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
Talk: Solent Seagrass Restoration Project7th June 2022 at 7.30pm via Zoom
Speaker: Dr Tim Ferrero Seagrass beds are wonderfully diverse habitats and good carbon sinks. Dr Tim Ferrero is the senior marine biologist with Hampshire and IOW Wildlife Trust and will tell us about this important ecosystem and what HIWWT are doing in Langstone Harbour. Dorset also has extensive seagrass beds along the coast, notably in […]
Botany Field Meeting: Old Harry and Ballard Down (SZ037825)25th May 2022 at 10.30am
Leader: Charlie Light (mobile 07808 546624) Meet at National Trust car park by Bankes Arms in Studland. Observe the spring flowering plants on chalk downland near the sea.
Botany Field Meeting: Pig Bush (SU362050)22nd June 2022 at 10.30am
Leader: Charlie Light (mobile: 07808 546624) Meet at Forestry Commission car park on the B3056. Hoping to see the rare Lesser Butterfly Orchid and other common heath and marsh orchids and any other plants in flower in this less visited site.