Alpine Botanical Expeditions
Since 1965 John and Hilary Birks
have participated in or organised 69 alpine botanical expeditions
areas around the globe - to the North American Rockies, the Patagonian
Andes, the Himalaya, the Alps of central Europe, the Alps of South
Island, New Zealand, mountains in western China, and mountains
in eastern and southern Africa. In 2005 they led Alpine Garden
Society expeditions to the Tibetan Himalaya and to central Patagonia.
In 2006 they visited the Zagros Mountains in Iran, the Qilian Shan
in Qinghai, and the central Patagonian Alps on the Argentine-Chile
border. In 2007 they explored the NW Indian Himalaya and the Bale
Mountains of Ethiopia and Mt Kenya. In 2008 they visited the
mountains of Tasmania and the Kos range in Australia, and the Tien
Shan in Kazakhstan. Reports, species
lists, and images from selected trips are available on this website.
In early 2009 they explored the Eastern Cape of South Africa and
made expeditions to the Yunnan and Tibet in the summer, and
southern Greece for the autumn bulbs. In 2010 they visited the
Pontic Alps (Kackar Mountains) in north-east Turkey in August and
the Western and Eastern Capes of South Africa in November. Visits to Sichuan and Jordan took place in 2011. In 2012 John and Hilary took off to botanise in northern Patagonia and Mendoza, to the Taurus Mountains of south-west Turkey, and around Annapurna in Nepal. They visited Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in April 2013 and the Russian Caucasus in June/July 2013. Plans are underway for expeditions in 2014 or 2015 to Peru, CHile, Turkey, and Morocco.