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Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland News



Welcome to your March BSBI eNewsletter.

In this issue: book for two spring conferences; find out what's happening in your local area; read how botanist Mark Lynes came to write BSBI's new Alchemilla Handbook. But first: there's a new issue of our online scientific journal.

British & Irish Botany 4.1 is out!

Richard Lansdown et al. report on two duckweeds new to Britain.
Ivor Rees describes a new subspecies of Rock Sea-lavender from Anglesey.
David Trudgill discusses his analysis of Scottish records of 20 species of orchid.
Mike Wilcox reports on coastal hybrid couch grasses & on Scentless Mayweeds.
Clive Stace considers variation in Vulpia geniculata.
Read all about it

Irish Spring Conference 2022

Bookings are now open for our online Irish Spring Conference on Saturday 2nd April.

5 talks inc. Micheline Sheehy Skeffington on how the Strawberry Tree might have come to Ireland; looking for Seagrass along the south coast of Wexford; and travelling across Bord na Mona peatlands. There's also a workshop on how to identify non-native Alders.

The event is open to everyone and is free to attend although donations are welcome.

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Botany in your area

Get ready for spring by finding out what's happening in your local area.

In recent weeks we've created 20+ new county pages, updated County Recorders' contact details, and uploaded new Rare Plant Registers, county newsletters and field meetings programmes for 2022. We've also published more than 100 County Recorders' reports for 2021.

Follow the links on our Local Botany page to see what's new in your county.

Local botany links

New Handbook coming soon!

Alchemilla: Lady's-mantles of Britain and Ireland is due out in April and will retail at  £20 (excl. P&P). It's the latest in the series of BSBI Handbooks for tricky plants, and there are more titles in the pipeline. BSBI members benefit from hefty discounts on our publications - e.g. the Alchemilla Handbook is available to pre-order for £12.50 (excl. P&P) until 31st March.

In this interview, Mark Lynes tells us how he became the author of this latest title in BSBI's series of Handbooks.

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BSBI Spring Conference 2022

Have you booked yet for our online Spring Conference? It will be held on Saturday 26th March from 10.00a.m to 3.30p.m.

On the programme: talks on the botanical highlights of the Fens; rare arable plants; recording the urban flora; and conserving Oblong Woodsia; a botanical Q&A session; and a workshop on distinguishing the three species of whitlow-grass.

The event is free to attend but donations are welcome and registration is essential.

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News from the President

In recent weeks, Lynne has been looking for signs of spring and enjoying local colour from spring bulbs, some of which are native in parts of Britain and Ireland and others are neophytes.

If you aren't sure whether a plant is a native, archeophyte or neophyte, try looking it up in the Online Plant Atlas.

If you aren't sure what those terms mean, check out our helpful definitions page.

Read Lynne's blogpost

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