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The Foliage Fraternity

The Foliage Fraternity is a local botany network initiated by Jay Mackinnon and Hannah Humphreys. Below we set out what the group is about and how to stay in touch.

What the group is about

Our vision is for a group that supports beginner and intermediate botanists to develop: plenty of time to sit down and key things out; a pace that allows note-taking and photography; trips focusing on particular groups of plants; friends that you can ask about anything you don’t know; and an introduction to recording for keen plant-spotters who don’t yet submit records of their sightings. We’re calling it “The Foliage Fraternity”.

We aim to complement the groups and societies already offering botanical excursions (e.g. Edinburgh Natural History Society, The Wildlife Information Centre, Botanical Society of Scotland, Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland) by adding events to the calendar that (as far as possible) don’t conflict and by feeding the confidence and enthusiasm of beginners to contribute to these and other organisations.

We’re connected to the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) in that Jay is the BSBI Vice-County Recorder for West Lothian and records made on our excursions will be submitted to BSBI for inclusion in the forthcoming Atlas of the British and Irish Flora; however, we’re very much not restricting ourselves either to BSBI members or to West Lothian. Both of us are at Edinburgh Napier University but we’re not restricted to Napier-connected people either.

Participation in excursions is at your own risk. You can find general guidance on these risks by downloading BSBI’s “Safety in the Field” summary and particular risks associated with a site will be explained at the beginning of a trip.

How to stay in touch

If you’d like to be kept in the loop, email thefoliagefraternity@outlook.com and copy-paste the following into your message: “I wish to be included in the Foliage Fraternity email list, to receive outings programmes, newsletters and occasional correspondence related to field botany”. Please also include your name in the text of the email. We will not email you again unless you give us this permission. Your contact details will be stored in an Outlook address book accessible to the network leader (Jay Mackinnon) and the network coordinator (Hannah Humphreys). You can opt out at any time by emailing thefoliagefraternity@outlook.com with “unsubscribe” in the subject line. We envisage something like monthly excursions in the spring/summer season with one or two autumn/winter outings as well.

You can also keep in touch by finding us on Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn or by following Jay on Twitter.

Hoping to see you soon,

Jay and Hannah.

County Recorder

The County Recorder is Ms Jay MacKinnon

Email: Jay MacKinnon

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/JayoftheTriffid