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 Mill3rd May 2018 at 10.30am
Throop Mill Map Ref: OL22 / SZ 111 958 Leader: Malcolm Hadley Riverside and hedgerow plants.
Field Meeting: Down Farm27th 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 Common31st 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 Down28th 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 Heath1st 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 Plants22nd 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.
Lecture: President’s Address postponed. No Talk on Saturday 3rd MarchMarch 2, 2018
Unfortunately, the President’s Address has had to be postponed until a future date due to current adverse weather conditions. There will be no talk on Saturday 3rd March.
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 […]