This page is a list of profiles of botanists and botanical groups working in Oxfordshire. If you or your group would like to be profiled please do get in touch.
I am the BSBI vice county recorder for Oxfordshire (V.C. 23). I live in Islip, just north of Oxford and to the west of Otmoor, which forms my local recording patch (SP51). I am a professional ecological consultant, working for the engineering consultancy Jacobs. Much of my work recently has taken me to fens in far away Anglesey, North Wales, and fens and wetlands more generally are a particular interest.
My botanical interests are fairly broad, ranging from stoneworts and bryophytes to sedges and more colourful things. I am also rather irrationally enthusiastic about roses, a challenging group of promiscuous plants, and like to pay attention to other such 'critical' groups, such as willows and ferns, and hybrids.
In 2013 the Cotswolds Rare Plants Group (CRPG) was renamed the Wychwood Flora Group when it came under the umbrella of the Wychwood Project. When the CPRG was formed in March 1995 by a small group of keen botanists and conservationists their aim was to gather information about the rare plants of West Oxfordshire and to use this information to manage their sites to ensure their survival. By 2012 they were finding it difficult to continue as the number of active members had fallen and virtually all their subscriptions were going to pay for insurance. By becoming one of the interest groups with the support of the Wychwood Project these problems were overcome and the group is now thriving. Monitoring rare plants is still the main activity of the group but members also carry out botanical surveys, go out into the countryside to record wild flowers for the forthcoming BSBI Atlas 2020 and have become involved with the Suck Seed and Sow Project, which is being run by the Wychwood Project.