Re-joining the BSBI.
|BSBI field meeting, Rutland water, 2012|
Image: M. Crittenden
Alan has an excellent Blog called 'Learning About Plants' and now that he has re-joined, I have been able to add him to the list of Blogs by BSBI members (on the right). Do take a look at our 28th BSBI members' Blog for fascinating posts about plant ID with some great illustrations, from pressed specimens to pages from Alan's sketch-book. His drawings are really very good!
|BSBI field meeting, Donegal 2013|
Image: M. Long
But here's a plea to any old hands attending meetings this year: think back to your first ever BSBI field meeting. I bet you were a bit daunted as you headed for the assembly point, not sure what would be expected of you. Would you be laughed at for not knowing your petiole from your peduncle? You've probably forgotten that brief nervousness, because as soon as you started botanising with your fellow members, you had a whale of a time and have never looked back! But this year, if you spot any new recruits at a field meeting, please remember to put them at ease straight away, so they can relax and enjoy every moment of their first BSBI field meeting. And then we can all get on with sharing field ID tips and honing our botanical skills together.
Yes, I can sympathise, I've always struggled sorting my petiole from my peduncle, but now happy in the knowledge that BSBI is always on hand to help with such botanical conundrums! Dr M (TGIF!)ReplyDelete
Word of the week: petiolule - stalk of a leaflet, rather than a leaf (petiole).ReplyDelete
Can't help thinking the Petiolules sounds like a girl band. Beehive hairdos, co-ordinated hand movements...