2020 County Report for Derbyshire
Dr Alan WillmotWe had planned a full set of outdoor meetings to run through the year to visit interesting sites and develop our identification skills. Obviously due to the covid pandemic no meetings were held. In lieu of meetings I encouraged members of our local group to take part in the BSBI Garden Plant survey and to record plants in their local areas when out for daily exercise. A number of people took me up on botanising in their local area and we ended up entering something like 20,000 new records for the year. This was almost half the number of records entered for 2019 which I consider a notable achievement given the limited opportunities for recording. I circulated our annual newsletter in January as usual with detail of notable finds in the previous year. I also sent out a number of briefer newsletters during the year with information about new species to look out for to keep in contact with members of the group. During the early part of the year, I spent some time verifying records for our vice county on the Distribution Database.