Merionethshire, v.c. 48

Caerdeon residential meeting 26-29 July

*STOP PRESS* Please note that this meeting is now fully booked! Contact Organiser Sarah if you would like to be added to the waiting list in case of cancellations.

The few days we spend at Caerdeon have become a regular and much enjoyed event in the year’s field meetings programme and many participants come back year after year. The purpose of the meeting is to update records at tetrad level for Atlas 2020, particularly in less-visited parts of the vice-county.  Caerdeon is set in its own grounds of 18 acres of secluded woodlands and was visited by Darwin in 1869. He wrote “we have a beautiful House, with a terraced garden and a really magnificent view of Cader [Idris], right opposite.” The house now belongs to Liverpool Hope University and is their Outdoor Education Centre. See: It is fully serviced and the fee [£145] covers full board, including dinner, packed lunches and bed and breakfast, for three days. Accommodation will be single in dormitory-style rooms or the price will be slightly discounted for people willing to share. A good and plentiful choice of food is available at each meal and people bring their own wine. Evenings may be spent in the workroom where you can safely leave your own laptop and microscope. There is a maximum of about 18 participants.

We are offered an extra, optional night on the Thursday [25th] with Continental breakfast and packed lunch, for £40, paid for in advance (see below). We will arrange a group meal in Barmouth that evening. Others meet for the first field excursion at 10.30 am on Friday 26th (with lunch). Later arrivals that day may join a planned afternoon walk. Each day there will be a planned choice of different walks, or people may like to follow their own recording inclinations. Local habitats include dune systems, broad-leaved sessile oak woodland, lowland heath, blanket bog, riverine habitats, montane, etc. The draft programme can be downloaded here.

We pack up and leave the Centre after breakfast on Monday 28th for the last day’s field trip. This meeting could also link with the proposed Local Group field day on Thursday 25th July. Book via the PayPal link below and email to Sarah Stille or by post to 38, Foregate, Preston PR2 8LA; phone 01772 718249 or 0777 893 2268.  A minimum deposit of £35 will be required to confirm your booking, with the balance to be paid before 30th June 2019.

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Please note that this meeting is now fully booked so please only use the payment facility below if you already have a confirmed space and want to pay the balance.


Vice-county Recorders

The County Recorders are Sarah Stille & Jo Clark

Meirionnydd Field Nats Meetings Programme 2019

Download the programme here.


Merionethshire Rare Plant Register. 2014. Sarah Stille.

Benoit, P. & Richards, M. 1963. A contribution to a Flora of Merioneth, 2nd ed. West Wales Naturalists’ Trust, Haverfordwest.

VCCC Merioneth - choose from the dropdown list.

Click on the link to download the  Recording card.

Introduction to Merionethshire

The county of Merioneth has everything from high, volcanic mountains to the great species-poor uplands of the Migneint, with their specialists such as Carex magellanica and the diminutive orchid Neottia cordata.

The coastal strip with its dune systems and saltmarshes has been well-worked but still provides surprises and new records. There are numerous lakes and wonderful hidden river valleys. The lower slopes of the hills have been largely drained and re-seeded, but there are still lovely bogs and unimproved pastures. There are even the remains of a Carboniferous limestone quarry and a few scattered lime-kilns on the Ordovician ‘limestone’.

We would warmly welcome anyone with time to spare to join the recording group, Merioneth Naturalists/Grwp Natur Meirionnydd. We meet monthly and would be pleased to be joined by any botanists visiting the area.

Mae gan Sir Feirionnydd  pob amrywiaeth o gynefinoedd, o fynyddoedd uchel folcanig i ucheldiroedd enfawr asidaidd ar y Migneint, gyda ‘u planhigion arbennig e.e. yr hesgen eurwerdd lefn, Carex magellanica a’r cainerian bach, Listera cordata, sy’n cuddio dan y grug.

Mae ‘r arfordir wedi'i gofnodi'n dda, ond mae'n dal yn bosib dod o hyd i bethau newydd, sydd bob tro ‘n syndod. Mae ’na gymaint o lynnoedd a nentydd rhyfeddol, na wyr neb amdanynt, ac mae'n dal yn bosib darganfod corsydd gwych a phorfeydd heb eu gwella.  Mae hyd yn oed dipyn bach o dir galch yn y sir.

Croeso cynnes i bawb sydd am ymuno a Grwp Natur Meirionnydd. Gweler uchod y linc i'r rhaglen