I must admit to being a lapsed member of BSBI (Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland) but I have recently re joined, partly because I wanted to learn more about plants but also because it seems to be a more accessible organisation than it was before. I think online presence plays an important part in this with all the old newsletters and other resources such as the Plant Crib being available to download.

Also the field meetings are categorised according to whether they are recording, general, specialised or/and training events so I have plucked up the courage to book on a few this summer. I have chosen only local meetings, but these look really interesting; starting off with a visit to the Welsh National Herbarium in March at the National Museum in Cardiff. In July there is an opportunity to record plants at a nearby Globeflower site in the Brecon Beacons, while in August I hope to be helping monitor Fen Orchids at Kenfig Burrows, where Plantlife have been attempting to recreate sand dune slack habitats by bulldozing away some of the dunes!

So its all very exciting, and hopefully will give me the opportunity to learn more from the experts while actually looking at stuff.