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.


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


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

Dr. Michael Carey will be visiting the TCD Botanical Society to talk about his recent book, “If Trees Could Talk”. You can read a review of the book here.
The talk will be held on Thursday December 16th in the Botany Lecture Theatre, Botany Building, Trinity College Dublin from 7pm – 8pm. Here’s a link to the Facebook event page.

“Carey has a point to make and, with the help of maps, old paintings, and much time digging around in libraries both here and in England, he argues his case as tenaciously as a woodland Richard Dawkins. In a nutshell, he doesn’t swallow the old ideological chestnut which insists that Ireland was always completely covered in forests until our nasty English neighbours came in and cut it all down. “I wanted to find out how much woodland was actually there,” he says. “It has been grossly overstated because of the way we’ve been taught history, and because the experts disagree big-time on it”

It promises to be a great talk!!

In the first of our series of talks, Noeleen Smyth from the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin is coming to speak on Wednesday November 17th. The talk will be in the Botany Lecture Theatre (BLT) in the Botany Building in Trinity College at 7pm. She’ll be talking about her conservation work on Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific – promises to be a really interesting talk!! Here’s a link for the event on Facebook.

Hope you’re all having a good Reading Week and we’ll see you next Wednesday.

First of all, our annual Mushroom Hunt will be this Saturday at 12pm in Massey Woods. We’re going to be meeting in the Hellfire club’s car park at 12pm before we head into the woods. For those of you travelling by public transport, you can get the 74/74a to its terminus on Stocking Avenue. From there you can walk up to the Hellfire club but we should have cars to ferry people to and from the bus stop. There’s a 74 leaving town at 10.45am or else a 74a at 10.25. You can get them both from Nassau street. Our events secretary Sara will be getting the bus so you can meet her at front arch at 10.30m, text her if you’re planning to meet her. Otherwise we look forward to seeing you at the Hellfire club at 12pm!! You can find the event on Facebook here

Also a few people have been in touch about our trip to the Eden Project. The cost of the flights have gone up so we’re pushing the trip back by a week so we can get a better deal. The trip will now take place on the weekend of February 11th. We’ll be flying out on Friday Feb. 11th at 8pm arriving in Bristol at 9pm. From there we’ll have a coach to bring us from Bristol to St. Austell where we’ll be staying for the two nights. Saturday will be spent at the Eden Project followed by a night out in St. Austell. We’ll be flying home on the Sunday evening at 18.40. We’ve no concrete plans for Sunday morning but we’re looking into local things we can do. We’re accepting the deposit of €20 all this week. You can find most of the committee members in the Botany Senior Sophistor Room which is located in the portacabins across from the botany building. The absolute deadline for signing up for this trip is this Friday, November 5th at 3pm because we need to book the flights before they go up again!

Hope to see you Saturday!!

Firstly, our new members wine reception will take place next Friday (22nd) at 8pm in the Eliz Room. The Eliz room is on the first floor in house six. There’ll be munchies and plenty of free wine so come along and meet the committee and your fellow members. Feel free to bring your friends along and they can sign up on the night. Here’s the Facebook link for the event, make sure to let us know if you’re coming!

A few people have asked about our annual mushroom hunt. It is happening!! We’re planning to have it at the start of November but there will be an email with all the details closer to the time.

During freshers week we mentioned a trip to The Eden Project in Cornwall. For those of you who don’t know the eden project, this is the link for the website:

We’re planning to go during the first weekend in February. Seems ages away but we want to book now so that we can avail of cheap flights and make the trip as cheap as possible for you guys. The trip is subsidised and should cost you around €80 which will include flights, a coach to transfer us from Bristol to St. Austell, a two night stay in a hotel in St. Austell, transport to and from the Eden Project and the entry fee into the park. Pretty decent deal but we are working on making it even cheaper! There are limited places on this trip so it’s first come first served, we’re asking for a €20 deposit to be payed at the wine reception next Friday. If you can’t make it though and really want to go on the trip just email me and I can collect the money off you sometime next week.

One of our committee members is hosting a pubquiz next Wednesday October 20th in Doyles on College Green. It starts at 6.30pm and there’ll be plenty of drink promos on the night. It’s in aid of a really great cause; Glen of Imaal Mountain Rescue. The team all work on a purely voluntary basis. No matter the weather or time of night they’re willing to leave their families to help some poor sod who’s stuck up a hill and they don’t receive a cent for it! Here’s the Facebook link so check it out and get your friends together!

Hope to see you at the wine reception!

It’s been well documented in the ‘Harry Potter’ series that Herbology is a popular class that can be studied as an O.W.L exam in a wizarding school, and taken again for the N.E.W.T exams if students pass it in their O.W.L.s.
Neville Longbottom may be top of the class, but how much do you know about the magical and mundane plants mentioned?

A Wizard’s Guide to Herbology

Our first big event of the year!! We’ll be starting at the Pav in college at 8pm, followed by O’Neills, Mac Turcaills, and ending up (hopefully!) in Doyles. The Environment Society and Joly Society will also be out on the pub crawl.

This will be a great night to meet everyone in the society, have a great night, and maybe pick up a fun fact or two along the way. Hope to see you there!

We will be running our stand all week in Front Square, come say hello!

As part of Fresher’s Week, as well as welcoming new and returning members, we will be running a Botany Treasure Hunt on Friday (September 24th) throughout Trinity College campus. The Treasure Hunt is open to any members of the society, teams will consist of 2 people, and the prize is 4 tickets to Trinity Ents Official Welcome Back Party in Pod on September 27th.

Best of luck to everyone who enters!

A new college year is nearly upon us (Fresher’s Week is September 20th-24th) and the committee are currently drawing up ideas for events! If anyone has any thoughts for things the society could do this year – be it a speaker, raising awareness of an environmental issue, or general fun things for members – drop us an email at

Hope you’re all enjoying your summer!