Friday, 19 July 2019

A week full of beautiful plants and great people

From last Saturday until this morning, I was in the Yorkshire Dales, near the village of Malham, and the famous Malham Tarn, at the week-long Annual Summer Meeting of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (or the ASM of the BSBI). About 46 very keen botanists ( of a range of skill-levels but including some of the best botanists in the country) gathered in what is one of the great botanical hot-spots of the British Isles. During the week we had trips to some really special habitats  where there are plants growing that are hard to see anywhere else. For the last few days we split into small groups to survey tetrads (2x2km squares) to identify all the wild plants we could find there for the up-coming new edition of the Atlas of British and Irish Flora which will be published next year.
Each day one of the participants was a guest blogger on the BSBI's "News & Views" blog, and on the Monday that was me.
Here is my post

And here are some of the photos I took that didn't make it onto the BSBI blog:

The sign at the entrance to Ingleborough National Nature Reserve
A botanist photographing a Frog Orchid (Coeloglossum viride)
Melancholy Thistle (Cirsium heterophyllum)
A very pretty, unprickly thistle, with white undersides to the leaves,
which is found in upland areas of northern England and in Scotland
Limestone Pavement on the side of Ingleborough - one of Yorkshire's Three Peaks
Ribblehead Viaduct - opened in 1876 for the Settle-Carlisle Railway.
Trains still go over it, including occasional steam trains

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