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 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. Contact convenor for more information.
NEW YEAR'S PLANT HUNT 2020
All U3A members are invited to participate in the national New Year's Plant Hunt organised by the BSBI (Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland). It will take place on land between Wendover and Weston Turville, last for three hours and held on a day, yet to be chosen, between 1st and 4th January. For details of Wendover's U3A participation in the last event when we identified 21 plant species in flower, and for information about the 2020 event, see: https://bsbi.org/new-year-plant-hunt.