Leicester Lit & Phil Natural History Section - The Orchid Hunter: a Summer in Search of our Tresses and Twayblades

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    Leif Bersweden, Author and Botanist, online via Zoom

    Leif Bersweden

    In his gap year, Leif Bersweden spent a summer hunting down all 52 species of wild orchid native to Britain and Ireland. He discusses his book, The Orchid Hunter, which tells the personal tale of this summer long quest. As he travels all over the country, from the shores of the Channel Islands to the grassy pastures of the Brecon Beacons, from the Holy Island of Lindisfarne to the wind-swept coasts of the Outer Hebrides, Leif teaches us about some of our most extraordinary native plants, the history of orchid hunting in Britain as well as sharing stories of his childhood growing up to love plants. Leif Bersweden is an author and botanist with a lifelong interest in nature, focusing on wild plants from the age of seven. He grew up in rural Wiltshire where he taught himself how to identify the local flora and now regularly leads plant identification training courses for The Species Recovery Trust. Leif graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in Biology and recently finished his PhD at Kew Gardens, where his research focused on orchid genetics. In a world where an interest in botany is becoming increasingly rare, he wants to help put plants back on the map and is endeavouring to do this through his teaching, research and publications. Join us online from 7pm for 7.30 - refreshments served from 7pm!

    The Natural History Section is a registered charity with the aim of encouraging greater appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of natural history, particularly in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (VC55). All Natural History Section members will be sent details via email. We are funded by membership subscriptions but non-members are welcome to join us at these events - we would like to ask all non-members for a voluntary donation (£5 suggested amount) for this online session to help fund our objectives: https://www.peoplesfundraising.com/donation/leicester-natural-history-section

    Natural History Section members will be sent details via email. Non-members - if you would like to join us online via Zoom at 7.00pm on Wednesday 03.02.2021, book your place here: https://forms.gle/2AHUTU6hz1nAA8zS8

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