Welcome to the blog of the Botanical Society of Scotland
We launched in May 2020. We wanted to provide a focal point for members, in view of the cancellation of our usual programme of visits and lectures. Through this blog, we are hoping to supplement the information available on our main website, our Facebook pages and our News publication.
So far, we have had a steady flow of blogs, and we introduced ‘Plant of the Week’ in which we feature a species which you may easily find on your walks. Feel free to submit a blog article to us, preferably with at least one image. Send us a message through the contact form and we will get back to you.
Our main field activity at present is to gather data for our Urban Flora Project (https://www.botanical-society-scotland.org.uk/Urban_Flora_of_Scotland), so part of the blog will be about this, and we hope to encourage more of you to participate.
To help newcomers, we have also added a LEARN page, which will be further developed in the coming weeks and we hope will be a valuable resource.
Don’t forget, our website (https://www.botanical-society-scotland.org.uk/) is useful for basic information about us and provides access for our members to our BSS News and our international journal Plant Ecology and Diversity. Our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/botsocscot/ is enjoyed by many people.
This week we take a look at the candlesnuff fungus, one of several members of the Ascomycota that are especially conspicuous in winter.
This week David and Maria Chamberlain present the first liverwort we have covered in Plant of the Week – with some amazing images.
Brian Ballinger has been investigating the flora of railway stations in Easter Ross.The number of species has declined.
These are the Plants of the Week that Was – assorted species from New Year’s Day – posted for week 11-18 January 2021
We thought you’d like to know what we found in flower on New Year’s day. There are 60 species.
This week, we make a seasonal offering of mistletoe. Focussing on the only species which occurs in the UK, but mentioning more flamboyant tropical species.
Juniperus communis has a vast world-wide distribution, but in Britain it has declined in recent years. Roger West has been investigating this iconic species.
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