The Annual Summer Meeting is the big field meeting of the year for the whole of the BSBI. It moves around the regions of the BSBI to give people a chance to see different habitats and flowers. It is open to everyone – you don’t have to be a BSBI member or an experienced botanist. The ASM is a great opportunity to see some fabulous wildflowers in beautiful habitats and in the company of friendly botanists from across Britain and Ireland.
Annual Summer Meeting 2016
Thursday 19th to Monday 23rd May: Lowland Cumbria
The 2016 Summer Meeting was based at the Field Studies Council Blencathra centre near Keswick in Cumbria. The meeting introduced participants to the flora of lowland Cumbria by a mix of site visits, talks, workshops and tetrad and site recording. After dinner each evening, there were talks to set the scene or identification workshops to discuss interesting or difficult specimens found during the day.
On Friday, there were excursions to the following local sites:
- Eycott Hill, very near to Blencathra, has many habitats, and is a site worth visiting and recording.
- Dubbs Moss, near Cockermouth is a small site with tall herb fen, grassland and wet woodland habitats.
- Clints Quarry, near Egremont on the coast. The limestone quarry is one of the most northerly sites for Bee Orchid in the county.
On Saturday and Sunday, excursions included:
- Orton Moss, near Carlisle is wet woodland, with interesting ferns to be found. It is suitable for a small group. Some of the terrain is quite challenging.
- Drumburgh Moss, near Bowness-on-Solway is one of 4 peat bogs on the south side of the Solway estuary. There is good raised mire with walking along raised bunds; it is suitable for the active botanist.
- Bowness on Solway is an old gravel extraction site with scrub, grassland and fresh water habitats. There is a raised mire, with easy access along boardwalks.
One of the main aims of the meeting was to help fill in some of the blank squares in the vice-county. Another was to help participants become more confident in recording. And above all to have fun botanising together in the field!