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: The Great Heath Nature Parks – Corfe Barrows, Holes Bay and Lytchett Bay24th October 2017 at 7.30pm
Speaker: Nicky Hoar The Great Heath project has created two Nature Parks, with a third (Lytchett Bay) in the pipeline for 2017. The term Nature Park recognises the value of an area to both people and wildlife. Corfe Barrows is a varied landscape of woods, meadows and heaths, Holes Bay is a high-profile and busy […]
Mycology Field Meeting: St. Catherine’s Hill10th November 2017 at 10am-1pm
Leader: Malcolm Storey St Catherine’s Hill Map Ref: OL22 SZ 140 952 Meet at the Car Park by the parade of shops on Marlow Drive (Post Code: BH23 2RR). For late arrivals we will go straight up the hill into the wood. A couple of brisk inclines but otherwise easy going. May be some mud!
Last Lecture before Xmas: My favourite microscope specimens: the ‘fierce roller’, water bears and polychaete worm larvae5th December 2017 at 7.30pm
Speaker: Grenham Ireland Grenham will describe the lives and behaviour of several interesting organisms he has studied under the microscope and illustrate his talk with pictures and videos. Grenham used to run a microscope facility at Manchester University but now gives microscope demonstrations as an amateur microscopist..
Botany Field MeetingJune 12, 2014
12 June 2014, Boscombe Overcliff Leader: Ted Pratt Map reference: OL22 / SZ 107 912 (East Cliff Road car park) From the car park we walked east 12 members and 1 non-member attended. 17 species were recorded at Boscombe Overcliff as detailed below: Avena fatua Wild-oat Dactylis glomerata Cock’s-foot Agrostis capillaris Common Bent Holcus lanatus […]