Today, the botany students had their first outing.
They walked from Las Negras to Las Hortichuelas through the ramblas along a route we first showed the professors over 20 years ago.
Professors Jim Ross and Stephen Jury have just retired, and Reading University, where they lectured, no longer offers Degrees in Botany and so, this year, they have brought over a group of students from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
We encountered them outside the village, where they stopped for a picnic, and we spent an enjoyable and informative hour with them.
The professors have given me a list of plants of Almeria – it’s formidable! It was compiled by a very knowledgeable botanist, Ronnie Rutherford, from Kew Gardens whose brains I picked. What he doesn’t know about botany isn’t worth knowing – an incredible knowledge of plants.