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Conifer Identification Workshop, Plas Gogerddan

Cardiganshire 16th February 2019
general specialist

Outdoor meeting in mature estate woodland, with reference material collected from nearby arboretum and plantations.

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Irish Conference, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin

Co. Dublin 30th March 2019

The annual Irish Conference will take place at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. There will be an exciting line-up of talks, workshops and activities.  Visit the Irish Conferences webpage or contact the Irish Officer (irishofficer@bsbi.org) for further details. Booking will open closer to the time.

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Taraxacum training and recording workshop, Brandon, Suffolk

West Suffolk, West Norfolk, Cambridgeshire 3rd – 6th May 2019
specialist
led by
John Richards and Tim Rich

This is the seventh successive long weekend dedicated to the genus Taraxacum.

Brandon is conveniently placed so that recording can take place in vcc. 26, 28 and 29 and is close to Breckland, rich in Erythrosperma species, while it is expected that neighbouring wetlands will yield some Celtica and Palustria species. Neither Norfolk nor Suffolk have enjoyed much intensive Taraxacology in recent decades.

We will use the Church Institute Village Hall, 50 London Road, Brandon as a centre and for evening studies. Brandon has several eating places as has nearby Thetford.

There will be a levy of £20 to pay for facilities.

Email hightreesgarden@btinternet.com if interesting in attending or for further information.

Tim Rich plans to hold an introductory workshop during Friday 3rd May for beginners: if you are interested in attending this, please email Tim_Rich@sky.com

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Upper Teesdale

North-west Yorkshire, County Durham 11th – 12th May 2019
recording
led by
John O'Reilly

On Saturday we will explore Widdybank Fell and hopefully see most of the early-flowering Teesdale rarities in flower. We will also demonstrate how we are recording for Margaret Bradshaw's 'Upper Teesdale Special Flora and Conservation' project.

On Sunday we will use this method to record locations of rare plants along a particularly rich section of the River Tees riverbank.

Numbers are limited to 16.

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John O'Reilly; 3 Station Cottages, Lambley, Brampton CA8 7LL

Clackmannanshire village

West Perthshire 14th May 2019
recording general
led by
Liz Lavery

Joint BSS/BSBI/PSNS (Perthshire Society of Natural Science) Urban Flora meeting. This excursion will collect records for the Urban Flora of Scotland from within the village boundary.

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Haddington

East Lothian 17th – 19th May 2019
recording
led by
Jim McIntosh & Helen Jackson

This long weekend meeting (starting on Friday morning) aims to help the Recorder improve Atlas 2020 coverage in East Lothian. We will be based in the old county town of Haddington, which is a conveniently central base.

East Lothian is one of the smallest vice-counties and has a rich and varied coastline – with dune systems, marshes, scrub and grassland to the west of North Berwick – and a rockier coastline to the east. The hinterland is largely farmland, with small woodlands, and scattered settlements and gently rises to moorland of The Lammermuir Hills. There will be a good variety of habitats to visit and record.

Booking is essential. Click for further information and online booking. Contact Marion Moir for queries.

Participants are welcome to come along on one, two or all of the days.

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Foxford and Charlestown areas

East Mayo 18th – 19th May 2019
recording general
led by
Eamonn Delaney and John Conaghan

The meeting will focus on recording in the northern and north-eastern parts of the vice-county for Atlas 2020 and habitats visited will include raised bogs, wet heath, marginal wetlands, lakes and riparian habitats.

Meet at 10.30 am on the 18th at Charlestown (G 47884 01893) and Foxford (G 26973 04121) on the 19th.

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Welsh AGM, Llanelli

Carmarthenshire 21st – 23rd May 2019
general

The Welsh AGM will be based at the 4-star Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. A booking form was included with the January issue of BSBI News (for members only); details and an online payment facility are also available on the Welsh AGM webpage.

North Longford

Co. Longford 25th May 2019
recording general
led by
Ciaran Bruton

This meeting will focus on recording in a relatively under-recorded hectad in the north of the county. A range of habitats will be visited including wetland/lakeshore. Please bring a packed lunch and suitable footwear. Meet 11 am at Moyne cross roads (N 24308 96236).

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Stanner Rocks

Radnorshire 1st June 2019
general
led by
Andy Shaw

A unique outpost of Continental species, including Scleranthus perennis (Perennial Knawel), Veronica spicata (Spiked Speedwell) and Gagea bohemica (Early Star-of-Bethlehem) on the Welsh borders and a "time capsule" of the early post-Glacial flora; now a National Nature Reserve undergoing active restoration.

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Conon Bridge

East Ross & Cromarty 6th June 2019
recording general
led by
Brian Ballinger and Mary Dean

This is a joint meeting with the Botanical Society of Scotland which will contribute to the BSBI Atlas and also to the BSS urban flora project.

Conon Bridge is a village lying at the outflow of the River Conon into the Cromarty Firth. We are likely to explore three areas in particular, firstly the footpath along the urban edge to the railway station and then upstream along the wooded bank of the River Conon. Finally we would follow the path downstream onto the periodically flooded island. The paths are generally level although may be damp in places.

We would be searching in particular for species not refound since 2000 and also review the unusual aliens on the island such as Rudbeckia laciniata (Coneflower) and Physocarpus opulifolius (Ninebark).

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Dunfermline

Fifeshire 7th – 9th June 2019
recording
led by
Jim McIntosh & Sandy Edwards

This long weekend meeting (starting on Friday morning) aims to help the Recorder improve Atlas 2020 coverage in Fife, which is a moderately big county.  We will be based near Dunfermline, which is a conveniently central base – especially for the under-recorded areas around the town and towards the western county boundary. This area of Fife has surprisingly rich and varied habitats – with coastal habitats, lowland raised bogs, many lochs, woodland, farmland and moorland rising up to 400m in the Cleish Hills. So, many interesting habitats to explore! We shall be looking out for Filago minima (Small Cudweed), Pyrola minor (Common Wintergreen), Sedum villosum (Hairy Stonecrop) and Meum athamanticum (Spignel). Booking is essential.

Participants are welcome to come along on one, two or all of the days.

Further information and online booking.

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Sedges at Roudsea Wood & Mosses NNR

Westmorland 8th June 2019
training
led by
Mike Porter

Roudsea Wood & Mosses is a complex area comprising four main habitats: coastal saltmarsh, acid woodland, limestone woodland and lowland raised mire. It is a rich and fascinating site and we will be visiting all the habitats listed.

Among the sedges we expect to see are Carex acutiformisC. x boenninghausiana (Cpaniculata × C. remota), C. digitataC. elongataC. flava (and its hybrid with C. demissa), C. elongataC. laevigataC. pallescensC. paniculataC. pseudocyperusC. remotaC. vesicaria and, on the saltmarsh, C. distansC. extensa and C. otrubae. Many other interesting plants occur on the reserve, including Dryopteris carthusiana (Narrow Buckler-fern), Ophioglossum vulgatum (Adder’s-tongue), Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern), Sorbus lancastriensis (Lancastrian Whitebeam) and Thelypteris palustris (Marsh Fern).

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 at the parking place at SD329826 reached by following the minor road west immediately south of the bridge over the R. Leven south of Haverthwaite. There is limited parking so please share transport wherever possible.

This will be a full day outing so please bring packed lunch. The distance to be covered will not be great – five kilometres at the most but the going may be rough and very wet in places. Wellies or waterproof boots are essential. To book a place or request more details contact Mike Porter, preferably by email, carexmike@yahoo.co.uk; landline 016973 43086, mobile 07803 349 861.

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Rothamsted Research, Harpenden

Hertfordshire 9th June 2019
general
led by
Ian Denholm

A rare opportunity to get up close to two of Rothamsted’s world-famous ‘classical’ long-term experiments, which as well as supporting agricultural research are of considerable ecological and botanical interest.

Park Grass (established 1856) explores the effects of different nutrient and liming regimes on the diversity and performance of hay meadow floras, and is particularly impressive at this time of year prior to the first cut.

Broadbalk (established 1843) investigates the effects of nutrients and other agronomic practices on wheat production, and has a claim to being the most famous field in the world! One section has been maintained without use of herbicides and contains several nationally scarce arable weeds including Ranunculus arvensis (Corn Buttercup), Scandix pecten-veneris (Shepherd’s-needle) and Galium tricornutum (Corn Cleavers), the latter at its only remaining ‘native’ site in the UK.

If time permits there will also be a chance to visit heathland restoration projects on nearby Harpenden Common. Timing and meeting place to be confirmed, but Rothamsted is just south of Harpenden town centre beside the A1081.

For logistical reason there was a cap on attendees, and the meeting is now fully booked. To be put on the waiting list in the event of cancellations please contact i.denholm@herts.ac.uk.

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Soar Mill Cove and Bolt Tail

South Devon 16th June 2019
recording
led by
Roger Smith

A joint meeting with the Devonshire Association botany section.

Meet at 10.30 am at the National Trust car park at Bolberry Down, SX68873855, southwest of Marlborough on the A381 between Kingsbridge and Salcombe.

We will explore the coast path southeast to Soar Mill Cove and beyond to the cliff top mires where Carex punctata (Dotted Sedge) was discovered during our last meeting to this area in 2012.In 2007 we relocated Radiola linoides (Allseed) almost 70 years after it had been recorded during a meeting of the Botanical Exchange Club but Centunculus minimus (Chaffweed) has not been found since thenThere are some fine populations of Asplenium obovatum (Lanceolate Spleenwort), a number of small annual Clovers and much more. We should also see Rumex rupestris (Shore Dock) at its best Devon location in the Cove though it may it may be too early to see fully developed fruit. The start time may allow people to go on after the meeting has closed to look for Trifolium incarnatum subsp. molinerii (Long-headed Clover).

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South Gare

North-east Yorkshire 16th June 2019
general
led by
Dave Barlow and Vincent Jones

South Gare is at the northern tip of v.c.62 and is an interesting place with a mixture of natural and man-made habitats. This range of habitats has produced a large species list of many introduced species mixed in with lots of native species, such as Astragalus danicus (Purple Milk-vetch), Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort) and Petrorhagia prolifera(Proliferous Pink).

As some of the habitat is sensitive numbers are limited. Meet at the fishermen’s huts NZ556274 at 10:30.

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Plant Families Field Meeting

South Aberdeenshire 16th June 2019
training
led by
Faith Anstey and Aileen Meek

Last year’s meeting based on the concept of ‘finding the family first’ was a great success. They are designed to help beginners and improvers, especially participants of BSBI/Plantlilfe Plant Families Workshops; anyone is welcome to attend but experienced botanists may find themselves pressed into service to help beginners! The emphasis will be on learning how to pursue identifications in the field, by means of plant families. It will be an advantage to have a copy of the Pocket Guide to Wildflower Families – which will be available on the day – as well as your favourite field guide.

This meeting is specially for beginners & improvers.

Time and venue to be confirmed.

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Hothfield Heathlands

East Kent 22nd June 2019
recording
led by
Stephen Lemon and other members of Kent Botanical Recording Group

An opportunity to join members of the Kent Botanical Recording Group in updating records for this important Kent Wildlife Trust (KWT) reserve which contains Kent’s last four valley bogs, an extensive area of fen and one of its few remaining areas of open heath.  Many of the species, such as Drosera rotundifolia (Round-leaved Sundew), Juncus squarrosus (Heath Rush) and Narthecium ossifragum (Bog Asphodel), though common and widespread throughout much of UK, are extremely rare in Kent as are many of the 17 Carex (Sedge) species listed from the Reserve; and we will be seeing a good population of the nationally endangered Ranunculus tripartitus (Three-lobed Water-crowfoot).

Meet at 10.00 am in Hothfield KWT Reserve car park, east side of Cades Road at TQ 972 458.

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Callitriche identification workshop

Breconshire 22nd June 2019
training
led by
Richard Lansdown

Indoor tutorial with material from all the British species, outdoor visit to learn collecting techniques and identification in the field and follow-up tutorial.  £20 guide price. This is a great opportunity to learn from an aquatics expert!

Bookings have now opened on the Brecknockshire page or contact Andrew Jones aberystwyth1234@gmail.com for further details.

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Monasterboice

Co. Louth 22nd June 2019
recording general
led by
Kate Harrington & Cliona Byrne

Cartanstown is a promising fen/marsh site in need of exploration at an optimal time of year for sedges.

If we have time in the afternoon, we’ll drive to Glack Bog which is in the most under-recorded hectad in Louth.

A pair of wellington boots will be essential.

Meet at Donegans, Monasterboice Inn on the R132 just off M1 Junction 11 (O 056 812) at 10.30 am.

Please confirm your attendance so we can plan ahead for parking as it is very limited at both sites.

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