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I am determined that the Society will support Cactus and Succulent lovers all over the world during this difficult time and we welcome members and non-members to attend. These meetings are a showcase to what the hobby is about and we welcome absolute beginners through to the more experienced amongst us. We have a Zoom licence for 500 participants and currently have almost 300 attending so we have more space for visitors (if necessary, we could extend this to 1000 participants).

The talks are scheduled to last about an hour but I have added extra time at the end to allow for any over run and also to give you an opportunity to tell me how you would like me to move the Society forward.

The BCSS is one of the largest Cactus and Succulent Societies in the world and I am determined that we will support all our members with the best Journal, Yearbook and regional meetings, to ensure that the BCSS provides the highest quality benefits in the world. As you know, I want to grow the Society for us all to enjoy this wonderful hobby.

The BCSS is very pleased to be continuing with the weekly online talks and this month we again have a fantastic line-up of speakers to educate and entertain us with various aspects of our wonderful hobby. I do hope that you can attend and if you have time please stay on after the talk for the usual informal chat which helps me understand what you want from the BCSS in the future. Please contact me, Ian Thwaites, by email at CHAIRMAN, if you would like to offer to give future talks or are able to recommend any top-class speakers.

The meetings are open to all so please spread the word and encourage more members (and anyone else) to join.

These talks are NOT recorded and many of the lectures are one off ‘specials’ so there will not be another chance to experience the talk. Also in most cases the speakers do not wish to have their talks recorded.

Topic: Peter Berresford - Oklahoma!
Date and time: Tuesday 4 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: 896 3787 4608
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A trip to Oklahoma and northern Texas made in 2012 in the company of Dave Blody who was a fellow fan of echinocerei. I met him through friends of friends on the internet, and we spent a good deal of time planning it together, and he joined me for several days in April 2012.

Topic: Keith Bensusan - Succulents and flowers of Namaqualand and The Cape
Date and time: Tuesday 11 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: 883 6130 3252
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Western South Africa is a global centre of diversity for succulent plants. Its appeal to the botanist is enhanced by the kaleidoscopic displays of flowering plants during the Spring, unrivalled anywhere else in the world. This richly illustrated talk introduces you to the spectacular succulents, bulbs and annuals of this singular botanical realm.

Topic: Andrew Young - Conophytum in habitat
Date and time: Tuesday 18 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: 874 5817 1982
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In this talk Andy Young will introduce the dwarf succulent genus Conophytum and explore the habitats they occupy in South Africa and Namibia. Andy will also briefly consider some of the current and future threats to Conophytum in the wild.

Topic: Ivor Crook - Rebutia: a personal view
Date and time: Tuesday 25 August 2020 at 7:30 pm (BST)
Meeting ID: 856 9583 4973
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A review of a genus of plants that, though currently seen as unfashionable, have a fascinating history, are easy to grow and flower freely. Many aspects of their interest to the cactus hobbyist will be explored from unusual angles.

IMPORTANT: You must either enter the unique Meeting ID or follow the link above

We now have a link for the Zoom talks on the BCSS website, so why not click on this and save that web page to your favourites/bookmarks so that you can see what the talks are even if you accidentally delete this eNewshttps://tinyurl.com/CWLOnlineTalks


These meetings are a great way to enjoy the hobby and learn more about our favourite plants.  Please do attend if you can as this will help to build our international on line community.

Ian Thwaites