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Leaves on the Line – flora, fungi and frolics on a disused urban railway
Thursday, 16th March 2023, 19:00 - 20:00Donation
The Horniman Museum Nature Trail is the oldest in London, covering the original Crystal Palace and South London Junction Railway. It is a wild woodland area with a wide variety of plants.
Daniel Harwood will present a brief history of the local Horniman Museum Nature Trail and give a brief description of the current habitat types that are present there.
He will tell the story of his involvement on the Nature Trail as a beginner naturalist wanting to develop skills in identification and his work surveying the Trail over the course of two years between 2020 and 2022.
He will give some hints and tips for beginners to the world of natural history, focusing particularly on botany and which resources are helpful (or not helpful), and the best way to learn plant identification and other practical field tips. Daniel will then focus more specifically on a few key species of the Nature Trail, including flowers, fungi and slime mould.
Daniel says: ‘This should be an informal and non-scientific talk with a fair bit of humour, but hopefully with enough scientific interest to keep experts’ attention’.
Daniel is a keen amateur naturalist and volunteer for the Horniman Museum and London Wildlife Trust. For the last couple of years he has been recording the species of plants, animals and fungi on the Horniman nature trail.
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The SLBI is a registered charity for botanical education. It supports people of all ages and backgrounds in learning about plants. By making a donation with your booking you will help to sustain our work with school children, families and the wider community. As a small charity, any amount you can give, large or small, will be warmly appreciated and make an enormous difference. Thank you.