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 – Wootton Bridge5th 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 Empire28th 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 […]