Field meetings and indoor events 2020

BSBI FIELD MEETINGS & INDOOR EVENTS CANCELLED UNTIL END OF MAY - FURTHER DETAILS HERE: https://bsbi.org/covid-19-coronavirus

On this page you can find out more about the national field meetings and indoor botanical events scheduled for 2020 across Britain & Ireland.

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New Year Plant Hunt

1st – 4th January 2020
recording general beginners

Shake off the winter blues and see how many wild or naturalised plants you can find in bloom in mid-winter. You'll be helping us build up a clearer picture of how wild and naturalised plants are responding to changes in autumn and winter weather patterns across Britain & Ireland. Find out more here.

BSBI England AGM

Middlesex 1st February 2020
general

The first BSBI England AGM will be held at the NHM by kind invitation of Sandra Knapp. In addition to the AGM, there will be a mix of short talks, herbarium sessions, displays, posters and the chance to meet friends, colleagues and other botanists. The NHM would welcome voucher specimens for accession to their herbarium.

Aquatics in the herbarium

Co. Down 17th – 21st February 2020
training
led by
Nick Stewart

Building on the Aquatic Plant Project, aquatics expert Nick Stewart will be coming to Northern Ireland for a week in February. He will be working on aquatic plants in the Ulster Museum herbarium 17-21 February and will be offering small group mentoring while he is there to a limited number of experienced botanists. If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please contact John Faulkner.

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Aquatic plant ID workshop

Co. Armagh 22nd February 2020
training
led by
Nick Stewart

Aquatics expert Nick Stewart will be running an aquatic plant identification workshop at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, Oxford Island, Co. Armagh. This full day course is open to everyone and will run from 10am until 4.30pm. There is a small fee of £10 for the day. Tea and coffee will be provided, but you’ll need to buy or bring your own lunch. If you have a hand lens, please bring it. The workshop will include some fieldwork, weather permitting, so please bring outdoor clothing. Please complete this booking form to register and then head over to the Ireland page to use the PayPal facility and pay the workshop fee.

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Conifer ID workshop

Co. Down 6th – 7th March 2020
training
led by
Matt Parratt

Conifer expert Matt Parratt will be leading a conifer identification workshop at Castlewellan Forest Park, Co. Down. This workshop is open to everyone and you can choose to come to either day or both. There is a small fee of £10 for each day. Tea and coffee will be provided, but you’ll need to bring your own lunch as there is nowhere on site to purchase food. The workshop will include both classroom and field work, weather permitting, so please bring outdoor clothing. Please complete this booking form to register and then visit the Ireland page and use the PayPal facility to pay the workshop fee.

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CANCELLED Coton Countryside Reserve

Cambridgeshire 25th April 2020
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. Coton Countryside Reserve is an interesting mix of arable fields, managed chalk grassland and with some un-improved areas. Notable native species include Ervum gracile (Slender Tare) and there are casuals of uncertain origin such as Isatis tinctoria (Woad). The terrain is generally even, though access to the chalk grassland requires an ascent of 30m.

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CANCELLED Taraxacum training and recording workshop, Portpatrick, Wigtown

Wigtownshire, Ayrshire 1st – 4th May 2020
specialised
led by
John Richards

This is the eight successive long weekend dedicated to the genus Taraxacum, and the first in south-west Scotland. Compared with most of western Scotland, Wigton 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. 17th March: The organisers have decided to cancel this meeting.

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CANCELLED Rothesay

Clyde Islands 9th May 2020
general
led by
Angus Hannah

Since publishing the Flora of Bute I have 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 10:00 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.

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CANCELLED Crieff

Mid Perthshire 13th May 2020
recording general
led by
Jim McIntosh and Brian Ballinger

Joint meeting with the Botanical Society of Scotland and the Perthshire Society of Natural Science

This all day meeting will concentrate on the urban flora of this small town but may also venture into the surrounding countryside. We will be collecting information for the BSS urban flora project and BSBI records, but will also be appreciating the flora in more general ways. We should mainly be on good paths and do not expect to cover more than 3 miles.

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CANCELLED Birks o’Aberfeldy I

Mid Perthshire 16th May 2020
recording beginners
led by
Jim McIntosh

The first of two one-day meetings to explore this rich and fascinating gorge woodland immortalised by Rabbie Burns in his song, The Birks O’ Aberfeldy, in which he waxes lyrical about this famous beauty spot and its flowers! The emphasis of this field meeting will be on learning and we particularly welcome anyone who has not been on a BSBI field meeting before. In this first meeting we will be looking for spring woodland plants such as Adoxa moschatellina (Moschatel), Lathraea squamaria (Toothwort) and Equisetum pratense (Shady Horsetail). A later visit will look for later flowering species. A reasonable level of fitness, waterproofs, strong shoes and a packed lunch will be required. Click here to book your place now!

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CANCELLED Ligoneil Mill Dams and Forth River Glen

Co. Antrim 23rd May 2020
general
led by
David McNeill

Ligoneil Mill Dams and Forth River Glen will be visited.  Woodland and other spring flowers will be the main focus of the day with great views over Belfast and the Belfast Hills.  Meeting at 10.30am. On-street parking in Thornberry Road (at J29617744). Bring wet weather gear and stout footwear. We will mainly stick to good paths but parts of the site are steep and in the glen we may wish to go off the paths onto the steep and slippery woodland floor. Bring a packed lunch. Expected finishing time 3pm.

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CANCELLED Identifying Plant Families Workshop, Edinburgh

Midlothian 31st May 2020
training beginners
led by
Aileen Meek

Expert tutors will facilitate and support beginners to identify wild flowers through their families and to build confidence in using keys. 10:00. – 16:30 Holyrood Park Education Centre, 1 Queen’s Drive, Edinburgh, EH8 8HG. Reduced charge of £15 for BSBI members (and students); booking essential. Click here for more information and to book.

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Sedges at Tarn Moss and Eycott Hill

Cumberland 6th June 2020
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. Meet at 10:30 am in the lay-by on the north side of the A66 between Penrith and Keswick at NY395274. 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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Sedges & Rushes Workshop Dumfries

Dumfriesshire 6th June 2020
training beginners
led by
Chris Miles
If you have a good basic knowledge of plant ID but have yet to get to grips with sedges and rushes, this workshop is for you! We will explain the differences between rushes and sedges and go onto look at some of the 21 most common sedge species you are most likely to come across. Expert tutors will provide guidance, helpful worksheets, plenty of hands-on study and a practical session in the field in the afternoon.  Reduced charge of £15 for BSBI members (and students); booking essential. Click here to book now!
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Kinvara area

South-east Galway 7th June 2020
general
led by
Micheline Sheehy Skeffington

Orchids in the Burren lowlands. This outing will aim to explore some of the limestone-rich parts of the Burren south of Kinvara. It should be a good time of year for early orchids. Be prepared to bring packed lunch, drink, sun cream and wet gear for the whole day. Stout walking boots are recommended for trekking across limestone rocks. Please email Micheline at michelinesheehy@gmail.com beforehand for details of time and venue.

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Salisbury Plain

South Wiltshire 13th June 2020
general
led by
Sharon Pilkington

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

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Sedges & Rushes Workshop Kinross

Fife & Kinross 13th June 2020
training beginners
led by
Faith Anstey

If you have a good basic knowledge of plant ID but have yet to get to grips with sedges and rushes, this workshop is for you! We will explain the differences between rushes and sedges and go onto look at some of the 21 most common sedge species you are most likely to come across. Expert tutors will provide guidance, helpful worksheets, plenty of hands-on study and a practical session in the field in the afternoon.  Reduced charge of £15 for BSBI members (and students); booking essential. Click here for more information and to book.

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Great Yarmouth North Denes SSSI and the Broads

East Norfolk 20th – 21st June 2020
general beginners
led by
Bob Ellis

We will spend one day exploring North Denes, an extensive area of dunes and a good site for Corynephorus canescens (Grey Hair-grass) and many other coastal species, and one day in Broadland for fen and aquatic species, where we hope to see some of the specialities of the area. Several NWT reserves are in easy distance of Great Yarmouth, which has a wealth of accommodation opportunities. Beginners will be particularly welcome.

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Roscarbery

West Cork 20th June 2020
general
led by
Clare Heardman

An outing to Warren beach to see a fine population of the rare & 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 outing, but for anyone interested there is the option of visiting the more extensive sand dunes at nearby Castlefreke in the afternoon. Meet at 10:00 in the carpark behind the beach W296353.

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Muir of Ord

East Ross & Cromarty 25th June 2020
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 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. This is an all-day meeting starting at 10.30am.

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POSTPONED BSBI Wales Annual Meeting & AGM, Bangor

Caernarvonshire 26th – 28th June 2020
general

The 2020 BSBI Wales Annual Meeting and exhibition, together with the associated field excursions, have been postponed until 2nd to 4th July 2021. The event will still be based at the Reichel Hall, Bangor University, Ffriddoedd Rd, Bangor LL57 2TW. Accommodation will be in en suite single-occupancy rooms. A new programme will be prepared which will include:

  • Field visits to local sites of botanical interest on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday
  • Talks on local botany and other topics of interest on Friday and Saturday evenings
  • The BSBI Wales AGM on Saturday morning
  • Display of books for sale
  • Exhibits and posters prepared by members
  • Help table: you are invited to bring specimens that you would like experts to identify

The draft programme will include a range of field visits to reflect this diverse and spectacular part of North Wales. Preliminary plans include Treborth Botanic Gardens and the Carboniferous Limestone grassland of the Great Orme together with options such as the coastal reserve, Morfa Aber, at Abergwyngregyn, Eithinog (Brewery Fields), wet grasslands at Moelyci community farm at Treborth and upland around Cwm Idwal. An important part of the meeting will be the exhibition of posters prepared by members and we are encouraging as many people as possible to contribute. A booking form will be included in the January 2021 issue of BSBI News. Further details, booking and online payment options are on the Welsh AGM webpage.

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Barra Islands

Outer Hebrides 27th June – 3rd July 2020
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.

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

Grasses Workshop Birnam

Mid Perthshire 27th June 2020
training beginners
led by
Faith Anstey

If you have a good basic knowledge of plant ID but have yet to get to grips with grasses, this workshop is for you! We will concentrate on the 20 grass species you are most likely to come across in neutral grassland. Expert tutors will provide guidance, helpful worksheets, plenty of hands-on study and a practical session in the field in the afternoon.  Reduced charge of £15 for BSBI members (and students); booking essential. Click here for more information and to book.

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Staines Moor

Middlesex 28th June 2020
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 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). This meeting is suitable for beginners as well. Meet 11:00 at Staines Station (TTQ04157143).

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Fishlake

South-west Yorkshire 28th June 2020
general
led by
Louise Hill

Joint meeting with the Yorkshire Naturalists' Union Botanical Section and the South-West Yorkshire Local Group.

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...... Meet at 10:00 at the corner of Sour Lane and Cowick Road, near Jubilee Bridge (SE673147). Car parking space is limited, so car share if possible.

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Slieve Blooms

Co. Laois 4th July 2020
general
led by
Mark McCorry

This trip will explore a range of upland habitats in a poorly recorded area of the Slieve Bloom Mountains towards “The Cut” including blanket bog, fen and flushes, water-courses and cutover bog. Meet in Clonaslee at the Heritage Centre (N32001092). Dress for the weather.

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Mark McCorry; tel. 353-87-7530718

Clowes Wood,

Warwickshire 5th July 2020
recording general
led by
John & Monika Walton

Clowes Wood, a Warwickshire Wildlife Trust reserve, situated 5 miles south of Solihull, is one of the richest areas of ancient woodland in the county. The last survey in 2011 found Melampyrum pratense (Common Cow-wheat), Lathyrus linifolius (Bitter-vetch), Solidago virgaurea (Goldenrod) and Equisetum sylvaticum (Wood Horsetail), plus a good mix of sedges that are now rare in the rest of the county. There is also a boggy area in the centre of the wood where Oreopteris limbosperma (Lemon–scented Fern), Viola palustris (Marsh Violet), Cirsium dissectum (Meadow Thistle) and Dactylorhiza maculata (Heath Spotted–orchid) were found growing. These last two species have recently disappeared from two nearby meadows and it would be interesting to see if they are still there.

We will meet at 10 a.m. in the car park by the recreation ground and children’s play area at SP11017391, which is on the Engine Pool side of Malthouse Lane, which passes between the two Earlswood Reservoirs. We will walk to the reserve from here. Note that this is not the official reserve car park in Wood Lane, at SP101743 which is very small. Walking boots or wellies are advised.

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Ranscombe Farm Plantlife Nature Reserve, Cuxton, nr Rochester

West Kent 5th July 2020
general
led by
Richard Moyse (Plantlife warden) & Sue Buckingham

Join the Kent Botanical Recording Group at Plantlife’s largest nature reserve in England, situated in the beautiful Kent Downs AONB. With Plantlife warden, 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), Roemeria argemone (Prickly Poppy), Ajuga chamaepitys (Ground-pine), Astragalus glycyphyllos (Wild Liquorice), Malva setigera (Rough Marsh-mallow) and Salvia pratensis (Meadow Clary).

Meet at 10.00 am in the Reserve car park just off the A228 at TQ718 675. Bring a packed lunch and have suitable footwear and clothing.

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BSBI Annual Summer Meeting, Melrose

Roxburghshire 10th – 13th July 2020
recording training beginners
led by
Jeff Waddell & Jim McIntosh

This year’s Annual Summer Meeting will be held between 10-13 July in the Scottish Borders town of Melrose, Roxburghshire, a small, attractive town with numerous cafes, boutiques and popular tourist spots including Melrose Abbey and The Eildon Hills National Scenic Area. Much of the local area is rural, with gently rolling hills and a great variety of lowland and marginal habitats. Of special interest are the numerous basin mire fens, many of which are calcareous, which together form the largest concentration of this botanically rich habitat in the UK.

Several nationally rare and scarce plant species occur including Hierochloe odorata (Holy Grass), Calamagrostis stricta (Narrow Small-reed), Corallorhiza trifida (Coralroot Orchid), Potamogeton coloratus (Fen Pondweed) and Carex approproquintata (Fibrous Tussock-sedge). Several Marl Lochs are present in the same landscape, hosting a diverse Potamogeton (Pondweed) and Charophyte assemblage including the Nationally Rare Chara rudis (Rough Stonewort) and Nationally Scarce Chara aculeolata (Hedgehog Stonewort). A wide range of high-quality lowland habitats are also within easy reach of the town from calcareous grassland with Dianthus deltoides (Maiden Pink) and abundant Helianthemum nummularium (Rock-rose) to arable fields with Fumaria purpurea (Purple Ramping-fumitory). Flushed calcareous grasslands are also locally frequent, some with Blysmus compressus (Flat Sedge) and Dactylorhiza incarnata (Early Marsh-orchid). Woodland remnants are scattered in the area but can be rich with charismatic species such as Paris quadrifolia (Herb Paris) and Neottia nidus-avis (Bird’s-nest Orchid). For those who are hill fit at least one excursion will be made to the Moffat Hills SSSI, which hosts the richest assemblage of alpine plants in the Southern Uplands including Carex atrata (Black Alpine-sedge) and Carex capillaris (Hair Sedge).

A wide range of activities will be on offer to suit all interests ranging from tutorials for beginners and improvers on groups such as grasses, sedges, rushes and pondweeds; several expert-lead field trips to classic local botanical sites and opportunities to enjoy some botanical recording in small groups.

We plan to use the Waverley Castle Hotel in Melrose as a base and we will have short local excursions on the Friday morning before a simple lunch at the hotel at 1pm followed by afternoon field trips and three further days of field meetings. So, you can make the weekend 2.5, 3 or 4 days long. There will be after-dinner talks and activities.

Note that all accommodation should be booked directly with providers.

Numbers will be limited and there will be a small flat rate charge to cover costs. Book now on the Summer Meeting webpage.

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Toton Sidings

Nottinghamshire 11th July 2020
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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Grasses Workshop Hamilton

Lanarkshire 11th July 2020
training beginners
led by
Michael Philip

If you have a good basic knowledge of plant ID but have yet to get to grips with grasses, this workshop is for you! We will concentrate on the 20 grass species you are most likely to come across in neutral grassland. Expert tutors will provide guidance, helpful worksheets, plenty of hands-on study and a practical session in the field in the afternoon.  Reduced charge of £15 for BSBI members (and students); booking essential. Click here for more information and to book.

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Baltray

Co. Louth 12th July 2020
general
led by
Cliona Byrne & Kate Harrington

Following a successful field meeting and rough crew trip to Co. Louth last year, the smallest county will again be hosting a field meeting for 2020. 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.

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Glynhir residential

Carmarthenshire 13th – 20th July 2020
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 2020.

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Richard & Kath Pryce

Aberlady

East Lothian 18th July 2020
general beginners
led by
Marion Moir

This visit to Aberlady is to encourage beginners/improvers in small groups. We shall take a leisurely walk through the Nature Reserve and meet for lunch together. The area is special for certain plants but we shall also look at others on the side of the path that like a lime grassland. The area called ‘Marl Loch’ is where limestone was dug out in the past and we can look at some ‘specials’: Chara hispida (Bristly Stonewort), Potamogeton coloratus (Fen Pondweed), Stellaria palustris (Marsh Stitchwort) and Pulicaria dysenterica (Common Fleabane). The mires beyond include Berula erecta (Lesser Water-parsnip) and Utricularia vulgaris (Greater Bladderwort) amongst other interesting plants. In the grass beside the sea, there is Parapholis strigosa (Hard-grass), Blysmus rufus (Saltmarsh Flat-sedge) and Trifolium fragiferum (Strawberry Clover).

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Ennis area

Co. Clare 18th July 2020
general
led by
John Conaghan and Donncha Ó Catháin

A number of sites in the Ennis area of Co. Clare will be visited with scrub, wetland and limestone grassland habitats investigated. Please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring a packed lunch. Meet at the layby east of Ballyallia Lough (R3453480612) at 10:30.

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CANCELLED Caerdeon Residential Meeting 2020

Merionethshire 24th – 27th July 2020
recording
led by
Sally Peacock

The few days we spend at Caerdeon each year are a regular and much enjoyed event in the field meeting programme and many participants return year after year. Each day there will be a planned choice of different walks, or people may prefer to follow their own recording inclinations. Local habitats include dune systems, broad-leaved sessile oak woodland, lowland heath, blanket bog, riverine habitats, montane, etc. The purpose of the meeting is to update records for the vice-county, particularly in less-visited tetrads; each day, some groups focus on remoter areas, with others on more readily accessible terrain.

We stay at Caerdeon (www.hope.ac.uk/caerdeon/), Liverpool Hope University’s Outdoor Education Centre which is set in wooded grounds and enjoys “a magnificent view of Cader (Idris)” (Charles Darwin). The fee (around £165) covers full board, including dinner, packed lunches and bed and breakfast, for three days. Accommodation will be singly 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 participants bring their own wine. Evenings may be spent in the workroom discussing the finds of the day; where you can safely leave your own laptop and microscope. There is a maximum of about 18 participants. 17th March: the organisers have, with great regret, decided to cancel this meeting for 2020. They hope to run it again in 2021.

 

Glenshee & The Cairnwell

East Perthshire, South Aberdeenshire 25th July 2020
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 10.30 a.m. at NO14157755 (car park East of A93 just north of the county boundary) 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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Ardanhinch beach

East Cork 25th July 2020
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 public carpark (W991665) at 10:30.

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Grasses, sedges and rushes, Ben Lawers

Mid Perthshire 25th July 2020
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. Meeting point is the main Ben Lawers car park (£3 except to NTS/NT members) so car-sharing is encouraged. Places are limited and booking essential. Click here to book your place now!

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Elms in Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire 25th July 2020
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.

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Birks o'Aberfeldy II

Mid Perthshire 26th July 2020
recording beginners
led by
Jim McIntosh

The second of two one-day meetings to explore the Birks o’ Aberfeldy. The emphasis of this field meeting will be on learning and we particularly welcome anyone who has not been on a BSBI field meeting before. An earlier visit will look for spring flowering species, but that visit is likely to miss species that flower later in the season. So, we would hope to see species such as Melampyrum sylvaticum (Small Cow-wheat) and the woodland grasses Drymochloa sylvestris (Wood Fescue), Bromopsis ramosa (Hairy-brome) and possibly Bromopsis benekenii (Lesser Hairy-brome). A reasonable level of fitness, waterproofs, strong shoes and a packed lunch will be required. Click here to book your place now!

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Murvagh

East Donegal 2nd August 2020
general training
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 in Murvagh carpark (G89637288) at 10:00. Please bring a packed lunch and appropriate gear.

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Scottish Bramble Workshop, Auchencairn/Kirkcudbright

Kirkcudbrightshire 7th – 9th August 2020
specialised
led by
Angus Hannah, David Hawker

Based near Auchencairn, we begin with an indoor session on Friday evening. Saturday will be spent mainly in the field with a further indoor session in the evening. Other sites will be visited on Sunday morning and we will return to base at lunchtime for a final session ending mid-afternoon to allow participants time to get home. Some attendees will have previous experience, but keen beginners are welcome though numbers will be strictly limited and booking is essential. Accommodation is available in Auchencairn, Dundrennan and Kirkcudbright. *NB* These dates replace those sent to BSBI members in the BSBI Yearbook 2020 - apologies for any inconvenience caused by this change, but we hope you will find a weekend meeting easier to attend.

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Pumlumon

Cardiganshire 22nd August 2020
recording general
led by
Andy Jones

This meeting will look at the effects of grazing removal on Pumlumon, the highest point in Cardiganshire and source of the rivers Wye, Severn and Rheidol. Over the last 10 years there has been a remarkable recovery here in summit heath and grassland communities and the discovery of previously unsuspected populations of Salix herbacea (Dwarf Willow), Carex bigelowii (Stiff Sedge) - here at its southern British locality, 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. Remarkably, Pumlumon seems to be the only mountain without grazing stock in Wales and it could be very instructive to see the effects here of nearly 10 years regrowth and changes in species distribution and abundance. Meet at10:30 am at Maesnant, on the end of the paved road on the south side of Nant y Moch reservoir at SN7748789. 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.

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Cotoneasters, Cherry Hinton

Cambridgeshire 19th September 2020
training specialised
led by
Alan Leslie

This is a repeat of the 2019 meeting and will concentrate on the identification of the many species of Cotoneaster in the Cherry Hinton chalk pits near Cambridge. In addition to the Cotoneasters we should also see the local speciality of Seseli libanotis (Moon Carrot). The route up to the top of West Pit, where the plant is best seen, is quite steep.

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Scottish Botanists' Conference 2020

Midlothian 31st October 2020
general
led by
Jim McIntosh

The 2020 Scottish Botanists' Conference will be held on Saturday 31st October at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. We are planning another great day of botanical talks, exhibits, workshops and much more. Put the date in your diary and keep an eye on the SBC webpage for more info and (nearer the time) for booking details. BSBI members will also receive a booking form in the September issue of BSBI News.

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