Field Meetings

Meetings

The Meetings Diary (also available as a downloadable file Meetings Diary) is of field meetings for 2017, including all national meetings and some of the meetings held across Britain and Ireland by county recorders and local groups. Many more meetings for 2017 are planned; please also check your county page for more details of meetings in your area. The Meetings Diary is updated regularly by Field Meetings Secretary Jon Shanklin, so please check it for any changes to published schedules.

Please click on these links to find out more about the BSBI Annual Summer Meeting and indoor meetings such as the BSBI Recorders' Conference and BSBI Annual Exhibition Meeting; and don't forget our New Year Plant Hunt

BSBI Meetings 2017

Details for national field and indoor meetings are given in full below; they were also published in the 2017 BSBI Yearbook, available to BSBI members via the members-only area (password required). Details for some meetings are provisional and subject to change.  Updates and full details will be posted when available. Meetings with updates to the BSBI Yearbook are: 22nd July (Charophytes), 12th August (Botanical Keys), 3rd September (Wexford).

 

Wednesday 1st March (Training)

Euphrasia workshop, National Museum of Wales (v.c.41)

Leader: Chris Metherell

This is a training meeting at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, using herbarium material including from the collection in Cardiff. We will learn how to collect Euphrasia (Eyebrights) for identification, how to press specimens and the use of the keys from the new Euphrasia Handbook (expected to be published in 2017), etc. You will be able to look up herbarium specimens from your own area, or get answers to your queries. Do bring along specimens you would like help with. This workshop is aimed at those who are relatively new to the identification of Euphrasia but improvers are also welcome.

Meet at 10.30am at National Museum Cardiff, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NP. Bring a packed lunch or use the café in the Museum.

There will be a charge of £15 to cover the costs of this meeting. Numbers will be limited to 12, so please book early. Further details will be sent out to those booking with Polly Spencer-Vellacott by email: polly.spencer-vellacott@bsbi.org or by post: Polly Spencer-Vellacott, BSBI Welsh Officer, c/o NRW, Chester Road, Buckley CH7 3AJ. Tel 03000 653893.

 

Saturday 4th March (Training)

Workshop on DDb, Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre, Merionethshire (v.c.48)

Leader: Polly Spencer-Vellacott

This is a training day on the BSBI database, aimed primarily at County Recorders but there may be space for other interested participants: there will be an emphasis on validation of records.

Meet for 10.00 am at Coed y Brenin Visitor Centre, 8 miles North of Dolgellau off the A470 at SH725272. [LL40 2HZ] Free parking for participants with a café and other facilities. Bring laptop if possible, though there will be opportunities to share. The workshop will end around 4 pm. Further details will be sent out to those booking with Polly Spencer-Vellacott by email: polly.spencer-vellacott@bsbi.org or by post: Polly Spencer-Vellacott, BSBI Welsh Officer, c/o NRW, Chester Road, Buckley CH7 3AJ. Tel 03000 653893.

 

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March (Training)

Recorders' Conference & Workshop

Kindrogan, Perthshire (v.c.89)

The aim of this weekend is to help prepare for the final three years of Atlas 2020.  We will update you with the latest project plans and provide lots of practical help and advice.  The weekend will be fully interactive – so plenty chance to discuss and feedback.  We hope to provide an informative and enjoyable weekend for everyone.  Further details will be emailed to all Scottish BSBI members in January.  Recorders and members south of the border are very welcome and should contact the BSBI Scottish Officer, Jim McIntosh jim.mcintosh@bsbi.org , as soon as possible.

 

Wednesday 15th March (Training)

Workshop on DDb, Brecon Beacons National Park Offices, Brecon (v.c.42)

Leader: Polly Spencer-Vellacott

This is a training day on the BSBI database, aimed primarily at County Recorders but there may be space for other interested participants: there will be an emphasis on validation of records.

Meet for 10.00 am at the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Office - Cambrian Way, Brecon LD3 7HP. Free parking for participants - tea and coffee will be provided but please bring a packed lunch. No need to bring a laptop as computers will be provided. The workshop will end around 4 pm. Further details will be sent out to those booking with Polly Spencer-Vellacott by email: polly.spencer-vellacott@bsbi.org or by post: Polly Spencer-Vellacott, BSBI Welsh Officer, c/o NRW, Chester Road, Buckley CH7 3AJ. Tel 03000 653893.

 

Friday 5th to Monday 8th May (Recording/Specialist/Training)

Taraxacum training and recording workshop, Rothesay, Isle of Bute (v.c.100)

Leader: John Richards, Organiser: Angus Hannah

Bute is a varied and botanically rich island with a wide range of potentially rewarding Dandelion habitats. It is hoped that this meeting will help to remedy the worst remaining gap in recording for the forthcoming Flora of the island.

The meeting is based in Rothesay (the only town on Bute), where we have the use of St Paul’s Church hall (with small kitchen) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. There is a range of the usual types of accommodation on the island, including hotel, B&B, a backpackers’ hostel (no dorms) and some good self-catering cottages: details on-line.  Early booking is advised since this is a busy holiday weekend.  Ferries from Wemyss Bay (hourly, car c.£25 return, no bookings) or from Colintraive (very short crossing) if coming from north.

Informal outings may be arranged on Friday, but otherwise meet at St Paul’s hall, Deanhood Place, Rothesay at 7.30pm for introductory workshop.  Visits will be made on subsequent days to different habitats such as coastal, hill flushes, hedgerow and urban.  The island is relatively small and most parts are quickly accessible.  We will meet in the hall on Saturday and Sunday evenings for further tuition and discussion and for preparing and pressing specimens.  A small sum will be collected to cover hall costs and tutor expenses. 

Contact Angus Hannah butesedge@yahoo.co.uk for further information or to book. (Booking is essential as numbers will be limited to 18)

 

Saturday 13th May (Recording)

South Hayling, Hampshire (v.c.11)

Leader: Martin Rand

Surprisingly, given that it is a botanical 'hot spot', the hectad in the vice-county that is currently least well recorded for Atlas 2020 is SZ79, which includes just 3 coastal part-tetrads. This is the first of two field meetings in 2017 intended to remedy that situation. Shingle beach, saltmarsh, coastal heath and Hampshire's largest area of sand dune (not to mention suburban verges and waste ground) ensure plenty of interest amongst both native and alien plants.

This meeting will be run jointly with the Hampshire Flora Group. You don't need to be an expert to participate; recording teams will be organised to cater for a mix of abilities. If you are travelling from some distance and staying over in the area, there will be a chance to participate in a Hampshire Wildlife Trust botanical walk on the New Forest the following day (modest donation to the Trust requested).  For further details and booking, contact Martin Rand vc11recorder@hantsplants.org.uk after January 8th 2017.

 

Saturday 13th May (Recording)

North-east Galway – Glenamaddy area (v.c.H17)

Leader: Chris Peppiatt

This meeting will focus on recording in hectads IM65 and IM66 in the vicinity of Glenamaddy, north-east Galway (H17). Glenamaddy turlough and/or Kiltullagh Lough, along with areas of local raised bogs and also esker (either near Glenamaddy or at Richmond Esker, which is not too far to the south, in hectad IM55) are the habitats to be visited. Rain gear, wellies or boots, food and water are essential. Please Contact Chris Peppiatt at chris.peppiatt@iol.ie or 00353-86-3125356 if you wish to attend and for details of meeting points and times.

 

Saturday 20th May (Recording)

City of Glasgow (v.c.77)

Leader: Michael Philip

This is an opportunity to hunt for 'refinds' for Atlas 2020. The urban area of Glasgow has a surprisingly rich flora and the area selected for this event is in the north-east sector (Riddrie and Provanmill). This is a microcosm of the City as a whole, with built-up areas, motorways, a railway and industrial sites, as well as open spaces and parks. Participants will be briefed on the existing records (all pre-2000) and we will then see how many we can rediscover on the day. Contact Michael Philip by email: botany@opus44.co.uk for full details, time and meeting point.

 

Saturday 27th May (Recording)

Co. Leitrim – Lough Rinn area (v.c.H29)

Leaders: Michael Archer and Michelle Molloy

This meeting will visit areas of deciduous woodland and lakeshores in south-east Leitrim to improve coverage for Atlas 2020.

Meet at 10.30am at Dromod train station (Grid ref N05558995). Please Contact Mike Archer at michaeldarcher@eircom.net or 00353-86-1716286, or Michelle Molloy 00353-89-2452559 for further details.

 

Thursday 1st to Monday 5th June (Recording)

Dingle Penninsula and Tralee, Kerry (v.c.H1 & H2)

Leaders: Rory Hodd and Caroline Mhic Daeid

This event will focus on both the mountainous uplands of the Dingle peninsula and the adjacent lowlands and coast, and will be based on the north side of the peninsula, west of Tralee. On most days, forays will take place into the rich uplands of Dingle, which include the famous Mt Brandon, with gentle lowland options also on offer. This will be one of our main recording events this year, and so is not to be missed. We will suggest a location for people to stay, and establish a ‘base camp’ there. There will be activities additional to day-time recording. This is one of the most stunning parts of the country – so keep your eyes and ears peeled for further details early in 2017.

Contact Rory at rlhodd@gmail.com or 00353-87-7692001 for details.

 

Saturday 3rd June (Recording)

Upland country east of Abington (v.c.77)

Leader: Michael Philip

The vice-county of Lanarkshire includes large tracts of beautiful hill country and there are still some substantial areas where no botanical recording has ever been done. We will survey a tetrad which includes moorland, forest, river and some habitation. The terrain will include damp ground, riverbanks and hillsides as well as roadsides, paths and forest tracks. Here is an opportunity to record where no-one has done so before: even the most familiar plants will thus have a special significance! Contact Michael Philip by email: botany@opus44.co.uk for full details, time and meeting point.

 

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June (Recording)

Cessnock Water and Woodlands South of Kilmarnock (v.c.75)

Leaders: Carol Crawford & Dave Lang

This meeting will contribute to Atlas 2020 recording in a less visited Ayrshire hectad, focusing on woodland including the Carnell Estate on the Cessnock Water, where Equisetum hyemale (Rough Horsetail), Neottia nidus-avis (Bird’s-nest Orchid), Paris quadrifolia (Herb Paris) and Primula veris (Cowslip) have been found in the past. Meetings will start each day at 10 a.m. Participants will be advised of exact locations nearer the time (by telephone or e-mail). Lifts will be available from Ayr and/or Kilmarnock (depending on need) both of which are well served by public transport from Glasgow.  For further details or to add your name to the list of attendees, please contact Dave Lang at dave.lang@snh.gov.uk or on 07766 505253.

 

Saturday 3 June to Saturday 10 June (Recording)

Ardlussa Estate, Isle of Jura (v.c.102)

Leader: Simon Smart

This meeting is fully booked.

 

Monday 5th to Friday 9th June (General/Recording)

Annual Summer Meeting and Welsh AGM, Holywell, Flintshire (v.c. 51)

The meeting is being held in Flintshire, 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. The meeting is based at the Stamford Gate Hotel, which has some accommodation, but the majority of participants will need to book their own accommodation.  Evening meals will be available at the hotel.  There was a flyer and booking form in the January issue of BSBI News and there are also full details and additional information on the ASM web page.  You can download the flyer from the ASM web page and make payment by PayPal.

 

Saturday 10th June (Specialist/Training)

The Sedges of Tarn Moor (Westmorland) (v.c.69)

Leader: Mike Porter

The lime-rich flushes of Tarn Moor make this one of the finest areas in Cumbria for wild flowers and sedges and the period from the end of May to the middle of June is probably the best time to visit and appreciate its delights. Among the sedges we would expect to see are Carex elata, C. diandra, C. capillaris, C. dioica, C. lepidocarpa, C. hostiana, the hybrid between C. hostiana and C. lepidocarpa and C. echinata. On the surrounding limestone hills we should see C. ornithopoda and, if the season is late, C. ericetorum and, in the more acidic areas, C. binervis and C. pilulifera. Non-Carex sedges are also very fine with Eriophorum latifolium, Blysmus compressus and Cladium mariscus taking pride of place. Orchids are frequent and Primula farinosa (Bird’s-eye Primrose) should be at its best at the time of our visit.

The number of places is limited to 15 to minimise damage to sensitive habitats. All sedge-enthusiasts are welcome, whether experienced or not. Tarn Moor is exposed and wet underfoot so windproof clothing and waterproof boots are essential. Please bring packed lunch as this is a full day meeting. The distance covered will be no more than 5 miles in total but the going may be rough in places. There are no facilities at Tarn Moor but we could take a midday break at nearby Orton where there are cafes, a hotel, a shop and toilets.

Meet at 10.30am in the parking area at NY671073, west of Sunbiggin Tarn on the minor road between Orton and Little Asby. Please share transport if possible; I will send out a list of participants nearer the time to facilitate this.

To book a place or request more details contact Mike Porter, preferably by email, carexmike@yahoo.co.uk ; landline 016973 43086; mobile 07803 349861.

 

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June (General, Recording)

East Donegal (v.c.H34)

Leaders: Oisín Duffy, Mairéad Crawford and John Conaghan

A range of under-recorded areas in the centre of the vice county will be visited with the aim to record for Atlas 2020. Habitats will include bog and heath.

Meet both days at 10:00 in Ballybofey at the car park beside McElhinneys Department Store (Grid ref H14269466). Bring appropriate footwear and lunch for both days. Contact Oisín at oisinsduffy@gmail.com or 00353-86-0526161 for further details and to confirm attendance.

 

Sunday 11th June (General)

Rivers Garnock & Irvine, Ayrshire (v.c.75)

Leader: Jim McIntosh

A gentle walk over the Towns moor and along the banks of the Rivers Garnock & Irvine to see if we can refind old records of Saxifraga granulata (Meadow Saxifrage) & Teesdalia nudicaulis (Shepherd’s Cress).  However the real emphasis of this field meeting will be on learning to identify and we would particularly welcome beginners and anyone who has not been on a BSBI field meeting before.

For more information and to book e-mail Jim McIntosh at jim.mcintosh@bsbi.org

 

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th June (Recording)

North Roscommon (v.c.H25)

Leaders: Robert Northridge and John Earley

North Roscommon contains a good range of natural habitats with raised bog and lake areas especially frequent. This meeting will aim to improve recording coverage in the north of the county for Atlas 2020. As with similar targeted recording events, we will break into small groups and head off in pre-assigned directions. This maximises recording coverage, but also ensures that all participants are in the thick of the action and learn lots!

Meet at the entrance to Lough Key Forest Park (G839023) each day at 10.00. If you wish to attend please email Robert Northridge at robhannort@aol.com or John Earley at jearley@eircom.net .

 

Saturday 17th to Saturday 24th June (Recording)

West Cowal Recording Week, Kames (v.c.98)

Leader: Angus Hannah

A week’s recording will focus on the south western corner of the Cowal peninsula, between Loch Fyne and the Kyles of Bute, at the southern extremity of the vice-county of Main Argyll.  West Cowal is a scenically attractive area, with a long and varied coastline which will be the main subject of our attention. The interior is largely afforested, but with some craggy hills and ravines likely to be of interest.

Very little recording has been done in the area since the last Atlas. VC98 is very large, and VCR Carl Farmer lives in the northern part of it, more than 80 miles by road from Kames. Earlier recording was at 5km precision, so this will be the first time the area has been systematically recorded in tetrads. We will go out each day in groups of three or four to target particular localities, selected for their interest and variety, mainly within hectads NR96, 97 and 98.  A visit could be made to the serpentine crags in Glendaruel, where Dryas octopetala (Mountain Avens) and Arabidopsis petraea (Northern Rock-cress) grow, the latter at its most southerly Scottish site.

Six members will be based in a cottage at Kames, and others are invited to find their own accommodation nearby.  There is a wide choice of cottages, chalets and B&B in and around the villages of Kames and Tighnabruaich, easily found on-line.  If you wish to take part please contact Angus Hannah butesedge@yahoo.co.uk . Further details will be sent to those expressing interest.

 

Friday 23rd to Monday 26th June (Recording)

Poolewe, Wester Ross (v.c.105)

Leader: Duncan Donald

The aim of this meeting is to survey under-recorded sites in central West Ross for Atlas 2020 – in particular hectads NG97 and NG98 (Fionn Loch and Beinn Airigh Charr/Beinn Lair): spectacular scenery, with low-level as well as high-level options.  Target species include Asplenium septentrionale (Forked Spleenwort), Poa glauca (Glaucous meadow-grass), Saxifraga nivalis (Alpine Saxifrage) and Sibbaldia procumbens (Sibbaldia). There is a wide range of accommodation available in Aultbea, Poolewe and Gairloch, but early booking is advisable.  To book to attend the meeting, please contact Duncan Donald, 16 Midtown of Inverasdale, Poolewe, Wester Ross IV22 2LW; croft16@btinternet.com; tel. 01445 781717.

 

Saturday 24th June (Recording)

Fortrose, Easter Ross (v.c.106)

Joint meeting with the Botanical Society of Scotland

Leaders: Brian Ballinger and Mary Dean

This joint meeting will be mainly devoted to the flora of this small town with its ancient ruined cathedral. The aim is to update records for Atlas 2020 and to contribute information for the Botanical Society of Scotland’s urban flora project.

We will visit various habitats in the town including streets, old walls, waste ground, woodland, shore and harbour. The walls are rich in Asplenium species and Astragalus danicus (Purple Milk-vetch) grows on the shore nearby.

If time allows we may extend our visit to go to a neighbouring small town such as Avoch.

This 10km square NH75 still has many species that have not been seen again since 2000 and we will be looking out for some of these, including Corallorhiza trifida (Coralroot Orchid), Fumaria purpurea {Purple Ramping Fumitory) and Anthriscus caucalis (Bur Chervil).

We will be walking on mainly good surfaces and should not cover more than three miles.

Contact: Brian Ballinger brian@garrickwood.org.uk or 5, Shaftesbury Park, Dundee DD2 1LB

 

Saturday 24th June (General, Recording)

Ballymacoda and Knockadoon Head, Co. Cork (v.c.H5)

Leaders: Edwina Cole and Finbarr Wallace

Records will be collected for Atlas 2020 from various habitats, including coastal grassland, dunes and hedgerows. Walking boots/wellingtons, raingear, sunblock and a packed lunch required.

Meet at 10.30 a.m. in the carpark at Ballymacoda (X077711). Contact Edwina at edwinacole@eircom.net or Finbarr at finbarrwallace@gmail.com for further details.

 

Monday 26th June to Monday 3rd July (Recording/Training)

Glynhir Recording Week, Carmarthenshire (v.c.44)

Leaders: Kath and Richard Pryce

Full details and how to book can be found here.

 

Saturday 1st July (General)

Logierait, Perthshire (v.c.88)

A meeting mainly for beginners

Leader: Faith Anstey

The aim of this meeting is to encourage newcomers to increase their confidence in and enjoyment of plant hunting.  Logierait is at the confluence of the Rivers Tay and Tummel, which is one the things that makes it botanically so interesting.  There are a number of diverse and easily-accessible habitats where many common plants in all the major families can be found (and one or two more unusual ones as well).  If you have never been on a field meeting before, have attended one of our Plant Families Workshops, or just feel that you would appreciate learning how to recognise family resemblances and working through keys with help at hand, then this meeting, which starts at 10.30, will be right up your street (field?).  Contact faithanstey@gmail.com for further details.

 

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July (General, Recording)

South-east Galway (v.c.H15) and Roscommon (v.c.H25)

Leaders: Micheline Sheehy Skeffington and John Earley

This meeting will focus on recording in under-recorded monads in and around the River Suck, with a focus on early summer flowers.

Meet at the car park of the LIDL supermarket in Ballinasloe (M854308) at 10.00am on both days. Please contact Micheline at micheline.sheehy@nuigalway.ie to confirm your attendance.

 

Thursday 6th and Friday 7th July (Specialist/Training/Recording)

Brambles of the Central Chilterns (v.c.24)

Leaders: Tony Marshall and Rob Randall

This itinerary includes visits to woodland, scrub and grassland sites on calcareous and acid soils, including relics of former heathland and some "classic" sites for rare species. The main aim is to try to rediscover some of the local rarities and provide a chance for beginners to learn something about the complicated world of brambles. It is led by Rob Randall (BSBI brambles specialist) and Tony Marshall (who knows the area but is a neophyte batologist). As the sites are separated, cars will be used for short distances between them, sharing cars as much as possible. Starting-point for each day will be 10.30am at Tony Marshall's house (parking in road available): 49 Lodge Lane, Prestwood HP16 0QG (SP87850030).  For further detail and booking contact Tony Marshall ecorocker@gmail.com  01494 864251.

 

Sunday 9th July (General)

Crosby Coastal Park, Merseyside (v.c.59)

Leaders: Philip H. Smith and Patricia A. Lockwood

Despite its urban setting, Crosby Coastal Park is remarkably rich in vascular plants with over 350 taxa recorded. Of particular interest are at least six different Oenothera (Evening-primrose) taxa, all of which should be in flower in early July. A rich duneland flora includes what is arguably Britain’s largest population of the endemic Coincya monensis ssp. monensis (Isle of Man Cabbage) and what may be the only extant UK locality for Artemisia campestris ssp. maritima (Dune Wormwood). Also noteworthy is a recently discovered colony of Elytrigia atherica (Sea Couch), thought to be the only population in Northwest England north of the Dee Estuary. Another uncommon coastal grass here is Festuca arenaria (Rush-leaved Fescue). Wetland plants of interest include Eleocharis uniglumis (Slender Spike-rush), Potamogeton pectinatus (Fennel Pondweed) and a spectacular abundance of Dactylorhiza praetermissa (Southern Marsh-orchid). Meet at Crosby Baths carpark (SJ307988), Mariners Road (c. 600m from Blundellsands & Crosby railway station), at 13.30 hrs. Easy walking. Contact: Phil Smith: philsmith1941@tiscali.co.uk 

 

Sunday 9th to Sunday 16th July (Recording)

Atlas 2020 Recording Week, Torridon, West Ross (v.c.105)

Leaders: Jim McIntosh & Duncan Donald

West Ross is one of the biggest, remotest and most mountainous Vice-counties. This meeting aims to help the County Recorder with Atlas 2020 in the Torridon area.  The meeting will also provide a great opportunity to help improve field identification skills and to see nice plants in nice places and have a lot of fun in the process!  As the area is mountainous, a reasonable level of fitness will be required but we will aim to offer a range of different ability routes every day.  At some point during the week we will take some time off, to give you a chance to explore on your own.

We will be based at the New Lodge, Ben Damph Estate.  The Lodge accommodates 14 in total but it is mostly in two rooms with four single beds in each, so participants should expect to share.  Hilary Hawker has kindly agreed to cater for us.

For further details and to note your interest please contact Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer jim.mcintosh@bsbi.org

 

Sunday 16th July (Training)

Alyn Waters Country Park, Wrexham, Denbighshire (v.c.50)

Plant families identification training day

Leader: Delyth Williams

This meeting is aimed at beginners and improvers. We will look at the parts of a flower and focus on some of the more common plant families. The day will begin in the Visitor Centre to be followed by observing, identifying and recording in the country park, which is a lovely site rich in wildflowers. New members and those who have not been on a BSBI meeting before are especially welcome.

The Visitor Centre is 3 miles north of Wrexham on the A541 Wrexham to Mold road, clearly signposted. Meet at 10.00am in the carpark SJ319 546 [LL11 4AG]. There are toilets and a cafeteria but you are recommended to bring own lunch as we will be out in the park. The terrain is flat and easy with paths. If you have one, bring a hand lens and a wild flower book. A small notebook and pencil would be useful.

Cost: £10 – please bring cash on the day

Numbers are limited and booking is essential. To book or for any queries please phone Delyth on 01824 702196 or 07974 699484 or email delyth@siriolbryn.co.uk

 

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July (Training/Recording)

Tudweliog, Llŷn, Caernarvonshire (v.c.49)

Leader: David Earl

A meeting to combine training in Rubus identification with recording, hoping to update old records and make new records for Atlas 2020. Ann Conolly and Alan Newton found some interesting brambles in the 1980's & 90's which we will aim to re-find.  The leader & County Recorder will be staying at the Lion Hotel in Tudweiliog (tel. 01758 770244) and there will be further limited accommodation there (early booking recommended) There are guest houses & camp sites nearby.

Meet at 10am on Friday July 21st in the Lion Hotel car park LL53 8ND, Grid Ref SH237367: further details on booking. There will be a charge of £20 for attending the meeting. Bookings to: Wendy McCarthy by email: wendorme@aol.com Tel: 01492 877451.

 

Friday 21st to Monday 24th July (Recording)

Caerdeon Residential, Merionethshire (v.c.48)

Leader: Sarah Stille

The annual Caerdeon gathering is planned to update records in v.c.48 at tetrad level, particularly in less-visited parts of the vice-county. We go out each day in small groups of 2 - 4 people at your own choice, and the evenings are spent in the ample working space looking at specimens – often with a glass of wine at one’s elbow!

Caerdeon Manor House is set in its own grounds of 18 acres of secluded wooded grounds and was visited by Darwin in 1869. He wrote “we have a beautiful House, with a terraced garden, & a really magnificent view of Cader [Idris], right opposite.” The house now belongs to Liverpool Hope University and is run as their Outdoor Education Centre. See: http://www.hope.ac.uk/caerdeon It is fully serviced and the fee [around £145] covers full board, packed lunches and accommodation for three days. Accommodation will be in single [a limited number] or twin rooms – so early booking is advised. The price will be slightly discounted for people willing to share. We expect to have a maximum of about 15 participants.

We will meet there (Grid ref. SH649181) at 10.30 on Friday 22nd (bring lunch) to leave cars/luggage: there is also the possibility to stay the previous [Thursday] night. We plan to walk straight out into the field that morning. Later arrivals may join an afternoon walk. There will be longer/shorter options each day or people can follow their own recording inclinations – or just chill on the beach! Sites to be visited may include dune systems, broad-leaved, sessile oak woodland, lowland heath, upland, riverine habitats, montane, etc. If people want to bring microscopes, laptops etc there is a secure room where we work in the evenings.

Leave the Centre after breakfast on Monday 24st or join that (4th) day’s field trip.

This meeting provides an opportunity to enjoy a lovely part of Wales and the company of other botanists in an informal and enjoyably supportive atmosphere. Bookings in the first instance to Sarah Stille by email mossysal@btinternet.com or by post to her at 38, Foregate, Preston, PR2 8LA with SAE and cheque for the deposit, or [preferred] pay via the BSBI website.  A minimum deposit of £30 will be required to confirm your booking, with the balance to be paid before 20th June 2014. The Further details will be sent to participants nearer the time.

 

Saturday 22nd July (Specialist/Training)

Charophyte workshop, Wheatfen Centre, Norfolk (v.c.27)

Leader: Alex Prendergast

The meeting will be based at the Wheatfen Centre (Directions here: http://www.wheatfen.org/tethtml/findus.html ) for the morning lab session.  Participants will then go and have a look at some good charophyte sites in the broads in the afternoon (probably Hickling Broad, though tbc).  Meet at 10am, the meeting will close at 5pm. Bring lunch, books, grapnel/hook-on-a-stick and specimens if you have them. There is a good pub nearby for dinner afterwards.

The Wheatfen Trust have kindly let us use the room for free and participants will be asked for donations to the Trust on the day.  Please register with Alex by email to mushroom_alex@hotmail.com or in writing c/o Natural England, Dragonfly House, 2 Gilders Way, Norwich NR3 1UB .  Numbers are limited to 12.

 

Saturday 22nd to Sunday 23rd July (General, Recording)

Leenane and Maumturk Mountains, West Galway (v.c.H16)

Leader: John Conaghan

The northern half of the Maumturk Mountain range and the Leenane area will be the main focus of recording at this meeting. Areas of salt marsh, blanket bog and heath habitat will be visited. Rain gear, walking boots, sunblock and lunch are essential. Please Contact John at conaghaj@indigo.ie or 00353-87-2239858 if you wish to attend and for details of meeting points and times.

 

Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July 2017 (General/Recording)

BSBI Atlas 2020 Recording Field Trip, Selkirk (v.c.79)

Leader: Jeff Waddell

Following on the success of last year’s Atlas 2020 recording field trip at Hawick, a similar recording expedition is being arranged in late July 2017 based in the county town of Selkirk.  Selkirk is a good base to explore the Yarrow and Ettrick valleys which make up most of this poorly recorded vice county. The focus of the meeting will be recording tetrads with few or no recent records, but promising habitats in Selkirkshire and possibly also some adjacent areas of Roxburghshire. Similar work last year proved very productive with a new county record: Oenanthe fistulosa (Tubular Water-dropwort) and two new sites for Blysmus compressus (Flat Sedge) amongst other highlights. The terrain will range from moderately hilly to easy, and groups will be arranged according to physical ability. We would particularly welcome participation from recorders with expertise in critical groups to improve the recording coverage and beginner and improver botanists are also very welcome. To book a place and for enquiries contact: jeffwaddell11@yahoo.co.uk

 

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July (General/Recording)

Atlas Recording on Abergwesyn Commons, Brecknockshire (v.c.42)

Leader: John Crellin

This wild and ancient landscape with far-reaching views stretches for 12 miles between the Nant Irfon valley in the west and Llanwrthwl in the east. Drygarn Fawr (645m) is the highest point on the commons, lying above the Nant Irfon valley. The area has not been recorded in the most part since the 1980s and we expect to confirm that Andromeda polifolia (Bog-rosemary) is still present in one of its most southerly habitats.

The Saturday walk will involve a climb of 250 to 300m in tussocky upland but the distance covered will not be too great (about 8-10 km). If there is sufficient interest a less strenuous walk to explore one of the small valleys at the south of the Commons will be done on the Sunday.

Bring lunch and wear suitable clothing and footwear for rough hill country.

Meet 10.00 am at the Car Park (pay) near the Coed Trallwm Mountain Bike Centre at SN 882 543 where transport will be provided to the edge of the commons by the National Trust who own the Commons.

Booking is essential (numbers limited to 12). Contact John Crellin, 18 De Breos Court, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford HR3 5DL, john@floralimages.co.uk for further details and to confirm a place.

 

Saturday 5th August (Recording)

Derry (v.c.H40)

Leaders: Sharon Spratt and Maria Long

This meeting will be based in the Sperrins Mountains in mid-Ulster. We will most likely visit Carn Daisy Glen - a lovely wooded glen with a rich spring ground flora. This leads up to Slieve Gallion, the highest point in the area, with upland habitats interspersed with agricultural fields and nice traditional field boundaries. There are other interesting sites nearby which we may also explore. Contact: Sharon Spratt at sharonsp@hotmail.com for details.

 

Sunday, 6th August (General/Training)

Ferns Training Workshop, Benthall Edge Wood, Shropshire (v.c. 40)

This is a meeting for anyone who wishes to either start learning about, or improve their knowledge of, the more widely distributed ferns.  It is a rerun of last year’s workshop at Froghall in Staffordshire in a somewhat different habitat and with a rather different selection of ferns – including more Dryopteris for the hardy, plus Polystichum and the possibility of some hybrids.  We will meet at the car park at SJ672033, on the opposite side of the river from Ironbridge, at 1030.  Booking:  Contact Martin Godfrey at martinandrosie@aol.com

 

Sunday 6th August (Recording)

Inverpolly, Wester Ross (v.c.105)

Leader: Duncan Donald

Join the Inverness Botany Group on their annual visit to West Ross, tackling the west side of Cul Beag (NC10J/NC11F) – target species Dryas octopetala (Mountain Avens), Equisetum hyemale (Rough Horsetail) and Polystichum lonchitis (Holly-fern). Or, if time allows, perhaps come early or stay late and help cover a wider part of this recently under-recorded area.  To book to attend the meeting, please contact Duncan Donald, 16 Midtown of Inverasdale, Poolewe, Wester Ross IV22 2LW; croft16@btinternet.com ; tel. 01445 781717.

 

Saturday 12th August (Training)

“Introduction to Botanical Keys” (v.c.H21)

Workshop with Richard McMullen

Many people wishing to know the names of our native wild plants are daunted by the terms used in botanical keys, e.g. how does an ovary differ from a carpel, how does one differentiate a superior ovary from an inferior ovary, a palmate leaf from a palmatifid leaf, etc. This workshop aims to demystify and explain the terms used in botanical keys so that it is possible to track down a species definitively rather than just flick through an illustrated flora. (It is very satisfying to arrive at a rock-solid identification!) We will have a wide range of botanical structures to demonstrate in the session and by the end, we should be well on the way to using keys effectively.

If you have it, bring a copy of Webb's 'An Irish Flora' (8th edn) and a hand lens, though we will have some of both on hand.

Note that places will be limited for this workshop, and there may be a small charge to attend. Further details available next year. Please contact Richard McMullen rmmcm24@hotmail.com for queries on content and Maria Long maria.long@bsbi.org to book a place.

 

Saturday 19th August (Training)

Roses - Shropshire & Montgomeryshire (v.cc.40, 47)

Leader: Kate Thorne

This is a Rosa identification day by request, following previous excellent workshops. We will spend the morning looking at several wild rose species in Kate’s garden. These have been grown from cuttings taken from bushes in the wild and were originally verified by Rev. A. L. Primavesi.  Species include R. agrestis (Small-leaved Sweet-briar), R. micrantha (Small-flowered Sweet-briar), R. caesia ssp. vosagiaca (Glaucous Dog-rose), R. mollis (Soft Downy-rose), R. sherardii (Sherard’s Downy-rose), R. tomentosa (Harsh Downy-rose), R. spinossisima (Burnet Rose) and a couple of hybrids.  In the afternoon we will visit The Stiperstones area to see some of these in the wild, and some additional species - R. caesia ssp. caesia (Hairy Dog-rose) and R. caesia x R. sherardii.

There are other species of interest to see too e.g. Orobanche minor (Common Broomrape), Malva neglecta (Dwarf Mallow) and the three Field-speedwells occur naturally in the garden.

Meet at Churton House, Church Pulverbatch, Shropshire, SJ42940287 [SY5 8BZ] at 10.00 a.m. The house is next to the church. Access is off the A49 just north of Dorrington (at SJ47520395 or SJ47730563) - these routes are signposted to Church Pulverbatch and both soon arrive at Stapleton. In Stapleton turn off to CP. There is also access via a seemingly minor road (but actually more like a B road) from Shrewsbury (only from the OLD bypass, at SJ48381128) via Hookagate and Longden – turn off this road just after the Pulverbatch sign, to get to the church.

This is a full day’s meeting so bring lunch. There will not be much walking involved; car travel will be about 20 miles round trip but it is likely to be easier for some to go home directly from The Stiperstones. Places limited to 12. Bookings preferably by email, to k.thorne@btinternet.com , or by post with SAE to Dr. A.K. Thorne, Churton House, Church Pulverbatch, Shropshire SY5 8BZ Phone: 01743 718270

 

Saturday 19th August (Recording)

Eastern Westmeath (v.c.H23)

Leader: Con Breen

This meeting will focus on recording in hectads N55 and N56 in the eastern end of Westmeath. Lough Lene/Sheever and Lough Adeel are located at the northern end of this area, and there are many under-recorded habitats to be explored. Details will be refined closer to the time.

Bring: Wellies, water-proofs, suncream, lunch and ID books will be required on the day. Contact: Con at conbreen1o1@yahoo.com or 000353-86-3539295 if you wish to attend and for details of meeting points and times.

 

Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September (Training)

Dryopteris training weekend - Caernarvonshire & Denbighshire (v.cc.49, 50)

Leader: Fred Rumsey

This is a training weekend with the aim of familiarising participants with the genus Dryopteris (Buckler-ferns and Male-ferns). We will visit sites in Snowdonia where we expect to see Dryopteris oreades (Mountain Male-fern) and D. aemula (Hay-scented Buckler-fern) as well as the various subspecies of D. affinis (Golden-scaled Male-fern). On Sunday we hope to travel to Denbighshire (v.c.50) to see D. submontana (Rigid Buckler-fern). During the course there will be the opportunity to become familiar with the commonest hybrids and the characters used to identify hybridity and herbarium material of all of the British species will be available to consult.

Meet on Friday afternoon at Rhyd-y-Creuau Field Studies Centre for dinner and an introductory session. Accommodation is available at Rhyd-y-Creuau for Friday and Saturday nights. The costs are £80 in a shared room or £112 (sole occupancy) for the weekend to include dinner, bed, breakfast and a packed lunch. Numbers will be limited and please book as soon as possible (by 28th February) to reserve accommodation.

This is a repeat of the workshop run in October 2016 (report available to BSBI members via the members-only area – password required) which was heavily oversubscribed. Places will therefore be offered first to those who applied but were not given a place last year.  There will be a charge of £20 to cover the costs of this meeting (in addition to accommodation costs) Further details will be sent out to those booking with Polly Spencer-Vellacott by email: polly.spencer-vellacott@bsbi.org or by post: Polly Spencer-Vellacott, BSBI Welsh Officer, c/o NRW, Chester Road, Buckley CH7 3AJ. Tel 03000 653893.

 

Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd September (General)

Rothesay, Isle of Bute (v.c.100)

Rose and Bramble weekend, mainly for beginners

Leader: Angus Hannah

Mainly for those who would like to make a start on recording these groups, though expert input would be very welcome. Two days of leisurely strolls around the lanes of Bute, looking at hedgerows and aiming to become familiar with the locally common species in both groups.  There will be an opportunity on Saturday evening to look again at specimens we have gathered.

Details will be sent to those expressing interest. Contact Angus Hannah butesedge@yahoo.co.uk

 

Sunday 3rd September (Recording, Training)

Drinagh, Wexford Town (v.c.H12)

Joint workshop and outing with National Biodiversity Data Centre

Leader: Paul Green

The aim of the day is to look at and learn how to identify coastal Atriplex and their hybrids. This hopefully will include 5 species and 5 hybrids, one of the hybrids being Atriplex longipes (Long-stalked Orache) x Atriplex littoralis (Grass-leaved Orache), a new hybrid to the Irish flora in 2016. Will also look at other saltmarsh species. May have a chance to see Puccinellia fasciculata (Borrer's Saltmarsh-grass).

Attendance is free for BSBI members, but places are limited. Email the Irish Officer, Maria Long (maria.long@bsbi.org) immediately to book a place if you are interested in attending.

 

Saturday 9th September (Recording)

South Hayling, Hampshire (v.c.11)

Leader: Martin Rand

This is the second visit in the year to the hectad in the vice-county that is currently least well recorded for Atlas 2020 (SZ79), which includes just 3 coastal part-tetrads (see 13th May for the earlier one). The two meetings are intended to remedy that situation. Shingle beach, saltmarsh, coastal heath and Hampshire's largest area of sand dune (not to mention suburban verges and waste ground) ensure plenty of interest amongst both native and alien plants.

This meeting will be run jointly with the Hampshire Flora Group. You don't need to be an expert to participate; recording teams will be organised to cater for a mix of abilities.  If you are travelling from some distance and staying over in the area, there may be a chance to participate in a Hampshire Flora Group identification workshop for saltmarsh plants on Hayling the following day (numbers limited, modest fee applies).  For further details and booking, contact Martin Rand vc11recorder@hantsplants.org.uk after January 8th 2017.

 

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September (General, Recording)

Kinsale and Oysterhaven, Co Cork (v.cc.H3, H4)

Leaders: Clare Heardman (H3) and John Wallace (H4)

This weekend is located across the boundary between two Cork vice counties and is aimed at collecting records for Atlas 2020. Habitats covered will include brackish marsh, saltmarsh, coastal heath/grassland and hedgerows. Walking boots/wellingtons, raingear and packed lunches required. Day 1: Meet 10.00am in the car-park by the toilets at Garrylucas beach W609432. Day 2: Meet 10:00am at the Charles Fort car-park W655495 Contact Clare at clare.heardman@ahg.gov.ie 00353-87-6781613 or John at johnwiegm@gmail.com for further details.

 

Saturday 4 November (General)

Scottish Annual Meeting, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (v.c.83)

Put the date in your diary now and watch out for the flyer with the April BSBI News.  When available there will be more information here.

 

Saturday 25 November (General) (Date and venue TBC)

Annual Exhibition Meeting, London

There will be the usual mix of short talks, displays, posters and book stalls and the chance to meet friends, colleagues and other botanists. All welcome.  Further details when available will be at http://bsbi.org/annual-exhibition-meeting 

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Our field meetings are a great way to get involved in  botany. Most are open to anyone, although members have priority.

If you want to book on a meeting, please contact the leader well in advance because they will fill up - do not just turn up on the day. The field meetings list on this page is the most up-to-date version, superceding the one in the BSBI Yearbook

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Wales: Sarah Stille 

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