Hants Plants has migrated to a new server with some upgraded facilities and storage, and you will notice it now uses SSL ("https:" in front of the URL instead of "http:"). This provides greater security when transferring data, and prevents annoying messages from your Web browser telling you that you're running on an unsecured link. If you have a bookmark on your browser that includes the "http://" specifier at the beginning, please change it to "https://".
There have been one or two teething problems with the migration. Look on this page for reports on the current status.
6/9/2018: The Atlas 2020 "Tetrad Recording" front page is proving slow to load at the moment, apparently as a result of slow response from the database server. The problem seems worse during the working day and early evening: at times it will load in a couple of seconds. It is now usually loading successfully, but if you get an "Error 504" reported it is worth trying to reload the page.
11/9/2018: There are still unresolved performance problems with the Atlas 2020 "Tetrad Recording" front page. Watch this space.
If you were having a problem loading the Living Record recording page ("Send your records! / Record online"), you should now find this fixed.
18/9/2018: The performance problems have now been remedied, and you should find the Atlas 2020 recording front page will load rapidly. The live site has now been updated. You will notice that there is no longer a "Species" tab on this page; this will be implemented as a separate menu item and should be available later this autumn. Anyone who has been using the test web site test.hantsplants.org.uk in the last couple of days as an expedient should note that this has now been switched back to the test database instance, which is not kept up to date as often as the live one and does not have visit updates copied to live, so it should not be used for any real work from now on.
You can download the handout notes for this brief presentation here. Thanks to Ian Ralphs for stepping in to deliver this talk in my absence.
Letter from ARGM and MR to Dr Janet Owen
Response from Dr Janet Owen
Response from ARGM and MR to Dr Janet Owen
Letter from Barry Goater to Dr Janet Owen
Email from Jane Baker, Director of Communications and Development HCT
This is now available to read or download on the Newsletters page.
The BSBI has published a revised Code of Conduct for picking and collecting plant material. It covers all legal and ethical aspects of taking plant material from the wild, and deserves to be read by all Flora Group members and other plant lovers.
Wiltshire Botanical Society have published a valuable report on the regeneration of Juniper at Porton Down, Wiltshire / Hampshire (VCs 8 and 12). It can be found here under "Other publications".
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