Marsh Botany Award

This award is run in association with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and was started in November 2000.

The Award recognises an individual's lifetime achievement and outstanding contribution in the field of botanical research and conservation.

The 2013 winner is Dr Camilla Lambrick

Dr Camilla Lambrick (née Huxley) has a long-standing interest in nature conservation. Having read Natural Sciences at Cambridge she began her early career with research on relationships between plants and ants in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere, and she was joint editor of the book Ant-Plant Interactions, published in 1991.

Since then Camilla has taken on a variety of voluntary roles. She has carried out surveys of disused railway lines in Cambridge with the view of making them nature reserves. She has run the Cambridge University Conservation Corps, served on the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers regional committee, chaired the Oxford Conservation Volunteers and served on the council of The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. Camilla still organises the recorders and conservation conference every year for the Wildlife Trust.

As a botanist, it is for her conservation work with the Oxfordshire Rare Plants Group, part of The Ashmolean Natural History Society of Oxfordshire, that Camilla is most widely known. Working with local and national organisations such as Plantlife, Natural England and Wildlife Trusts, the Rare Plants Group aims to prevent extinction of wild plants in Oxfordshire. Camilla was instrumental in setting up the Group in 1993 and chaired it for 20 years until 2013.

Camilla is the volunteer leader for creeping marshwort and fen violet species. Work on the marshwort began in 1995 and has involved collaboration with Natural England, the Oxford Botanic Garden, Kew, the Environment Agency and many volunteers. Following the rediscovery of fen violet at Otmoor in 1997, Camilla led the research and surveys enabling an action plan for its conservation.

Camilla leads a group of volunteers who compile the Oxfordshire Rare Plants Register, including about three hundred species. She joined The Education Group of the Society at its inception in 2002 and continues to lead sessions of the basic course and all-day courses for identifying grasses, sedges, willows and poplars, among others.

It is Camilla’s inspiration, focus, direction and development which have made the Rare Plants Group such a success. Her work has significantly benefited rare plants in Oxfordshire and is a model for how such groups should be run. Her contributions to botany and plant conservation have had a real impact and she is the ideal winner for this Award.

Dr Camilla Lambrick (pictured right) working in the field at Burgess field corner


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