Botany proved a great distraction to alleviate the COVID-19 lockdown boredom this spring. Many of my favourite, Somerset botanising sites were tantalisingly out-of-reach. I resigned myself to making the best of sites within walking distance of home. I tried to gain some variation by setting out in a different direction every day. After some minor zigzagging through the village, I could easily find myself alone in wide open spaces. Unfortunately, the intensive agriculture in my immediate area does not generally make for prime botanising. As the spring progressed, I noticed how Nature thrived in a way I only remembered from my local childhood.
Botanist with a multilingual communications and project management background. MSc in Plant Diversity (2018) from University of Reading. Based in North Somerset. Member of the Somerset Rare Plants Group (SRPG).