Details of green week 2014 are TBA


Last Saturday we had yet another great day out. This year the Annual Mushroom was held in Howth and we were able to find some different species compared to other years as a result.

Thanks to Paul Dowding for his expertise and boundless enthusiasm (there is no other description for it) and to all those hardy souls who made the trip over to the North side of Dublin. It wasn’t that bad now was it? Nice food and a few pints afterwards helped I am sure.

Paul Dowding shares his extensive experience with some of the society members.

Below are  some of the nearly 30 species of fungi we found on the day  in the woodland. Remember the saying “There are old mycologists and there are bold mycologists but there are no old bold mycologists”. Never eat a fungus unless you can positively identify it and always keep a specimen to bring to hospital with you if you decide to ignore the advice 🙂

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It is that time of year again, when we take to the woods for our annual fungal forage!

This year the TCD Botanical Society have organised their Annual Mushroom Hunt to take place in Howth on the 27th October at 11am.

Meet in the car park of Deerpark Hotel, Howth at 11am.

Dart: Turn right on exit of station and walk up the road before turning left into the hotel grounds, which are on the opposite side of the road. Walk up the hill to the car park.

Car: At Sutton Cross traffic lights turn left. Look out for the sign for the Deer Park Hotel. Pass Howth castle and follow signs towards Deer Park Hotel
You will find Deer Park Hotel at the right after 1.5 miles.

We will be meeting at the front gate of TCD at 10.15am, and getting the dart together at 10.38am, which should arrive in Howth at 11.07am.

We will have a look around the grounds of Deerpark, before enjoying our finds with some french baguettes and cheese, followed by some casual refreshments in The Bloody Stream, just by the DART station.

Hope to see you all there!
TCD Botanical Society

We are having a special 4th week event this Thursday 18th October at 1pm on campus. We have planned a walk around campus showcasing all the plant species the Trinity campus have to offer. The campus is looking particularly well at the moment with plenty of autumn colour on the trees. We may even throw in a bit of birdwatching also and let you see what birds are present on the campus for the autumn.

Meet at the front of the Botany Department at 1pm (we will wait for anyone, don’t worry!). The Botany department can be found beside the rugby pitch, right in front of the SNIAM Building.
We will relax in the pav afterwards with some light refreshments.
Hope to see you all there!

Don’t forget and check out the society Facebook page where there are now plenty of photos and news about upcoming events posted. Our first major event is going to be the Mushroom Hunt on Saturday 27th October in Deerpark Howth. Watch out for more details closer to the date.

Freshers week is upon us again and we are still here. We have been busy with exams and research etc so as the cold nights begin to arrive here are a few photos of some of the plants we encountered during research projects this summer. Click on them for a larger photo.

Don’t forget and pop over to the main square this week and join the society for another year.

Heath Spotted Orchid in sand dunes in Co. Wexford.

Bee Orchid in sand dunes at the North Bull Island Dublin.


Marsh Helleborine in the marsh on the North Bull Island Dublin. There were thousands of these beautiful orchids in flower this year.

A sunflower growing on the beach at Irishtown, Dublin. You never know what you may find!

Mac Turcaills pub in Townsend Street.

29 November · 18:00 – 22:00
Come join us for the Botanical Society’s annual Christmas Table Quiz!

There will be drink deals, prizes and food platters for all those attending, and we promise a great night of fun.

Planty rounds of course included in the quiz BUT mostly general knowledge for all those non planty folks out there.

4euro for entry, 15euro for a table of 5!

All proceeds go to charity!

The Botanical Society want you to come and watch James Cameron’s AVATAR with us, on Wed. 16th Nov. at 6pm in the JM Synge Theatre in the Arts Block.

We may not be mad about the script, the acting etc but we sure love the plants. Bring a pencil, paper and a few brain cells and see what you can recognise in this groundbreaking movie. This will be a proper 2d version, alas the 3d version is still beyond the scope of the college but if pay €2 on the night we will enroll you in the Botany Society and you can enjoy real 3d plants on our field trips. Way ahead of Cameron we are……………

mmm.....I hope this is not standard field clothing for Botanists on Pandora.

Paul Dowding shares his skills with eager society members.

Paul Dowding shares his skills with eager society members.

Another successful hunt this year although as usual it is difficult to organise a date in advance and hope the abundance of different fungi corresponds with the day. This year we may have been a little late for the main flush as the season was early. However certain fungi were in low numbers and have probably not reached their peak yet so it is worth watching out until the first frosts appear.

We managed to find some edible fungi including some very tasty Boletus edulis (Penny Buns), Russula densifolia (I think!) which were promptly fried up and shared around.

Russula sp.

Beautiful yellow capped Russula

There were many other species  identified including Hypholoma sublateritium pictured below

Hypholoma sublateritium

Hypholoma sublateritium growing at the base of Tsuga. Beautiful but nicely described in the books as "suspect"!

Then there were all the tiny fungi, beautiful in their own rights. This Galerina sp. is only 1cm across but deadly.

Galerina sp.

Galerina sp.

To top it all off we found a slime mold. Are these weird or not? They are amoeba like lifeforms which feed on bacteria, congregate and change shape according to what they find and need to do. Colonies of single-celled animals which group together to form super cells are not something from a sci-fi movie but are found worldwide. Read more about them here

This one seemed to be reaching towards me as I took the photo 🙂

Slime mold

Strange alien creatures.............just another amazing example of the diversity of life on Earth.

Time to go.

A fun day yet again and thanks to Paul Dowding for his advice and expertise and all those who took part, especially the new members of the society who came along and made new friends.

Thanks to all of you who made your way to the Botanical Society stand during Freshers Week and signed up. It was great to meet so many people from different faculties within the college who have an interest in plants.  We hope to provide something of interest for you all throughout the year.

We are still accepting members so if you missed us during the week we will be organising a new members reception and you can come along then and sign up.

Watch this space for details!