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2017 Meetings

BotSoc meetings are usually held at 7.30 pm on the third Monday of each month at Victoria University, Wellington, Lecturer Theatre M101, ground floor Murphy Building, west side of Kelburn Parade.   Enter building off Kelburn Parade about 20m below pedestrian overbridge.

Non-members are welcome to come to our evening meetings.

Click here to find out how to get there by public transport

To Help raise funds for BotSoc’s Jubilee Award Fund members are encouraged to bring named seedlings/cuttings for sale at each evening meeting.

2017 Programme

Monday 20 February 2017:   Evening meeting – Wetlands in the Wellington Region

Speaker:   Melanie Dixon, Consultant Ecologist, Trustee of the National Wetland Trust, and swamp fanatic, will talk about wetlands in the lower North Island.   The area has a surprisingly diverse array of wetlands.   Melanie will provide an introduction to these wetlands, why they are important, and what threats they continue to face.   See article in the December 2016 newsletter: The Untold Story of New Zealand’s wetlands.

Monday 20 March:   Evening meeting – Biodiversity plan at Victoria University

Speaker:   Frances Forsyth, generalist ecologist with specialties in streams and restoration.   Campus trees: what’s there, what’s not, what’s lost, what’s losing the battle and why?   Plus does the campus community care about campus green space?   What do they want more of and less of, and can the green space be managed for both biodiversity and social needs?

Monday 10 April:   Evening meeting – Thomas Kirk (1828–1898): leading botanist for 30+ years, but often overlooked today

Note: This meeting is on the second Monday in April.

Speaker:   Bev Abbott, a long-time member and BotSoc’s submissions coordinator, will draw on published and unpublished material to tell us more about Kirk’s contribution to NZ botany, and the challenges he faced in becoming “a leader of botanical thought in the Colony” (Cockayne, 1921).

Monday 15 May:   Evening meeting – Members’ evening

A video of the celebration of Barbara Mitcalfe’s life will be screened.   Please share your botanical slides and photographs taken on BotSoc trips, your paintings, drawings and your botanical readings.   Slides, on a USB stick, limited to 20 per person.   For a gold-coin koha, or even ‘folding money’, buy one or more books we put on display, and help build up the Jubilee Award Fund which is used to support research on NZ plants.   Plant specimens to sell, or to discuss, would add to a memorable evening.   Please donate any spare botanical or other natural-history books, so we can build up a collection to auction at a future meeting, to raise funds for the Jubilee Award Fund.


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