Image courtesy of J. Crellin/Floral Images
So botanist Dr Mark Spencer (an active BSBI member based at the Natural History Museum) has just filmed an outside broadcast with Joe Tidy for Sky News [now available here, also features Sir David Attenborough - Ed.] and is now hot-footing it to the ITV News Meridian studios for a piece going out on the 6 o'clock news tonight.
He will be aiming to explain how to identify Giant Hogweed (there are other perfectly benign plants which look superficially similar), where it grows, and whether or not it is increasing.
Let's hope that once people know what to look out for, they will be able to avoid Giant Hogweed and enjoy the vast majority of wildflowers which are quite safe to touch. All this just goes to show how important it is to be able to identify plants with accuracy and confidence, i.e. to have some botanical skills!