use specific Plants, part 2.
Botany Field Meeting – Holmsley27th September 2018 at 10.30am
Leader: Malcolm Hadley Holmsley Map Ref: OL22 / SZ 210 993 (Car Park off Forest Road). A walk to explore forest autumnal flora
Botany Field Meeting – Keyhaven Marshes23rd August 2018 at 10.30am
Leader: Malcolm Hadley Keyhaven Marshes. Map Ref: OL22 / SZ 309 918 Seashore and salt marsh flora, returning via Pennington lanes.