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This Summary of Field Meetings is of all BSBI meetings and those run by county recorders and local groups. It is updated weekly by Jon Shanklin, so please check here for any changes to published schedules. Forms and instructions and contact details for the BSBI field meetings secretaries are at the foot of this page.  Details for the national meetings are given in full below.

Apple blossom (Alex Lockton)

Saturday 5th September (Recording): Streamstown, Co. Westmeath (v.c. H23)

Leader: Con Breen Note change of date

The object of the meeting will be to explore under-recorded habitats in the area around Streamstown.  Meet at 11.00 a.m. by the large specimen beech tree in the centre of Streamstown (N283433).  Contact Con Breen, 101 Bettyglen, Raheny, Dublin 5, 353-01-8313573, mobile 353-86 3539295 or conbreen1o1@yahoo.com

 

Sunday 6th September (Training): Urban botanizing I: Welwyn Garden City (v.c. 20)

Leader: Mick Crawley

The first of two meetings to be held this year within 20 miles of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, to introduce the joys of plant-hunting in towns. Both outings are ideal for beginners. We shall encounter a great many alien plant species in all stages of naturalisation, from the obviously planted (street trees) to the completely naturalised (the flora of waste ground). The habitats to be visited will include a range of housing types (terraces, semidetached, town-houses, suburbia), post-industrial shrubberies (business parks and industrial estates) and, best of all, waste ground.  If you want to learn how to tell your Conyza (Fleabane) species from one another, or which species are most likely to escape from gardens, then this field meeting is for you.  Meet at 10.30 a.m. in the car park to the west of Welwyn Garden City railway station (TL239127), then work in groups of 4 or so, to record within tetrads TL21G, 21K, 21L and 21R as a contribution towards the Atlas 2020 project.  Please email m.crawley@imperial.ac.uk  if you plan to attend the meeting, so that I can ensure that each recording group has a good mix of expertise, and each is provided with all the necessary maps and hand-outs.

 

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th September (Training): Atriplex Training Workshop in the Bangor area & on Anglesey (v.cc. 49 & 52)

Leader: John Akeroyd

This is a training meeting for anyone who wishes to gain an improved understanding of Atriplex species. We will visit a range of saltmarshes and open coast in two counties. It will be an opportunity to become familiar with this difficult group and to gain an understanding of the key characteristics, as well as how and when to collect specimens for identification. It is hoped to see all the species of Atriplex (Orache) known to occur in Wales. There should also be a chance to look at Salicornias (Glassworts). It is hoped to have the use of a hall/room for evening sessions when there will be an opportunity for further training. We will start by looking at saltmarshes on the Caernarvonshire (v.c.49) side of the Menai Strait on Friday afternoon, starting at 2 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday we will visit sites on Anglesey.  Booking: contact John Akeroyd jrakeroyd@gmail.com. Further details will be provided on booking.

 

Sunday 13th September (Training): Urban botanizing II: Barking & Dagenham (v.c. 18)

Leader: Mick Crawley

The second of two meetings to be held this year within 20 miles of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, to introduce the joys of plant-hunting in towns. Both outings are ideal for beginners. We shall encounter a great many alien plant species in all stages of naturalisation, from the obviously planted (street trees) to the completely naturalised (the flora of waste ground). The habitats to be visited will include a range of housing types (terraces, semi-detached, town-houses, suburbia), post-industrial shrubberies (business parks and industrial estates) and, best of all, waste ground.  If you want to learn how to tell your Conyza (Fleabane) species from one another, or which species are most likely to escape from gardens, then this field meeting is for you.  Meet: 10.30 a.m. outside Becontree Tube Station (TQ475845; District Line to Upminster) , then work in groups of 4 or so, to record within tetrads TQ48R, 48S, 48W and 48X as a contribution towards the Atlas 2020 project.  Please email m.crawley@imperial.ac.uk  if you plan to attend the meeting, so that I can ensure that each recording group has a good mix of expertise, and each is provided with all the necessary maps and hand-outs.

 

Saturday 24th October (Training): The Saltmarsh in Autumn, Marshside, Southport (v.c. 59)

Leader: Peter Gateley

This late season field meeting aims to demonstrate that autumn colour is not the unique prerogative of woodlands; saltmarshes also adopt a wide range of colours as well as including some surprisingly late flowering plants. The plan is for a maximum party of 15 people to head out from the car park immediately south of the former sand-winning plant and follow the tide out through the vegetation zones, reaching bare mud out in the estuary. Hopefully there will be small selection of Glassworts (Salicornia species) on hand to hone our identification skills. Wellingtons would be appropriate footwear and please come equipped for poor weather and bring a packed lunch and a drink.  Meet at 10.30 a.m. in the car park at SD352204, also the car park for the RSPB Marshside reserve.  The day will finish at approximately 4.00 p.m.  Contact Peter Gateley by email bullgate@tiscali.co.uk or phone 01695 572794 for further details and/or to book for the trip.

 

Saturday, 28th November: Annual Exhibition Meeting and AGM, Natural History Museum, London

There will be a mix of short talks, displays, posters and book stalls and the chance to meet friends, colleagues and other botanists.   Talks in the morning will focus on some of the BSBI field meetings that have taken place across Britain & Ireland during 2015.  The AGM will take place at 12:30.  Afternoon talks will provide an update on some BSBI and partner projects.  All welcome.

 

2016

 

Friday, 15th - Monday, 18th April (Recording Specialist/Training): Taraxacum workshop, location to be confirmed (v.c. 5). 

Leader: John Richards: Organiser: Simon Leach

This workshop on Taraxacum (Dandelion) offers an opportunity to improve identification skills and contribute to knowledge of the critical group in the south-west.  The workshop will run from Friday afternoon until mid-day on Monday and there will be evening sessions.  There will be a small charge per person to help cover the costs of the workshop.  Further details will be posted when available.

 

Saturday, 16th April (Training): Recorder’s Conference Day, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Midlothian (v.c. 83)

With sessions on plants and plant id using early fresh material and herbarium material, as well as sessions on technology.  Details when available.  For more information and to book e-mail Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer, jim.mcintosh@bsbi.org

 

Thursday, 19th – Monday, 23rd May (General/Recording):  Annual Spring Meeting, Blencathra, Cumbria (v.c. 70)

The Annual Spring Meeting will be based at the Field Studies Council centre at Blencathra, Cumbria.  The focus will be on recording in under-recorded parts of the vice-county, but there will also be visits to interesting sites, talks and workshops.  Further details will be posted when available.

 

Saturday, 25th June (General/Recording): Braunton Burrows, Devon (v.c. 4)

A one or two day meeting.  Details when available.

 

Saturday, 2nd – Saturday, 9th July (Recording/Training): Glynhir Recording Week (v.c. 44)

Leaders: Kath and Richard Pryce

The week-long annual Carmarthenshire Recording and Monitoring Meeting will include visits to well-botanised sites as well as areas in need of additional recording within the county. The meeting will cater for both experienced and inexperienced botanists and will provide an opportunity for the informal development of identification skills. Arrangements will be flexible: some days the group will stay as one body, on other days smaller groups will visit different sites, monitor scarce species or update tetrads not visited recently. Day outings will be tailored to individual needs to cover all fitness abilities. Glynhir Mansion – Glynhir Road, Llandybie, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire www.theglynhirestate.com – is located about 2km east of Llandybie on the western flank of the Black Mountain at SN640151. The River Loughor runs through the estate and at one point plunges over a 10m waterfall into a rocky gorge where Dryopteris aemula (Hay-scented Bucklerfern), Hymenophyllum tunbrigense (Tunbridge Filmy-fern) and Asplenium trichomanes ssp. trichomanes (Maidenhair Spleenwort) are among the ferns growing on the cliffs. There will be ample opportunity in the timetable to visit the site. Large parkland trees provide the setting to the mansion, including Tilia cordata (Small-leaved Lime) and there remains much scope for further discoveries to be made in the vicinity. The mansion and estate is run by the Jenkins family providing first class facilities including a large common room for evening identification and discussion sessions. The cost of the week from lunchtime on 2nd to breakfast on 9th July, including bed, breakfast, packed lunches and evening meals, will be approximately 500.00 (based upon 2013 prices) and will be limited to about 15 participants. Accommodation for part of the week will be charged pro rata. Please make initial bookings with the leaders as soon as possible, preferably by the end of January. A 25% deposit will be required by Glynhir followed by full payment six weeks prior to the meeting. Initial bookings to Mr & Mrs R.D. Pryce, Trevethin, School Road, Pwll, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, SA15 4AL. PryceEco@aol.com; Mobile phone no. 07900 241371.

 

Saturday, 6th August (General): Kingfishers Bridge, Cambridgeshire (v.c.29) (TBC)

The meeting will introduce some of the fenland specialities that are to be found at this site noted for its habitat creation.

 

Friday, 2nd – Sunday 4th September (Specialised, Training): Recorders Conference

There will be the usual mix of talks, workshops and a field excursion.

 

Saturday, November (date TBC) (General): Annual Exhibition Meeting and AGM, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford

There will be a mix of short talks, displays, posters and book stalls and the chance to meet friends, colleagues and other botanists.  All welcome.

 

2017

Friday, 10th – Sunday, 12th March (Training): Recorder’s Workshop, Kindrogan, Perthshire (v.c. 89)

With sessions on plants and plant id using early fresh material and herbarium material, as well as sessions on technology.  Details when available.  For more information and to book e-mail Jim McIntosh, BSBI Scottish Officer, jim.mcintosh@bsbi.org

 

Information

Our field meetings are a great way to get involved in  botany. Most are open to anyone, although members have priority. If you want to book on a meeting, contact the leader well in advance because they will fill up. Please do not just turn up on the day. The field meeting list below is the most up-to-date version, superceding the one in BSBI News.


Instructions for attending field meetings

>> Procedure for booking

>> Safety in the Field

>> Code of Conduct


Instructions for leaders of field meetings

>> General guidance for participants

>> Field meeting forms

>> Field meeting appendices

>> Organising a recording week


National Field Secretaries

Ireland: John Conaghan

Scotland: Angus Hannah

Wales: Sarah Stille