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: How to Own A Beautiful Garden Full of Insects and Wildlife12th February 2019 at 7.30pm
Speaker: Mark Spence A Look at How to Make our Gardens into Attractive Wildlife Sanctuaries. Mark has now spent 50 years as an Amateur Entomologist and is our present chair of that section.
Lecture: Plankton Journeys16th March 2019 at 2.30pm
Speaker: Dr Anna Hickman Dr. Hickman is a Lecturer in Oceanography at the University of Southampton and researches ocean phytoplankton. She will talk to us about her research on the role of phytoplankton in our climate and how physical factors affect the distribution of these organisms which form the base of the marine food web […]
Lecture: Orchids19th March 2019 at 7.30pm
Speaker: Jonathan MacGowan