Summer Meeting

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.

2017 Annual Summer Meeting and Welsh AGM

*NEW* Bookings are now open for the 2017 Annual Summer Meeting which will take place from Monday 5th to Friday 9th June in Flintshire (VC51), a small county with a wide range of habitat types. There will be a coach excursion, tetrad recording, talks, ID sessions and the Welsh AGM

Flintshire is a small county in the north east corner of Wales.  It is bounded in the north by coast and the Dee Estuary and to the west by the Clwydian Hills. It has a diverse landscape with hills reaching 554 m and lowlands around the coast and in the east, where the county borders the Cheshire Plains.  A range of habitats can be found: dunes, saltmarsh, limestone grasslands, disused lead mines, woodlands, lakes, rivers, moorland and industrial sites.

The 2017 Annual Summer Meeting is based at the Stamford Gate Hotel, near Holywell, Flintshire.  The Meeting will introduce participants to the flora of Flintshire by a mix of site visits, talks, workshops and tetrad and site recording. John Edmondson from Acanthophyllum Books will have material for sale on Monday and Tuesday.  http://www.heswallbooks.co.uk/?page=shop/aboutus. There will be something for all members, and it is a social occasion as well as a botanical meeting. All those interested are welcome to attend.

The meeting will open with a local walk and an after-dinner talk on Monday to set the scene.  On Tuesday there will be a choice of excursions by coach to habitats of interest in the local area, such as sand dunes, species-rich grassland, salt-marsh and brownfield land.  The Welsh AGM will take place on Tuesday evening.  Sites that we could visit on Tuesday are:

 

Halkyn Mountain

Halkyn Mountain lies between about 200 and 290 metres so whilst it is rough going, there is not much elevation change.  It is a SAC because of the many old lead and zinc mine workings, which give rise to an unusual community of plants with Minuartia verna (Spring Sandwort) present.

 

Prestatyn Dunes and Graig Fawr

The morning will be spent on the coast looking at the coastal sand dunes where we should find plants such as Eryngium maritimum (Sea Holly).  After lunch the group will move on to Graig Fawr, a limestone escarpment with plants such as Helianthemum oelandicum (Hoary Rock-rose).

 

Point of Ayr

This is a large, mostly level, brownfield site of a former colliery, with a huge variety of plants from natives to aliens and coastal to limestone.  Plants that might be seen include Anchusa azurea (Garden Anchusa), Cerastium diffusum (Sea Mouse-ear) Blackstonia perfoliata (Yellow-wort) and Trifolium ornithopodioides (Bird's-foot Clover).

 

Flint Marshes

The coastal Dee marshes have a wide range of salt-marsh plants and we may find county rarities such as Parapholis strigosa (Hard-grass) and Ranunculus baudotii (Brackish Water-crowfoot). This site also has brownfield areas to provide the unexpected, such as Carlina vulgaris (Carline Thistle).

 

Wednesday and Thursday are recording days. One of the main aims of the meeting is to help fill in some of the blank squares in the vice-county and perhaps find some interesting new records. Another is to help members become more confident in recording. On the recording days participants will be split up into small teams, each with at least one experienced botanist and given tetrads or sites to record. We don’t expect everything to be identified in the field, so after dinner on these days there will be identification workshops to discuss interesting or difficult specimens that have been found during the day.

 

Programme

 

Monday 5th

1.00 pm            Welcome & registration at Stamford Gate Hotel; setting up of exhibits

3.00 pm            Tea & biscuits, workshops and/or guided local walk

6.30 pm            Evening meal

8.00 pm            Evening talk

 

Tuesday 6th

9.30 am            Leave for field trips

4.00 pm            Return to base; tea and view exhibits (Welsh Committee meeting).

6.30 pm            Evening meal

8.00 pm            Welsh AGM

 

Wednesday 7th

9.30 am            Leave for field trips

5.00 pm            Return to base; tea and view exhibits

6.30 pm            Evening meal

8.00 pm            Evening talk/ ID workshops

 

Thursday 8th

9.30 am            Leave for field trips

5.00 pm            Return to base; tea and view exhibits

6.30 pm            Evening meal

8.00 pm            Evening talk/ ID workshops

 

Friday 9th

9.30 am            Leave for field trips

4.00 pm approx end of ASM

 

Accommodation:

Some rooms at The Stamford Gate Hotel are reserved for BSBI members and you should book directly with the Hotel, quoting BSBI 17.  The discounted rates for B&B are £60 for a single room and £80 for a double/twin.  They can also provide packed lunches at £8.95.  Contact details for the Hotel are: Stamford Gate Hotel, Halkyn Road, Holywell, Flintshire.  Sat Nav users CH8 7SJ.  Grid ref: SJ190749.  Phone: 01352 712942.  Email: info@stamfordgatehotel.co.uk

There are numerous other hotels, B&Bs and campsites in the local area.  We suggest that you browse the internet if you want to choose, but on a quick search we found: 

Springfield Hotel, web: www.hotel-northwales.com , tel: 01352 780503,
email: sales@hotel-northwales.com

Beaufort Park Hotel, web: http://www.beaufortparkhotel.co.uk/ , tel: 01352 758646, email: sue.warnock@beaufortparkhotel.co.uk

Travelodge Halkyn Hotel, tel: 0871 984 6078

Fron Farm Caravan and Camping Park, web: http://fronfarmcaravanpark.co.uk/ , tel: 01352 741482, email: stay@fronfarmcaravanpark.co.uk

 

How to book:

Click to download the ASM 2017 flyer which has full details of the programme and accommodation. If you would like to book, you can also download the flyer as a Word doc. Just fill it in and email it to Field Meetings Secretary Jon Shanklin, who is organising the Summer Meeting. There are two PayPal links below so you can pay the £25 registration fee in sterling or in euros.

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Suggestions of things to bring to a Summer Meeting:

  • Hand lens
  • GPS (if you have one)
  • Your preferred ID book(s)
  • Lunch* and a drink
  • Sunblock
  • Waterproofs

There is further information in the ASM 2017 flyer including *details of how to book a packed lunch. If you have any queries please contact fieldmeetings@bsbi.org 

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. 

You can read daily reports from the Summer Meeting on the BSBI News & Views blog here, here and here, posted each evening by Organiser Jon Shanklin, BSBI's Field Meetings Secretary.

One of the main aims of the meeting was to help fill in some of the blank squares in the vice-county. BSBI members can read how successful we were and how much fun participants had by reading the account in the 2017 Yearbook.