First of all there are two main articles focusing on a subject area of great interest to many botanists - invasive plants, whether native or alien:
A feature by Kevin Walker, BSBI's Head of Science, on 'Beyond mapping: the BSBI's work on invasive non-native species'.
A six-page feature by David Pearman et al. on 'The impact of native and alien "thugs" in semi-natural habitats'.
Then there's a piece by Jennifer Peach about the Millennium Seed Bank's UK Flora Project.
|Violet helleborine Epipactis purpurata in
Savernake, one of Wiltshire's finest woodlands
Image: Sharon Pilkington
In 'Beginner's Corner' Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer, demystifies GPS and using grid references.
In the regular 'Introducing my vice-county' spot, we hear from Sharon Pilkington, County Recorder for Wiltshire, about some of the beautiful plants and habitats of her local area.
There are no less than three short articles by Clive Stace, including one about 'novelties in your garden'. And of course there are country round-ups, telling us about notable plant finds across Britain and Ireland; news of first sightings of adventives and alien plants; a note from BSBI President Chris Metherell; six pages of book reviews, including one on 'Invasive Aliens'; letters from members; notes about what's coming up in the BSBI calendar...
|Marsh spurge Euphorbia palustris found in
Gray Wood, East Sussex
Image: Helen Proctor
We'll be celebrating BSBI publications by featuring interviews with the authors of these new books in the next few days so watch this space!
But finally - this issue of BSBI News is notable for another reason: it's the final one with Editor Andrew Branson at the helm.
|Scottish primrose Primula scotica: a small
colony was found this summer on Hoy -
12km from the nearest known colony
on Orkney mainland!
Image: John Crossley
Andrew is now handing over the reins to John Norton, who some of you will know as the man behind the excellent Flora News for the Hampshire Flora Group. Andrew tells me that he has already been able to get out and do more recording for Atlas 2020. And his future plans? He said "I'm looking forward to tramping the fields and hills of Somerset recording bryophytes later in the year, as well as doing more field work with the Dorset Flora Group (I was Chair between 2015-2018) next year".
We'd like to offer Andrew our sincere thanks for all his excellent work and hope that he can now enjoy a well-earned break and a chance to get out a bit more, knowing that our much-loved BSBI News is safe in John Norton's hands!