Salisbury Plain

South Wiltshire 13th June 2020
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led by
Sharon Pilkington

Salisbury Plain is enormous and botanically very rich as well as being an active military training estate. In this one day meeting we will visit the eastern ranges to see many special and characteristic plants. Habitats there include chalk and neutral grassland, woodland and the species-rich disturbed ground that sets Salisbury Plain apart from other large chalk downland complexes. We should see many of its specialities including Sabulina tenuifolia (Fine-leaved Sandwort), Carex humilis (Dwarf Sedge) and Filago pyramidata (Broad-leaved Cudweed). We may also be able to visit part of the Bulford Danger Area where Astragalus danicus (Purple Milk-vetch) and Neotinea ustulata (Burnt Orchid) are known. As this is a working military area, numbers will be limited and booking is essential.

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