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Botany as a Hobby1
A new book by John Presland

Hunting for Juniper seedlings at Porton Down
Botany as a Hobby 1gives a picture of field botany in all its aspects, with the aims of interesting and informing anyone drawn to the subject. In particular, it is hoped to stimulate those with an initial or passing interest to become more involved. For already confirmed botanists, it is a sharing of botanical experiences in the field. It covers a variety of approaches to discovering plants, algae and fungi in a range of settings. Detailed accounts are given of orchids, what can be seen on family holidays, botanical delights of cultural sites, organised excursions to explore botany in mountains, and New Zealand as an example of a different flora from our own. Botanical gardens are included because they support and display field botany; and photography because it is a way of recording plants and remembering field experiences. Finally, examples of the humour that can arise from this kind of activity are described. The book is the first of a series which will explore botany wherever it impinges on our lives. 

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Easy Digital Plant Photography
A new book by John Presland

 Wiltshire author and veteran WBS member John Presland's guide to the digital photography of plants presents it as a very simple process when clear guidance is available. Step-by-step help is provided, firstly in taking effective photos by doing little else but point and shoot and then gradually making use of the other features of a typical digital camera. Editing digital photos is described through a similar approach. Guidance is offered on ways of making use of photos, including sharing them by personal contact and online, illustrating written material, and creating a website and publishing a book to make them widely available. There is also help on how to preserve predigital slides and photos in digital form. The emphasis throughout is on making digital photography user-friendly and giving readers options as to how they make use of what is provided.

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Tom Cairns 1949 - 2017

Tom admiring Sium latifolium in 2014
 We're very saddened to report that Tom Cairns passed away in June. Tom was a very active member of the WBS and in the past few years had been enthusiastically recording in Wiltshire for the BSBI's Atlas 2020 Project.

He was a real people person and had a sunny and warm disposition which certainly helped him negotiate his way onto private land to undertake his botanical surveys. He was usually seen in the company of his rather expensive-looking camera, with which he took some amazing photographs of Wiltshire's plants. We will remember him with much fondness.

Dave Green and Paul Darby have kindly written this tribute to Tom.
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