Book prize for Lochalsh scientist, Dr James Merryweather

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A Lochalsh scientist and Trustee of the Skye and Lochalsh Environment Forum has been awarded a prestigious prize for his definitive book on British ferns, a labour of love spanning 50 years.

Biologist Dr. James Merryweather from Auchtertyre became fascinated with his subject when he picked up a pocket guide to ferns in a bookshop in his teens.

It was to be an area of study that engrossed him for the next half a century, teaching and writing about the rich variety of ferns in the British Isles.

James has just been announced as the 2021 winner of the Botanical Society of the British Isles' Presidents' Award for his book, Britain's Ferns: A Field Guide to the Clubmosses, Quillworts, Horsetails and Ferns of Great Britain and Ireland.

The annual award, which is given jointly with the Wild Flower Society, acknowledges the most useful contribution to the understanding of the flowering plants and ferns of Britain and Ireland through a book.

Read the article in full with kind permission of the West Highland Free Press.


Congratulations James from us all.

You can buy the book here.



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