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Bioblitz: Botany Reviewed

We have recently completed our final Bioblitz review. The last subject area to be looked at with visiting experts was the botany collection. We asked Dr Rob Huxley along from the NHM to look over our pressed plants and seaweeds to see if we had any specimens of particular significance.

Most of what he found will need further research but a few things of interest were highlighted. For example, Thomas Drummond’s moss collection from Scotland may be significant. We also came across some volumes of Braithwaite’s moss collections. He supplied collections and books to many institutions during the Victorian era so, although not uncommon, they represent a part of botanical history.

In addition to finding some seaweed specimens which now may be extinct in the UK, we also have some wonderful volumes which typify the Victorian obsession with ferns. The main benefit of the review was to highlight areas of the botany collection in need of further investigation.

This was the last review of the Natural History Bioblitz project. We'll soon be revealing some of the star specimens we discovered in the stores, so stand by to see something special.