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Alpine Botanical Expeditions

Since 1965 John and Hilary Birks have participated in or organised over 90 alpine botanical expeditions to mountainous areas around the globe - 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. 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 Mou<a hntains 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. In 2014 they explored the southern Peruvian Andes and the Lake Van area in eastern Turkey. 2015 saw them in central Chile and the Altai mountains of north-east Kazakhstan. They returned to Kazakhstan in April 2016 in search of tulips and other bulbous beauties. They explored the Pyrenees for the first time in the summer of 2016. In 2017 they bortanised in the Rhodope Mountains of north-west Greece and in the Italian Dolomites and Central Italian Alps. Plans are underway for trips to Jordan, the Georgian Caucasus, the Maritime Alps and the Black Sea area. Reports, species lists, and images from selected trips are available below. Presentations about selected trips are also available.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 


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Plant hunting in the Pyrenees December 2016 (21 MB, pdf)

Alpine plants in the Chilean Andes December 2015, Bergen (18 MB, pdf)

Exploring the mountains of Circassia November 2014, Bergen (75 MB)

The mountains of China’s Yunnan – THE alpine botanist’s paradise December 2012, Bergen (66 MB)

Scandinavian (and British) Alpines September 2012, Leeds Alpine Garden Society (pdf 50 MB)

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Heavenly plant explorations in the Celestial Mountains of Kazakhstan December 2009, Bergen (9.6 MB)

Plant hunting on the Roof of the World April 2006 (9.7 MB pdf)

In the land of the blue, yellow, and red poppies January 2006, Edinburgh (8.6 MB)

Rocky Mountain alpines September 2005, Leeds (4 MB pdf)

In the land of the Barrier of Spears (Drakensberg) April 2005, Bergen (3.8 MB)

Global alpines April 2005, Cambridge (2.8 MB)