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: Throop Mill

3rd May 2018 at 10.30am

Throop Mill Map Ref: OL22 / SZ 111 958 Leader: Malcolm Hadley Riverside and hedgerow plants.

Field Meeting: Down Farm

27th May 2018 at 10.30am-3.30pm

DOWN FARM Field Meeting ST 999 149 Leadr : Bryan Popple Field Trip to look at Archaeology, Botany, History, Wildlife ecology, conservation etc. Turn off the A354 signposted Wimborne St Giles. Continue a short distance along this road. Take the tarmac lane on the right (signposted ‘Down Farm’). The farm is past the cottages on […]

Botany Field Meeting: Corfe Common

31st May 2018 at 10.30am

Corfe Common  Map Ref: OL15 / SY 958 818 Leader: Malclom Hadley (Toms Mead Car Park off West Street) A walk on the very botanically rich Corfe Common

Botany Field Meeting: Fortmell Down

28th June 2018 at 10.30am

Fontmell Down Map Ref E118 / ST 884 168 (DWT Littlecombe Car Park) Leader: Malcolm Hadley Exploring the chalk flora of Fontmell Down.

‘Back from the Brink’ Field Meeting: Holt Heath

1st July 2018 at 10.30am

‘Back from the Brink‘ Field Meeting at Holt Heath. Meet at White Sheet Hill Plantation Car Park SU048036 This is a Joint Field Meeting with ‘Plantlife’. We will be looking at threatened Heathland Species of plants and animals

Back from the Brink: Dorset’s threatened Plants

22nd May 2018 at 7.30pm

Speaker: Dr. Sophie Lake Sophie works for Plantlife and Footprint Ecology. She did her doctorate on Dorset’s Heaths and has previously worked at Furzebrook ITE and abroad on ecological projects. In this second talk on the “Back from the Brink” project, she will discuss local threatened heathland plants and their conservation.