Annual Summer Meeting
Bookings are currently being taken for this year's BSBI Annual Summer Meeting in Coleraine from 12th-16th June. More info here and here, where you will find details of what's on and how to book. Or email us to find out more. Please note that you need to book by the end of May.
(This listing is of all BSBI meetings and those run by county recorders and local groups. It is updated weekly, so please check here for any changes to published schedules. Forms and instructions are at the foot of this page. Contact us.)
Summary of Field Meetings
Saturday 30th May (General): Glasshouse Weeds, National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire (v.c. 44)
Leader: Sam Joseph Thomas & Natasha de Vere
A full day (mid-morning to mid-afternoon) meeting at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The focus will be on weeds in and around the glasshouses and polytunnels including the normally inaccessible propagation glasshouses. We will be looking in detail at small yellow Oxalis taxa (Wood-sorrels) and Cardamine species (Bitter-cresses) including the rapidly spreading New- Zealand native C. corymbosa (New Zealand Bitter-cress) as well as other species that have included Euphorbia stricta (Upright Spurge), Gnaphalium luteoalbum (Jersey Cudweed), Polypogon viridis (Water Bent) and its hybrid with Agrostis stolonifera (Creeping Bent). Though being such a dynamic system we'll hopefully find some new arrivals as well. Meet in the car park of the Gardens (SN5118) at 10.30 a.m. A cafe and toilets are available on site and it will be a very easy wander so suitable for all. Booking and further information: contact Sam Thomas by email email@example.com or Tel: 07874306090
Saturday 6th June (Training/Specialised): Yet More Cumbrian Sedges, Eycott Hill (v.c. 70)
Leader: Mike Porter
Cumbria Wildlife Trust is in the process of buying this site which is situated on the eastern edge of the Lake District with superb views of Blencathra. It is largely a series of mires that occupy a number of parallel troughs in the underlying volcanic rock and is very wet in places. The sedge flora includes good quantities of Carex limosa (Mud Sedge), C. pauciflora (Few- flowered Sedge), C. diandra (Lesser Tussock-sedge), C. dioica (Dioecious Sedge) and up to 16 other Carex species, together with some non-Carex sedges. There is a good range of other wetland species and, on the drier hillocks, Cryptogramma crispa (Parsley Fern) and Viola lutea (Mountain Pansy) are found. The second site holds some fine patches of Carex aquatilis (Water Sedge) as well as Oenanthe fistulosa (Tubular Water-dropwort), at one of its two Cumbrian sites. The number of places is limited to 16. This meeting is intended for members with some knowledge of sedges but beginners are also welcome. Most of the day will be spent at Eycott Hill but we will also take in a wetland site near Keswick. This is a full day meeting so please bring packed lunch. Wear wellies or very waterproof boots. There are no facilities at Eycott Hill. Total distance no more than 4 miles. Meet at 10.30 a.m. in large car park at NY38803058 on W side of minor road N of Berrier (N of A66 between Penrith and Keswick). Contact Mike Porter preferably by email : firstname.lastname@example.org; Landline: 016973 43086; Mobile: 07803 349 861
Saturday 6th June (General/Recording): The Heath, Portlaoise, Co. Laois (v.c. H14)
Leaders: Mark McCorry and Fiona MacGowan
The Heath is an area of commonage that has acidic grassland, rich fen and some wetland habitat. Meet at 10.30 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption, The Heath (N535016). Enquiries to Mark at email@example.com or 353-87-7530718
Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th June (Recording): Wetlands Carrick Ponds and Colvend Lochs (v.c. 73)
Leader: David Hawker
This meeting will record, on the first day, the plants of the semi-natural habitats of the Carrick Ponds SSSI, a series of 8 pools and mires with the best range of physical characteristics (pH 9.5 to 5.0) and fen communities in the vice-county. Notable species for which we will search include Anagallis tenella (Bog Pimpernel), Baldellia ranunculoides (Lesser Water-plantain), Sagina nodosa (Knotted Pearlwort), Apium inundatum (Lesser Marshwort), various Potamogeton spp. (Pondweeds), Utricularia spp. (Bladderworts), sedges, and rushes such as Juncus subnodulosus (Blunt-flowered Rush). The site was last surveyed twenty years ago. Should there be sufficient time remaining, the party can survey some of the many lochans and mires in the close vicinity. Previous records from one of these sites included a very large population of Carex paniculata (Greater Tussock-sedge), with Carex disticha (Brown Sedge), C. diandra (Lesser Tussocksedge) and C. hirta (Hairy Sedge) as well as Parnassia palustris (Grass-of-Parnassus), Carum verticillatum (Whorled Caraway) and Hippuris vulgaris (Mare’s-tail). The intervening grasslands are a mix of neutral and mildly acidic habitats where a number of orchids occur, in addition to Genista tinctoria (Dyer’s Greenweed).
The second day will be spent exploring the four lochs at Colvend, some of which lie within a Local Wildlife Site. Two of these lochs have not been previously surveyed, with the other two last surveyed twenty years ago. There are a range of habitats in and around these mesotrophic lochs, from open water with various pondweeds; swamp vegetation including the only stand of Cladium mariscus (Saw Sedge) in the v.c., and Typha angustifolia (Lesser Bulrush); willow carr; adjoining neutral grassland where the locally rare Cirsium heterophyllum (Melancholy Thistle) was discovered in 2012; and mature mixed plantation woodland. Meet at Isle Mouth on the Carrick shore (NX575501), accessed off an unclassified road from National Cycle Route 7, at 10 a.m. on Saturday 6th and Colvend Village car park (NX868545) beside the A710 Dumfries-Dalbeattie road, also at 10 a.m. on Sunday 7th. Packed lunches and wellingtons are essential. For further details and booking for either or both days, please contact David Hawker by email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01557 814249 or mobile 0774 859 0838
Friday 12th – Sunday 14th June (Recording): Atlas Recording – Breckland, (v.c. 28, occasionally straying into v.c. 26)
Leaders: Richard Carter, Bob Ellis, Martin Sanford, Tim Pankhurst and Pete Stroh
This meeting is now fully booked. Contact: Peter Stroh, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside, Cambridge, CB2 1JE, or email: email@example.com.
Friday 12th to Tuesday 16th June (General/Recording): Ireland’s North Coast (v.cc. H39 & 40) - The BSBI Annual Summer Meeting
The BSBI’s Annual Summer Meeting will be based at the University of Ulster in Coleraine, which overlooks the River Bann a few miles from its mouth on the north Irish coast. Accommodation with kitchen facilities will be available on site at £33.60 per night (breakfast, if desired, extra). Alternatively, there are many hotels and guest houses in the area. Coleraine is a good centre from which to visit the varied and beautiful local coastline. To the west, there are extensive sand dune systems, culminating in the spit of Magilligan Point, and the inland cliffs of Binevenagh. To the east are the dramatic basalt and white limestone cliffs of the Giant’s Causeway, White Park Bay, White Rocks and Ballintoy, overlooking Rathlin Island, which is situated in the channel separating the north-east corner of Ireland from the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland. The meeting will start on Friday evening with dinner and an introductory talk. Saturday is planned to be a combination of talks and an excursion, and Sunday to be dedicated to further organised excursions to visit some of the key locations on the coast. On Monday and Tuesday, we will break into smaller groups and visit less well-known areas to generate some much-needed records for Atlas 2020. This will be an exciting part of the programme and we hope to have lots of skilled botanists who will help to gather a large number of records in a short space of time. It is a big challenge but there can be no better group to undertake it than those attending the ASM! For further information and booking forms see the Summer Meeting page at http://www.bsbi.org.uk/summer_meeting.html or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Saturday 13th June (General/Recording): Moor Copse Site Flora, Reading, Berks (v.c. 22)
Leader: Ambroise Baker
The aim of this meeting is to survey the newer part of Moor Copse nature reserve, near Reading, Berkshire. We will cover unimproved water meadows, river banks, ancient woodland and an arable field that was recently converted into meadow. The intention is to compare the vascular plants present in 2015 to those recorded in 2007 when the Wildlife Trust took over the management of the site. All levels of expertise are welcome and it is expected that more experienced botanists and field ecologists will help less experienced ones to get as much as possible out of this fun day of recording in the field. The botanical highlights of the survey site are the water meadows along the river Pang and Sul. They are extremely attractive for botanising with an abundance of Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet), Sanguisorba officinalis (Great Burnet) and Geum rivale (Water Avens). They also feature Silaum silaus (Pepper-saxifrage), a decreasing species in the area whose populations are worth monitoring. There have been over 300 vascular plant species recorded from the survey site so far. For more information on the aim of this meeting and on the previous survey please visit: http://ambroisebaker.wordpress.com/ projects/moor-copse-site-flora-2/ Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the car park (SU633738) for a prompt departure at 10:15 a.m. Tell me if you need/can offer a lift or if you would like public transport directions. Please bring a picnic along and your usual field gear (sturdy shoes, waterproofs, hand lenses, notebooks and ID guides). Book your place email@example.com or for late bookings and any other question before the meeting please ring me on 07881 72 62 09 - new number!.
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June (Training): Introduction to Grass Identification, Felixstowe (v.c. 25)
Leader: Arthur Copping
Following successful meetings in 2011 and 2013 when over 60 grass species were found, Felixstowe has again been chosen as the base for exploration. Habitats include roadside verge, arable field borders, woodland, saltmarsh and dune. The emphasis will be on field identification including the use of keys, and both beginners and the more experienced will be catered for. Felixstowe and the sites themselves are accessible by public transport and non-car drivers will not be disadvantaged. Numbers limited to 15 so early booking is advised. Send bookings to: Arthur Copping, The Nook, Swamp Lane, Roydon, Diss IP22 5FY. Tel: 01379 642109. Please include C5 size SAE and quote your BSBI Membership Number
Saturday 20th June (General/Recording): Ballyhale Quarry, Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny (v.c. H11)
Leader: Roger Goodwillie
Ballyhale quarry is one of the richest disused quarries in Kilkenny, stuffed with Filago minima (Small Cudweed), different forms of Viola canina (Heath Dog-violet), Salix repens (Creeping Willow), Hieracium (Hawkweeds) and orchids. A mixed calcareous and acidic flora occurs and we also want to search for Carex curta (White Sedge) and Ophioglossum (Adder’s-tongue) in a nearby fen. Meet at 10.00 a.m. at gate (S547310), 4km south of village; the quarry itself is marked on Discovery map. Enquiries to Roger at 353-87-2443024 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday 20th June (Training): South Yorkshire Botany Group, Anston Stones Wood, Rotherham (v.c. 63)
Leaders: Mel Linney with Geoffrey Wilmore
This ancient woodland and grassland sits in a natural gorge of magnesian limestone with Anston Brook running through it. With some four hundred species inhabiting this Site of Special Scientific interest it is, arguably, one of the best locations in South Yorkshire for new and experienced Botanists to hone their skills. The training day will be headed by our VC Recorder Geoffrey Wilmore who will be teaching the skills needed to identify plants in the field. We hope to find Carex digitata (Fingered Sedge), Melica nutans (Mountain Melick), Viburnum lantana (Wayfaring Tree), Vicia sylvatica (Wood Vetch), Hordelymus europaeus (Wood Barley). Also Ophrys insectifera (Fly Orchid), Anacamptis pyramidalis (Pyramidal Orchid), Dactylorhiza praetermissa (Southern Marsh-orchid), Ophrys apifera (Bee Orchid), Hypericum montanum (Pale St John’s-wort) and Arabis hirsuta (Hairy Rock-cress). For further information, booking and our calendar of 2015 meetings please contact Mel Linney by email email@example.com or Tel: 01226 211252.
Saturday 20th & (optionally) Sunday 21st June (Recording): Blorenge, Gilwern Hill & Llanelly Hill (v.cc. 35 & 42)
Leaders: Steph Tyler, John Crellin & Elsa Wood
This is a recording meeting on Blorenge Mountain, Llanelly Hill and Gilwern Hill, south west of Abergavenny, where there will be interesting plants and ferns on moorland and limestone grassland, quarries, cliffs and crags; It will be a whole day meeting so bring lunch and suitable clothes and footwear for rough terrain. Sunday is an optional day, if there is sufficient interest. We will walk about 3-4 km each day. The meeting point on Saturday is at 10.00 a.m. at SO243119. At Keeper’s Pond [Pen-fforddgoch Pond] on the B4246 road between Abergavenny and Blaenavon, turn west onto a minor road. After about 1 km, park by the roadside. There is a mast to your right on the north side. Sunday’s meeting point to be arranged. Places are limited to 20: Bookings by email preferred to: Steph Tyler (firstname.lastname@example.org ,John Crellin email@example.com or Elsa Wood firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 20th to Saturday 27th June (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 19th to breakfast on 26th 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.
Friday 26th Monday 29th June (Recording): Field Weekend, Achnashellach (v.c. 105)
Leader: Duncan Donald
Having tackled the least well covered corner of the vice-county during last year’s Recording Week at Glenshiel, I should like to take on another seriously under-recorded area, in Upper Glen Carron. If the number of attendees allow, I plan to visit Fuar Tholl (NG94U) [target species to re-find include Arctostaphylos alpinus (Arctic Bearberry), Draba norvegica (Rock Whitlowgrass), Gnaphalium norvegicum (Highland Cudweed), & Saxifraga rivularis (Highland Saxifrage)]; Sgorr Ruadh (NG95Q) [Cerastium nigrescens (Arctic Mouse-ear), Deschampsia cespitosa subsp. alpina (Tufted Hair-grass), Epilobium alsinifolium (Chickweed Willowherb), Luzula arcuata (Curved Wood-rush), Poa flexuosa (Wavy Meadow-grass) & Sibbaldia procumbens (Sibbaldia)]; and Sgurr Choinnich & Sgurr a’ Chaorachain (NH04S+X) [Juncus biglumis (Two-flowered Rush), Luzula arcuata (Curved Wood-rush), & Utricularia stygia (Nordic Bladderwort)]. Low-level options include Loch Dughaill (NG94Y/NH04D) [Elatine hexandra (Six-stamened Waterwort) & Potamogeton berchtoldii (Small Pondweed)]; the Easan Dorcha gorge (NH05B) [not surveyed yet, but may have limestone outcrops]; Golden Valley at Achnashellach (NH04D); or the saltmarsh at the head of Loch Carron (NG94F) [Ruppia maritima (Beaked Tasselweed)]. A range of local accommodation is available – e.g. Gerry’s Hostel, Achnashellach (www.gerryshostel-achnashellach.co.uk; tel. 01520 766232); Ledgowan Lodge Hotel (www.ledgowanlodge.co.uk , which also has a bunkhouse; tel. 01445 720252 ); and Strathcarron Hotel (www.strathcarronhotel.co.uk ; tel. 01520 722227) – but, given that this field meeting is near the start of the summer holiday season, early booking is strongly advised. Book: please contact Duncan Donald, 16 Midtown of Inverasdale, Poolewe, Wester Ross IV222 2LW; email@example.com ; tel. 01445 781717.
Saturday 27th June (General): Joint BSS/BSBI Alpine Field Meeting, Tulach Hill (nr Blair Atholl, Perthshire)
Leader: John Holland
Tulach Hill (470 m) is an SSSI to the south west of Blair Atholl. This Dalradian limestone site is of particular importance for its rare ‘sugar limestone’ grassland, grass heath, flush and limestone pavement vegetation, as well as its alkaline fen vegetation. Meet outside Blair Atholl Railway Station (NN870653) at 10 a.m. Contact John Holland for further details and to confirm a place (booking is essential as numbers will be limited), tel. 01838 400524 (day) or 01567 820509 (evening), e- mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 27th June and Sunday 28th June (Recording): Cavan Town & Virginia, Co. Cavan (v.c. H30)
Leader: Robert Northridge
The aim of the weekend will be to divide those attending into small groups and visit under-recorded hectads in Co. Cavan to collect data for Atlas 2020. Come suitably equipped for botanising in Cavan: wellingtons, walking boots and waterproofs are advised. On Saturday meet at 10.00 a.m. in the car park of the Cavan Crystal Hotel on the Dublin side of the town (H441040). On Sunday meet at 10.00 a.m. in the middle of Virginia outside the gates of the Church of Ireland church (N602878). If you wish to attend please email Robert Northridge at email@example.com.
Monday 29th June - Friday 3rd July (Recording): North-west Yorkshire (v.c. 65)
Leader: Linda Robinson
Four of the five days of the field meeting will concentrate on tetrad recording for Atlas 2020 in areas with few or no records in the southern half of the county – there are exciting finds just waiting to be discovered. We will also spend one day recording nationally threatened species such as Neotinea ustulata (Burnt-tip Orchid) and Pseudorchis albida (Small White-orchid), stopping at Leyburn Glebe, Swinithwaite, Marsett Rigg or Fotheringholme SSSIs. The meeting will be based in the lower end of Swaledale, and numbers will be limited to 16. To book, please get in touch with Linda Robinson firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01768881714 for more details and a list of local accommodation.
Saturday 4th July (Training): Parc Slip Nature Reserve, Tondu (v.c. 41)
Leader: Julian Woodman [BSBI] and a Plantlife leader
A joint meeting with the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales, Plantlife and BSBI at the Wildlife Trust’s Parc Slip Nature Reserve. The aim is to introduce beginners to wild flower families, and to see some species in the field. The morning’s indoor theory presentation will be held at the reserve’s Visitor Centre near Tondu (Map ref. SS881844). In the afternoon we will visit Cefn Cribwr meadows (SS854834), to see plants in the wild. Meet at Parc Slip Visitor Centre at the Reserve for a 10.00 a.m. start with a projected end time of 4.00 p.m. This is a training day by courtesy of the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales. There is no charge but donations to the Trust on the day [£15 is suggested] will be welcomed. Please send bookings in the first instance to Rose Revera email@example.com
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July (General/Recording): Lough Fern Area, West Donegal (v.c. H35)
Leader: Ralph Sheppard
Habitats visited during the weekend will include lake shore and fens along Leannan River. Small lakes and oakwoods between Lough Fern and Lough Gartan will also be visited. Wellingtons probably essential. Meet both days at 11.00 a.m. in Kilmacrenan village, bend in N56 just north of central crossroads (C140205). Enquiries to Ralph at firstname.lastname@example.org , 353-74-9147129
Saturday 4th to Saturday 11th July (Recording): South Scotland Recording Week, Straiton, Ayrshire (v.c. 75)
Leaders: Dave Lang, Gill Smart and Carol Crawford
The main aim of this meeting is to help the small local team with recording for the 2020 Atlas. There will be ample opportunity to explore the district, while enjoying learning from one another and sharing botanical skills. Ayrshire is a varied county, with 6 main river valleys flowing from its high fringing uplands westwards to the sea. It has native woodlands and plantation forestry, wetlands, meadows, heaths and peat bogs. Of particular interest are the coastlands (especially the unspoilt south), the remarkable floristic richness of former industrial sites, and the areas of ultrabasic geology with their fascinating mosaic of upland habitats. There is also a surprising diversity of plants (including natives) in urbanised areas. From our base at Balbeg near Straiton in the hilly and rural south of the county we will visit places such as: the upper Doon Valley where Hymenophyllum wilsonii (Wilson’s Filmy-fern) grows with Calamagrostis stricta (Narrow Small-reed) nearby; the fascinating reclaimed coalbing at the old Barony Colliery near Auchinleck with Ophrys apifera (Bee Orchid) and Hypopitys monotropa (Yellow Bird’s-nest); the loch complexes amid forestry west of Loch Doon, where Scleranthus annuus (Annual Knawel) and Persicaria minor (Small Water-pepper) can be found; and perhaps most rewarding of all – the long coastline, with species such as Polypodium cambricum (Southern Polypody), Gentianella campestris (Field Gentian), Mertensia maritima (Oysterplant), Glebionis segetum (Corn Marigold), Teesdalia nudicaulis (Shepherd’s Cress), Viola tricolor (Wild Pansy), Papaver argemone (Prickly Poppy) and the scarce endemic Coincya monensis subsp. monensis (Isle of Man Cabbage). Contact: bookings and enquiries to Angus Hannah, Glenmore, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 0QU email@example.com . Accommodation is a house and adjacent cottage, with a variety of room types available. The cost will be approximately £220 for full board, with some variation according to type of room chosen. Please book early to get your preferred option!
Friday 10th – Sunday 12th July (Training/Specialised): Brambles: Sites in W. and E. SUSSEX (v.cc. 13 & 14)
Leader: Rob Randall
A dual purpose meeting providing training for those who wish to gain an improved understanding of brambles and providing data to improve Rubus (Brambles) coverage for the new Sussex flora. Sites visited will be in hectads for which there are few or no recent records. The Weald of Kent and Sussex is known to be rich in bramble species, but the forests of the western Weald have been little visited, neither has the Henfield area, home territory of William Borrer, the first Sussex botanist to study the genus. A range of widespread species should be seen, as well as some that are characteristic of S.E. England, and hopefully some local rarities, such as R. chloophyllus, R. infestisepalus, R. naldrettii and R. hylonomus. The meeting will be based at Haywards Heath, which is within easy reach of most localities to be visited. To book, and for details of accommodation, etc., contact the leader at 12 Vineyards, Bath, Somerset, BA1 5NA, enclosing a large s.a.e., or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th July (Training/Recording/General): 53rd Welsh AGM and Field Meetings, Plas Tan y Bwlch, Merioneth (v.c. 48)
Organiser: Sarah Stille
Plas Tan y Bwlch is the Environmental Studies Centre of the Snowdonia National Park Authority and “occupies a superb position overlooking… the River Dwyryd in the heart of the National Park.” It is well-equipped for conferences and provides all facilities, exhibition space and comfortable accommodation – including full board - for £173.40 [en-suite] or £156.40 [standard, with shared bathroom]. The theme of the weekend is “Peatlands”, and it will include workshops and talks as well as a choice of excursions to places of interest in the area such as Arthog Bog with its scarce relic lowland mire, and the Migneint, a vast SSSI of upland blanket bog. Visits to other habitats will be on offer and there will also be the opportunity to record unvisited tetrads for Atlas 2020. The Welsh AGM will be held on Saturday morning, 11th July. The conference will begin from 1.30 p.m. onwards on Friday with registration and the setting up of exhibits and there will be workshops and guided walks in the grounds until supper. There will be field excursions on Saturday and Sunday and talks on both evenings to include subjects around the main theme. Full details will appear with BSBI News and on the BSBI website early in the New Year. Booking details will be available online, and further details can be had from the organiser, Sarah Stille, 38, Foregate, Preston, PR2 8LA [with SAE], telephone 01772 718249 or by email at email@example.com
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July (General/Recording): South/west Co. Cork (v.cc. H3 & H4)
Leaders: Fionnuala O’Neill and Edwina Cole
BSBI members Fionnuala O’Neill and Edwina Cole will lead two days in the south and/or west Cork area aimed at generating records for Atlas 2020. Full details yet to be confirmed – see Irish webpage (http://bsbi.org.uk/ireland.html) for details closer to the time. Meet – details to be confirmed. Contact Fionnuala at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 13th to Thursday 16th July (Training/Recording/General): Northop College Recording Week, Flintshire (v.c. 51)
Leaders: Emily Meilleur & Paul Green
This will be a four day recording meeting based at Northop College, formerly the Welsh college of Horticulture. Flintshire is the smallest Welsh vice-county. The aims of this field meeting are threefold: to help record for the next Atlas; to help improve field identification skills and to see a lot of nice plants in nice places and have a lot of fun in the process! We will be staying at Northop College in single occupancy rooms, no en suite rooms. It will be self-catering; there will be access to the college kitchen, which we are able to use for breakfast and to cook evening meals if so wished. There will be a room available for the group to use in the evening to identify specimens collected during the day and to discuss the next day’s field work. Members are welcome to attend this meeting as well as the follow-on Bramble meeting. Accommodation is £20 a night per person. A £20 deposit will be taken on booking. Booking and inquires to Emily Meilleur EmilyTheaMeilleur@gwynedd.gov.uk . Further details will be provided on booking.
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th July (Training): Brambles in Flintshire (v.c. 51)
Leader: David Earl
This is a training meeting for anyone wishing to gain an improved understanding of brambles. We will visit a range of habitats in Flintshire to become familiar with some of the local species and to gain an understanding of the key characteristics, as well as how and when to collect specimens for identification. The evenings will also be a chance for further training. Meet: 10.00 a.m. on Friday 17th July at Northop College. We will be out for the day – bring a packed lunch. We will return to Northop College in the evening. We will be staying at Northop College, single occupy rooms, no en suite rooms. It will be self-catering; there will be access to the college kitchen, which we are able to use for breakfast and to cook evening meals if so wished. There will be a room available for the group to use in the evening to identify specimens collected during the day and to discuss the next day’s field work. Accommodation is £20 a night per person and a charge of £25 for attending the course. A £25 deposit will be taken on booking. Booking and inquires to Emily Meilleur EmilyTheaMeilleur@gwynedd.gov.uk . Further details will be provided on booking.
Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th July (Training/Specialised): Atlas Recording – North Dorset (v.c. 9)
Leaders: Robin Walls & Andrew Branson
The north of Dorset is under-recorded with most records being rather old. This meeting will be a chance to rediscover the delights of the upper Stour and the commons of the Blackmoor Vale, as well as some unexplored footpaths and woodlands in this quiet corner of Dorset. We also hope to re-survey some of the Sites of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCIs) that are overdue for a botanical search. The River Stour has good stands of emergent macrophytes including sedges, Butomus umbellatus (Flowering-rush), Sagittaria sagittifolia (Arrowhead) and old records of Bolboschoenus maritimus (Sea Club-rush). The last of these is probably the newly recognised taxon B. laticarpus and we wish to confirm this. There are records for some interesting pondweeds and a variety of Lemna spp. (Duckweeds). Bring a grapnel if you have one. We will be based in the Sturminster Newton – Marnhull area. When booking, please include a mobile phone number and it will be useful to have some idea as to whether you will be needing advice on B&B options or a campsite. Full details of the meeting will be available nearer the time. Booking: Robin Walls, 10 Old Brickfields, Broadmayne, DT2 8UY. Email: email@example.com . Please include an SAE if requiring details to be posted
Tuesday 21st to Friday 24th July (Recording): Caerdeon Residential, Merioneth (v.c. 48)
Leaders: Sarah Stille & Annie Seddon
The purpose of this meeting is to update records in v.c.48 at tetrad level, particularly in lessvisited parts of the vice-county. Caerdeon Manor House is set in its own grounds of 18 acres of secluded wooded grounds and was visited by Darwin in 1869. He wrote “we have a beautiful House, with a terraced garden, & a really magnificent view of Cader [Idris], right opposite.” The house now belongs to Liverpool Hope University and is run as their Outdoor Education Centre. See: http://www.hope.ac.uk/caerdeon/ It is fully serviced and the fee [around £140] covers full board, packed lunches and accommodation for three days. Accommodation will be in single [a limited number] or twin rooms – so early booking is advised. The price will be slightly discounted for people willing to share. There will be maximum of about 15 participants. Meet there (Grid ref. SH649181) at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday 21st (bring lunch) to leave cars/luggage. We plan to walk straight out into the field that morning. Later arrivals may join an afternoon walk. There will be longer/shorter options each day or people may like to follow their own recording inclinations. Sites to be visited may include dune systems, broad-leaved, sessile oak woodland, lowland heath, upland, riverine habitats, montane, etc. If people want to bring microscopes, laptops, etc., there is a lockable room where we can work in the evenings. Leave the Centre after breakfast on Friday 21st or join that (4th) day’s field trip. Bookings in the first instance to Sarah Stille by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to 38, Foregate, Preston, PR2 8LA with SAE and cheque for the deposit, or pay via the BSBI website. A minimum deposit of £30 will be required to confirm your booking, with the balance to be paid before 20th June 2014. Further details will be sent nearer the time.
Monday 27th July to Monday 3rd August (Recording): East & West Mayo (v.cc. H26 & H27)
Leader: Gerry Sharkey (plus John Conaghan, Rory Hodd and helpers). Note: change of dates.
Mayo is one of Ireland’s most spectacular counties – it has vast areas of blanket bog, fantastic mountain ranges and breath-taking cliffs and coastline. Because of all this, and its sheer size, it is a very challenging area to record in. Gerry Sharkey, the BSBI vice-county recorder for both v.cc., will lead a week aimed at recording and gap-filling for Atlas 2020. This will be a fun-filled and adventurous week. New-comers are guaranteed to learn absolutely loads from the masters and make new friends. Established recorders will get to see some really special places and contribute to recording in one of the most challenging areas of the country. Full details are yet to be confirmed – watch out on the Irish webpage for details (http://bsbi.org.uk/ireland.html). Meet – details to be confirmed. Contact – Gerry Sharkey will be the leader, but the contact person is Maria Long, the Irish Officer email@example.com
Tuesday 28th to Thursday 30th July (Recording): Atlas 2020 recording North-west Denbighshire (v.c. 50)
Leader: Delyth Williams
Records are badly needed for many of the tetrads in the four hectads SH86, SH87, SH96 and SH97. The terrain is rural, unspoilt and gentle and there is a wide variety of habitats to choose from – acid heath, limestone grassland, deciduous woodland, streams and wet areas, estuary and shore, little lanes and lovely, rich hedgerows. Beginners are as welcome as experts, as we all support each other. We will be based in the picturesque and historic village of Llanfair Talhaiarn, parking at SH927702. Meet there each morning by 10.00 a.m. for a plan for the day and re-convene there later if wished in The Black Lion, the local hostelry. The village is most easily approached from the east along the A55 to the Abergele turn-off at SH953774, then the A548 south for about 9km. There is a train station at Abergele/Pensarn SH946 787 and doubtless buses to Llanfair TH, but pick-ups can be arranged. Please arrange accommodation yourself. There are B&Bs, guest houses, holiday cottages, camp/caravan sites a-plenty in the area. The Black Lion offers food and B&B: searching the web under “Llanfair Talhaiarn” will give a number of other options. The village Post Office offers hot drinks, snacks, supplies & much more. Booking: preferably by email: firstname.lastname@example.org otherwise by post to Delyth Williams, Bryn Siriol, Graigfechan, Ruthin LL15 2HA with S A E. Feel free to come for any or all of the three days, and please ask for further information, as above or on 01824 702196
Sunday 2ndAugust (Training): Juncaceae Training Day, Cranberry Rocks, Stiperstones, Shropshire (v.c. 40)
Leaders: Mark Duffell & Sarah Whild
This is a training meeting for anyone who wishes to gain an understanding of Rushes and their allies. We will look at the flowering and vegetative characters that define this group and how to start separating them using keys. It is a chance to become familiar with some of the acid dwelling and woodland border species of Rushes including J. acutiflorus (Sharp-flowered Rush), J. articulatus (Jointed Rush), J. bufonius (Toad Rush), J. bulbosus (Bulbous Rush), J. conglomeratus (Compact Rush), J. effusus (Soft Rush), J. foliosus (Leafy Rush), J. inflexus (Hard Rush), J. squarrosus (Heath Rush). Specimens will be shown of Juncus tenuis (Slender Rush) and J. acutus Sharp Rush. We will also look at Luzula hopefully locating Luzula campestris (Field Wood-rush), L. multiflora (Heath Wood-rush) and L. pilosa (Hairy Wood-rush). If time allows we will also look at some of the genera of the Cyperaceae including Eriophorum (Cottongrass) and Carex (Sedges). Full day outing so please bring packed lunch. Wellies/waterproof walking boots are essential. Expected distance is not great, but going may be rough and very wet in places. If you have a copy of Stace’s New Flora please bring it along. Open to beginners. Meet at 10.00 a.m., finish (approximate) 16:00 p.m. Location: Knolls Car park of The Stiperstones (SO369976) (Known locally as Cranberry Rock Car park). Nearest postcode is SY5 0NG (The Bog Visitors Centre). Information and booking, please contact Mark Duffell email@example.com; Tel: 01743 851084.
Saturday 8th August (Training): Kittyfield, near Melrose (v.c. 80)
Leader: Luke Gaskell
Following on from the successful beginners' field-day in 2011, this meeting will be another opportunity for ‘improvers’ to get more familiar with farmland weeds. If there is time we could also look at some unimproved grassland. Bring and packed lunch and suitable footwear. Contact: For further information and to book please email Luke Gaskell firstname.lastname@example.org , or write to him at Kittyfield Farm, Melrose, TD6 9DG.
Thursday 13th - Sunday 16th August (Recording): North Northumberland Recording Week (v.c. 68)
Leader: Chris Metherell
Following the success of the 2011 to 2014 recording weeks, the object of this meeting is to record a number of tetrads along the coastal strip of VC68, together with the botanical hotspot of Holy Island and perhaps the Farne Islands. The records will feed into the publication of a new, web-based flora of North Northumberland. It is also hoped to monitor populations of some of the rare species in the area. Details tbc – contact organisers in due course Contact: Chris and Hazel Metherell, Woodsia House, Main Street, Felton, Northumberland, NE65 9PT; 07505-134070. Email: email@example.com
Friday 14th, Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August (General/Recording): Inishowen Peninsula, East Donegal (v.c. H34)
Leaders: John Conaghan, Mairéad Crawford and Oisín Duffy
This meeting will aim to record plants in areas of the Inishowen peninsula which appear to have received relatively little recording recently. Habitats investigated over the three days will include sand dune, coastal heath and blanket bog. The meeting will also search for a number of rarer species known from the area such as Saxifraga oppositifolia (Purple Saxifrage) and Euphorbia hyberna (Irish Spurge). Whilst the main aim of the meeting is to record for Atlas 2020 beginners are always welcome. Good walking boots, raingear, sunblock and a packed lunch required. Meet on Friday and Saturday at 10.30 a.m. in the car park of the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on the southern approach to Buncrana (C346312). On Sunday meet at 10.30 a.m. in the Market Square Moville (C612385). Enquiries to John at firstname.lastname@example.org , 353-87-2239858
Saturday 15th August (Recording): Cleish Lochs, West Fife (v.c. 85)
Leader: Sandy Edwards
There are three lochs in this area and with the surrounding mosses and marshes there is a good variety of sedges and water plants. In the past these records included Carex magellanica (Tall Bog-sedge), C. diandra (Lesser Tussock-sedge), C. limosa (Bog-sedge), Isoetes lacustris (Quillwort), Nuphar ×spennerana (Hybrid Water-lily), Nymphea alba (White Water-lily), Potamogeton alpinus (Red Pondweed), & P. praelongus (Long-stalked Pondweed). Re-recording in this area is needed. There is a car park at Loch Glow, a fishing Loch, reached by the B9097 from the M90 by Loch Leven and down the Cycleway road to the track to Loch Glow at NT0939595720. The area and lochs covered will depend on the numbers. Wellingtons are advised and bring lunch. Contact Sandy Edwards: 01334-478629 or email@example.com
Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd August (Recording/General): Recording Weekend Ballater/Aboyne, S Aberdeenshire (v.c. 92)
Leader: Ian Francis
The aim is to boost Atlas 2020 recording coverage of the central part of the vice-county in the Ballater and Aboyne area, mostly (but not exclusively) within the Cairngorms National Park (hectad NO39). A wide range of habitats is present from river shingles through broad-leaved woodlands, plantations, native pinewoods, unimproved grassland (acid and base-rich), flushes, moorland and peatlands. Higher altitude montane sites may also be included; the area under consideration for this meeting rises to around 900m. Thus the recording terrain varies from easy to difficult. Botanists of all abilities are welcome, but all should be prepared to record! Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org (07736 722211). The exact programme is still to be developed and will be clarified with all who register. Spaces may be limited. Day participants are welcome; those attending for the weekend will need to arrange their own accommodation in the area – further details will be given once interest has been expressed. Vehicle sharing will also be needed if possible.
Wednesday 26th - Thursday 27th August (Training): Cwm Oergwm & Llyn Fan Fawr, or Llanfrynach (v.c. 42)
Leaders: Paul Green & John Crellin
The aim of the first day is to visit Cwm Oergwm to see if Hammarbya paludosa (Bog Orchid) can be re-found. It will also be an opportunity to see survey techniques in the field. The second day we will visit the slopes above Llyn Fan Fawr where we hope to relocate: Huperzia selago (Fir Clubmoss), Saxifraga stellaris (Starry Saxifrage), Selaginella selaginoides (Lesser Clubmoss) and Sedum rosea (Roseroot). Both sites can be hard going in places and steep. If the weather is not favourable we will do recording at a lower altitude in the Llanfrynach area. Packed lunch to be carried both days, suitable footwear and clothing for all weather conditions. Bookings by email to John Crellin email@example.com Further details will be provided on booking. Numbers will be limited as parking is difficult for Cwm Oergwm.
Tuesday 29th August (General/Recording): Bangor Erris, West Mayo (v.c. H27)
Leaders: Janice Fuller & John Conaghan
North-west Mayo is dominated by an extensive blanket bog landscape which is punctuated by lakes, forestry and semi-improved grassland. This field meeting will primarily record in blanket bog areas where species such as Juniperus communis (Common Juniper), Eriocaulon aquaticum (Pipewort), Carex limosa (Bog-sedge), Carex lasiocarpa (Slender Sedge) and Vaccinium oxycoccos (Cranberry) are often found. Beginners are most welcome. Good rain gear, a packed lunch and Wellingtons are essential. This field meeting is dedicated to the memory of a dear friend and field meetings secretary Caoimhe Muldoon who spent many happy days on the bogs of northwest Mayo. Meet at the football pitch just south of Bangor Bridge (F863226). Enquiries to Janice at firstname.lastname@example.org , 353-86-3476891
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or phone 01695 572794 for further details and/or to book for the trip.
Saturday, 28th November (General): Annual Exhibition Meeting and AGM, Natural History Museum, London
There will be a mix of talks, displays, posters and book stalls and the chance to meet friends, colleagues and other botanists. All welcome.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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. More details when available.
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 talks, displays, posters and book stalls and the chance to meet friends, colleagues and other botanists. All welcome.
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, email@example.com