Field Meetings

This Summary is of all BSBI meetings and those run by county recorders and local groups. It is updated weekly by Jon Shanklin, so please check here for any changes to published schedules. Details for national meetings are given in full below. 

Meetings 2016

Details for some meetings are provisional and subject to change. A few additional meetings may still be planned. Updates and full details will be posted when available. Meetings additional to those published in the Yearbook are: July 23/24 (v.c. 36), November 5 (v.c. 88).  Meetings with updates are: July 11/15 (Welsh AGM), August 6/12 (v.c. 110).  Meetings with changed dates are Glynhir (v.c.44) now July 4/11.  Cancelled meetings are: none.

 

 

Saturday 2nd July (General/Recording)

Joint with BSS Dingwall, Easter Ross (v.c.106)

Leaders: Brian Ballinger and Mary Dean

This meeting will be mainly devoted to the flora of this small town and immediate surroundings, looking at churchyards, walls, railways, waste ground etc. The aim is to update records for the BSBI and to contribute to the Botanical Society of Scotland’s urban flora project. We may see Dactylorhiza (Orchid) species near the built up area. We will also explore the banks of the River Peffery and the shore, hoping to update Zostera (Eelgrass) records and possibly re-find Eleocharis parvula (Dwarf Spike-rush). Another aim is to relocate some locally scarce species not seen since 2000 in this area.

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

 

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July (Training)

Euphrasia workshops

Killin (TBC) (v.cc. 88, 89)

Leader: Chris Metherell

These are two training meetings at Killin (TBC), using herbarium material. On the Saturday (beginners) we will learn how to collect Euphrasia (Eyebrights) for identification, how to press specimens and the use of the keys, etc. You will be able to look up herbarium specimens or get answers to your queries. Do bring along specimens you would like help with. This day is aimed at those who have not attended a Euphrasia workshop before.

Sunday is aimed at those who have already attended one of Chris' workshops on Euphrasia (n.b. it is not recommended for anyone to attend both workshops on the same weekend). This will be a chance to build on the introduction provided in a beginners’ workshop. We shall revise the commoner species, look at species with a specific Scottish connection and spend some time looking at hybrids. Do bring along specimens with your identifications for confirmation.

Meet at 10.30am. Bring a packed lunch but tea and coffee will be available. There will be a charge of £10 to cover the costs of this meeting. Priority will be given to local recorders. Numbers will be limited to 12 each day, so please book early. Note: if there is insufficient demand for the improvers’ and the beginners’ is oversubscribed there is the possibility of running two beginners’ days. Those who book will be contacted in this event.

Further details will be sent out to those booking with Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer jim.mcintosh@bsbi.org.

 

Monday 4th to Monday 11th July (Recording/Training)

Glynhir Recording Week (v.c. 44)

Leaders: Kath and Richard Pryce

The week-long annual Carmarthenshire Recording and Monitoring Meeting will include visits to well-botanised sites as well as areas in need of additional recording within the county. The meeting will cater for both experienced and inexperienced botanists and will provide an opportunity for the informal development of identification skills. Arrangements will be flexible: some days the group will stay as one body, on other days smaller groups will visit different sites, monitor scarce species or update tetrads not visited recently. Day outings will be tailored to individual needs to cover all fitness abilities.

Glynhir Mansion, Glynhir Road, Llandybie, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire www.theglynhirestate.com is located about 2km east of Llandybie on the western flank of the Black Mountain at SN640151. The River Loughor runs through the estate and at one point plunges over a 10m waterfall into a rocky gorge where Dryopteris aemula (Hay-scented Buckler-fern), Hymenophyllum tunbrigense (Tunbridge Filmy-fern) and Asplenium trichomanes ssp. trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) are among the ferns growing on the cliffs. There will be ample opportunity in the timetable to visit the site. Large parkland trees provide the setting to the mansion, including Tilia cordata (Small-leaved Lime), and there remains much scope for further discoveries to be made in the vicinity.

The mansion and estate is run by the Jenkins family providing first class facilities including a large common room for evening identification and discussion sessions. The cost of the week from lunchtime on 4th to breakfast on 11th July, including bed, breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals, will be approximately £500.00 including VAT (based upon 2015 prices) and will be limited to about 15 participants. Accommodation for part of the week will be charged pro rata.

Please make initial bookings with the leaders as soon as possible, preferably by the end of January. A 25% deposit will be required by Glynhir followed by full payment six weeks prior to the meeting.

Initial bookings to Mr & Mrs R.D. Pryce, Trevethin, School Road, Pwll, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 4AL. PryceEco@aol.com Mobile phone no. 07900 241371

 

Saturday 9th July (Recording/General)

Prestatyn (v.c. 51)

Leader: Emily Meilleur and Gail Quartly-Bishop

We will wander around these old meadows, hoping to update old records for Oenanthe fistulosa (Tubular Water-dropwort) and Carex divisa (Divided Sedge).

Meet 10.30am [bring lunch] at SJ06228256, a car park (at the end of Dawson Drive by white poplars), just past a school. There is also a train station within walking distance.

Booking required, Contact Emily Meilleur 07791 951233 or Gail Quartly-Bishop 07855 928026 gailqb@hotmail.com

 

Saturday 9th July (Recording)

Doune ponds (v.c. 87)

Leaders: Liz Lavery & Jane Jones

Doune Ponds is a small wooded area with several small ponds in the village of Doune situated about 6 miles north-west of Stirling. It belongs to Stirling Council and is well used by the local community for short walks. For its size, the area has produced some interesting records including Ranunculus lingua (Greater Spearwort), Pyrola minor (Common Wintergreen), Epipactis helleborine (Broad-leaved Helleborine) and Pilularia globulifera (Pillwort). However, many of these records were pre 2000 so this meeting aims to try and find some of these rarities again for Atlas 2020.

Bookings to:- Liz Lavery, Burach, Carnbo, Kinross, KY13 0NX. Email:- lavery@carnbo.freeserve.co.uk

 

Sunday 10th to Wednesday 13th July (Recording/General)

North Northumberland Recording Week (v.c. 68)

Leaders: Chris and Hazel Metherell

Following the success of the 2011 to 2015 recording weeks, the object of this meeting is to record a number of tetrads in the western Coquet valley. This is perhaps the most unspoilt area in the whole of v.c. 68. We hope to gain permission to access some areas using the military roads and may also be able to arrange to record in areas which are normally closed to the public, some of which have never been visited by botanists. Contact: Chris and Hazel Metherell Woodsia House, Main Street, Felton, Northumberland, NE65 9PT chris@metherell.org.uk Phone no 07505 134070

 

Sunday 10th July (General/Recording)

Monaghan (v.c. H32)

Leader: Alexis FitzGerald

County Monaghan has received relatively little recording attention in the recent past. At this meeting a mixture of lake, woodland and marshy grassland habitats in the west of the county will be explored in order to obtain records for Atlas 2020.

Enquiries to Alexis at alexisfitzgerald434@gmail.com or 353-86-1266167

 

Tuesday 12th (Optionally Monday 11th) to Friday 15th July (General)

Welsh AGM

Brecon (v.c. 42)

Organisers John Crellin and Mike Porter

The meeting will be based at The Barn at Brynich, just outside Brecon, and self-catering accommodation will be available there for those who book early from Monday (11th) through to Friday (15th) affording an excellent opportunity to explore the Brecon Beacons region or even to help out with Atlas records for the local Vice-Counties. Alternative B&B accommodation has been reserved in Brecon itself a short distance away.  Vice County 42, the old county of Brecknock, has many different habitats, not all easy to access. The field excursions for the AGM will aim to give a good sampling of these habitats, including places which have records from before 2000 that need updating.

The Local Nature Reserve at Vicarage Meadows is remote even for Brecon residents, but will be worth the journey for many BSBI members as a prime site in Wales for Pseudorchis albida (Small-white Orchid) and Vicia orobus (Wood Bitter-vetch). Naturally unspoilt hill pasture that hosts these has plenty more to offer and several orchid species should be in flower at the meeting time.  We hope to have an excursion for more adventurous members up to the peak of Cribyn in the Beacons with a chance to see (if not touch) the newly named Hieracium attenboroughianum as well as other unexpected species such as Silene uniflora (Sea Campion), which inhabit the steep northern slopes of this range.  Other field excursions will take us to Llangorse Lake, which has species not found anywhere else in the region, and the banks of the Wye. It is hoped to have a visit to the nationally important Stanner Rocks NNR in neighbouring Radnorshire (v.c. 43) as well.

  • Monday 11th July: Optional early arrival (accommodation at the Barn is available after 16.00). A chance to arrive early and explore the Brecon Beacons landscape.
  • Tuesday 12th July: Arrive any time. An informal day for settling in. There will be a local walk direct from the venue along the Brecon Canal and River Usk and a talk later in the afternoon on “The Geology of the Beacons and Black Mountains” by James Cresswell.
  • Wednesday 13th July: BSBI Wales AGM (preceded by a short meeting of the Committee for Wales at 9.00) and Field Excursions. . Evening meal, Talks.
  • Thursday 14th July: Breakfast (residents and non-residents) at the Barn (this is dependent on sufficient bookings) followed by more Field Excursions. Evening meal, Talks.
  • Friday 15th July: Informal excursions for those that stay a little longer…

For further details see http://bsbi.org.uk/brecknockshire.html  Contact: John Crellin, 18 De Breos Court, Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, Powys, HR3 5DL. Tel: 01497 821116. Email: john@floralimages.co.uk

 

Saturday 16th July (Recording)

Ben Vorlich and Inveruglas, Dunbarton (v.c. 99)

Leader: John Holland

We aim to record the mountain flora of the Ben Vorlich ridge. Many existing records are more than 30 years old and include plants not known elsewhere in the vice-county. We hope to see Silene acaulis (Moss Campion), Saussurea alpina (Alpine Saw-wort), Polystichum lonchitis (Holly Fern) and many other typical mountain plants. The starting point is Inveruglas on Loch Lomond, and it is hoped that less fit participants will record the lower slopes and loch-side with ancient oak woodland.

Contact John Holland for further details, tel. 01838 400524 (day) or 01567 820509 (evening), e- mail john.holland@sruc.ac.uk.

 

Saturday 16th July (General/Recording)

Co. Laois (v.c. H14)

Leaders: Mark McCorry and Fiona MacGowan

This field meeting will visit Glenbarrow in the Slieve Bloom Mountains where broadleaved woodland and calcareous flush habitats will be explored.

Meet at Glenbarrow carpark/trailhead (N366081) at 10.30 am.

Contact Mark at mark.mccorry@bnm.ie or 353-87-7530718 if you wish to attend.

 

Friday 22nd to Sunday 25th July (Recording/General)

Caerdeon (v.c. 48)

Leader: Sarah Stille

The 2020 Atlas looms ever closer and we aim in this meeting to update records in v.c. 48 at least 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 of Caerdeon 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, or there may be the possibility of staying the previous 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 may like to 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.

Bookings in the first instance to Sarah Stille by email mossysal@btinternet.com or by post to 38, Foregate, Preston, PR2 8LA with SAE and cheque for the deposit, or 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. Further details will be sent to participants nearer the time.

This meeting is fun as well as providing a good opportunity to spend time in a lovely part of Wales and to meet botanists from other parts of the country.

 

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July (General/Training)

Epipactis in North-east England (v.cc. 66, 67 & 68)

This meeting is designed to demonstrate the Epipactis of North-east England [all the British species except E. purpurata (Violet Helleborine) and E. leptochila (Narrow-lipped Helleborine)]. It will involve quite a lot of travelling; where possible we will arrange to share cars. Although we will spend two nights based at Hexham, initial and final venues are distant. We will use a room at the Community Centre, Market St., Hexham (NY935643), about 200 m NW of the Abbey; there is free evening parking nearby.

Friday, July 22nd, 2 pm. Bishop Middleham Quarry, Durham, NZ330324, park in lane.(A1(M) J60, A689 E, A177 N 2 m, left, three right turns). E. atrorubens (Dark-red Helleborine) and other orchids, also Northern Brown Argus. Proceed to Hexham (one hour), A1 N, A69.

Saturday, July 23rd. 10.30 am. Williamston NR, Northumberland, NY680520, park in layby (A69 W to Haltwhistle, south to Coanwood, then A689) (45 mins from Hexham). E. dunensis (Dune Helleborine) and metallophytes. Call in to see ‘industrial’ E. dunensis in Haltwhistle (NY696636), then Stonecroft Mine, NY854690, 1 pm, park by mine building (A 69 east to start of duelling, Hexham, then B6319 west to Newbrough). E. helleborine v. youngiana (Young’s Helleborine), E. phyllanthes v pendula (Green-flowered Helleborine) and Pyrola minor (Common Wintergreen). Continue east on A69 until 1 mile after duelling, turn left to Acomb mine waste reclamation scheme (NY927662) for Epipactis dunensis and Ophrys apifera (Bee Orchid). If time allows, brief visits to sites for Hammarbya paludosa (Bog Orchid) and Goodyera repens (Creeping Lady’s-tresses) south of Hexham.

Sunday, July 24th. 11.00 am. Lindisfarne NNR, Northumberland, NU095431, park in first layby after causeway (crossing safe until 16.40) (A69 E, A1 N, 90 mins from Hexham). E. sancta (Lindisfarne Helleborine), E. palustris (Marsh Helleborine) and many other scarce plants. Depart for home during afternoon.

Contact John Richards hightreesgarden@btinternet.com who can provide information on accommodation in Hexham.

 

Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July (General/Recording)

Co. Longford (v.c. H24)

Leaders: John Conaghan and Maria Long

Situated in the centre of Ireland, Longford is a small county which is generally dominated by agricultural grassland and raised bog habitat, much of which has been cutaway. There are however a significant number of small interesting areas of intact raised bog, lake, fen and woodland which are botanically rich and relatively unexplored. During this long weekend meeting a range of these sites will be visited in order to increase coverage for Atlas 2020. Please contact John at conaghaj@indigo.ie or 353-87-2239858 if you wish to attend and for details of meeting points and times.

 

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July (Training)

South Herefordshire Rubus Foray (v.c. 36)

Leader: Rob Randall

Saturday, July 23rd meet 11:00am at Kilpeck Church (SO445305) in preparation for a start on Wormbridge Common.

Sunday, July 24th meet 11:00 am at Wilton Road, Ross-on-Wye in car park (SO593240) by Wilton Bridge.

Beginners will be welcome.  Anyone wishing to collect should bring secateurs and thick skin or gardening gloves, and something to put specimens in.  I will give a brief introduction and tips on collecting.  Contacts for enquiries: joint VC recorders Peter Garner petergarner@live.co.uk 01684 564957 or on the day 07968074529 or Heather Davies heatherbelle.sanctuary@gmail.com

 

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July (Recording)

Mapping Carex vaginata and monad recording for Atlas 2020

Moffat Hills (v.c. 72)

Leader: Chris Miles

NTS are interested in mapping the extent of C. vaginata (Sheathed Sedge) on their Grey Mare’s Tail (GMT) property. This has a small number of records across the Moffat Hills and we aim to add to these. In addition the hills have the best collection of montane species in the south of Scotland and we will extend the more detailed recording of these at the monad scale.

Meet at 10:30 a.m. at the GMT car park on Saturday. We may meet at another location on the Sunday. This event requires a good level of fitness and appropriate clothing for high hill conditions.

Please contact Chris Miles at chris.miles01@btinternet.com to confirm your attendance and for any other information.

 

Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th July (Recording)

Atlas Recording

Selkirkshire & Roxburghshire (v.cc. 79, 80)

Leader: Jeff Waddell

The purpose of the meeting will be to improve both the hectad and tetrad recording coverage in v.c. 80 and v.c. 79. Recording will be targeted at tetrads with few or no botanical records, selected on the basis of promising looking habitats after analysis of OS maps and aerial photography. It is therefore difficult to say what species we might encounter! But survey work in a similar format in 2015 found new populations of nationally rare and scarce species, as well as others uncommon in Scotland, such as Chara rudis (Rugged Stonewort), Sedum villosum (Hairy Stonecrop), Andromeda polifolia (Bog-rosemary) and Paris quadrifolia (Herb Paris).

This meeting follows directly after the Grey Mare’s Tail weekend, and it is hoped some members may attend both. It will be based in Hawick, which is centrally located to access some of the more interesting parts of the two vice counties. I am hoping for a good turn out so we can split into groups and cover as many tetrads as possible over the two days. Everyone is welcome to attend including beginners and improvers. I would also be very pleased to host recorders capable of recording critical groups to improve the taxonomic coverage. To book and for accommodation and other advice/enquiries please contact Jeff Waddell jeffwaddell11@yahoo.co.uk

 

Friday 29th to Sunday July 31st (Training)

Brambles in Denbighshire

Ruthin (v.c. 50)

Leader: David Earl

This is the third annual training meeting in North Wales for anyone wishing to gain an improved understanding of brambles. Denbighshire is a diverse vice county and we will visit a range of habitats to become familiar with some of the local species and gain an understanding of key characteristics and methods and timing of collection of specimens.

Meet: 12 noon on Friday 29th July at Coleg Cambria Llysfasi Campus (SJ147523) near Ruthin. Please bring a packed lunch.

Accommodation: Accommodation has been reserved at Llysfasi and will cost £45 per night including continental breakfast. Rooms are single occupancy en-suite and there are kitchen facilities with tea/coffee facilities and microwave etc. Facilities include wi-fi and television in well-equipped common areas. There are plenty of places in Ruthin for evening meals.

Costs: A charge of £20 will be made for attending the course.

Please make bookings as soon as possible using the form available on the Denbighshire web page at http://bsbi.org.uk/denbighshire.html as places will be limited to a maximum of 15. If you require accommodation please book by 19th February so we can secure the rooms at the College. Bookings should be made to John Palmer by e-mail: jpp@totalise.co.uk or by post (with SAE) to John Palmer, Bron y Graig, Pwllglas, Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 2NY. Tel 07767444590.

 

Saturday 30th July (General/Recording)

Blackstairs Mountains, Co. Carlow (v.c. H13)

Leader: Lisa Dowling

Recording will take place in the Blackstairs Mountains area which lies on the border between counties Carlow and Wexford.

Contact Lisa at dowling_lisab@yahoo.com or 353-87-6125041 for details of meeting point and time.

 

Sunday 31st July to Sunday 7th August (Recording)

Atlas 2020 Recording Week

Scalloway, Shetland (v.c. 112)

Leader: Jim McIntosh & Paul Harvey

Last year we held a really enjoyable Atlas Recording week on Shetland based on Unst, from where we covered the three northernmost British isles: Unst, Fetlar and Yell. This year we plan to return with an even bigger group to Shetland and will be based at Scalloway, which is ideally positioned to cover the Mainland of Shetland and some of the remaining nearby islands for Atlas 2020. The meeting will 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! A reasonable level of fitness will be required but a range of different ability routes will be on offer every day. At some point mid week we plan take some time off, to give you a chance to explore other aspects of Shetland.

We will be based at Port Arthur House which is the student accommodation block for the North Atlantic Fisheries College, Scalloway, which is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands. Accommodation is mostly in comfortable single en suite study rooms with four twin en suites as well. Catering arrangements have yet to be finalised but are likely to be a mixture of specially cooked family style dinners and eating out in local restaurants.

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

 

Saturday 6th August (General)

Kingfishers Bridge, Cambridgeshire (v.c. 29)

Organiser: Jonathan Shanklin

The Kingfishers Bridge Project has transformed 120 hectares of farmland into a mosaic of wildlife habitats. Many plants have colonised the site naturally, but a few have been introduced, most notably Teucrium scordium (Water Germander). Participants will learn about the habitat creation and the management of the site, and will see some of the fenland specialities. Participants will also be encouraged to find species to add to the over 300 known from the site. Papers describing the Project have appeared in Nature in Cambridgeshire, most recently in http://www.natureincambridgeshire.org.uk/volumes/vol-57.htm The meeting starts at 10.00 and will finish by 16:00. Contact Jonathan Shanklin, 11 City Road, Cambridge CB1 1DP or email jdsh@bas.ac.uk There is a local group meeting the next day, visiting Meg’s Mount and the Roman Road, which are local botanical hotspots.

 

Saturday 6th to Friday 12th August (Recording)

Scarp & Loch Rèasort, Outer Hebrides (v.c. 110)

Leader: Paul Smith

The meeting will be based on the MV Cuma, a converted fisheries vessel (see www.island-cruising.com) with pickup and setdown at Uig, Lewis. We will visit Scarp, a large island off the west coast of North Harris and some tetrads on and near the shores of Loch Rèasort, a big sea loch between North Harris and Uig. I hope we will do a day trip to the Flannan Isles (7 main islets in 3 tetrads in the middle of nowhere about 30km W of Uig), though this will be weather dependent to allow some hope of getting on and off them.

There is a mixture of coastal, moorland and hill habitats, with some small areas of machair on Scarp and nearby islets. A few parts (mainly the village on Scarp) are reasonably well known, but much is completely unrecorded, and where there are records they need updating. The terrain is generally rough, but there should be a variety of easier and more strenuous options each day. The cost is £730 per person full board, sleeping on the boat, which takes 12 people, so please book early, and in any event by the end of February.

For further details and to book, contact Paul Smith, pa.smith@mypostoffice.co.uk or 8 Locks Road, Locks Heath, Southampton, SO31 6NT.

 

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August (General/Recording)

Donegal Town Area, East Donegal (v.c. H34)

Leaders: Oisín Duffy and Mairéad Crawford

A range of interesting botanical sites in the south of Co. Donegal will be explored. The main habitats will include coastal grassland (Murvagh and Rossnowlagh) and lake shores.

Meet in Donegal Town at 10.00 am on both days.

For further details contact Oisín at oisinsduffy@gmail.com or 353-86-0526161

 

Saturday 13th August (Recording)

Balquhidder (v.c. 87)

Leaders: Jane Jones and Liz Lavery

Balquhidder is famous for the grave of Rob Roy in the local church yard. However, on the botanical side, there is a decided lack of records for the local area post 2000. The aim of the day would be to rectify this situation, exploring the village, Stronvar Marshes SSSI at the eastern end of Loch Voil and if time allows walking along the south shore of the loch. The SSSI supports an exceptionally rich assemblage of aquatic and emergent plants. The flora includes five plant species which are nationally scarce in their distribution: Carex aquatilis (Water Sedge), Elatine hexandra (Six-stamened Waterwort), Lysimachia thyrsiflora (Tufted Loosestrife), Nuphar pumila (Least Water-lily) and Subularia aquatica (Awlwort).

Bookings to:- Jane Jones, Cuilvona Cottage, Loch Ard Road, Aberfoyle, FK8 3TQ. Email:- jane@cuilvona.plus.com

 

Saturday 13th August (General)

Drumnaph Community Nature Reserve, Co. Londonderry (v.c. H40)

Leader: Dave Riley

At this Drumnaph Nature Reserve recording will take place in a range of varied habitats including unimproved marginal land, woodland and bog.

Meet at 10.30 am in the car park at C837039, signposted as Drumnaph Community Nature Reserve on Halfgayne Road, NW of Maghera. Please bring a packed lunch.

 

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August (General/Recording)

South-East Galway (v.c. H15)

Leader: Micheline Sheehy Skeffington

The main aim of this meeting will be to explore raised bog and associated wetland habitats in the south east of the county.

Please contact Micheline at micheline.sheehy@nuigalway.ie to confirm your attendance and lest there be any change of plans.

 

Sunday 28th August (Training)

Ferns Training Workshop

Froghall, Staffordshire (v.c. 39)

Leader: Martin Godfrey

This is a meeting for anyone who wishes to either start learning about, or improve their knowledge of, the more widely distributed ferns. The valley and woods above Froghall have a range of habitats from streamside to quite dense woodland and hold a good range of fern species including some of the more difficult species in the genus “Dryopteris” as well as a thriving colony of Phegopteris connectilis (Beech Fern). We will meet in the car park at Froghall (SK027476) at 11:00. Book: Contact: Martin Godfrey by email martinandrosie@aol.com

 

Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th September (General/Recording)

Macroom & Further Afield, Co. Cork (v.cc. H3, H4 & H5)

Leaders: Clare Heardman and Edwina Cole

The main aim of this four day event will be to generate records from the three Cork vice-counties for Atlas 2020. Thursday and Friday will be spent recording around the Macroom area while Saturday and Sunday will focus on different habitats in the southern sections of H4 and H5. Hopefully it will be a fun-filled and adventurous few days and will provide many opportunities for learning, meeting new members and socialising. Some evening activities are also planned for this special 4-day event. Walking boots/wellingtons, raingear, sunblock and a packed lunch required each day.

Contact Clare at clare.heardman@ahg.gov.ie or Edwina at edwinacole@eircom.net for details of meeting points and times.

 

Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th September (Specialised/Training)

Recorders Conference

Shrewsbury (v.c. 40)

There will be the usual mix of talks, workshops and a field excursion. Details will be posted on the Meetings web page when available.

 

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October (Training)

Dryopteris workshop

Plas Tan y Bwlch (v.cc. 48, 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. expansa (Northern Buckler-fern) as well as the various subspecies of D. affinis (Scaly 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 at 10.30am – location to be confirmed. There is the option to stay at Plas Tan-y-Bwlch on Saturday night (and possibly on Friday if desired) and there will probably be the chance to look at specimens on Saturday evening at Plas Tan-y-Bwlch. The costs are £77.20 or £85.20 (ensuite) for 24 hrs 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.

There will be a charge of £15 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 (with s.a.e.): Polly Spencer-Vellacott, BSBI Welsh Officer, c/o NRW, Chester Road, Buckley CH7 3AJ. Tel 03000 653893.

 

Saturday 5th November (General)

Scottish Annual Meeting

SNH Battleby, Perth (v.c. 88)

The 2016 BSBI / BSS Scottish Annual Meeting will be held at SNH Battleby Conference Centre, Perth.  This is a lovely venue in beautiful Perthshire countryside, just off the A9 and with easy parking.  It is also just 5 miles from Perth’s bus and intercity railway stations, by taxi.  Around the comfortable main auditorium there is lots of circulation space that is ideally suited to displaying botanical exhibits and a number of small break-out rooms where we plan to hold a series of mini-workshops.  There will be a varied program of interesting short talks.  Following on from Ken Thompson’s excellent main talk on Aliens in the British Flora in 2015, we will have another great speaker, Professor Mick Crawley giving a very different talk on the same subject.  Put the date in your diary now and watch out for the flier with the April BSBI News.

 

Saturday 12th November (Specialist/Training)

Euphrasia Workshop for Improvers: National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin (v.c. H21)

Leader: Chris Metherell

This is the second of two training meetings in 2016 at National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.

The workshop is aimed at those who have already attended one of Chris' workshops on Euphrasia, particularly those who attended the workshop at the Botanic Gardens in February 2016. This will be a chance to build on the introduction provided in a beginners’ workshop. We shall revise the commoner species, look at species with a specific Irish connection and spend some time looking at hybrids. Do bring along specimens you have collected over the summer with your identifications for confirmation.

Meet at 10.30am at the herbarium/library building in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland. You can bring a packed lunch but a restaurant is available onsite. Numbers will be limited to 12 so please book early.

Further details will be sent out to those booking with the Irish Officer, Maria Long maria.long@bsbi.org

 

Saturday 26th November (General)

Annual Exhibition Meeting and AGM

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford (v.c. 23)

There will be a mix of short talks, displays, posters and book stalls and the chance to meet friends, colleagues and other botanists. All welcome. Details will be posted here and you will be able to book via this address

 

 

2017

 

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th March (Training)

Recorder’s Workshop

Kindrogan, Perthshire (v.c. 89)

With sessions on plants and plant id using early fresh material and herbarium material, as well as sessions on technology. Details when available. For more information and to book e-mail Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer, jim.mcintosh@bsbi.org 

Information

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 meeting list on this page is the most up-to-date version, superceding the one in BSBI News. 

Country Field Secretaries

Ireland: John Conaghan

Scotland: Angus Hannah

Wales: Sarah Stille