About me

Qui suis-je? Who am I? Wer bin Ich?

Trained as a biologist & ecologist, with experience in horticulture, I am fascinated by plants in all their forms, from the tiniest orchid at the top of a Vietnamese mountain, to the blousiest iris in a 18th century garden.

My BSc research focused on pollens of Psychotria (a fascinating genus with ethnobotanical uses), and my MSc on systematics of a small genus of African orchids.
I am particularly interested in the love-hate relationship between plant conservation and horticulture, and more specifically how growing plants can help better understand, preserve and raise awareness on the importance of plant diversity.

I have worked in the Rubiaceae (think coffee) team at Meise Botanic Garden (Belgium), and in the UK NGO Plant Heritage developing a network of living libraries in order to preserve the dwindling diversity of cultivated plants (old, traditional varieties of ornamental or food plants are sadly as threatened as wild plants). I have also volunteered in many conservation projects, from bat surveys to insect recording, botanical monitoring to invasive species control.

I am a Fellow of the Linnean Society , Secretary of Hortax (the Horticultural Taxonomy Group) and a Committee member of the Centre Jean-Marie Pelt.

I live and work in the UK and France, and enjoy gardening, travelling to see plants both in gardens and in the wild (cover image: Mount Fansipan in Northern Vietnam), collecting antique science books and 1970s records.

To find out more about me…
on Linkedin, on Twitter, on Flickr

Sophie Leguil BSc MSc FLS


14 Comments Add yours

  1. James Corner says:

    I’ve just come across your blog (I found it from your recent registration with UKENHB) and really enjoyed reading it. I’m looking forward to to your next posts although if they are in French, I’ll certainly struggle a bit. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    1. Sophie says:

      Thanks for your kind comments! I have moved to the UK now, and I’m getting a bit lazy, so I think my posts will be in English from now on 😀

  2. Catherine Burton says:

    Hello! Lovely to see you last week at the Invasive Species week. I haven’t managed to get hold of your email yet so I thought this would be the quickest way of getting in touch. If you still want to come over to Leith Hill for our Field Recorders’ Meeting I can send you the details 🙂

    Best wishes,

    Catherine Burton (Biologisal Records Officer, SBIC / SWT)

  3. hedgiejim says:

    Great blog Sophie- details coming your way soon re Harvest Mice and other Surrey mammal Group Events. Lovely to meet you on the Invaives’ Week events. Best wishes

    Jim Jones (Wetland Landscape Officer SWT)

  4. snowbirdpress says:

    What a marvelous blog! I’m so glad you happened upon my blog so I could find you. 🙂

    1. Sophie says:

      Thank you! I have discovered your blog through Rachel (http://ecologyescapades.wordpress.com/) and I find it so relaxing!

  5. PK Read says:

    So glad I found your blog, it’s not only nice to look at, but well-written and informative. Good stuff!

  6. PK Read says:

    Hi Sophie – Thank you for following my own blog! I am completely new to the (active) blogging experience, so am just kind of blindly feeling my way along – I must say, yours is a really welcome specimen when it comes to content + presentation. Well done. As soon as I figure out how to list followed blogs on my own, your will appear – Cheers –

    1. Sophie says:

      Thank you so much for your kind comments!
      I’ve been reading yours and the mix of nature, champagne, food and France suits me very much, look forward to reading your upcoming posts 🙂
      How long have you been living in France/Switzerland?

      1. PK Read says:

        17 years! We live right on the border to Switzerland – I can see Geneva from my window, but we are firmly in France.

  7. Hi Sophie. Just fond your blog an I’m loving it. I’m in rural west Wales where Spring is bursting out all over, as well as in my attempts at a bee, butterfly and moth-friendly cottage garden. I love all things nature and try to take (very amateurish), snaps of what I see along the way. Mostly for my own pleasure. 🙂 Found you via Twitter and a salad burnet pic of all things ! LOL ! Don’t ask ! :)) I added you on Twitter too. Hope that’s okay.

    1. Sophie says:

      Hi Wayne,
      Don’t worry about your posts, it just forgot to “approve” them so they don’t appear on the page.
      Salad burnet pic? Wow, it’s amazing how these things happen 😉 Thanks for the kind comments on my blog and for following me on Twitter!

  8. gcrcrisis says:

    Love your blog!
    Presuming you know the Hautes Fagnes – http://mythicgeography.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/the-high-fens.html. You would make a good plant guide!
    Keep up the good work.

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