Beautiful botanicals…

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

Botany Field Meeting: Wick Fields

20th June 2019 at 10.30am

Leader: Charlie Light Wick Fields, Map Ref: OL22 / SZ 152923 A walk from the Riverlands car park off Wick Lane, along the Stour riverbank across Wick Fields to Hengistbury Head and back.

Joint Meeting with Quekett Microscopical Society

6th July 2019 at 10am-2.00pm

A secret ‘microworld’ will be revealed by BNSS and Quekett Microscopical Club members demonstrating their microscopes and how they can be used to observe all things microscopic – animals, plants and the inanimate. The Museum will also be open.

Botany Field Meeting – Breamore

4th July 2019 at 10.30am

Field Meeting: Breamore Coordinator: Malcolm Hadley Map reference: OL22 / SU 154 189 (In front of Church) A circular walk exploring the flora of the old chalk drove roads.

Botany Lecture: Madagascar Plants

30th July 2019 at 7.30pm

Speaker: Mark Spencer A look at some of the interesting Plants and Fungi seen on several trips to Madagascar

Botany Field Meeting – Calshot

1st August 2019 at 10.30am

Field Meeting – Calshot Map reference: OL22 / SU 481 013 (Calshot Amenity Car Park, charges apply) Coordinator: Malcolm Hadley A walk to explore the flora of the edge of Calshot Marshes Nature Reserve.

Botany Field Meeting – Wootton Bridge

5th September 2019 at 10.30am

Field Meeting – Wootton Bridge, Map reference: OL22 / SZ 251 997 Coordinator: Malcolm Hadley A walk to explore late summer New Forest Flora. It may be damp underfoot in parts.

Lecture: Conserving crop diversity: from the Arctic circle to the Dorset coast.

10th September 2019 at 7.30pm

Speaker; Dr Jane Toll Dr Toll used to work for the international organisation Global Crop Diversity Trust which stores seeds in Svalbard. She will talk especially about UK and Dorset projects.

Lecture: Sir Joseph Banks and the Flowering of Empire

28th September 2019 at 2.30pm

Speaker: George Fussey Sir Joseph Banks was a botanist and patron of the Natural Sciences in the 18th and early 19th century. He voyaged with Cook, help set up Kew Gardens and was President of the Royal Society for over 40 years. George is the Curator of the Natural History Museum at Eton College as […]