Sensing the Wild - Botany for the Visually Impaired This project was helped by the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, working with a social enterprise organisation, called Going for Independence, to connect blind and partially sighted people with nature. It was funded by, the Heritage National Lottery Fund. I will discuss how this has inspired me to help others make the natural world, more accessible to the visually impaired, including my activities during the COVID19 lockdown. I will then go on to discuss what we can do as BSBI members, to make, the study of botany and fieldwork more accessible, to those with visual impairment, and other disabilities.
Special Interests Wild Flowers, Grasses, Sedges, Rushes, Ferns, Trees, Orchids, Mosses, Aquatic plants and especially Dandelions and Hawkweed. o Retired NHS Biomedical Scientist o Darlington and Teesdale Naturalists’ Field Club Member o RBGE in Practical Field Botany with distinction (2011) I have completed many FSC courses, including difficult higher plants. Actively engaged in botanical recordings and research with Margaret Bradshaw in Upper Teesdale.