The main aim of this group, apart from fun, fresh-air and meeting like-minded people, is for members to help each other to learn about British wildflowers, especially how to identify them. We develop basic plant ID skills: key diagnostic characteristics, nomenclature, classification and use of field guides, mainly through informal small group learning.
Events are held throughout the year, usually on 2nd Monday afternoon of each month, with extra sessions (mayby any day or time) during Summer peak flowering times. Outdoor field meetings are held at various local nature reserves or other beauty spots, most of the time being spent examining flora with a minimum of walking. Indoor winter meetings comprise talks by memebers on a variety of botanical topics; unless otherwise stated, they are held at convenor's home.
There are usually places available at outdoor events; no botanical knowledge or skills are required. However, if your would like to know more about basic field botany and plant identification methods, informal tuition can be arranged either in small groups, or on an individual basis.
NEW YEAR'S PLANT HUNT 2018/2019
Members of the group participated in the national New Year's Plant Hunt organised by the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI); 21 species of wildflowers in flower were identified. For details, see: https://nyph.bsbi.org/results.php and click on Wendover map marker.
PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME 2019 - subject to alteration
March: College Lake
April: Annual urban flower walk, Wendover
May: Spring flowers, Dancersend
June: College Lake; Annual Orchid count, Aston Clinton Ragpits; Weston Turville Reservoir
July: Summer meadow flowers,Leaches Farm; introduction to grass id workshop
August: Summer grassland flowers, Grangelands
Please submit further suggestions to the convenor.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Mon Jun 10th||College Lake: Arable weeds and other wildflowers.|
Meet in cafe / visitor centre at 2.0pm, or earlier for a snack lunch.