Wednesday, 24 June 2015

BSBI Summer Meeting: part 3

Botanists at the Umbra
Image: J. Kirk
Here are a few more notes from me about the BSBI Summer Meeting, with some more great images from Oisin Duffy, John Kirk and Marc Cruise. 

I've already told you something about the botanists who made it along to the Summer Meeting and the species we saw at four excellent sites which John F., Robert and the other County Recorders had chosen for the whole party to visit. 

Day 2 fieldtrips to Garry Bog and Whitepark Bay offered visitors a delightful contrast between the wildflowers of a raised bog and those of a dune system. 

Spring Squill at Whitepark Bay
Image: O. Duffy
I would be hard pressed to better the two accounts of these fieldtrips written by Oisin, so I'm not even going to try. Please click on the links to read his excellent posts about the Summer Meeting, with some great photographs. 
Part 1: Garry Bog is here and 
Part 2: Whitepark Bay is here

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Botanists photographing the flowers on a grassy bank
Image: J. Kirk
It was hard to see how Team Faulkner could top Day 2 but they did, and Day 3 will probably be remembered by all who were there as the highlight of a superb Summer Meeting. 

The visit to the Umbra before lunch and the final fieldtrip to Binevenagh merit blogposts of their own, so keep an eye open for the next posts from me and from Oisin. 

To whet your appetite for the plants we saw, here is Marc Cruise's image of Bird's-nest Orchid. Click on images to enlarge them.

Bird's-nest Orchid
Image: M. Cruise