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BSBI field meetings and events are planned for 2021, subject to Government guidance specific to England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: this must be followed, including social distancing, other Covid-19 prevention measures and more general safe practices. BSBI Guidance is available here. For further information contact your County Recorder(s).

Caerdeon Residential Meeting 2021

Friday 9th to Monday 12th July 2021 (subject to Covid)

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 (, 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.

We are offered an extra, optional night on the Thursday (July 8) with continental breakfast and packed lunch, for around £45, also paid for in advance on the BSBI website. We will arrange a group meal in Barmouth that evening. We meet for the first field excursion at 10.30 am on Friday 9 July (with lunch), with an afternoon walk available for late arrivals. We pack up and leave the Centre after breakfast on Monday 28 July prior to the last day’s field trip.

Whilst it is too early to take bookings at present, please address any questions or expressions of interest to Sally Peacock [email protected] or phone 0779 148 3289. Further information will be available on this page nearer the time and also sent to all expressing an interest before that time. Please note: costs are provisional at present.

Vice-county Recorder

The County Recorder is Jo Clark.

County Recorder's report

Read the 2020 report.


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

Caerdeon residential meeting 2019

A summary of the 2019 meeting by Barbara Brown, the BSBI Wales Officer, is available here: