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A summer field trip - members at
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Winter outing ­ member at  Le Grand Pré, one of our reserves.
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Botany

The Botany Section of La Société Guernesiaise is an active group of some 60 members some of whom live overseas. The latter also receive our monthly newsletter and join our meetings when they are on the island. Regular outdoor meetings are held once a month except for indoor sessions in January and February. Everyone is welcome to attend and we appreciate input on other areas of interest that members can contribute.

The monthly newsletter contains a report of the previous meeting, including the names of plants we saw and other points of interest, as well as notable records of botanical finds, details of forthcoming meetings, important dates etc.

The Section as a whole collects all Bailiwick records for plants, and participates in all important national surveys, providing information to the Botanical Society of the British Isles, the Wild Flower Society, Plantlife, and to many individuals, be they professionals, amateurs or visitors. We also maintain a large herbarium of dried plant specimens, some of which are over 200 years old, the most recent added a few weeks ago. This collection can be available to anyone for study purposes.

The aim of the outings is to explore the rich variety of habitats that the island offers so we can enjoy botany and its associated wildlife. We study trees and lower plants as well as our familiar native wild flowers. We may see rarities as well as the many alien plants that have settled here. One thing is for certain, there is always plenty to see!

New Members welcome. Subscriptions are £3, for which you will receive a monthly newsletter, by post or e-mail, kindly state your preference. Cheques made payable to Soc. Guernesiaise Botany Section should be sent with your details to Rich Austin, Maymyo, Les Amballes, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1WY. If you attend regularly please ensure you are also a member of La Société Guernesiaise.

Programme of Events

Botany Walk - Reservoir
Saturday 4th March 14:15
Meet at 2pm Western Car Park at Reservoir for reservoir walk, if not a lane walk. Perry's page 21, G1.

Botany Walk - Pleinmont
Saturday 1st April 14:15
Meet at 2pm in the car park by the gun emplacement.

Botany Walk - Les Vicheris
Saturday 6th May 14:15
Meet at Les Vicheris at 2pm, Orchid fields. Perry's guide page 20 ref C3. Probably advisable to park in the car park along the coast road. We will meet at the junction of the coast road and Les Vicheries near the post box.

Botany Walk - Coastal Walk
Saturday 3rd June 14:15
Meet at 2pm at the Lady Bay toilets to look for Sea Stock and other coastal plants. Perry's Guide ref Page 6, A4


 

Botany Group at Vale Castle October 2011
Nottingham Catchfly at Port Grat
Salsify
Bee Orchid on Bordeaux mound
Marsh Pennywort
Autumn colour in Hornbeam at the Reservoir
Ivy being pollinated on Icart headland
Autumn colour in Hornbeam at the Reservoir
Ivy being pollinated on Icart headland
Cyclamen hederifolium beside Odeon car park
Polypody on a wall in St Peter Port
Cyclamen hederifolium beside Odeon car park
Polypody on a wall in St Peter Port
Narcissus tazetta near Fort Le Crocq early 2008
Sea Rocket and seedlings at Pecqueries
Narcissus tazetta near Fort Le Crocq early 2008
Sea Rocket and seedlings at Pecqueries
Winter Heliotrope in St Andrew's last spring
Elaeagnus macrophylla with its fragrant flowers near Portelet
Winter Heliotrope in St Andrew's last spring
Elaeagnus macrophylla with its fragrant flowers near Portelet

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A liverwort, Fossombronia anglosa, and its sporophyte. This is abundant in Guernsey.
A brown seaweed, Laminaria ochroleuca, in a rock pool at Saints Harbour.
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Oyster mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus.jpg (39kb)
A bracket fungus, Inonotus dryadeus, on Turkey Oak at the Priaulx Library
Oyster Mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus, on a palm tree in Charles David's garden
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Teloschistes flavicans, a bright yellow lichen, which is very rare in mainland Britain, only found on one site on the cliffs in Guernsey
The lichen Ramalina fastigiata, on Blackthorn in Herm


 
   
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