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South Hampshire BSBI recordership: meet the new team!

As you probably know, Martin Rand has been looking around for a joint recorder and possible successor for some time. The appeal in the last issue of Flora News produced no less than four volunteers! But it wasn't clear that any of them would be able to devote enough time to take on a full joint recordership. So, following a video conference on 3rd April, we decided to form a "recorder's team" for South Hampshire. Martin will continue in the formal role of VC recorder for the present, but will be supported by:

All correspondence (mail and email) should continue to go to Martin in the first place, but don't be surprised if you then see a response from one of the team, dealing with record submissions, requests for information and other matters in their area. Members of the team will also help with validation of data, as follows:

Martin will continue to deal with MapMate data collection and validation.

The team will also take part in the projects referred to in the article below (as far as COVID-19 allows in the immediate future) and provide support in various ways. Martin is very grateful to all of them.

Hampshire recording - the future

On 8th March, 20 people attended the meeting at Testwood to discuss the future focus for plant recording in the county now that Atlas 2020 is completed. You can see a report on the day's discussion here on the new Hants Plants web site. COVID-19 will put the brakes on a number of the activities suggested there, but check out the section on "Localised Floras" especially, as this is something that may be feasible for you under the current regime during your one stint of exercise a day. And don't be afraid to ask for information and help with setting up, should you choose to do a project local to you.

Hawkweeds of south-east England

Hawkweeds of SE England

The latest in the series of BSBI Handbooks is coming soon! Hawkweeds of south-east England, BSBI Handbook No. 20, is due to be published in April 2020 but a special offer is open from now until 31st May. You don't need to be a BSBI member to benefit from this special offer—it is available to everyone.

Hawkweeds (Hieracium spp.) are considered one of the trickiest groups of plants in Britain and Ireland, presenting a challenge to even the bravest botanist. BSBI Handbook No. 15 British Northern Hawkweeds by Rich & Scott brought identification of the northern members of this beautiful but difficult genus within reach and now Mike Shaw, Sussex-based hawkweed enthusiast, a BSBI member since 1988 and former BSBI County Recorder for West Sussex,hopes to do the same for the hawkweeds in his area.

In Hawkweeds of south-east England, Mike focuses on 58 species of hawkweed recorded in south-east England. He gives historical information, details of sites where you can see each of the species, notes on habitats and flowering times, a key to the eight hawkweed sections found in south-east England and identification tips to help you ID your hawkweed to species.

Hawkweeds of south-east England is a 250 page, A4 full colour hardback book illustrated with more than 400 colour photographs, distribution maps and herbarium specimens. The Handbook will retail at £35.00 but is offered until 31st May at the special price of £25.50 (excl. P&P). The quickest and easiest way to purchase your copy is to use the secure PayPal facility on the BSBI website. Read more about this new BSBI Handbook in the flyer which includes an order form for anybody who needs to pay by cheque.

Corona Virus, the Hampshire Flora Group and the BSBI recorders

Please note that because of the current situation, all Hampshire Flora Group meetings for the next couple of months are now cancelled, and meetings from June onwards remain under review with a likelihood of cancellation. Your two BSBI vice-county recorders (Martin and Tony) are in the "high risk" category and are taking measures to isolate themselves, so the few recorders' outings so far publicised for 2020 have also been cancelled.


Flora News Spring 2020

Flora News 58 front page

This is now available to read or download on the Newsletters page.

BSBI New Year Plant Hunt

This is now quite a big annual event in the BSBI calendar. On any day from 1st to 4th January BSBI members and their friends go out to record plants flowering in the wild in a limited area for three hours. It's amazing what you can find nowadays at this time of year! Records are then submitted to BSBI headquarters and the data is analysed and presented. Inevitably, there's a certain degree of friendly competitiveness in all this.

In 2020 Martin Rand is going out on two days to record in his vice-county. See the Calendar listings for details of where to meet and what will happen. Contact Martin to join him. He will limit numbers to 5 or 6 so that the group doesn't get unmanageable. You come at your own risk, but events will be cancelled in the event of bad weather.

If you are going out on a Hampshire Plant Hunt of your own and would like it publicised, contact Martin.

Car sharing for Flora Group members

HFG car sharing

Rob Still has set up a Whatsapp group for sharing lifts to Flora Group events for members and guests. It will be operated as a closed group and if you would like to participate, you need to text Rob on his mobile (07702 737456) to be added to the group. This is a sensible contribution to keeping both financial and carbon costs down for meetings.

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