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Story walk, Culbin: In the footsteps of botanist Mary McCallum Webster

Mon, 20 June 2022 @ 13:45 - 16:45

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Story walk, Culbin - Full Price
£ 12.00

A botanist guided walk in Culbin forest to celebrate local woman scientist, Mary McCallum Webster, including time to hear her story, from Mary Byatt, co-author of ‘Women of Moray’.

A highlight of the exterior of the Falconer Museum, ‘a Victorian gem in the heart of Forres’, are eight keystone portrait masks of eminent scientists and celebrities of the period, but…they are all men!

Hence the decision by Friends of the Falconer,  as part of the museum’s 150th-anniversary celebrations, to recognise a woman scientist, Mary McCallum Webster, of Dyke, whose ‘Flora of Moray, Nairn and East Inverness’, published 1978, has been described as a masterwork.

Culbin forest was her happy hunting ground. During our walk, we shall do some plant finding, led by an expert, although we can’t promise her favourite, a wintergreen; and listen, briefly, to her story, told by Mary Byatt, author of the appreciation of McCallum Webster in the book ‘Women of Moray’. We also hope to have some anecdotes from the family of Olga Stewart, McCallum Webster’s main illustrator.

Look out for more Friends’ Falconer150 events later in the year.

Event Details

Date:
Mon, 20 June 2022
Time:
13:45 - 16:45
Cost:
£12.00
Distance:
4 miles / 6.4 km
Grade:
Easy Plus (info)
Leader:
Gordon Scott
Dogs:
Yes, well behaved dogs are welcome
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Friends cannot control nature but expect there to be a good range of plants to discover in mid/late June.
Participants should come fully equipped for all weathers.
The walk is mainly on a level, well-maintained forest track but please take care of moving traffic when in the car park, also on leaving the track to botanise on rougher ground. Always follow your guide’s instructions.
You may wish to bring a small mat to sit on for the story-telling; also a light snack and/or drink.
Forestry and Land Scotland make a small charge for car-parking at Wellhill, £1.50 for up to 3 hours, or £2 for the day (coin only). Friends encourage active travel.
Appropriate Covid compliance measures will be in place on the day, should they be required.

Organiser

Organiser:
Friends of the Falconer Museum, Forres, Moray
Phone:
07785733237
Email:
bayscott@hotmail.com
Website:
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Venue / Start

Wellhill Car Park, Culbin
Culbin forestMorayIV36 2TGUnited Kingdom

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