Field meetings and indoor events 2022

On this page you can find out more about the national field meetings and indoor botanical events scheduled for 2022 across Britain & Ireland. Use the facilities below to search by month, by county or by country, and to find the kind of meeting or event that's right for you. Click on any entry in the list to expand the box and find out more. There's a searchable link (icon bottom left of each box) for each event that you can send to friends and colleagues or share on social media. Don't forget to also check out what's happening in your local area by visiting the Local Botany page and clicking through to your county.

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Taraxacum zoom workshop for Beginners/Intermediates

25th April 2021
training
led by
John Richards

This event takes the place of the cancelled workshop in Portpatrick, Wigton. The workshop will start promptly at 10am and end at 11.30am. John Richards will go through the main features of identifying dandelions Taraxacum, based on the BSBI Handbook No 9 Dandelions of Great Britain and Ireland. Participants can produce photos and send to Caspian Richards to put on PowerPoint to let John see the plants clearly. Please contact Caspian if you are interested in taking part in the workshop.

There are also descriptions, videos and updates for dandelions on this BSBI webpage.

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CANCELLED Taraxacum training and recording workshop, Portpatrick, Wigtown

Wigtownshire, Ayrshire 30th April – 3rd May 2021
specialised
led by
John Richards

Apologies that this event has had to be cancelled but see our online Dandelion workshop on 25th April.

This is the eighth successive long weekend dedicated to the genus Taraxacum, and the first in south-west Scotland. Compared with most of western Scotland, Wigtown is poorly studied for Taraxacum, and recent work elsewhere in the far west suggests that interesting discoveries may await. Recent visits out of season suggest that good Erythrosperma and Obliqua species occur above strand-lines, while rich submontane habitats inland should harbour Naevosa and Celtica. It will be interesting to see if Irish specialities occur. Portpatrick has a range of places to eat and stay, but can be popular on holiday weekends. Stranraer, Lochans and Sandhead offer alternatives within 15 minutes by car. We have hired a room in a local hall as a centre and for evening studies, so there will be a levy of £20 to pay for facilities. Email hightreesgarden@btinternet.com if interested in attending or for further details.

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Rothesay, Isle of Bute

Clyde Islands 8th May 2021
general
led by
Angus Hannah

Since publishing the Flora of Bute, County Recorder Angus Hannah has had several requests to offer a field meeting on the island. This is a one-day ‘taster’ to sample some of its botanical interest in the course of a walk of 4-5 miles starting and finishing at Rothesay pier. Cross on foot on the ferry from Wemyss Bay. You will be met at Rothesay pier. We will visit the large colony of Hypolepis ambigua (New Zealand Pig-fern) in Achamor wood. Bute is the only known location where this fern grows wild in Europe. We should also see the newly described Dandelion Taraxacum chrysoglossum, so far recorded only in v.c.100. If desired, we can go as far as the Dhu Loch to see a vigorous colony of Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern). On the way back we will visit an ancient wood pasture with wild apples, ancient oaks and alders and interesting fenny areas near the Kirk Dam, and return to the pier in time for the 17:00 ferry. Contact Angus Hannah butesedge@yahoo.co.uk to confirm details.

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Trumpington Meadows

Cambridgeshire 22nd May 2021
beginners
led by
Jonathan Shanklin

This meeting is intended to introduce beginners to the flora of a relatively ordinary place and how to record it. Trumpington Meadows is a newly created country park, with wildflower meadows full of introduced native species and areas with relict natural flora. Over 400 species are known from the site, where there is a range of habitats including river, pond, wood and arable. The terrain is flat with good paths. Contact Jonathan Shanklin jdsh@bas.ac.uk to book.

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BSBI Identifying Wildflower Families Workshop

22nd May 2021
beginners
led by
Aileen Meek
This workshop aimed at absolute beginners will be held online and runs from 10a.m. to 12 noon. It aims to help you learn to identify wild flowers through recognising plant families using Faith Anstey's excellent Pocket Guide to Wildflower Families, which will be supplied to participants, and on which much of the course is based. We will introduce you to simple keys and Field Guides with keys and we will finish off with some homework and advice on how to develop your interest in wildflower identification. There is a small charge.

Staines Moor

Middlesex 29th May 2021
recording
led by
Mark Spencer

Recording for the London Natural History Society’s London Flora Project. Most of the former county of Middlesex is now no longer rural and much of it has been heavily impacted by urbanisation. Staines Moor SSSI is one of the relatively few large areas of open land left in the area. Even so, large parts are occupied by the King George VI Reservoir, the Staines Reservoirs and are now inaccessible. We will be focussing on the lower areas of the Moor (TQ0272, TQ0273, TQ0372 & TQ0373) and will be aiming to rerecord some of the rarities of the area including Groenlandia densa (Opposite-leaved Pondweed), Potamogeton spp. (Pondweeds), Catabrosa aquatica (Whorl-grass), Juncus compressus (Round-fruited Rush), Oenanthe spp. (Water-dropworts) and Persicaria spp. (Water-peppers). This meeting is suitable for beginners as well. To book please contact Mark Spencer, v.c.21 recorder hotfungus@hotmail.com

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Sedges at Tarn Moss and Eycott Hill

Cumberland 5th June 2021
training
led by
Mike Porter

Tarn Moss National Nature Reserve is a basin mire holding a fine collection of sedges and acid-loving plants. The specialities are Carex magellanica (Tall Bog-sedge) and C. lasiocarpa (Slender Sedge) but other sedges including C. canescens (White Sedge), C. paniculata (Greater Tussock-sedge) and C. rostrata (Bottle Sedge) also grow here, along with Andromeda polifolia (Bog Rosemary), Dactylorhiza maculata (Heath-spotted Orchid), Dryopteris carthusiana (Narrow Buckler-fern) and Vaccinium oxycoccos (Cranberry). It is often very wet underfoot. Our second site is Eycott Hill not far from Tarn Moss and recently purchased by Cumbria Wildlife Trust. It is largely a series of mires that occupy a number of parallel troughs in the underlying volcanic rock and it too is very wet in places. The sedge flora includes good quantities of Carex limosa (Bog-sedge), C. pauciflora (Few-flowered Sedge), C. diandra (Lesser Tussock-sedge), C. dioica (Dioecious Sedge) and up to 16 other Carex species, together with some non-Carex sedges. There is a good range of other wetland species and, on the drier hillocks, Cryptogramma crispa (Parsley Fern) and Viola lutea (Mountain Pansy) are found.  Numbers are limited to 15 to minimise damage to fragile habitats. All sedge enthusiasts are welcome whether experienced or not.  The distance covered will not be great – a little more than 5 kilometres but in places it will be very wet underfoot. Wellies or waterproof boots are essential. To book a place or request more details contact Mike Porter, preferably by email.

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Connemara

West Galway 5th June 2021
recording general
led by
John Conaghan

This meeting will explore a number of locations in the Moycullen/Oughterard area of West Galway. The area contains a rich variety of natural/semi-natural botanical habitats which occur in a relatively small area. Habitats to be visited during the day will include lake shore, ash/hazel woodland and limestone pavement. Please contact John Conaghan for more information.

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Baltray

Co. Louth 12th June 2021
general
led by
Cliona Byrne & Kate Harrington

The day will involve general recording in an area near the Baltray golf course. The meeting will give us a chance to explore a nice scenic coastal area with sand dunes and some nice biodiverse grassland. There are also two good historical records from the area to look for: Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort) and Ophrys apifera (Bee Orchid). Bring food/water as needed and footwear/clothes appropriate for the weather on the day. For information on meeting point and to confirm attendance please contact Cliona Byrne.

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BSBI Grass ID - fresh specimen workshop

12th June 2021
beginners
led by
Matt Parratt

If you have a good general knowledge of plant ID but have yet to tackle grass identification, this online workshop is for you! We will concentrate on the 20 grass species you are most likely to come across in neutral grassland and the workshop will get you off to a flying start! Each participant will receive a free copy of Faith Anstey's brilliant booklet Start to Identify Grasses and a consignment of fresh grass specimens before the workshop. Participants must be resident in Great Britain as we are unable to send plant specimens to Ireland (RoI or NI). There is a small charge (discounted for BSBI members). For more information and to book....https://www.tickettailor.com/events/botanicalsocietyofbritainireland/482284

This meeting is now fully booked but there is a waiting list.

This meeting is fully booked

Wyndrush Pastures

Pembrokeshire 19th June 2021
general
led by
Matt Sutton

Matt Sutton's recent article in the July 2018 issue of the BSBI Welsh Bulletin gives an account of the various arrivals and departures in this special place over the last 20 years. We can hope to see curiosities such as Raphanus raphanistrum subsp. maritimum (Sea Radish) alongside more typical hay meadow and marshy grassland plants but, whether it's orchids, hybrid rushes, or discussions about land management and conservation policies, there should be something of interest for all at Wyndrush Pastures. The meeting starts at 10:30 am. Contact Matt for further information and to book, with your email address/ mobile details.

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Rosscarbery

West Cork 20th June 2021
general
led by
Clare Heardman

An outing to Warren beach to see a fine population of the rare and protected Lathyrus japonicus subsp. maritimus (Sea Pea). We will also be on the hunt for orchids and see other typical sand dune and saltmarsh flora. This is a half day morning outing, but for anyone interested there is an option of visiting the more extensive sand dunes at nearby Castlefreke in the afternoon.

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Muir of Ord

East Ross & Cromarty 24th June 2021
general
led by
Brian Ballinger and Mary Dean

A joint meeting with the Botanical Society of Scotland (BSS) and the Inverness Botany Group, which will be devoted to recording and appreciating the flora of this small town in Easter Ross and the immediately surrounding area. Information will go into BSBI records and the BSS Urban Flora of Scotland project. Muir of Ord is unusual in having several small lochans in or near the built up area as well as other typical urban habitats. The only recent record of Cerastium arvense (Field Mouse-ear) in E. Ross, formerly more common, is from here. We will also try to follow up old records for Carex acutiformis (Lesser Pond-sedge), as well as some typical urban flora. It is anticipated that the walks will be mainly on good paths, although there may be some rougher ground near the lochans. We expect to cover approximately 2-3 miles. Bookings and further information from Brian Ballinger.

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Black Mountain and Windy Gap

Co. Antrim 26th June 2021
general
led by
David McNeill

Upland heath and flushes, species-rich grassland, rocky woodland. Great views over Belfast. Bring wet weather gear and stout footwear. There is a good path around the site, but we will leave the path at several points of interest. The woodland at Windy Gap is on a steep slope and can only be accessed with care. Those who prefer not to include the short woodland visit can spend longer in the species-rich grassland nearby. Bring a packed lunch. Expected finishing time 4pm.

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CANCELLEDBarra Islands

Outer Hebrides 26th June – 2nd July 2021
recording
led by
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 Castlebay, Barra (tbc). We will visit a range of islands and islets around Barra, including some of the islands to the south which have a variety of habitats including machair and moorland. The larger islands have reasonable lists, but have not been recorded in tetrads or monads, and this meeting will provide detailed records for a new flora. Several smaller islands are completely unrecorded. The terrain is generally rough, but there should be a variety of easier and more strenuous options each day. The cost is £865 per person full board, sleeping on the boat, which takes 12 people, so please book early, preferably by the end of February. For further details and to book, contact Paul Smith.

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Paul Smith; 8 Locks Road, Locks Heath, Southampton, SO31 6NT.

Fishlake

South-west Yorkshire 27th June 2021
general
led by
Louise Hill

A visit to Fishlake Green Lanes and Washlands, attractions being the Red Data Book species Carex vulpina (True Fox-sedge) and Rumex maritimus (Golden Dock) - if they are still there after the floods...... Contact Louise Hill for further information.

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Slieve Blooms

Co. Laois 3rd July 2021
general
led by
Mark McCorry

This trip will explore several sites and interesting habitats in the Clonaslee area with nearby sites including Derries (raised) bog, Clonaslee Esker and Coolagh Fen. Dress for the weather and rough ground. Bring a packed lunch.

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Toton Sidings

Nottinghamshire 3rd July 2021
general
led by
Dave Wood & Mark Woods

Toton Sidings forms part of a complex mosaic of sites in the River Erewash valley and is one of the most diverse brownfield sites in Nottinghamshire. The meeting will include searches for rare and scarce species in Nottinghamshire such as Verbascum lychnitis (White Mullein), Verbascum x duernsteinense, Linaria x sepium, Geranium rotundifolium (Round-leaved Crane’s-bill), Salix x forbyana and Triglochin palustris (Marsh Arrowgrass) that have been previously recorded at Toton Sidings and neighbouring areas. Apart from the Sidings there are ponds, marsh, river, grasslands and woodland habitats to explore.

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Wales Annual Meeting & AGM online

3rd July 2021
general
led by
John Palmer

The 2021 Wales Annual Meeting will be held online from 10:30-12:00, and everyone is welcome; it will be preceded by an AGM for BSBI members resident in Wales. The programme for the Wales Annual Meeting includes:

  • Opening address by BSBI CEO Julia Hanmer
  • Barbara Jones on conserving and restoring upland plants with a focus on Wales
  • Stuart Smith on the work underlying the recently published BSBI book on Grassland plants of the British & Irish lowlands

Further details and a downloadable programme are available on the Wales Annual Meeting & AGM webpage where you will find a link to the booking form.

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CANCELLED Caerdeon Residential Meeting 2021

Merionethshire 9th – 12th July 2021
recording general
led by
Sally Peacock

Apologies that this year's Caerdeon meeting has had to be cancelled but we hope to run the meeting again in 2022.

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CANCELLED Glynhir residential

Carmarthenshire 19th – 26th July 2021
general training
led by
Richard & Kath Pryce

The meeting will cater for both experienced and inexperienced botanists and will provide an opportunity for the informal development of identification skills. Day outings will be tailored to individual needs to cover all skill and fitness abilities. Booking arrangements will be available in early 2021.

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Glenshee & The Cairnwell

East Perthshire, South Aberdeenshire 24th July 2021
general
led by
Martin Robinson

The slopes above the ski car park comprise a mosaic of heathland and grassland with both acid and basic flushes, so we expect to find a diverse range of upland plants including attractive species such as such as Coeloglossum viride (Frog Orchid), Thalictrum alpinum (Alpine Meadow-rue) and Tofieldia pusilla (Scottish Asphodel). In addition, we will look for some taxa of more restricted distribution, notably the newly recognised species Trichophorum cespitosum s.s. (Northern Deergrass) and Botrychium nordicum (Nordic Moonwort). For those who wish to challenge their taxonomic skills even further, this is an opportunity to compare and contrast several different species of Alchemilla (Lady’s-mantle). Meet equipped for a day in the hills. No dogs please.

Contact David Elston elstoncox@yahoo.co.uk if you intend to come in case of any change in arrangements, weather related or otherwise.

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Ardnahinch beach

East Cork 24th July 2021
general beginners
led by
Edwina Cole & Finbarr Wallace

This site supports coastal vegetation including sand dunes and shore with possibly hedgerows further inland. Suitable for beginners. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a packed lunch and SPF. A field guide and hand lens would be useful but not necessary. Meet at 10:30 a.m.

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St. Athan, Gileston Beach, Fonmon

Glamorganshire 24th July 2021
recording general
led by
Julian Woodman

*UPDATE* This meeting was originally scheduled for 31st July so this is a change of date.

The day will include a mix of arable, pebble beach, saltmarsh and if time allows some species-rich grassland banks on the Lias limestone. The focus of the arable field search will be to see if Ranunculus arvensis (Corn Buttercup) and Scandix pecten-veneris (Shepherd’s Needle) appear this year and if they do, to give an idea of population size. Hopefully, other good arable plants will be seen, including Kickxia spuria (Round-leaved Fluellen), K. elatine (Sharp-leaved Fluellen), Euphorbia exigua, (Dwarf Spurge) and Ranunculus parviflorus (Small-flowered Buttercup). Around or soon after lunch time we will then drive to Gileston beach to take a census of the Galeopsis angustifolia (Red Hemp-nettle) population on the pebble beach, and then search for Bupleurum tenuissimum (Slender Hare’s-ear), Silaum silaus (Pepper-saxifrage) and Oenanthe lachenalii (Parsley Water-dropwort) in the adjacent saltmarsh and brackish grassland. If time allows, and permission can be gained, we will look at some brackish grassland and steep valley grasslands on the Lias Limestone that has some species-rich neutral dry grassland with Petroselinum segetum (Corn Parsley) and Linum bienne (Pale Flax) amongst others.

To book and/ or for further information, contact Julian Woodman with your email address and mobile details.

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Elms in Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire 24th July 2021
training specialised
led by
Brian Eversham

The meeting will start at the BCN Wildlife Trust headquarter at Cambourne, where there will be the opportunity to look at herbarium specimens and see some common and characteristic local species, based on the classification in Sell & Murrell’s Flora. New keys will be available for testing. In the afternoon participants will visit Hayley Wood, which has around a dozen species of Elm.

This meeting is fully booked

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Grasses, sedges and rushes, Ben Lawers

Mid Perthshire 25th July 2021
training
led by
Dan Watson and Faith Anstey

A joint meeting with NTS & PSNS

This meeting aims to consolidate training in identifying grasses, sedges and rushes, as introduced in BSBI Scotland workshops. However, it is open to all members of BSBI, NTS, PSNS and anyone else interested. After some revision on what to look for, we will split into those who want to go up high and those preferring to stay on lower ground. Places are limited and booking essential.

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Aquatic Plant Project training day, Connemara,

North-east Galway 28th July 2021
training
led by
Paul Green, Cilian Roden, John Conaghan

We will be visiting a site SW of Carraroe to look for and survey Najas flexilis (Slender Naiad), as well as learning how to identify Potamogeton (Pondweeds), and other aquatic species. Potamogeton alpinus (Red Pondweed) should be one of the plants seen.

Numbers will be limited. Joining details will be sent out on booking. This training day is part of the BSBI's Aquatic Plant Project.

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CANCELLED Murvagh

East Donegal 7th August 2021
general
led by
Oisín and Mairéad Duffy

Habitats at Murvagh include coastal dune grassland with the opportunity to re-find Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort) and Hypopitys monotropa (Yellow Bird’s-nest). Other species of interest include Pyrola rotundifolia subsp. maritima (Round-leaved Wintergreen) and Ophioglossum vulgatum (Adder’s-tongue). Meet at 10 a.m. Please bring a packed lunch and appropriate gear.

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Pumlumon

Cardiganshire 14th August 2021
recording general
led by
Andy Jones

The highest point in Cardiganshire and source of the rivers Wye, Severn and Rheidol. Remarkably, Pumlumon is still the only high mountain in Wales to have achieved zero grazing (albeit with some trespass) and it is instructive to see the effects here of nearly 10 years regrowth and changes in species distribution and abundance. Over this time there has been a remarkable recovery in summit heath and grassland communities, with previously unsuspected populations of Salix herbacea (Dwarf Willow), Carex bigelowii (Stiff Sedge) – here at its southernmost site in Britain – and C. x decolorans, its hybrid with C. nigra (Common Sedge), together with the dwarf mountain variants of Succisa pratensis (Devil’s-bit Scabious), Solidago virgaurea subsp. minuta (Goldenrod) and other upland or montane taxa. Lower plants, fungi, invertebrates and birds all seem to have benefited from grazing removal with, for example, Merlin (Falco columbarius) nesting on Pumlumon for the first time in living memory, and Wood Tiger (Parasemia plantagenis) and the rare rust fungus on Dwarf Willow, Melampsora arctica, both recently observed.  People with an interest in these groups might find reasons to attend – and would be particularly welcome. The meeting starts at 10:30 am.  Note: As with all mountain tops, Pumlumon can be very challenging and attendees will need to be able to climb and descend over 450m over sometimes very steep rocky paths and boggy areas. For further information and to book, contact Andy Jones with your email address and mobile details.

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Salicornia (Glasswort) & coastal Atriplex (Orache) workshop, Fethard

Co. Wexford 18th September 2021
training specialised
led by
Paul Green

This will be a training day to learn how to identify Salicornia, where we should see all 6 species known to occur in Ireland, along with the hybrid S. disarticulata x S. ramosissima, plus Sarcocornia perennis (Perennial Glasswort), the later only known from Co. Wexford. We will also look at coastal Atriplex and their hybrids. Two sites will be visited during the day. Numbers will be limited, and joining information for the day will be sent out on booking.

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Irish Autumn Meeting & AGM

25th September 2021
general

The Irish Autumn Meeting is being held via Zoom, with talks from 10:30 - 13:00. Everybody is welcome, whether or not you are based in Ireland, and you don't need to be a BSBI member to attend. More details and a booking link on the Irish Autumn Meeting webpage.

Broad-leaved pondweed webinar

23rd October 2021
training

Our final training webinar of the year will be on Broad-leaved Pondweeds by aquatic plants expert Nick Stewart on the 23 October. Thanks to funding from the National Parks and Wildlife Service, the event is free but you do need to register. Everyone interested is welcome, whether based in Ireland, Britain or beyond. Book here.

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Scottish Botanists' Conference

6th November 2021
general

Annual Exhibition Meeting

19th – 20th November 2021
general

This year's Annual Exhibition Meeting will once again be held via Zoom. The programme of speakers, the booking link and the exhibitor registration link are all available via the Annual Exhibition Meeting website, where you can also see last year's exhibits to give you an idea of what will be on offer in 2021. The event is free but donations are welcome. We welcome applications from any exhibitor wishing to display a poster about any aspect of the British and Irish flora.

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New Year Plant Hunt

1st – 4th January 2022
recording general

Our 11th Hunt will go ahead subject to the latest restrictions around Covid-19. Find out more here and please check with your County Recorder and/ or local botany group for details of any group Hunts in your area.

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Conifer Identification Workshop (outdoors), Gogerddan Woods, near Aberystwyth

Cardiganshire 29th January 2022
training
led by
Andy Jones

An introduction to most of the frequently grown conifers (and a few now growing wild) in west Wales, with a rich selection of 19th and 20th century estate woodland trees. The emphasis will be on easy identification and recognition tips but we will also encounter some unusual and rarely seen specimens. Midwinter botany to encourage you out into the field or simply assist conifer-spotting from a moving vehicle.

Meet: 10:30 am at Gogerddan Woods Car Park and Picnic Site, SN633836 (marked on OS Map 213 or search online "Natural Resources Wales, Gogerddan Woods" for more details and travel options). Walking boots essential; binoculars handy.

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Winter talk – A virtual field meeting

2nd February 2022
general
led by
Jonathan Shanklin

This talk will introduce you to a field meeting for beginners that was held at a site near Cambridge. It looked at the flora of a relatively ordinary place and how to record it. Trumpington Meadows is a newly created country park, with wildflower meadows full of introduced native species and areas with relict natural flora. The virtual meeting will allow a more detailed exploration of the site, covering changes since it was created and over the course of a year. The talk will be held over Zoom with bookings taken via Ticket Tailor.

England Annual Meeting and AGM

27th February 2022
general

The third England Annual Meeting and AGM will be an afternoon Zoom meeting. In addition to the AGM, there will be a mix of short talks, posters and a keynote talk. Further details will be on the England Annual Meeting webpage and an email invitation will be extended to members.

Winter talk – Mountain flowers – how they survive up there

2nd March 2022
general
led by
Alan Walker

This slide presentation will use examples from Alan’s collection of photographs and knowledge gained from many visits to mountains of Britain, European Alps and East Africa to describe constraints that flowering plants have on mountains and how they adapt successfully. Mountains are popular with botanists because within a day’s walk up slope a wide range of environments is encountered and plant adaptations here are varied and intriguing. The talk will be held over Zoom with bookings taken via Ticket Tailor.

BSBI Spring Conference

26th March 2022
recording

The BSBI Spring Conference is being designed for the wider recording community and will be held via Zoom. The meeting will start at 10am. Talks may include topics such as Atlas 2020, use of the BSBI Distribution Database, Rare Plant Registers and other subjects.  Details, including booking arrangements, to follow but for now, please save the date!

Irish Spring Conference

2nd April 2022
general

The Irish Spring Conference will be held online. Further details will be available soon on the Irish Conferences webpage.

Westport House Demesne

West Mayo 24th April 2022
general
led by
Eoin McGreal

This trip will look at some coastal saltmarsh and grassland in the morning and then will examine Westport House Demesne woodland and freshwater habitats in the afternoon.

Meet: in the car park across the road from the Helm Bar & Restaurant (F28 A146) at 10:00 am.

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Taraxacum training and recording workshop, Portpatrick

Wigtownshire 6th – 9th May 2022
training specialised
led by
John Richards, Caspian Richards

This is the eighth long weekend dedicated to the genus Taraxacum (Dandelions), and the first in south-west Scotland. It was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 because of Covid, and is the first to be held since the publication of the Field Handbook to British and Irish Dandelions which will be trialled in the field. Compared to most of Scotland, Wigtownshire is poorly studied for Taraxacum and recent work elsewhere in the far west suggests that interesting discoveries may await. Recent visits out of season suggest that good Erythrosperma and Obliqua species occur above strand-lines, while rich submontane habitats inland may harbour Naevosa and Celtica. It will be interesting to see if Irish specialities occur. Portpatrick has a range of places to eat and stay, but is popular at weekends. Stranraer, Lochans and Sandhead offer alternatives within 15 minutes by car. We will hire a room in a local hall as a centre and for evening studies so there will be a levy of £20 to pay for facilities. Caspian, who has a good knowledge of the area, will act as local agent and field guide.

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Limehouse

Middlesex 14th May 2022
beginners
led by
Dr Mark. A. Spencer

We'll explore Limehouse basin and Limehouse Cut, recording for the London Natural History Society’s London Flora Project. The Limehouse area of London is one of the city’s most urbanised areas with a deep industrial heritage. Limehouse Cut, opened in 1770, is London’s oldest canal. This walk will be seeking to find some of the survivors its pre-industrial past, such as Alisma plantago-aquatica (Water-plantain), Apium graveolens (Wild Celery), Chenopodiastrum hybridum (Maple-leaved Goosefoot), Potamogeton pusillus (Lesser Pondweed) and Stachys palustris (Marsh Woundwort). However, the area is of greatest interest for the diversity of neophytes growing in it.  Garden escapes and the waifs and strays of commerce and industry are frequent; these include: Angelica archangelica (Garden Angelica), Bidens frondosa (Beggarticks), Colutea arborescens (Bladder-senna), Dysphania ambrosioides (Mexican-tea), Galinsoga quadriradiata (Shaggy Soldier), Hirschfeldia incana (Hoary Mustard), Melilotus albus (White Melilot), M. indicus (Small Melilot), Mirabilis jalapa (Marvel-of-Peru), Nicandra physalodes (Apple-of-Peru), Rumex cristatus (Greek Dock), Senecio inaequidens (Narrow-leaved Ragwort), Solanum chenopodioides (Tall Nightshade) and Solanum nigrum subsp. schultesii (Black Nightshade). At the mouth of Limehouse Basin, facing the Thames we may find Sagina maritima (Sea Pearlwort), Trifolium pannonicum (Hungarian Clover) and other coastal halophytes; these species have been moving upstream as the salinity of the Thames increases, yet another subtle indicator of our changing environment. Suitable for beginners and experienced botanists.

Meet: Limehouse DLR (TQ361810) at 11:00 am.

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Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Midlothian 14th May 2022
beginners
led by
Jim McIntosh

Whilst there are many exotic species in the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, we will search for species native to Scotland in the Rock Garden, the Woodland Garden, around the pond and in the Scottish Native Plant Collection in the Heath Garden. Also, some of the less intensively managed corners of the garden have some rather surprising species like Adoxa moschatellina (Townhall Clock) which we’d hope to see. The emphasis of this field meeting will be on learning and we would particularly welcome anyone who has not been on a BSBI field meeting before.

Further information and booking online: www.tickettailor.com/events/botanicalsocietyofbritainireland/621461

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Jim McIntosh

Arthur’s Seat

Midlothian 15th May 2022
beginners
led by
Jim McIntosh

Holyrood Park’s dramatic hills and crags give Edinburgh its distinctive skyline. They also provide grassland habitats for a remarkably diverse and interesting flora. We hope to see species such as Ophioglossum vulgatum (Adder’s-tongue), Minuartia verna (Spring Sandwort), Potentilla tabernaemontani (Spring Cinquefoil) amongst many others. Historic Scotland manage the park and we hope that one of their rangers might talk about its conservation management. The emphasis of this field meeting will be on learning and we would particularly welcome anyone who has not been on a BSBI field meeting before.

Further information and booking online: www.tickettailor.com/events/botanicalsocietyofbritainireland/621498

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The Mash

Co. Laois 21st May 2022
general
led by
Mark McCorry, Fiona MacGowan

This trip will explore the Shanahoe Marsh area, known locally as the Mash. This is a fascinating area of wet and dry grassland that is collectively managed as commonage grassland and is mown for hay in the summer. It floods as callows grassland along the River Nore in the winter and attracts significant numbers of wintering water-birds. It has a rich history – we will have to watch out for the “Mash Shark!”. The wet grassland is sedge rich and the surrounding hedgerows are also quite diverse with at least one Populus nigra subsp. betulifolia (Black Poplar) present. A small section of dry grassland has Anacamptis morio (Green-winged Orchid).

Meet in Abbeyleix Town at the Heritage House, 10.00 am. Dress for the weather and rough round. Bring a packed lunch.

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Tummel Shingle

Mid Perthshire 28th May 2022
general training
led by
Faith Anstey

This meeting will be of general interest, since the Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve on the Tummel Shingle is a unique and botanically fascinating place – from Juniper to orchids, with birds and butterflies as added attractions. However, there will be a special emphasis on ID training, using the Pocket Guide to Wildflower Families.

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Aquatic Plant Project Training Day 1

Co. Louth 28th May 2022
general training
led by
Nick Stewart, Cliona Byrne

The first field day of the BSBI Aquatic Plant Project 2022 programme will be held on the Rivers Dee and Glyde in County Louth, with aquatic plants expert Nick Stewart and County Recorder Cliona Byrne. The aim is to improve identification skills and gather records in a range of aquatic habitats.

Everyone is welcome to attend and thanks to the generous funding from the Irish National Parks & Wildlife Service the event is free. For more information and booking use this link: Saturday 28th in Louth.

Aquatic Plant Project Training Day 2

Meath 29th May 2022
general training
led by
Nick Stewart, Margaret Norton

The second field day of the BSBI Aquatic Plant Project 2022 programme will be held in County Meath on the River Boyne and the Boyne Canal with aquatic plants expert Nick Stewart and County Recorder Margaret Norton. The aim is to improve identification skills and gather records in a range of aquatic habitats.

Everyone is welcome to attend and thanks to the generous funding from the Irish National Parks & Wildlife Service the event is free. For more information and booking use this link: Sunday 29th in Meath.

Sithean Mor and surrounds

West Inverness-shire 4th – 5th June 2022
recording general
led by
Ian Strachan

The aim of the weekend is to explore some of the rugged terrain between Loch Ailort and Loch Morar in hectad NM78. The exact itinerary will depend on the weather but should include the 600 m Sithean Mor (NM7286, the enigmatic second site for Diapensia lapponica (Diapensia)) and surrounding hills, coires and lochans, and possibly also the Ardnish peninsula. Calcareous flushes with species such as Saxifraga aizoides (Yellow Saxifrage), Pinguicula lusitanica (Pale Butterwort) and Platanthera bifolia (Lesser Butterfly-orchid) are known to occur, along with a range of western ferns and wintergreens, but much of the ground is unexplored. Hill-fitness is required. Accommodation (potentially from Friday 3 June to Monday 6 June) nearby is limited so early booking is advisable.

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Wales Annual Meeting & AGM, Bangor

Caernarvonshire 10th – 12th June 2022
general
led by
John Palmer

The 2022 BSBI Wales Annual Meeting, exhibition and AGM together with the associated field excursions will be based at the Reichel Hall, Bangor University, Ffriddoedd Rd, Bangor LL57 2TW. Full details of the programme and a booking facility are available on the Wales Annual Meeting & AGM webpage, where any updates will also be posted.

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Sedges at Tarn Moss and Eycott Hill

Cumberland 11th June 2022
training
led by
Mike Porter

Tarn Moss National Nature Reserve is a basin mire holding a fine collection of sedges and acid-loving plants. The specialities are Carex magellanica (Tall Bog-sedge) and C. lasiocarpa (Slender Sedge) but other sedges including C. canescens (White Sedge), C. paniculata (Greater Tussock-sedge) and C. rostrata (Bottle Sedge) also grow here, along with Andromeda polifolia (Bog Rosemary), Dactylorhiza maculata (Heath-spotted Orchid), Dryopteris carthusiana (Narrow Buckler-fern) and Vaccinium oxycoccos (Cranberry). It is often very wet underfoot. Our second site is Eycott Hill not far from Tarn Moss and recently purchased by Cumbria Wildlife Trust. It is largely a series of mires that occupy a number of parallel troughs in the underlying volcanic rock and it too is very wet in places.  The sedge flora includes good quantities of Carex limosa (Bog-sedge), C. pauciflora (Few-flowered Sedge), C. diandra (Lesser Tussock-sedge), C. dioica (Dioecious Sedge) and up to 16 other Carex species, together with some non-Carex sedges. There is a good range of other wetland species and, on the drier hillocks, Cryptogramma crispa (Parsley Fern) and Viola lutea (Mountain Pansy) are found.

This is a repeat of the 2021 Meeting, mainly to accommodate those who were unable to attend last year. Numbers are limited to 15 to minimise damage to fragile habitats. All sedge enthusiasts are welcome whether experienced or not. This will be a full day outing so please bring packed lunch. The distance covered will not be great – a little more than 5 kilometres but in places it will be very wet underfoot. Wellies or waterproof boots are essential.

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Crook Peak and Sand Point/Sand Bay, Mendip Hills

North Somerset 11th – 12th June 2022
general
led by
Helena Crouch

A two-day meeting exploring species-rich limestone grassland and rock outcrops on steep south-facing slopes of the West Mendips. Ascending the steep side of Crook Peak we will see Trinia glauca (Honewort), Clinopodium acinos (Basil Thyme), Euphrasia tetraquetra (Western Eyebright), Koeleria vallesiana (Somerset Hair-grass), Filago germanica (Common Cudweed) and many other species of dry open limestone grassland. Carex humilis (Dwarf Sedge) and Marrubium vulgare (White Horehound) grow near the peak, where there are also interesting areas of limestone heathland.  On a fine day, the panoramic views across Somerset are stunning. Sand Point is a Carboniferous limestone promontory, also home to Honewort, Somerset Hair-grass and other treasures of open rocky limestone grassland, but with additional maritime interest. We should see Limonium procerum (Rock Sea-lavender), Hypericum montanum (Pale St John’s-wort), Trifolium suffocatum (Suffocated Clover), Orobanche hederae (Ivy Broomrape) and Dianthus gratianopolitanus (Cheddar Pink), introduced here in the 1950s and thriving. Sand Bay has a good range of species typical of saltmarsh, strandline and sand-dune, including Limonium vulgare (Common Sea-lavender), Carex extensa (Long-bracted Sedge) and Althaea officinalis (Marsh-mallow).

Beginners will be very welcome. Please bring packed lunch on both days. Both sites involve steep ascents on uneven rocky paths. Please wear appropriate footwear for rough ground and bring waterproofs and sun cream.

Contact helenacrouch@sky.com for further information and to book, with email address/ mobile details.

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Inishowen Peninsula

East Donegal 11th – 12th June 2022
general
led by
John Conaghan, Mairead Crawford, Oisín Duffy

This two-day meeting will explore the flora of a number of coastal and upland locations on the Inishowen peninsula, Co. Donegal. The peninsula supports a range of good plant habitats with coastal habitats particularly extensive and well developed. Particular emphasis will be given to exploring areas that have potential for rarer species which have not been seen for some time in Inishowen, such as Pyrola media (Intermediate Wintergreen) and Equisetum pratense (Shady Horsetail).

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Mullach Coire Mhic Fhearchair & Sgurr Dubh

West Ross & Cromarty 17th – 18th June 2022
recording
led by
Duncan Donald

One of the most inaccessible parts of West Ross, this complex – in NH07 in the Great Wilderness – badly needs re-surveying, not least as part of the current Scottish HectAd Rare Plant Project (SHARPP). From past records, targets include Alchemilla wichurae (Rock Lady’s-mantle), Arabidopsis petraea (Northern Rock-cress), Athyrium distentifolium (Alpine Lady-fern), Carex atrata (Black Alpine-sedge), Cerastium nigrescens (Arctic Mouse-ear), Deschampsia cespitosa subsp. alpina (Alpine Hair-grass), Draba norvegica (Rock Whitlowgrass), Poa alpina & P. glauca (Alpine & Glaucous Meadow-grasses), and Polystichum lonchitis (Holly-fern). It is about a nine-mile walk-in from either direction – we’ll decide nearer the time whether this will be an early start from the Braemore end, from Kinlochewe, or both – so we’ll need an overnight camp on Friday night to have time to cover the ground effectively. Attendees therefore need to be fit, able to walk up mountains, and willing to camp.

Early booking of accommodation for Thursday or Saturday advisable.

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Staines Moor

Middlesex 18th June 2022
recording
led by
Mark Spencer

This will be a continuation of last year's recording on this large site for the London Natural History Society’s London Flora Project. We will aim to explore the remaining parts of Staines Moor that we did not get to in 2021. Staines Moor SSSI is one of the relatively few large areas of open land left in the area. Even so, large parts are occupied by the King George VI Reservoir and the Staines Reservoirs and are now inaccessible. We will be focusing on the lower areas of the Moor (TQ0272, TQ0273, TQ0372 & TQ0373) and will be aiming to rerecord some of the rarities of the area including Groenlandia densa (Opposite-leaved Pondweed), Potamogeton spp. (Pondweeds), Catabrosa aquatica (Whorl-grass), Juncus compressus (Round-fruited Rush), Oenanthe spp. (Water-dropworts) and Persicaria spp. (Water-peppers). Suitable for beginners and experienced botanists.

Meet at Moor Lane, Staines (TQ030722) at 11:00 am. This location is about a 15 minute walk from Staines railway station. There is space for parking on Moor Lane.

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Sedges & Rushes Workshop, Barony College, Dumfries

18th June 2022
training
led by
Chris Miles

This workshop is one of a series of ID training workshops and is suitable for those with a basic knowledge of plant ID. The workshop includes classroom training, hands-on study in small groups, and some fieldwork. The booklet Start to Identify Sedges & Rushes will be included in the cost of the workshop – £30 (discount for BSBI members, young people & full-time students).

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The Burren

Co. Clare 19th June 2022
recording general
led by
Hannah Mulcahy, Phoebe O’Brien, Donncha Ó Catháin

On this trip we will visit a range of botanically rich habitats in the Burren including limestone pavement, calcareous grassland and turlough. We envisage the trip to be suitable for botanists of all levels as we aim to cover the unique habitats and plant species of the Burren. If time allows, we will explore some locations that have received less recording attention in recent years in the hope of re-finding interesting species or new sites for others.

Expect to see a range of orchids including: Neotinea maculata (Dense-flowered Orchid), Dactylorhiza fuchsii subsp. okellyi (Common Spotted-orchid) and Ophrys insectifera (Fly Orchid); as well as plants characteristic of the Burren flora such as Potentilla fruticosa (Shrubby Cinquefoil) and Helianthemum oelandicum (Hoary Rock-rose). Please bring suitable footwear for rough terrain, and warm/waterproof clothing. Also bring a packed lunch, sun cream and water.

Meeting point will be at Cooloortla (R3418 9663) Burren National Park. There is some limited parking available here. If attendees have the option of car-sharing (in accordance with Covid guidance) this is recommended.

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Alness

East Ross & Cromarty 23rd June 2022
recording general
led by
Brian Ballinger, Mary Dean

A joint meeting with BSS and Inverness Botany Group

This is an all-day meeting devoted to the urban flora of Alness and probably also the flora of the immediately surrounding area. We will be recording for the Urban Flora Project of the Botanical Society of Scotland and also the BSBI. We will also be enjoying the wild flowers and other wildlife of the area. Alness is a small town in Easter Ross, near the Cromarty Firth and bisected by the Alness or Averon river. We will visit habitats in the town and along the river. Alness was the first recent location in Easter Ross for Sherardia arvensis (Wild Madder), so rare in the north. We may also see Goodyera repens (Creeping Lady’s-tresses), quite a widespread species in the area, bur rare elsewhere. We should be mainly on good paths, with perhaps a short uphill section and we will cover about 3 miles.

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Grasses Workshop, Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton

Lanarkshire 25th June 2022
training
led by
Michael Philip

This workshop aims to introduce identification of common grasses to beginners and improvers who already have a basic grasp of plant ID. There will be a mix of classroom study and fieldwork, much of it in small groups with expert tutors. The programme will be based on Start to Identify Grasses by Faith Anstey, a copy of which will be included in the cost of the workshop – £30 (Discount for BSBI members, young people & full-time students).

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Heartwood Forest

Hertfordshire 26th June 2022
general
led by
Ian Denholm, Alla Mashanova, Astrid Biddle

Occupying 350 ha between the villages of Wheathampstead and Sandridge, Heartwood Forest is owned and managed by the Woodland Trust and represents one of the most ambitious habitat creation projects in Western Europe. Until 2008, most of the site (other than small areas of semi-ancient woodland) was devoted to arable cropping. Since then 600,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted to create a mosaic of slowly maturing woodland and open meadows, supplemented by an arboretum containing the great majority of trees native to the UK and a newly created wetland area. We invite botanists of all levels of expertise to join a guided circular walk (c.5 km) encompassing most features of interest. There are no stunningly rare plants on offer but a great chance to see habitats in different stages of transition and hear about management and monitoring work underway. Meet at the main carpark (TL167107) at 10:00am.

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Glen Douglas

Dunbartonshire 2nd July 2022
recording
led by
Michael Philip

The moorland between Glen Douglas and Arrochar has received insufficient attention from botanists in recent years. This meeting aims to rectify the situation and will search for a number of interesting old records including Asplenium viride (Green Spleenwort), Juncus triglumis (Three-flowered Rush), Polystichum lonchitis (Holly-fern), Saxifraga stellaris (Starry Saxifrage) and Tofieldia pusilla (Scottish Asphodel). Hoping that participants will include at least one experienced recorder willing and able to lead a sub-party, there will be options to follow either a low-level route, keeping to an excellent track, or a higher-level route, involving rough walking on open hillside (with a maximum of around 300m of ascent). Come prepared for a day in the hills.

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Ranscombe Farm Plantlife Reserve, Cuxton, nr Rochester

West Kent 3rd July 2022
general
led by
Richard Moyse, Sue Buckingham

Join Kent Botanical Recording Group at Plantlife’s largest nature reserve in England, situated in the beautiful Kent Downs AONB. With Plantlife’s former site manager, Richard, we’ll be seeing an impressive array of arable plants and chalk grassland species. A great opportunity for all, beginners or otherwise, to enjoy species such as Filago pyramidata (Broad-leaved Cudweed), Agrostemma githago (Corncockle), Valerianella dentata (Narrow-fruited Cornsalad), Papaver argemone (Prickly Poppy), Ajuga chamaepitys (Ground-pine), Astragalus glycyphyllos (Wild Liquorice), Malva setigera (Rough Marsh-mallow) and Salvia pratensis (Meadow Clary).

Meet: 10:00 am in the Reserve car park at TQ715675: go through the small parking area just off the A228 and drive about 300 m into the site on the private entrance road (please take care on the blind bend and watch for pedestrians). For satnav, follow ME2 1LA, but stop when you see the car park and small buildings on your left. Bring a packed lunch and have suitable footwear and clothing.

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Glynhir Recording Week

Carmarthenshire 4th – 11th July 2022
general
led by
Kath & Richard Pryce

The week-long annual Carmarthenshire Recording and Monitoring Meeting will include visits to sites around the county. The meeting will cater for both experienced and less proficient botanists and will provide an opportunity for the informal development of identification skills. Arrangements will be flexible, some days the group may stay as one body, other days smaller groups will visit different sites to monitor rare or scarce species or update grid squares not visited recently. Day outings will be tailored to individual needs to cover all fitness abilities. More information on the Carmarthenshire webpage.

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Lough Ree shore

Co. Longford 9th July 2022
general
led by
Ciaran Bruton

This meeting will examine the flora of the lakeshore, callows grassland and associated habitats with woodland. There are lots of nice things to see in this area such as Lathyrus palustris (Marsh Pea), Stellaria palustris (Marsh Stitchwort), Teucrium scordium (Water Germander) and Cephalanthera longifolia (Narrow-leaved Helleborine).

Meet at Cashel Graveyard, Elfleet at 10:30. N0142860190 is the meeting point. There is some parking available there. Booking is essential. Please bring suitable clothing and footwear for all weather conditions, sun protection, a packed lunch and hand lens.

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Rubus Study Week

North Somerset, North Wiltshire, South Wiltshire, West Gloucestershire 11th – 17th July 2022
training specialised
led by
Rob Randall

The week will be based in Bath and will include a mixture of field trips, lectures and workshops.

Bath is at the centre of a region of very varied geology, which in turn has resulted in a wide variety of habitat types. During the week a series of species-rich woodlands will be visited, including some which are remnants of medieval hunting forests, and other special habitats such as moorland on the high ground of the Mendip Hills and the peat fenland of the Somerset Levels. In the event of wet weather, field trips may be rearranged or replaced by workshops but most will include woodland so will only be cancelled if the weather is particularly bad.

Monday 11 July: 'Secrets of the Mulberry Bush', 7:30 pm, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.

Introductory lecture open to all, whether attending the study week or not. Car park available nearby. For directions and to book, see www.brlsi.org.

Tuesday 12 July: Somerset coalfield and Mendip Hills, VC6.

Wednesday 13 July: Somerset peat moors, VC6.

Thursday 14 July: Chippenham, Braydon and Melksham Forests, VC7.

Friday 15 July: Selwood Forest, VC8.

Saturday 16 July: Cotswolds, VC33/34.

Sunday 17 July (am): Bristol coalfield, VC34. The meeting will finish close to the junction of the M4 and M5.

It will be possible for members to attend for part of the week but if so, please indicate this to the leader to ensure you receive details of meeting time and location.

Annual Summer Meeting, FSC Malham Tarn

Mid-west Yorkshire 15th – 18th July 2022
general
led by
Jonathan Shanklin

The plan is to have a local walk on the Friday afternoon, with excursions to interesting sites over the weekend. The overall cost for the whole event (registration, accommodation and all meals) is £200 per person but there are also "pick 'n' mix" options if e.g. you want to make your own accommodation arrangements or you don't want to stay for the whole event.

Please use this link to view the outline programme, book your space and make a payment.

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Herrington & Hasting Hills

County Durham 23rd July 2022
general
led by
Keith Robson

This meeting will visit the Herrington Hill Durham Wildlife Trust Reserve on the west side of A19 and, after exploring the reserve, we will visit Hastings Hill SSSI on the other side of the A19. Both sites are areas of magnesian limestone grassland with all the classic indicator species that define this internationally rare plant community.  Sesleria caerulea (Blue Moor-grass) is the dominant grass with Helianthemum nummularium (Common Rock-rose), Carlina vulgaris (Carline Thistle), Thymus drucei (Wild Thyme), Pimpinella saxifraga (Burnet-saxifrage), Gentianella amarella (Autumn Gentian, or as it is usually known locally, Felwort), Ononis repens (Common Restharrow) and Plantago maritima (Sea Plantain), which is more commonly associated with the coast. We should also see Epipactis atrorubens (Dark-red Helleborine) which was rediscovered here last year, after many years of absence.

Note: There are no defined footpaths and some steep slopes at both sites. This will be a general meeting for all levels of botanists.

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Grasses, sedges and rushes, joint meeting with NTS & PSNS, Ben Lawers

Mid Perthshire 23rd July 2022
training
led by
Dan Watson, Faith Anstey

This meeting aims to consolidate training in identifying grasses, sedges and rushes, as introduced in BSBI Scotland workshops. Copies of the booklets Start to Identify Grasses and Start to Identify Sedges & Rushes are recommended. We hope workshops will resume this year, but it doesn't matter whether you have been on one or not. The meeting is open to all members of BSBI, NTS, PSNS and anyone else interested, whatever level they are at. After some revision on what to look for, we will split into those who want to go on up the hill (perhaps those with more experience of grasses etc) and those preferring to stay on lower ground (and/or perhaps needing more ID guidance). Places are limited, booking essential.

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Glenbower Woods, Killeagh

East Cork 23rd July 2022
beginners
led by
Edwina Cole

We will explore the woodland and spend some time identifying the different plants growing there. Please bring suitable clothing and footwear for all weather conditions, sun protection, a packed lunch and hand lens and ID book if you have one.

Meet at Glenbower Woods carpark (X00097734) at 10:00 am. This is a Coillte woodland and there is parking at this location.

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Loch Maree

West Ross & Cromarty 5th – 7th August 2022
recording general
led by
Duncan Donald

A rare opportunity: the Reserve Manager has kindly offered boat transport on the Friday to allow five passengers (i.e. four plus organiser Duncan Donald) to record on the Loch Maree Islands National Nature Reserve [choosing early August to minimise disturbance to breeding black-throated divers]. From past records, targets include Aristavena setacea (Bog Hair-grass), Elatine hexandra (Six-stamened Waterwort), Goodyera repens (Creeping Lady's-tresses), Isoetes echinospora (Spring Quillwort), Lycopodiella inundata (Marsh Clubmoss) [a large colony], Sorbus rupicola (Rock Whitebeam), but above all Linnaea borealis (Twinflower), only reported from there once c.1873! Given that so few can take part in this, the organiser is planning that the meeting should run on for a further two days, to enable them and/or others joining just for the weekend, to do some more mainland-based recording; a get-together for all is proposed on the Friday evening. Targets around Loch Maree itself include Ajuga pyramidalis (Pyramidal Bugle) and the newly-described Scaly Male-fern variant Dryopteris affinis subsp. pseudodisjuncta at its first British site; Rhynchospora fusca (Brown Beak-sedge) will be seen. Otherwise, depending on what the June Meeting [q.v.] has already achieved, targets might include the Cambrian limestone outcrop beside Lochan Fada, with Dryas octopetala (Mountain Avens) and Epipactis atrorubens (Dark-red Helleborine); the little-recorded fringe of Beinn Eighe NNR at Fuaran Mor [NG9765]; or the mix of habitats at An Cearcaill [NG9368]. Alternatively, for anyone interested in camping overnight, the Letterewe Forest (including Beinn Lair & Sgurr Dubh) deserves attention: Asplenium septentrionale (Forked Spleenwort), Juncus biglumis (Two-flowered Rush) and Poa glauca (Glaucous Meadow-grass) records need updating.

Early booking of accommodation, potentially from Thursday to Sunday, is advisable.

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Composite flowers ID Workshop, The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn

Fife & Kinross 6th August 2022
training
led by
Faith Anstey

This workshop is the latest in the series of ID workshops for beginners and improvers. There will be a mix of classroom training and hands-on study in small groups, including fieldwork. The booklet Start to Identify Composite Flowers will provide the structure of the course, and will be included in the cost of the workshop – £30. (Discount for BSBI members, young people and full-time students).

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Murvagh

East Donegal 7th August 2022
general
led by
Oisin Duffy, Mairead Duffy

Habitats at Murvagh include coastal dune grassland with the opportunity to re-find Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort) and Hypopitys monotropa (Yellow Bird’s-nest). Other species of interest include Pyrola rotundifolia subsp. maritima (Round-leaved Wintergreen) and Ophioglossum vulgatum (Adder’s-tongue).

Meet in Murvagh carpark (G89637288) at 10:00 am. Please bring a packed lunch and appropriate gear.

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Whixall & Bettisfield Mosses

Shropshire, Denbighshire 12th August 2022
general
led by
Jonathan Shanklin

These Mosses on the England-Wales border were described by James Robertson in the October 2021 issue of British Wildlife. They form a raised bog, which retains many botanical rarities. The meeting will show off some of these specialties, carry out some recording and provide help on identification of the more common species. We will be joined by members of Natural England’s Marches Mosses BogLIFE team who manage the National Nature Reserve. Some of the terrain that we will venture into is very uneven, though there are more even paths.

Meet: 10:00 am at Morris’ Bridge car park Whixall SJ493354. Nearest postcode SY13 2RX.

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Pumlumon

Cardiganshire 13th August 2022
recording general
led by
Andy Jones

The highest point in Cardiganshire and source of the rivers Wye, Severn and Rheidol. Remarkably, Pumlumon is still the only high mountain in Wales to have achieved zero grazing (albeit with some trespass) and it is instructive to see the effects here of nearly 10 years regrowth and changes in species distribution and abundance. Over this time there has been a remarkable recovery in summit heath and grassland communities, with previously unsuspected populations of Salix herbacea (Dwarf Willow), Carex bigelowii (Stiff Sedge) – here at its southernmost site in Britain – and C. x decolorans, its hybrid with C. nigra (Common Sedge), together with the dwarf mountain variants of Succisa pratensis (Devil’s-bit Scabious), Solidago virgaurea subsp. minuta (Goldenrod) and other upland or montane taxa. Lower plants, fungi, invertebrates and birds all seem to have benefitted from grazing removal with, for example, Merlin (Falco columbarius) nesting on Pumlumon for the first time in living memory, and Wood Tiger (Parasemia plantaginis) and the rare rust fungus on Dwarf Willow, Melampsora arctica, both recently observed. Members with an interest in these groups might find reasons to attend – and would be particularly welcome. The meeting starts at 10:30 am. Note: As with all mountain tops, Pumlumon can be very challenging and attendees will need to be able to climb and descend over 450m over sometimes very steep rocky paths and boggy areas. Good wind and waterproof equipment and sturdy footwear are essential.

Meet: 10:30 am at Maesnant, on the end of the paved road on the south side of Nant y Moch reservoir at SN7748789.

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Clydach Quarries and Cwm Clydach

Monmouthshire, Breconshire 3rd September 2022
general
led by
Anne Griffiths

An extensive limestone quarry with a wide range of species-rich communities, including exposed rock outcrops, thin-soiled turf and flushed areas. We should see several rare and interesting taxa of these habitats (such as Gentianella amarella subsp. amarella (Autumn Gentian), Erigeron acris (Blue Fleabane) and Hypopitys monotropa (Yellow Bird's-nest)) as well as a good selection of sedges, whitebeams and the more widespread, characteristic species of limestone habitats. Some steep slopes and rough terrain but fantastic views and impressive local wildlife.

Meet: 10:30 am at Pwll Du (plenty of roadside parking at S0244118), walk to quarry and car share to Clydach. Note: Steep upland terrain with rocky areas. Attendees will need good wind and waterproof outdoor gear and walking boots.

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Plant Identification for Habitat Surveys, central Scotland (Venue TBC)

Scotland 3rd September 2022
training
led by
Lindsay Mackinlay

This meeting aims to introduce participants to the main indicator species which assist in habitat classifications, touching on several Phase 1 habitats and NVC plant communities. The workshop is not suitable for complete beginners but is more aimed at those who have some basic or intermediate plant identification skills, who are also interested in understanding the relationships between plant species and the habitats in which they grow. Please note that this is not a training course on Phase 1 habitat or NVC surveys but rather a workshop to assist participants in identifying key plant species in different habitats. The meeting is open to anyone who may have an interest, though priority will be given to BSBI and BSS members in the first instance. It is likely that the workshop will involve some rough walking over the open hill in places. Come prepared for a day in the hills! Places are limited, booking is essential.

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Back Strand, Tramore

Co. Waterford 10th September 2022
training
led by
Paul Green

The aim of the meeting is to learn how to identify the two species of Eelgrass Zostera marina (Eelgrass) and Zostera noltei (Dwarf Eelgrass). They both grow on the mudflats, and in places in mixed populations. We will also look at Salicornia (Glassworts) and other saltmarsh plants, and explore the drain behind the seawall to look at Ruppia maritima (Beaked Tasselweed). We will also see Inula crithmoides (Golden-samphire) which grows in the saltmarsh, as well as on the seawall.

This site has been chosen as the mud is firm here, and there is no worry of getting stuck in the mud, plus the Eelgrass grows very close to the shore. Joining details will be sent to you once you have booked.

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Daventry Country Park

Northamptonshire 17th September 2022
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led by
Brian Laney

This meeting will visit Daventry Country Park where we are hoping to look for species on the drawdown zone of the reservoir including Limosella aquatica (Mudwort), Rumex palustris (Marsh dock) and R. maritimus (Golden Dock). We may move onto the Northants 2nd site for Adiantum capillus-veneris (Maidenhair Fern), also at Daventry, and if permission is granted a look at Jasione montana (Sheepsbit), at a refind site for the county, last seen in the 1800's in the Daventry area at nearby Newnham Hill.

The meeting will start at 10.30 am.

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Irish AGM and Autumn Conference

24th September 2022
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Further details will be posted nearer the time on the Irish Conferences webpage.

  • All our annual conferences are open to everyone, wherever you are based, and you don't need to be a BSBI member to attend; at present these events are being held via Zoom and you will need to book in advance.
  • Unless otherwise stated, our non-residential field meetings are free to attend and you don't usually need to be a BSBI member, although if there are more applicants than spaces available, we reserve the right to prioritise our members.
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  • For general enquiries about field meetings contact the Field Meetings Secretary, Jonathan Shanklin.

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