|Jon Shanklin, Richard & Kath Pryce and |
fellow botanists enjoy the September sun.
Llanymynech Rocks, 4/9/2016
Image: Geoffrey Hall
"74 keen botanists were welcomed to The Gateway at lunchtime on Friday and after a warm welcome from Sarah Whild and Sue Townsend the talks began with Mark Charlesworth, who gave us a very interesting talk on recording non-natives.
"I think the take-home message was: if you are going to record non-natives, especially in an urban environment, status is everything!
|Using 3-D specs to aid understanding|
of the physiology of charophytes
Image courtesy of Anne Middleton
"After tea we heard from Colin French about the Cornish Biodiversity Network – which has unfortunately separated from the local records centre but is extremely successful, with a beautiful database system (including some most impressive functions on indicator species).
|Puzzling over a tricky Myosotis specimen|
Image: Polly Spencer-Vellacott
"Back at FSC Preston Montford for the evening, there were sessions with Tom Humphrey on the DDb and John Poland on Vegetative ID, while I had a huge group to revise Myosotis, and ended up hearing a description of M. sicula (Jersey Forget-me-not) from Anne Haden, the County Recorder for Jersey, and discussing a putative M. x suzae (which I shall be sending off to the referee for confirmation)".
|At Llanymynech Rocks: looking up!|
Image: Sarah Lambert
"I thought this Recorders’ Conference seemed a particularly happy and friendly one. Perhaps the Midnight Salsa Workshop has influenced my memory of the weekend! You should all have been there!"
|Communal botanising at Llanymynech Rocks|
Image: Sarah Lambert
Polly again: "On the final morning (Sunday), most of the participants headed off for a field visit to Llanymynech Rocks, while a few keen people stayed behind to look at the DDb (with Tom Humphrey) or MapMate (with me)".
Image: Richard Aisbitt
Graeme Kay and Arthur Chater for example recorded Epilobium cf ciliatum x montanum and a specimen has gone to the Epilobium referee for confirmation.
We can reveal one nice record, of whose identity there can be little doubt and which was shared here on Twitter by Janet Higgins: the group found Spiranthes spiralis (Autumn Lady's-tresses). A perfect end to a perfect weekend!
But... over in the west of Ireland, the Cork Recording Event was also in full swing and botanists were about to make a discovery which would overshadow even Autumn Lady's- tresses.
We're hoping to share a report with you tomorrow but if you really can't wait, take a look on the BSBI News page here!
I'll leave you with a final image of a happy botanist enjoying the Recorders' Conference - if you want to be smiling like this, finding amazing plants in stunning locations and picking up ID tips from friendly fellow botanists, keep an eye on the BSBI meetings page and come along to our next event. See you there!
|Dave and fellow botanists in the field,|
BSBI Recorders' Conference 2016.
Image: John Handley