Field meetings and indoor meetings
Scroll down to find out about our main national botany meetings this year across Britain & Ireland. Some are General meetings suitable for everyone, beginner or expert; some are focused on Training, or Recording for Atlas 2020, and some are aimed at the more experienced botanist (these are marked 'Specialist'). Most are free to attend and you don't need to be a BSBI member, although if there are more applicants than spaces available, we reserve the right to prioritise our members. You can also find out about botany meetings in your area by checking our Local Botany page.
Please click on these links to find out more about the BSBI Annual Summer Meeting and indoor meetings such as the BSBI Recorders' Conference, the Scottish Annual Meeting, Irish and Scottish Conferences, the Welsh AGM and BSBI Annual Exhibition Meeting; and don't forget our New Year Plant Hunt.
BSBI Meetings 2018
Details for national field and indoor meetings are given in full below; they are also published in the 2018 BSBI Yearbook, available to BSBI members via the members-only area (password required). There is also a Meetings Diary page (also available as a downloadable file) which includes all national meetings and some of the meetings held across Britain and Ireland by local botany groups and county recorders. Details for some meetings are provisional and subject to change. The Meetings Diary is updated regularly by Field Meetings Secretary Jon Shanklin, so please keep an eye on this page for any changes to published schedules. Latest updates are given below for: 16 May (Menstrie), 1 July (Inverlochlarig), 3 November (Scottish Annual Meeting), 17 November (AEM & AGM).
Sunday 25 February (Training)
Winter Twig Identification Day, Southampton, South Hampshire (v.c.11)
Leader: John Poland
A second meeting to study the finer points of winter twig identification in the extensive greenways of Southampton. We will be looking at both commonly planted and scarce trees, shrubs and climbers (collectively known as xylophytes) from all over the world and the characters that make each species unique. This includes twigs, leaf and bundle scars, bark and silhouettes. We will be using copies of the leader’s Field Key to Winter Twigs (which may even be available then!). Numbers are limited so early application is advisable. To book, email John Poland via [email protected] for full details. Tel: 0771 4568361.
Saturday 24 March (General)
Irish Spring Conference (Ireland)
Sunday 25 March (Training)
Freshwater West, Gupton Burrows, Pembrokeshire (v.c.45)
Leader: Paul Green
This is a training meeting at aiming to learning how to identify early spring dune species. Meet at 10.30 am in the National Trust car park on the side of the B4319, map reference SR885995. There are public toilets. Bring a packed lunch. For further information contact the BSBI Welsh Officer, Paul Green [email protected]. Tel: 07772111113.
Saturday 14 April (Training)
Scottish Recording Conference, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (v.c.83)
The theme of this one-day fully interactive Recording Conference will be Atlas 2020 – the final two years. After an update on Atlas 2020, there will be sessions on the DDb including monitoring Atlas progress and validation. There will be a mini-workshops on identifying Utricularia and Trichophorum followed by reports from the Vice-counties and concluding with a general Q&A session. VC Recorders and anyone contributing to the BSBI Atlas 2020 fieldwork are very welcome! Feel free to invite anyone who helps in your VC. We would particularly welcome recorders and members from south of the border. The day will be 10am-4pm approx. Put the date in your diary now and watch out for more information on the Scottish Conferences webpage, the BSBI Scotland webpage or email BSBI Scottish Officer, Jim McIntosh.
Saturday 21 April (Specialist/Training)
Port-Eynon, Glamorgan (v.c.41)
Leader: Paul Green
This meeting will have a Viola theme. The hope is to see as many different species of Viola as possible - the BSBI Viola Handbook may come in useful! We will also be looking at other coastal spring species at this very scenic stretch of coast. Meet at 10.30 am in public car park at map reference SS467851. Bring a packed lunch. For further information contact the BSBI Welsh Officer, Paul Green [email protected]. Tel: 07772111113.
Saturday 28 April (Training)
Scottish Recording Conference, Strathpeffer Community Centre (v.c.106)
A repeat of the one-day Scottish Recording Conference held at RBGE on 14 April for northern recorders and members.
Thursday 3 May (General/Training)
Mwnt, Cardiganshire (v.c.46)
Leader: Paul Green
The aim will be to look at early spring species of short rocky turf and to update species that have not been recorded from this stretch of stunning Welsh coast since 2000. Trifolium subterraneum (Subterranean Clover) is one of the species we hope to be able to refind. Meet at 10.30 am in the National Trust car park at the end of the road, map reference SN19505189. There are public toilets. Bring a packed lunch. For further information contact the BSBI Welsh Officer, Paul Green [email protected]. Tel: 07772111113.
Saturday 5 to Tuesday 8 May (Recording/Specialist/Training)
Taraxacum training and recording workshops, Ireland (Wicklow (v.c.H20), Meath (v.c.H22), North Tipperary (v.c.H10) and Monaghan (v.c.H32)).
Leader: John Richards.
Organisers: Alexis FitzGerald and Declan Doogue.
The series of events is organised in conjunction with the Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club.
Recent investigations have revealed the presence and significance of a number of previously undescribed taxa within Taraxacum section Celtica in Ireland. In addition, wetland habitats in the Irish midlands have proved to be very rich in dandelion microspecies, not only within Section Palustria but also in Section Naevosa. These outings are intended to stimulate interest in this ecologically-interesting and challenging genus and to contribute to ongoing-recording schemes currently conducted by the relevant v.c. recorders. The principal habitat types to be examined will include:
- Wetlands and lakeshores (Monaghan, N.Tipperary)
- Old hedge banks and riverine margins (Meath)
- Dunes, woodland tracks and uplands (Wicklow)
In addition and depending on the season, short visits may be made to urban centres in each v.c..to form a recording snapshot of taxa belonging to Section Ruderalia. Contact Declan Doogue at [email protected] for further details or to book.
Thursday 10 & Friday 11 and Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 May (Training)
Chara workshops, Co. Westmeath (v.c.H23) (TBC)
Leaders: Cilian Roden & Nick Stewart
We are delighted to announce that, with significant support from National Parks and Wildlife Service, we will be running two two-day Charophyte ID courses, lead jointly by two leading experts. Full details will be announced shortly, and booking will be essential. There are likely to be both field and indoor elements, and a wide range of botanical and aquatic recorders are likely to benefit. We hope to include an open session where participants can discuss ongoing activities in charophyte recording and conservation in Ireland, and people not attending the course would be welcome to participate in this also. For further information contact Maria Long, BSBI Irish Officer: [email protected] or 087 2578763.
Sunday 13 May (General/Training)
Curracloe dunes, Co. Wexford (v.c.H12)
Leader: Paul Green
This will be a meeting with a theme on Viola and other dune species. The BSBI Viola Handbook may come in handy! It is also hoped that Vicia lathyroides (Spring Vetch) will be found on the day, as it hasn’t been seen at the site since 2006. Meet at 10.30 am in public car park on edge of dunes at T11342752. There is a café and public toilets by the car park. Bring a packed lunch. For more information contact Paul Green: [email protected], Tel: 087 7782496.
Wednesday 16 May (General/Recording)
Urban Flora, Menstrie, Clackmannanshire/ Perthshire (v.c.87)
Leaders: Liz Lavery and Brian Ballinger
This all-day excursion is joint with the Perthshire Society of Natural Science and the Botanical Society of Scotland; meet at 10.30 am. We shall be exploring the village recording for the Urban Flora of Scotland and in monads for Atlas 2020. Please book with Liz Lavery ([email protected]).
Thursday 17 May (Specialist/Training)
Workshop on Willows, Llanelli Wetland Centre, Carmarthenshire (v.c.44)
The morning session will be classroom based. The afternoon will be spent looking at the many native and non-native willows that have been planted at the site. Numbers attending will be limited to 12. There will be a charge of £20 per person attending to cover cost of room hire etc. For further information contact the BSBI Welsh Officer, Paul Green [email protected]. Tel: 07772111113.
Saturday 19 May (Training)
Introduction to Recording Workshop, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (v.c.83)
Leader: Jim McIntosh
This one-day workshop will focus on the practicalities of recording and will include:
- How to select size and location of square to survey
- How to plan a route in the square
- How to find, prepare and complete recording cards
- How to use a GPS
- Recording fieldcraft
The workshop which will be part indoors and part in the field is for improvers who are reasonably confident with scientific names. Put the date in your diary and watch out for more information on the Scotland webpage or contact BSBI Scottish Officer, Jim McIntosh .
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May (General/Recording)
Iveragh Peninsula, South Kerry (v.c.H1)
Leader: Rory Hodd
This outing will focus on recording in the mountainous, inaccessible interior of the Iveragh peninsula. On the Saturday, the area south of Glenbeigh will be visited. It is hoped that there will be two groups, a Rough Crew group visiting the mountain slopes above Coomacullen Lough, where Sausurrea alpina and other rarities need refinding, and another exploring the lowland areas nearby. Sunday's outing will be to the remote interior of the peninsula near Derriana Lough, and if weather conditions allow, there will once again be Rough Crew and lowland options. Please contact Rory Hodd ([email protected], 087-7692001) to express an interest or for more information.
Saturday 2 June (General)
Flitwick Moor, Bedfordshire (v.c.30)
Leader: John Wakely
Flitwick Moor is Bedfordshire’s most important wetland, with a blend of fen, meadow, wet woodland and fragile peaty soils. It is a SSSI, with over 400 plant species and is managed by the local Wildlife Trust. Further details will be posted on this page when available.
Saturday 2 June (General/Recording)
Morfa Dinlle, Caernarvonshire (v.c.49)
Leader: Wendy McCarthy
Morfa Dinlle is an RSPB reserve on a low-lying peninsula and comprises a mosaic of wet pasture with permanent pools and shallow seasonal pools, rush pasture, sand dunes and shingle beach. Records which need updating include Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort) and Sagina nodosa (Knotted Pearlwort), and Hypochaeris glabra (Smooth Cat's-ear) should be seen. For further details and booking please contact Wendy McCarthy at [email protected]
Friday 8 to Sunday 10 June (Recording)
Haddington, East Lothian (v.c.82)
Leaders: Jim McIntosh & Helen Jackson
This long weekend meeting (starting on Friday morning) aims to help the County Recorder improve Atlas 2020 coverage in East Lothian. We will be based in the old county town of Haddington, which is a conveniently central base. East Lothian is one of the smallest vice-counties and has a rich and varied coastline – with dune systems, marshes, scrub and grassland to the west of North Berwick – and a rockier coastline to the east. The hinterland is largely farmland, with small woodlands, and scattered settlements and gently rises to moorland of The Lammermuir Hills. So there will be a good variety of habitats to visit and record. To book please contact Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer [email protected].
Saturday 9 June (Recording)
Folkestone Warren, East Kent (v.c.15)
Leaders: Alfred Gay (White Cliffs Countryside Partnership) and Sue Buckingham
This meeting is an opportunity to join members of the Kent Botanical Recording Group in updating records for this SSSI, which carries a number of classic chalk species growing along with maritime plants, as well as being influenced by the underlying gault clay, which has given rise to slumping ground producing a mosaic of habitats. Note that access to the Warren involves a steep descent from cliff top to bottom via a zig-zag public footpath with about 200 steps, and a strenuous return by the same route, so attendees will require a reasonable level of fitness and appropriate footwear. If there is time afterwards, there may be an opportunity, as an extra, to visit Ophrys fuciflora (Late Spider-orchid) flowering at one of its Folkestone stations.
To book or for any enquiries please contact Sue Buckingham at [email protected]
Saturday 9 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 and its hybrid with C. nigra, C. diandra, C. capillaris, C. dioica, C. disticha, C. lepidocarpa, C. rostrata, C. hostiana and C.× fulva together with C. binervis, C. canescens, C. pilulifera, and C. echinata in the more acidic areas. Unless the season is very early, we should also see C. ornithopoda. Non-Carex sedges are also very fine with Eriophorum latifolium, Blysmus compressus, Schoenus nigricans and Cladium mariscus taking pride of place. Orchids are frequent and Primula farinosa 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 will take an early afternoon break at Orton where there are cafes, a shop and toilets, before moving on to a different site.
Meet at 10.30 am in the parking area at NY671073, west of Sunbiggin Tarn on the south side of 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 please contact Mike Porter, preferably by email, [email protected]; landline 016973 43086; mobile 07803 349861. NB This is a repeat of the 2017 meeting specifically for those who applied but were unable to attend because of the restriction on numbers and they will be given priority. However, others will also be very welcome if there is room.
Sunday 9 June (General/Recording)
North-east Galway (v.c.H17)
Leader: Chris Peppiatt
This one day trip will visit under-recorded areas in the vicinity of Monivea and Woodlawn, north-east Galway in order to improve Atlas 2020 coverage. Rain gear, boots and lunch are essential. Contact Chris at [email protected] or 086 3125356 for details of meeting points and times.
Saturday 9 to Saturday 16 June (Recording)
Carrick Castle, Loch Goil, Argyll (v.c.98)
Leader: Angus Hannah
South Scotland recording week 2018 will be based in a mountainous area of East Cowal, at Carrick Castle on the shores of Loch Goil, NS1994 (OS Explorer sheet 363). The terrain consists largely of steep afforested slopes with some natural woodland, rough hill ground, crags, gorges and rocky shorelines. There are also opportunities for recording along minor roads, forest tracks and paths. The area has been little recorded since 2000 and records are needed for Atlas 2020. Accommodation is available nearby, but places may be limited, and anyone wishing to attend for all or part of the time should contact the leader by email: [email protected] for more information.
Friday 15 to Sunday 17 June (General/Recording)
Inishowen, East Donegal (v.c.H34)
Leaders: Oisín Duffy, Mairéad Crawford and John Conaghan.
A range of under-recorded areas in the Inishowen peninsula will be visited with the aim to record for Atlas 2020. There will be a number of diverse habitats (bog, heath, upland, coastal) to explore. On each day we will divide into a number of smaller groups in order to maximize coverage. The trip will be suitable for all levels of botanical experience. Please bring appropriate footwear, clothing, suncream and lunch for all days. Contact Oisín at [email protected] or 086 0526161 for further details and to confirm attendance.
Saturday 16 June (General)
Chilterns Commons, Oxfordshire (v.c.23)
Leader: David Morris
This one day meeting will visit one or more of the commons of the Chiltern plateau, among the few areas of acid woodland, heathland and acid grassland remaining in Oxfordshire (location to be confirmed). These sites have received some attention recently, so the principal aims of the meeting will be to enjoy the sites, look for the locally rare acid species these sites historically supported such as Scutellaria minor (Lesser Skullcap) and at more difficult groups (e.g. ferns, brambles). Please contact David Morris ([email protected], 07846567839) if you are interested in attending and for further information.
Sunday 17 June (Recording)
Marton, Warwickshire (v.c.38).
Leaders: John and Monika Walton
We aim to cover tetrads SP46D and SP46E, spending the morning looking at the limestone grassland and scrub of the disused railway cutting and the afternoon surveying the village.
We will meet at 10 a.m. on at Tithe Barn, Marton (it is marked Tithe Farm on orange 1:25,000 OS maps). Going south on the A423, turn right in the village into North Street and continue to the church where you have to turn left into High Street. Stay on this road until you come to a fork where you take the left hand branch, Field Farm Lane, and carry on until you reach the end of the road, which is close to Tithe Barn and the railway (SP402676). Boots are necessary as the track bed is clay and it can be very slippery after rain. Email [email protected] if you would like to attend.
Saturday 23 June (General)
Strathpeffer, Easter Ross (v.c.106)
Joint with the Botanical Society of Scotland
Leaders: Brian Ballinger and Mary Dean
Strathpeffer is an attractive small spa town still popular with visitors. We will explore part of the urban centre, providing records for the Botanical Society of Scotland’s urban flora project, but will also venture into the adjoining areas of lochs and woodland, contributing to BSBI records. We will seek to update records for Corallorhiza trifida (Coralroot Orchid) and Pyrola and Orthilia species (Wintergreens). We will also look for some species recorded in the urban area in the past, such as Thalictrum minus (Lesser Meadow-rue), Dactylorhiza maculata (Heath Spotted-orchid) and various neophytes. Walking should not be arduous and will be mainly on good paths, although we may venture onto rougher ground to seek particular species. Bookings to Brian Ballinger [email protected]
Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June (General/Recording)
Leaders: Eamon Gaughan and Aoife Delaney
On Saturday the Leitrim shore of Lough Melvin will be visited along with the lower ground of the nearby hills. On Sunday morning upland habitats in Slieve Anieran will be visited with a visit to some drumlin lake and associated wetlands/grasslands habitats in the afternoon. On Saturday meet at 10.00am at Kinlough near the junction of R281 with R280 (Grid ref. G815554). On Sunday meet at 10.00am at Drumshanbo car park between library and Bank of Ireland (Grid ref. G973109). Contact Aoife Delaney at [email protected] or 086 3632426. Eamon Gaughan at [email protected] or 086 0590323.
Saturday 23 to Saturday 30 June (Recording)
Wigtownshire Atlas 2020 Recording Week (v.c.74)
Leaders: Jim McIntosh & Alan Silverside
The meeting aims to help Recorders improve Atlas 2020 coverage. Though our accommodation is in Ayrshire, all (metalled) roads lead south into Wigtownshire. While the local Ayrshire hectads need attention, our main target will be Wigtownshire. It is quite a small county encompassing just 24 whole or part hectads including the Mull of Galloway - Scotland’s most southerly point. 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! A reasonable level of fitness is required as some of the ground will be rough and trackless but we will aim to offer a range of routes every day. At some point during the week we will take time off, to give you a chance to explore on your own. We will be based at the Lagafater Lodge. The Lodge is 13 miles by single track road from Stranraer and accommodates 16 in total, variously in double, twin and (a few) single rooms, so participants should expect to share. Hilary Hawker has kindly agreed to cater for us, so expect delicious home-cooking! For further details and to note your interest please contact Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer [email protected].
Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July (General/Recording)
Hartland peninsula area, North-west Devon (v.c.4)
Leaders: Jeremy Ison and Bob Hodgson
A three-day meeting which will include a visit to the Hartland Quay/Point area, but which will concentrate on tetrad bashing in this relatively under-recorded area in small groups. The area includes some good culm grassland sites. The base will be the West Country Inn, Hartland, EX39 6HB, on the main A39 road, Tel 01237 441724, but there are other Inns and bed and breakfast accommodation in the area including the Hartland Quay hotel. You are advised to book accommodation early as this is a popular holiday area. Initial bookings to Bob Hodgson, 4 East Kingfisher Lane, Exeter EX2 6FN. Tel 01392 491948, Email [email protected]
Saturday 30 June (Recording)
Llanwyrtyd Wells, Breconshire (v.c.42)
A meeting to visit local wildlife sites identified by Brecknock Wildlife Trust in the past. SN84 is our most under-recorded hectad for the Atlas and so a priority. The sites promise marshy grassland, streams and ancient woodland. There may even be Genista anglica (Petty Whin). Meet at 10 am at Llanwyrtyd Wells car park SN878466. It is essential to book with John Crellin as details may change. Email [email protected]
Saturday 30 June (General)
Newborough Forest, Llanddwyn and Newborough Warren, Anglesey (v.c.52)
Leader: Nigel Brown and other members of the local flora group on Anglesey.
An opportunity to see a wide range of sand dune and low coastal cliff species in one of Wales's scenically most beautiful NNRs including Epipactis dunensis (Dune Helleborine), Centaurium littorale (Seaside Centaury), Rumex rupestris (Shore Dock) and Asplenium obovatum (Lanceolate Spleenwort) and search for Hypopitys monotropa (Yellow Bird’s-nest) which has inexplicably become much scarcer in recent years. Recent localised deforestation and pro-active dune management by NRW has recreated open rocky habitat and more mobile dune and these together with the ever changing strand-line flora offer opportunities for fresh plant finds. Meet at 10 am in the main public car park by the beach (admission charge £4) at SH406635 - please assemble by the information point at the western end of the car park. Toilets and refreshments available.
Saturday 30 June (Recording)
Doune, Perthshire (v.c.87)
Leaders: Jane Jones and Liz Lavery
We shall be exploring the area recording for Atlas 2020, beginners are welcome. Meet in Doune Ponds Car Park, NN725018 at 10.00. Joint vice-county recorders Jane Jones and Liz Lavery will be leading the excursion. Booking is essential, please contact Jane [email protected].
Saturday 30 June to Sunday 1 July (Recording)
Upper Teesdale (v.cc.65, 66)
Leaders: John O’Reilly & Steven Gater
The aim of the meeting will be to involve participants in recording some of the Teesdale rarities in detail at sites where the existing records are sparse (or non-existent). We will also include some guided walk elements showing some of the rarities, but that won’t be the main focus of the meeting. There is the option of an additional session on the afternoon of Friday 29 June for those who arrive early. Booking is essential as we will have to limit numbers. It would be useful if people could bring GPS units. Email [email protected] to book.
Sunday 1 July (General/Specialist)
Stob A’ Choin, Inverlochlarig, Perthshire (v.c.87)
Joint Alpine Meeting with BSS
Leader: John Holland
This remote hill was well botanised before 2000 but not since then. We would hope to record all the usual summit arctic-alpines as well as a number of more local species such as Cerastium alpinum (Alpine Mouse-ear), Draba incana (Hoary Whitlow-grass), Polystichum lonchitis (Holly-fern) and several montane willow species. This will be a reasonably stiff round trip walk of 6.5 miles and 800m total ascent. Numbers are strictly limited. For further details and to book please contact John Holland, [email protected]
Monday 2 to Thursday 5 July (Recording)
Rutland and North-east Leicestershire (v.c.55)
A four day event recording for Atlas 2020 in the East Midlands, based at the Rutland Water Volunteer Centre between Oakham and Hambleton. We will be recording around Rutland Water Nature Reserve, but also in under-recorded areas of Rutland and North East Leicestershire. Rutland was last surveyed systematically between 1940 and 1969, and there are many old records of species to check and, hopefully, re-find. Elms were particularly well recorded by Guy Messenger and there are numerous willows to be identified. The area has a mixture of grassland (much of which is calcareous in nature), semi-natural and plantation woodland, agricultural land, small villages, reservoirs, small rivers and streams. It is also intended to re-survey some Local Wildlife Sites which should provide some interesting records. Alongside the botanical interest, there are opportunities to see a wide variety of birds, dragonflies and butterflies, and the attractions of nearby historic market-towns of Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford. The cost will be £10 per person per day, so you can join us for as many days as you want. Tea and biscuits are included, but meals are not. Limited accommodation is available on site in two basic, multiple-occupancy rooms with bunk beds, suitable for people on a tight budget, which will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. B&Bs, hotels, pubs with rooms and camp sites are available nearby, and a list will be sent to participants. Reservations and further details from Geoffrey Hall ([email protected]).
Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 July (General/Recording)
Leaders: Mark McCorry and Fiona MacGowan
On Saturday we will travel to visit some diverse wet, orchid-rich pasture and scrub at Wolfhill (home of Hugh Sheppard). This area of Laois has not been explored yet by the Laois vice-county recorders so the main aim will be Atlas 2020 recording. In the afternoon we will explore some old clay pit tailings nearby with a range of habitats that have been re-colonised. Note that there is no shop in The Swan! Bring a packed lunch.
On Sunday we will travel to a small woodland at Killeshin Reservoir. In the afternoon there will be opportunity to travel to Rossmore and explore other habitats including some peatland and taking in the great views from Rossmore over the Barrow floodplain.
On Saturday meet at The Swan (Grid ref. S56548232) at 11.00 am. On Sunday meet at Killeshin (Grid ref. S67827802) at 10.30 am. For more information, contact Mark McCorry at [email protected] or 087 7530718
Sunday 8 to Sunday 15 July (Recording)
Invergarry, Westerness Atlas 2020 Recording Week (v.c.97)
Leaders: Jim McIntosh & Ian Strachan
Westerness is one of the biggest, most mountainous and remote vice-counties. This meeting aims to help the County Recorder with Atlas 2020 in the area to the west of Invergarry. 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 good level of fitness is required but we will aim to offer a range of different ability routes every day. At some point during the week we will take time off, to give you a chance to explore on your own. We will be based at the Kingie Lodge on Kingie Estate. The Lodge is 40 miles from Fort William and 54 from Inverness. It accommodates 14 in total but all in two bedded rooms, so participants should expect to share. Hilary Hawker has kindly agreed to cater for us again, so expect delicious home-cooking! For further details and to note your interest please contact Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer [email protected].
Friday 13 to Sunday 15 July (General/Recording)
West Galway (v.c.H16)
Leader: John Conaghan
Inishbofin island is a beautiful island which is located 5 km off the west coast of Co. Galway. The main habitats of the island are dry heath and semi-natural grassland with rocky habitats also frequent. The island has been reasonably well recorded in the recent past however there are a number of rarer species such as Tuberaria guttata (Spotted Rock-rose) and Eriocaulon aquaticum (Pipewort) which require confirmation. The island is a very popular tourist destination during July, so advance booking of accommodation is advised. Contact John at [email protected] or 087-2239858 for further details and to confirm attendance.
Monday 16 to Monday 23 July (General, Recording)
Annual Summer Meeting, Isle of Man (v.c.71)
The 2018 Summer Meeting will be based at King William's College, Castletown on the Isle of Man. The meeting will include site visits, recording outings, hunts for rare species, talks and ID sessions. It is also a joint meeting with the British Bryological Society, so there will be a chance to learn about mosses, liverworts and hornworts. A flyer will appear on this page early in the New Year, and will be included with the April issue of BSBI News. Links to various travel options are given on the Summer Meeting webpage and we hope to be able to link up members to reduce costs.
Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 July (Recording)
Kelso, Roxburghshire (v.c.80)
Leader: Jeff Waddell
Following on the success of the two previous Atlas 2020 recording field trips based at Hawick and Selkirk, a similar recording meeting is being arranged in late July based in the market town of Kelso. Kelso is a good base to explore the Scottish counties in the middle Tweed Valley with Roxburghshire to the south and Berwickshire to the north. The focus of the meeting will be recording tetrads with few or no recent records, but promising habitats. It is therefore difficult to predict what the highlights may be, but in the area choice habitats include dry acid grassland with Scleranthus annuus (Annual Knawel) and lowland agricultural habitats with a good diversity of arable weeds. The terrain will be flat, and groups will be arranged according to physical ability, with smaller monad recording units on offer for those who cannot walk far. 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: [email protected]
Friday 20 to Monday 23 July (General/Recording)
Caerdeon (Residential), Merioneth (v.c.48)
Leaders: Sarah Stille and others
The few days we spend at Caerdeon have become a regular and much enjoyed event in the year’s field meetings programme and many participants come back year after year. The purpose of the meeting is to update records at tetrad level for Atlas 2020, particularly in less-visited parts of the vice-county. Caerdeon is set in its own grounds of 18 acres of secluded woodlands 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 their Outdoor Education Centre. See: http://www.hope.ac.uk/caerdeon/ It is fully serviced and the fee [around £155] covers full board, including dinner, packed lunches and bed and breakfast, for three days. Accommodation will be single in dormitory-style rooms or the price will be slightly discounted for people willing to share. A good and plentiful choice of food is available at each meal and people bring their own wine. Evenings may be spent in the workroom where you can safely leave your own laptop and microscope. There is a maximum of about 16 participants.
Residents can arrive at the Centre after about 5 pm or we may be offered an extra optional night on the Thursday [19th] with Continental breakfast and packed lunch. We often arrange a meal in Barmouth together that evening. We meet at 10.30 am on Friday 20th (bring lunch) and go straight out into the field. Later arrivals may join a planned afternoon walk. Each day there will be walks of varied difficulty on offer, or people may like to follow their own recording inclinations. Local habitats include dune systems, broad-leaved sessile oak woodland, lowland heath, blanket bog, riverine habitats, montane, etc.
We pack up and leave the Centre after breakfast on Monday 23rd for the last day’s field trip. This meeting could also link with the proposed field day in Morfa Harlech, on Friday 27th July. Bookings in the first instance to Sarah Stille preferably by email [email protected] or by post to 38, Foregate, Preston PR2 8LA; phone 01772 718249 or 0777 893 2268. Further details will be sent nearer the time. A minimum deposit of £35 will be required to confirm your booking, with the balance to be paid before 30th June.
Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July (Recording)
The Causeway Coast, Co. Antrim (v.c.H39)
Leader: David McNeill
The aim of this meeting is to record in two spectacular north-coast hectads which have been under-recorded since 2000. On Saturday, we will follow the long-distance coastal path from Dunseverick to the Giant's Causeway. On Sunday, we will visit the White Rocks and Ramore Head. Meeting at 10.30am on both days: Saturday at the Dunseverick Castle car park (C98704450) and Sunday at the bottom White Rocks car park (C88354072). A packed lunch and waterproof clothing will need to be carried on Saturday. Strong footwear is recommended on both days. There is a wide range of overnight accommodation available in and around Portrush or Bushmills. It is hoped that we might be able to book a local restaurant for an evening meal on the Saturday. There is also the opportunity of a visit to the magnificent cliffs of Fair Head (hectad D14) on Friday 20 July for those who like to botanise on the edge. For more information, or to express interest in the Saturday evening meal and/or the Fair Head trip, contact David McNeill on [email protected] or 07599 902076.
Monday 23 to Monday 30 July (Recording/Training)
Glynhir Rubus and Recording Week, Carmarthenshire (v.c.44)
Leaders: Rob Randall, David Earl, Kath and Richard Pryce
Full details and how to book are available here.
Tuesday 24 July (Recording)
Llanbrynmair, Montgomeryshire (v.c.47)
Leader: Gill Foulkes
Join Montgomeryshire Flora Group to record in SH80S (at monad level) - across open access land and along footpaths (some bog and upland). Meet at 10.00 am promptly in Llanbrynmair car park (toilets available and cafe opposite car park). Some car sharing to field site will probably be necessary as parking is limited. Bring packed lunch and usual field kit for an all-day meeting. Please contact [email protected] (Tel. 01650 511821) beforehand if you are planning to attend.
Monday 27 July (Recording)
Morfa Harlech NNR, Merioneth (v.c.48)
Leader: Jo Clarke
Morfa Harlech has been well-worked in the past but there is a need for updates and quite a long “Wants List” still. Plants such as Baldellia ranunculoides (Lesser Water-plantain), Radiola linoides (Allseed) and Centunculus minimus (Chaffweed), have not been seen this millennium. Other possible delights are Dactylorhiza praetermissa (Southern Marsh Orchid) and Platanthera bifolia (Lesser Butterfly Orchid) and a suite of saltmarsh species. Meet at 10.30 am at the recycling centre at SH581339. Bookings in the first instance, by email if possible, to Sarah Stille at [email protected] or by post to 38 Foregate, Preston PR2 8LA. Phone enquiries to her at 01772 718249/0777 893 2268
Saturday 28 July (Training)
St Cyrus NNR (v.c.91)
Especially for beginners & improvers
Leaders: Faith Anstey and Aileen Meek
Last year's meeting based on the concept of 'finding the family first' was a great success, so we are holding two of these meetings in 2018. They are designed to help beginners and improvers, especially participants of BSBI/Plantlife Plant Families Workshops; anyone is welcome to attend but experienced botanists may find themselves pressed into service to help beginners! The emphasis will be on learning how to pursue identifications in the field, by means of plant families. It will be an advantage to have a copy of the Pocket Guide to Wildflower Families – which will be available on the day – as well as your favourite field guide. The area chosen for this more northern meeting (the other being in Perthshire on 4th August) is a National Nature Reserve, rich in species from common families and also in rare specialities of sand dune and saltmarsh, so there will be more than enough for us to study and identify. Meeting place is at the St Cyrus NNR car park at 10.30am. Further details from [email protected]
Saturday 4 August (Specialist/Training)
Rose identification, Castlemorton Common, Worcestershire (v.c.37)
Leader: Roger Maskew
The purpose of this meeting is to study certain southern species, specifically those in subsect. Caninae (R. canina, R. corymbifera, R. squarrosa, R. tomentella and R. stylosa). There will also be a chance to see a few of the local hybrids. At the end of the meeting for those members who wish to see Worcestershire’s only known bush of R. agrestis we will take a 10 minute drive to Malvern Common.
Castlemorton Common straddles the B4208 Great Malvern to Gloucester Road, and lies just south of the village of Welland (SO796400). Those attending should leave the village in a southerly direction, and after crossing the common for some 400m, turn right (SO789392) onto a narrow surfaced road, and after 200m meet on the side of the road where there is ample parking space. There are no local facilities, so food etc. should be brought. Numbers will be limited to fifteen. Those wishing to attend should contact Roger Maskew by email, [email protected], or by post (plus SAE) at Coppice House, Bannals Lane, Stoke Bliss, WR15 8RZ
Saturday 4 August (Training)
Ballinluig, Perthshire (v.c.89)
Joint with PSNS, for beginners & improvers
Leader: Faith Anstey
Last year's meeting based on the concept of 'finding the family first' was a great success, so we are holding two of these meetings in 2018. They are especially for beginners and improvers, including participants of BSBI/Plantlife Plant Families Workshops and members of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science, but anyone is welcome to attend. The emphasis will be on learning how to pursue identifications in the field, by means of plant families. It will be an advantage to have a copy of the Pocket Guide to Wildflower Families – which will be available on the day – as well as your favourite field guide. The area chosen is rich in examples of common species from many different families, with one or two rarities thrown in for extra interest, besides being a very pleasant botanising locality beside the silvery Tay. Meeting place is at NN978520, just off the A9, at 10.30am. Further details from [email protected]
Wednesday 8 to Sunday 12 August (Recording)
Belmullet Region and Castlebar, East and West Mayo (v.cc. H26, H27)
Leaders: Maria Long, Gerry Sharkey, Eamonn Delaney, John Conaghan
This will be our main long recording event of 2018, and we will aim to increase the area and depth of botanical recording coverage across the vast areas of both the East and West Mayo vice-counties. This is a stunning part of Ireland – with vast areas of boggy wilderness, dramatic mountains (some relatively little-explored botanically), exceptional coastlines with cliffs, dunes and machair, and scenic internal rural lowlands. No matter where we focus on during this 4.5 day event, it will not disappoint! We hope to entice a number of visiting botanists from overseas also, and know that this recording blitz will give a really good boost to recording in Mayo. Full meeting details will be announced in due course, but for now, put the dates in your diary, and to express interest, get in touch with Maria Long, BSBI Irish Officer: [email protected], Tel: 087 2578763.
Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August (Training)
Western Scottish Brambles for beginners/improvers
Leaders: Marion Moir, Angus Hannah
This meeting offers an introduction to brambles for beginners and an opportunity for improvers who attended last year’s Bute meeting to extend their skills. We hope to update bramble records on both sides of Loch Leven in v.cc. 98 and 97. Evening sessions will be devoted to studying specimens and photos and trying to resolve identification problems. Booking is essential as numbers will be limited. For details and to book please contact Marion Moir: [email protected]
Saturday 11 August (Recording)
Braco, Perthshire (v.c.87 West Perthshire),
Joint excursion with the Botanical Section, PSNS (Perthshire Society of Natural Science)
Leader: Liz Lavery
We shall be exploring the area recording for Atlas 2020. Meet in Braco village, NN837097 at 10.00. Joint vice-county recorders Jane Jones and Liz Lavery will be leading the excursion. Booking is essential, please contact Liz [email protected]. Everyone is welcome from beginners to experts.
Friday 17 to Sunday 19 August (General)
Field meetings will include arable fields at the nearby Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) - the former Plant Breeding Station - and pteridophyte-rich metal mines at Esgair Hir / Esgair Fraith. Talks, workshops and exhibits will reflect the very special character of Cardiganshire and we offer very comfortable accommodation (at Aberystwyth University), good transport links and much else besides at this popular seaside resort. Watch out for more information on the BSBI Welsh AGM webpage, the BSBI Wales webpage and (if you're a BSBI member) in BSBI News.
Sunday 19 August (Specialist/Training)
Leader: John Richards
An opportunity to discuss and debate the species of Atriplex (Orache) that occur along the Northumberland coast. Meet at Hadston Links car park NU277008, (OS Explorer 325) at 10.30 and continue until about 5 pm calling at two other sites nearby. Contact John Richards at [email protected] to book.
Saturday 1 September (Recording)
Rickmansworth/Croxley Green area, Hertfordshire (v.c.20)
Leaders: Ian Denholm and Trevor James
A one-day visit to an area of south-western Hertfordshire with a good range of semi-natural habitats including flood-plain meadows and grassland, and also the prospect of exciting alien plants in built-up and disturbed sites. Emphasis is on recording for Atlas 2020 but we welcome participation from experienced botanists and beginners alike. Contact: Ian Denholm at [email protected] to register an interest and for details of meeting point and time.
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 September (General/Recording)
Ballybunion area, North Kerry (v.c.H2)
Leader: Rory Hodd
The often neglected northern part of Kerry still requires much recording to get ample coverage for Atlas 2020. The north-west of the county, between Kerry Head and the mouth of the Shannon Estuary, and south to Abbeydorney, will be the focus of this outing. Although this area is mostly agricultural, it has an extensive coastline and some peatland habitat. It is envisaged that a number of smaller groups will go out each day undertaking targeted recording. Please contact Rory Hodd ([email protected], 087 7692001) to express an interest or for more information.
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September (Recording)
Timoleague & Inishannon, 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 saltmarsh, stubble fields and woodland. Bring a packed lunch. Day 1: Meet 10.30am, public toilets nr Timoleague Abbey (W47184371). Day 2: Meet 10:30am, Topaz Garage, Inishannon (W54435717). For more information, contact: Clare at [email protected], 087 6781613, or John at [email protected].
Wednesday 12 September (Recording/Training)
Gwent Levels, Monmouthshire (v.c.35)
Leaders: Steph Tyler and Elsa Wood
Join the Monmouthshire Botany for a walk along the estuary at Peterstone Gout. This is a good time of year to look for Bupleurum tenuissimum (Slender Hare’s-ear) and other interesting salt marsh plants. We shall also be recording plants from the reens and other nearby habitats. Booking and further details contact Elsa: [email protected]
Saturday 15 September (General/Recording)
Dyfi Estuary, Cardiganshire (v.c.46)
Leader: Andy Jones
In association with the Aberystwyth Botanical Society, a visit to the saltmarsh, ditches and sand-dune transition of the Dyfi Estuary. We will explore the range of Salicornia taxa (Glassworts) etc. and search for uncommon upper species such as Atriplex patula (Common Orache). Meet at 10 am at Afon Leri Boatyard SN 617931. [email protected].
Saturday, 3 November (General)
BSBI/BSS Scottish Annual Meeting
There will be an exciting day of botanical talks, workshops, exhibits and posters. Details of the venue and other information will be on the BSBI Scotland web page at https://bsbi.org/scotland
Saturday 17 November (General)
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: watch out for more information on the Exhibition Meeting webpage and (if you're a BSBI member) in BSBI News.
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