All posts by David Hill

Live and work in North Wales, and have a particular interest in Lycopods. I've just completed an MSc in Biological Recording, looking at Marsh Clubmoss records for Wales.

Coronavirus Statement

Updated : 17th April 2021

All BPS national and regional events were cancelled in March 2020. As current Coronavirus restrictions are eased, we are all keen to restart field meetings. At the May 2021 committee meeting the current situation will be re-evaluated.

Regional Meetings
All National & Regional meetings have now been cancelled until May 2021.

National Shows
Some national shows are restarting, and where possible the BPS will have a precence if it is felt safe to do so.

David G. Hill

Carved fern identity…

I recently received an enquiry from Max Donnelly, Curator of Nineteenth-Century Furniture at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He was asking about the possible identity of ferns which form part the carved decoration of an oak bookcase in the collection. The bookcase was made in 1862-3 and is richly carved with plants in the Ruskinian Gothic style, including ferns.


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I asked Max for some detailed photographs, which he kindly provided and I’ve added below.

I know what I think they are, but I wondered if others had suggestions?