A botanist studies plants.
I have been fascinated by plants all my life. I really don't remember a time when I seriously considered not studying them!
Remember that even common and 'boring' plants such as dandelions have 'secrets' worth investigating, and try not to be put off by the complicated language botanists use.
Daydreaming. My school was not very interested in fostering my enthusiasm for plants so I stared out the window!
Discovering something new and just enjoying plants for their beauty.
People ask me for advice on how to do their garden. Botany is not the same as gardening!
Water moulds. They are an amazing group of fungi found in virtually every habitat on the planet. Although not the largest or most attractive organisms, their impact on the world and humanity is huge.
At the moment, it's the marsh sow-thistle. In the London area it is now found in only one small patch in southeast London. It's in serious need of our help.
The historic botany collection display in the Cocoon tour. I look after this beautiful and important collection and it is wonderful that the public can see some of it.
The Botanical Society of the British Isles runs a good one for identifying wildflowers.
Probably The Concise British Flora in Colour by W Keble Martin, the book I used as a child when learning how to identify wildflowers.
If you are starting out, contact your local Wildlife Trust. They will probably be holding wildflower events for beginners. Also the Wildflower Society and the Botanical Society of the British Isles can help you meet experienced local botanists.
Possibly start up a vegetarian restaurant.
Fungi – mushrooms, moulds, yeasts, mildews etc.
Photosynthesis – the way in which green plants use the energy of the sun to make food.
Amphibian – animals, such as frogs, that live part of their life cycle in the water and the other part on land.