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Autumn 2023, No. 47: Society News - notes from the editor Andy Perry; Obituary - Brian Herring, b.1933-d.11.04.2023, Mags Cousins; VC Recorders' Corner, Mags Cousins and John Martin; Field Trips, by the field trip leaders; Gentians in Shropshire, Mags Cousins; VC40 County Firsts and notable records in 2023, Mags Cousins and John Martin; Botany in Shropshire: Changes for a Sustainable Future, Eric Steer.

Spring 2023, No. 46: Society News – notes from the Editor Andrew Perry, History of the Shropshire Botanical Society ‘What I left out’ Sue Dancey, BSBI VCR40 Report 2022 Mags Cousins and John Martin;  National Moss Day - October 21st 2023 Philippa Thompson and Martin Godfrey; Montgomery Canal: a waterway in trouble? Mark Duffell; Shropshire Wildlife Trust Richard Grindle CEO; Rare Plants in Shropshire John Handley; Obituary - Sylvia Kingsbury Sue Dancey; Obituary - Pirkko Lisa Higson, 1937 – 2022 Ruth Dawes;  A workshop on the genus Bryum Martin Godfrey.

Autumn 2022, No. 45 : Plants, People and Publication A look back at aspects of the development of the Shropshire Botanical Society by Sue Dancey; Plant Recording in VC40 by Mags Cousins and John Martin; A survey of Spring Coppice at Lyth Hill by John Handley; The Large-leaved Lime trees of Wenlock Edge by John Tuer; Botanists wanted! by Penny Wysome; Field Reports by the Field Meeting Leaders; Obituary - Chris Walker by Sue Dancey.

Spring 2022, No. 44: What's the Point, Penny Wysome; Aquatic Macrophytes of Newport Canal SSSI, Mags Cousins; Broomrapes in Shropshire, John Handley; Restoring Shropshire's Verges, Peter Carty; Identiplant, Sue Townsend. 

Autumn 2021, No.43 : Online Database update, John Handley; Marches Mosses BogLIFE project nears ‘completion’ at Fenn’s, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses SSSI/NNR, Mags Cousins; Mires of the Long Mynd: Part 2, Andrew Perry; A summer spent Shanklin surveying, Jane Ing, Margaret Markland and Pat Parker; Philip Harrison Oswald, 13th April 1933 – 5th May 2021; The Ferns – an Identification Guide: Part 4 Polystichum, Martin Godfrey.

Spring 2021, No. 42 : SBS Spring 2021 Quiz, Ruth Dawes; The Stepping Stones Project overview Charlie Bell; Cudwell Meadow - an unusual plant community for South Shropshire, Mike Carter; Recording in Date Class 7, Alex Lockton; Wishes for improving botanical conservation in Shropshire, Ian Trueman; Mires of the Long Mynd:Part1, Andrew Perry. 

Autumn 2020, No. 41 : Recording Progress, Alex Lockton; Flora of a County Garden, Chris Walker; Plants in a Pandemic, Ruth Dawes; Trees and River Restoration - Severn Rivers Trust, Lisa Barlow; Wishes for improving botanical conservation in Shropshire, Fiona Gomersall; Invasive Non-Native Species: Himalayan Balsam and rust fungus biocontrol, Kirsty Brown; The Ferns - an ID guide, Part 3 (Polypodies) Polypodium, Martin Godfrey; Caring for God's Acre, Liam Taylor; Holy Trinity Church in Coalbrookdale: Brompsis erectus and Brachypodium pinnatum, John Handley.

Spring 2020, No.40 : Marches Meadow Group, David Poynton; Caring for God's Acre, Liam Taylor; Visit to Llynclys Quarry, Dan Wrench; Root and Branch - Where is our Shropshire Botanical Society (SBS) Going?, Sue Dancey; Botanical Recording in Shropshire, Alex Lockton; Going Green, one wall at a time, Mark Duffell; DNA and field recording: kicking and screaming towards a new era, John Handley; The Ferns - an Identification Guide: Part 2 Asplenium trichomanes, Martin Godfrey. 

Autumn 2019, No.39 : The Future of Botany in Shropshire: views from Chris Walker; Update on Galeopsis angustifolia - Red Hemp-nettle, Ruth Dawes; Update on a Summer with Caring for God's Acre, Liam Taylor; The Ferns - an Identification Guide: Part 1, Martin Godfrey. 

Spring 2019, No. 38 : Oh Christmas Tree, Sue Townsend; Shropshire Farm Nature Discovery, Sue Townsend; Shropshire botany plant records, Mags Cousins; Celebrating Cemeteries, Ruth Dawes; The Beautiful Burial Ground Project, Liam Taylor; Looking for Fern Hybrids, Martin Godfrey; Growing ferns from spores, Martin Godfrey; Tilia in Shropshire, John Handley.

Autumn 2018, No. 37 : Plant records in 2018, Alex Lockton and Sarah Whild; New Guidelines on how to record for the Shropshire Flora, Alex Lockton; The Carrot Family in Shropshire, John Handley; A Memorial Meadow, Mike Ashton; Age shall not wither them, Penny Wysome; Mary Hignett, by Ruth Dawes; Brown Moss SSSI, SAC are we getting somewhere, Mags Cousins. 

Spring 2018, No. 36 : Summer field visits 2018, Dan Wrench; Benign neglect - Shropshire Botanical Society visit to Maddock's Hill Quarry, Penny Wysome; Shropshire Botanical Society - Out and about with beginners Oswestry Hill Fort and Cole Mere, Sue Townsend; Sassy Scabious, Ruth Dawes; The Marsh Gentians of Cramer Gutter, Fiona Gomersall; Evaluating the progress of habitat restoration at Prees Heath, Shropshire, Frances McCullagh.

Autumn 2017, No. 35 : Moss Balls in the North Shropshire Meres, Kirsty Brown; Obituary - Dorothy Young 1930–2017 by Mary Eminson; Conserving England’s only population of Nuphar pumila, Least Water-Lily, Mags Cousins; Thomas Cox’s Magna Britannia 1720-31, Alex Lockton ; Update on Ash Dieback (Chalara), Hymenoscyphus fraxineus in Shropshire, Mags Cousins; Looking at stomata – a simple technique, Martin Godfrey; Elegant Water-lily, a poem by Ruth Dawes; New Records, Alex Lockton and Sarah Whild; “Consider (ponder deeply) the lilies – how they grow”,  Ruth Dawes. 

Spring 2017, No. 34 : New Records in 2016, Alex Lockton and Sarah Whild; Veronica – Speedwells in Shropshire, John Handley; August Botanical Society Visit - Two helpings of Limestone?, Penny Wysome; Plants that affect the skin, Ruth Dawes; The Genus Sphagnum – a guide part 8: Section Subsecunda, Martin Godfrey; Browse Britain Blog, John Handley; River Severn Trip, Dan Wrench. 

Autumn 2016, No. 33 : Fenn’s, Whixall, Bettisfield, Wem and Cadney Mosses SSSI and Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Mags Cousins; The vulnerability of peatbogs to climate change and air pollution, Simon Caporn; Myosotis – how not to forget, Mags Cousins; Conserving England’s only population of Nuphar pumila, Least Water-lily, Mags Cousins; Watch out, Carnivores about! a poem by Ruth Dawes; Where have all the tresses gone?, Ruth Dawes; Women botanists of the past in Shropshire, Alex Lockton; Obituaries Pamela Green and Shirley Burton. 

Spring 2016, No. 32 : Cole Mere SSSI a Site Profile, Mags Cousins; Devil’s Dingle Ash Disposal Site Buildwas, Shropshire, Mary Thornton; Eardington Nature Reserve, Dan Wrench; Poisonous Plants, Ruth Dawes; Plant Records, Alex Lockton and Sarah Whild; The Mysteries of Mistletoe, Peta Sams; The Genus Sphagnum – A Guide Part 7 Sphagnum fimbriatum and S. girgensohnii; Web based botanical resources Part 2, John Handley; The Grasses Part 4.2 – the fourth and final group of the clearly- branched Panicles, Ian Trueman.

Autumn 2015, No. 31 : Plant Records, Alex Lockton and Sarah Whild; Botanical Change in Shropshire, Ian Trueman; Epilobium (Willowherbs) in Shropshire, Mags Cousins; Galeopsis angustifolia Red Hemp-nettle in Shropshire, just…, Ruth Dawes ; Ten Targets for Conservation in Shropshire - an Update, Mags Cousins; What is happening at Catherton Common, Hilary Wallace and Kate Thorne; Plant Introductions at Llynclys Quarry, Dan Wrench; The Location of Cwm Floyd, Alex Lockton.

Spring 2015, No. 30 : Plant Records, Alex Lockton and Sarah Whild; Polypodium in Shropshire, Mark Duffell; Shropshire Violets, Ruth Dawes; The Genus Sphagnum Part 6: Microscopy, Martin Godfrey; The Heathland Vegetation Communities of Catherton Common, Alex Lockton; Natural England’s Long Term Monitoring Network in Shropshire, Mark Duffell and John Handley; Web based Resources, John Handley.

Autumn 2014, No. 29 : Recorder’s Report, Alex Lockton and Sarah Whild; Granville Nature Reserve Field Visit May 2014, Penny Wysome; Plants to Look out for in Autumn, Ruth Dawes; The Grasses Part 4.1 – Clearly-branched Panicles, Ian Trueman; The Genus Sphagnum a Guide Part 5: Section Squarrosa, Martin Godfrey; Llanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve, Fiona Gomersall; How to Record Plants in Shropshire, Alex Lockton. 

Spring 2014, No. 28 : Jones’s Rough Through the Seasons, Ruth Dawes; H21 Calluna vulgaris - Vaccinium myrtillus - Sphagnum capillifolium on the Long Mynd, Tom Holland; Hybrids and Pollen Fertility, Martin Godfrey; The Genus Sphagnum a Guide Part 4: Small red Sphagna, Martin Godfrey; Using Floral Formulae, John Handley; Clarepool Moss SSSI, SAC – Site Update, Mags Cousins; The Ramblings of a Shropshire Naturalist EA Wilson, Mags Cousins. 

Autumn 2013, No. 27 : Recorder’s Report, Alex Lockton and Sarah Whild; Summary of Field Visits 2013, Penny Wysome; The Grasses Part 3 – Spike-like Panicles, Ian Trueman; Understanding Prees Heath Part 2: A Response from Butterfly Conservation, Stephen Lewis and John Davis; Crose Mere – water quality and aquatic macrophytes, Mags Cousins; Yellow Bartsia at Wood Lane, Ellesmere, Ruth Dawes; Obituary of Elizabeth Roberts, by Ruth Dawes; The Ramblings of a Shropshire Naturalist EA Wilson, Mags Cousins. 

Spring 2013, No. 26 : Obituary of Miss Beryl Davies, by Ruth Dawes; Tree Moss Climacium dendroides in Shropshire, Lisa Barlow; BSBI Threatened Plant Survey and the Green-winged Orchid, Ruth Dawes; The Genus Sphagnum a Guide Part 3: Sphagnum fallax and S. angustifolium; Aston Locks off-line reserve – a tale of change, Sarah Whild and Alex Lockton; Upland Mires, Hilary Wallace; Understanding Prees Heath, Alex Lockton; The Ramblings of a Shropshire Naturalist EA Wilson, by Mags Cousins. 

Autumn 2012, No. 25 : Stag’s-horn Clubmoss and Conifer Plantations, Tom Wall; County Records, Alex Lockton and Sarah Whild; The Genus Sphagnum a Guide Part 2: Sphagnum palustre, S.papillosum and S.magellanicum, Martin Godfrey Botany of the Wyre Forest, John Bingham ; The Grasses Part 2: Grasses with Spikes, Ian Trueman; Species-rich Meadow Creation, University of Wolverhampton, Alison Wilkes; Progress on the Top Ten Targets, Alex Lockton. 

Spring 2012, No. 24 : Species a Month – finding Diphasiastrum alpinum, Alpine Clubmoss, Dan Wrench; Recording report: all about clubmosses, Alex Lockton and Sarah Whild; The Whitebeams (Sorbus) of Blodwel Rocks, Tim Rich and Sarah Whild; The genus Sphagnum – a guide, Martin Godfrey; The Grasses Part 1 – Introduction and the Bents (genus Agrostis), Ian Trueman; Learn to Love Conifers, Ruth Dawes; Monitoring – the decline and fall into common parlance, John Handley; Habitat creation at Bayston Hill, Dan Wrench; The Clun Forest Landscape Project, Fiona Gomersall. 

Autumn 2011, No. 23: Obituary Joan Brown; Recorder's Report for 2011, Sarah Whild and Alex Lockton; Hope Bowdler and Caer Caradoc Spring and Flush Vegetation, Tom Holland; Deciduous Conifers, Ruth Dawes; Shropshire’s Top Ten Target Sites – A Response, Jan McKelvey and Fiona Gomersall; SSSIs and HLS Monitoring in Natural England, Frances McCullagh; Mesotrophic Grassland Restoration at Earl’s Hill, Alex Lockton, Carl Pickup and Jan McKelvey. 
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