Sunday 31 March 2019

Promoting botany in south-west Scotland

David talking about plant recording & monitoring at
the 2019 SWSEIC Wildlife Recorders' Gathering
Image courtesy of SWSEIC
Saturday saw the 2019 Wildlife Recorders' Gathering organised by South West Scotland Environmental Information Centre and two Scottish County Recorders were on hand to spread the botanical word. David Hawker, County Recorder for Kirkcudbrightshire ran a BSBI stand and gave a talk about local plant recordingChris Miles, County Recorder for Dumfriesshire chaired the afternoon talks session; and there was also a talk about the National Plant Monitoring Scheme by SWSEIC's Peter Norman. 

David told me:  

"Attendees numbered over 130, but I have no idea how many I and Chris talked to over the day. We were certainly kept busy and several people picked up BSBI joining leaflets and other publications including flyers for the National Plant Monitoring Scheme. I gained a new member for my local botany group as well as botanical records I knew nothing about - new rare/scarce plant locations."

Many thanks to David and Chris for reaching out to plant-lovers in south-west Scotland, and to SWSEIC for organising the event and tweeting about David's talk.

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