The county of Flintshire
Flintshire is a small county in the north east corner of Wales. Bounded on the north by coast and the Dee Estuary and to the west by the Clwydian Hills. It has a diverse landscape with, the hills reaching 554 m and down to the lowlands in the east, where it boarders the Cheshire Plains. A range of habitats can be found: dunes, saltmarsh, limestone grasslands, disused lead mines, woodlands, lakes, rivers, moorland and industrial sites.
Field Meetings in 2018
*NEW* Please note the dates below for this year's BSBI meetings in Flintshire. All meetings aim to explore the flora of under-recorded tetrads and contribute towards Atlas 2020 as well as improving our plant ID and of course having fun! All meetings start at 10am and we expect to finish around 4 / 4.30pm. Joining instructions and full details of meeting points are available from Gail Quartly-Bishop.
- July 14th - Cefn Mawr quarry, near MoldField gentian hunt at Cefn Mawr on behalf of the Species Recovery Trust. Meet at 10am at Loggerheads Country Park car park, off the A494 between Mold and Ruthin (SJ198626, paid parking). There is a lay by just up the road at SJ202626 where you can park for free if you are lucky enough to find a space. Some steep slopes and uneven ground, bring a walking stick if you prefer.
- August 4th - SJ17M Babell racecourse and surrounding tetrad
Unbelievably, we only have 80 post-2000 records for this site, including some collected during the bramble meeting in 2015 and by yourself in 2014. There are many interesting records not yet re-found, including Catabrosa aquatica, Galeopsis speciosa, Lepidium heterophyllum, MInuartia verna, Sparganium emersum. I am sure we can manage 200 records from this one tetrad in one day if enough people turn up ! Meet at 10am at the lay by opposite the church at the east end of Ffordd Calcoed, Holywell (SJ171749). Nearest landmark is Holywell Golf Club which is a short distance to the south-east. If the lay by at the church is full, drive half a mile south east past the golf club and look for a small parking area south of the road just before Brynford crossroads (SJ177745).
- September 15th - SJ25I Treuddyn west
Something a bit different, wet acid habitats on the edge of Nercwys Forest. A record of Fallopia sachalinensis needs checking and there are plenty of records for plants such as Vaccinium oxycoccos not usually recorded on Flints BSBI meetings.