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

18th May 2017 at 10.30am-2.30pm (approx.)

Leader: Mike Downing, Durlston Country Park, Map Ref: OL15 SZ 032 773, Meet in Car Park (by meter), Looking for early Orchids, Sea Mayweed, Tufted & Lesser Centaury, Corky-fruited Dropwort and Wild Clary (distance: c3.4km, height change 66m).

Botany Field Meeting

27th April 2017 at 10.30am

Leader:  Margaret Evelyn, Location: Minchington Cross, Map Ref: E118 ST 956 166 Early Spring Flowers, including Toothwort and Early Purple Orchid. Some steep slopes.  Height change 70 metres approx.  Stout footwear recommended.  

Botany Field Meeting

20th April 2017 at 10.30am

Leader: Mike Downing, Location Garston Wood, Level walking through this nature reserve (distance: c5km, height change 52 metres), Map (E118) Ref: SU 003 194  

Botany Field Meeting

30th March 2017 at 10.30am

Alderholt. Leader: Mike Downing We are looking for Wild Daffodils, Shining Cranesbill and Climbing Corydalis. The walk is about 6Km long with height change of c32 metres. Meet in the lane to Lower Daggons. (Map reference OL22 SU 117 143) Field Meetings run from 10:30am to about 3:30pm (unless otherwise stated). Please bring your own refreshments […]

Nature in Springtime

28th March 2017 at 7.30pm

A lecture by Jonathan McGowan. Continuing the “theme” of seasonal happenings from the natural world, especially locally. Our events are open to everyone. Visiting non-members, please support our charity by leaving a donation on your visit, or why not become a member of our Society?