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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!

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Amanita muscaria, very pretty but one of the poisonous ones!

This year’s annual Mushroom Hunt is taking place on Sat.8th October from 12pm at Massey Woods, Co.Dublin as usual. We will meet up in the car park of the Hell Fire Club and head off into the woods for some fine fungal foraging. Remember, we will have experts on hand to help you identify what is edible and what is not.

Please let us know if you are coming and if you are using the bus let us know so we do not leave you behind.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

A new academic year is upon us and a new committee is in place. The Botanical Society has been active over the last few years and organised some very memorable events which reached a climax with the visit of Dr. Steve Hopper, the director of Kew Gardens in May. It was one of the best attended lectures of the past few years and defined what we are trying to do. Our aim is still to bring some excellent guest lecturers to talk to you all over the next year but also to place more emphasis on field trips which will cover not just botany but also some of the other disciplines from the Science department.

The field trips will hopefully help to complement what is covered in the various courses you are all involved in and give you all a chance to identify much of Ireland’s flora and fauna in the field, an essential skill which needs plenty of practice. Field trips can also serve another purpose though. They are a welcome break from studies and a chance to meet others and socialise after the trip. They also raise awareness and stimulate interest in certain fields of research which you might never have considered entering in the first place. A great example of this are the annual Mushroom Hunts. They raise awareness of the often neglected field of Mycology in the Biological Sciences and I am constantly delighted at the interest and enthusiasm they arouse in those who attend them.

You don’t have to be studying a Science subject to be a member of the Botanical Society, it should appeal to anyone wanting to learn more about the world around us and the challenges future generations will face. We recently cooperated with the Literature and Environmental Conservation: Responsibilites conference held in TCD by leading a guided tour of the Sandymount beach area for some of the conference attendees, lecturers and organisers. The event was so successful that we are going to cooperate with them again on furure projects.

So hopefully we can look forward to your support and encouragement for another year and we look forward to seeing you all at the Botanical Society stand during Freshers Week.

To summarise what we have achieved over the last few years here is a list of past events organised by us.

Events and Lectures Organised by TCD Botanical Society.

2010-2011

Lecture. An Evening with the Director of Kew Gardens.  Prof. Steve Hopper May 31st 2011

Lecture. Dr. Fabio de Sousa Menezes.  “Medicinal Properties of South American Plants”.  March 8th 2011.

Event. Weekend trip to the Eden Project, Cornwall.  Feb 11th-13th 2011

Lecture  If Trees could Talk” Dr. Michael Carey Dec 16th 2010

Lecture. “Pitcairn Island Conservation”.  Noeleen  Smyth  Nov. 17th 2010

Event. Annual Mushroom Hunt Nov 6th 2010

Event. Members Wine Reception Oct 22nd  2010

Event. Botany Treasure Hunt  Sept 24th  2010

2009-2010

Event. Trip to Offaly Bogs with Dr. John Feehan March 27th 2010

Lecture. Dr. John Feehan.  “The Past, Present and Future of Midland Peat Bogs March”.  23rd 2010

Lecture. Dr David Jeffrey. “Botanical Footprints on the Shores of the Pacific.” Feb 23rd 2010

Lecture. Dr. Jerry Douglas. “The role of Biotechnology in Horticulture and Forestry”  Nov 23rd 2009

Event.  Pub Quiz Nov 18th 2009

Event.  Annual Mushroom Hunt  Oct 17th 2009

Event.  Members wine reception Oct 7th 2009

Lecture .  Susan Sex spoke about her beautiful Botanical Art skills October 2nd 2009

Event.  Earth Sciences Pub Crawl Sept  23rd 2009