Clare Cashon, Yorkshire and Humber Section Committee
On 30 June, a group of keen botanists from the Yorkshire and Humber Section gathered at Kirkstall Valley Nature Reserve in Leeds to practice and share botanical identification skills.
Armed with plant identification books and hand lenses, we worked through a range of grasses, sedges, wildflowers and trees, recording 129 species in total. Some of these species are new records for the site, including species recently sown in the wildflower meadow – so it was exciting to see these becoming established! These updated records have been sent to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, who kindly allowed us to use the reserve.
As always, this event proved to be a great opportunity to bring likeminded people together to network and share knowledge. We all gained something from this greatly rewarding day!