Thursday, 24 March 2016

BSBI botanists in print and in the news

Large-flowered Evening-primrose
Oenothera glazioviana
Image courtesy of John Crellin
http://www.floralimages.co.uk/page.php?
taxon=oenothera_glazioviana,1
The new BSBI Handbook on Evening-primroses (Oenothera spp.) has now been published. Find out more here on Summerfield Books' website, where you can also benefit from their special offer (£1.25 off, making the cost of this Handbook only £11.25!). 

It's well worth signing up to the Summerfield Books newsletter so you receive advance warning of the latest botanical publications, and don't forget that if you are a BSBI member you are eligible for extra discounts - check out the members-only pages. You can email me at louise.marsh@bsbi.org if you can't remember the password for this.

Common Evening-primrose
  Oenothera biennis
Image courtesy of John Crellin
http://www.floralimages.co.uk/page.php?
taxon=oenothera_biennis,1
Kevin Walker, BSBI's Head of Science and Pete Stroh, BSBI's Scientific Officer, have also been busy - not writing a handbook, but co-authoring an important new paper exploring the pressures which led to the loss of biodiversity flagged up in the 2013 State of Nature report.

'Agricultural management and climatic change are the major drivers of biodiversity change in the UK' was published yesterday and you can read it here. The paper is published in the journal PLOS ONE so it's Open Access - you can view it in its entirety free of charge. 

Another BSBI botanist to appear in the media is Quentin Groom, who is featured in this article in yesterday's Guardian about brownfield sites and the interesting plants they may support.

Some Easter reading material for you if the weather prevents you from getting outdoors this weekend: hope you enjoy the holidays :-)