Loddon Lily survey 2012
The plan is to do a complete count of the Loddon Lily (Leucojum aestivum subsp. aestivum) population over the weekend of 31 March and 1 April 2012. I am looking for volunteers to walk stretches of the Thames Path (5 km to 10 km, say), so that we get coverage all the way from Lechlade (in Gloucestershire, v.c. 33) down to Runnymede (in Surrey, v.c. 17). Once I see the numbers of people interested in taking part, I can allocate routes to minimise people’s journey times, and organise transport to pick-up people who would rather walk a one-way, rather than a circular route.
This would be an ideal trip for botanical beginners, so long as we get plenty of experienced people to act as mentors for the day(s).
If you are interested in taking part on one or both days, please get in touch.
West Woodhay Down Chalk Pit is an excellent site for orchids including Musk Orchid and Bee Orchid
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The Flora of Berkshire and South Oxfordshire (vc. 22)
The plan is to re-survey the flora of Berkshire for Date Class 5 (post-2010), beginning on 1 January 2012 and continuing for the next 5 years or so.
We shall start by revisiting all of the sites listed for the species in the Rare Plants Register for vc. 22. You can download the Rare Plant Register here (pdf 1.5 MB).
Instead of square bashing (e.g. tetrads or monads), we shall record habitats within sites separately. The computer can then produce summaries and maps at any scale we chose. These detailed records are much more useful for planning and conservation, and lend themselves much more readily to detecting changes in the flora in years to come.
There will be training days (Sundays, typically) at different locations in most summer months, and beginners are encouraged to attend.
If you are interested in contributing to the project, please get in touch with Mick Crawley.