Wild Flower Society Field Meetings 2015

Members wishing to attend a meeting should book with the leader directly. Members who do not drive or who have difficulty reaching the starting point of events should contact the leader to see if transport might be available. Packed lunches are usually required and need to be carried. Please do not bring dogs to any meeting as some landowners do not like them on their property. All those attending WFS Field Meetings do so at their own risk. For any queries email Sheila Wynn or phone 01200 425813

Main Field Meetings 2015

Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th June 2015 Isle of Wight Leader: Colin Pope

We shall concentrate on chalk downland and the coast. Gentianella anglica (Early Gentian) should be out as well as the first flowers of Melampyrum arvense (Field Cow-wheat), together with Silene nutans (Nottingham Catchfly), Fumaria reuteri (Martin’s Ramping-fumitory), Cerastium pumilum (Dwarf Mouse-ear) and Orobanche purpurea (Yarrow Broomrape). We will look at sites across the island but particularly in West Wight. Email Colin Pope or phone 01983 61159.

Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th June 2015 Dungeness, Kent Leaders: Owen Leyshon and Heather Silk.

Meet at 10:00 at the car park opposite the old lighthouse at TR087170 (TN29 9NB). Dungeness is the largest shingle formation of its type in Europe with plants such as: Silene nutans (Nottingham Catchfly) and Lathyrus japonicus (Sea Pea). See Wild Flowers of Dungeness: A Photographic Guide by Barbara Gray and Heather Silk (ISBN 1-84752-073-l) and the Dungeness Report in WFS Magazine Autumn 2008. In the morning the leader will be Owen Leyshon, Dungeness Shingle Project Officer. In the afternoon, at RSPB Dungeness, the leader will be Heather Silk. Please note the admission fee for non RSPB members is £4. Email Heather:Heather Silk or leave a message on 01233 637067.

Thursday 11th June 2015. A come and find meeting Sandwich Bay Leader: Jan Armishaw

Meet at the beach at TR362580. Take the Sandown road out of Sandwich to the Toll gate TR351577 (Toll gate charge: £7.00) then continue on road. Turn sharp left through houses, then at the junction turn left on to Princes Drive. Limited parking after 200m. (More parking further on but it is a 15 minute walk back.) To park all day in Sandwich is £6.50 and it is nearly a 2 mile walk from Sandwich to the meeting place. We will hope to find Himantoglossum hircinum (Lizard Orchid), Orobanche caryophyllacea (Bedstraw Broomrape) and Allium vineale (Wild Onion) as well as the many other delights of this extensive pebble and grassland area. There are toilets, occasionally locked though. Email Jan Armishaw or phone 01227761204.

Tuesday 16th – Wednesday 17th June 2015 Jersey Leader: Anne Haden

Tuesday 16th June 2015

Meet at 10am in the car park at Big Vern’s on Grand Route des Mielles in St. Ouen. We will head out onto the meadow north of St.Ouen’s Pond. Here we will hope to find Lagurus ovatus (Hare’s-tail), Centaurea aspera (Rough Star Thistle), Cuscuta epithymum (Dodder) and Phleum arenarium (Sand Cat’s-tail). We will continue to Noir Pre, the Orchid Field, where some Anacamptis laxiflora (Jersey Orchid) should still be flowering. Then onto the coastal strip where Limonium normannicum (Alderney Sea-lavender) can be found.

Wednesday 17th June 2015

We will go to Grosnez where Hypochaeris maculata (Spotted Cat’s-ear), Festuca huonii (Huon’s Fescue), Anthyllis vulneraria (Kidney Vetch) and Anisantha madritensis (Compact Brome) thrive. Next we move on to see Dianthus gallicus (Jersey Pink) and Trifolium suffocatum (Suffocated Clover). Further trips on Thursday and Friday will be available on a come and find basis for anyone wishing to stay on after the two days of the meeting. Email Anne Haden or phone 01534 861796

Tuesday 23rd – Thursday 25th June 2015 Anglesey Leader: Chris Metherell

Anglesey has something for everyone, from the stunning Tuberaria guttata (Spotted Rock-rose) to the rare hybrid Equisetum x meridionale. We shall visit maritime heaths, calcareous fens, dune slacks and a multitude of habitats in between. Anglesey is a real hotspot for Equisetum hybrids and we plan to see most if not all of those occurring on the island not to mention such delights as Carex punctata (Dotted Sedge), Blysmus rufus (Saltmarsh Flat-sedge). The aim is to see 350 species in three days. Will we make it? Will we beat it? Come and find out. Rather a lot of driving involved but we can car share. Email Chris Metherell or phone 07505 134070.

Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th June 2015 Gower Leader: Stephen Parker

Visits to classic wildlife sites on Gower. Booking essential. Contact Stephen Parker or phone 01823 666006

Tuesday 30th June – Wednesday 1st July 2015 Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire Leader: Pauline Wilson.

Meet at 10am at my house: Saltwell, Chapel Lane, Old Sodbury, Bristol BS37 6SJ. Grid ref: ST752810. Bring picnic lunch. I will provide drinks for when people arrive and at lunchtime. We will look at calcareous grassland, neutral grassland and possibly arable field margins. Also there are a few more unusual plants growing locally. Email Pauline Wilson or phone 01454 310540.

Wednesday 1st July 2015 Cleeve Common, near Cheltenham Leaders: Mark and Clare Kitchen

Meet at 10.30am in the small car park at SO989270. Please note that this is just beyond the golf club car park and clubhouse over the cattle grid. Bring lunch, plenty to drink and wear suitable footwear. There are no public loos but for the price of a drink it is possible to use the club house cafe and WC. Cleeve Common is an extremely large area of unimproved grassland, formerly a series of quarries. The terrain is hilly and uneven and the environment rather unforgiving in hot weather. Cleeve Common is a large hill north of Cheltenham known for Herminium monorchis (Musk Orchid) and other limestone flora. Email Mark and Clare Kitchen or phone 014530 810958.

Tuesday 14th- Thursday 16th July 2015 Moray coast, Elgin and Forres areas Leader: Ian Green

A variety of habitats will be visited over the three days from coastal areas to pine and birch woodland etc. Expect to see Corallorhiza trifida (Coralroot Orchid), Carex maritima (Curved Sedge), Pyrola media (Intermediate Wintergreen) and many more. Contact at: Ian Green or phone Mobile: 07724091846 Tel: 01343 850512. Parkside Cottage, Alves, Elgin, Moray IV30 8XD.

Friday 4th – Sunday 6th September 2015 AGM and Members’ Weekend, Great Ayton, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire.

On Saturday morning there will be a short walk from Great Ayton followed, after lunch, by the AGM which will be held in Christ Church Hall, Great Ayton. Sunday’s meeting will be at South Gare, a botanically rich area on the south shore of the River Tees. Full details in the summer magazine.

Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th September 2015 The Brecks Leader: Stephen Clarkson

A weekend spent in an area known as Breckland which has many rare and unusual plants. We will hope to cover a number of sites, two or three on each day, to see as many of them as we can. Sites will include the Brandon Artemisia reserve, Icklingham Triangle, West Stow, Santon Downham and others. To whet your appetite we should see Thymus serpyllum (Breckland Thyme), Dianthus deltoides (Maiden Pink), Petrorhagia prolifera (Proliferous Pink) and Scleranthus perennis ssp. prostratus (Perennial Knawel). Our base will be the small town of Brandon in Suffolk where there is a small riverside B&B that we have used in the past which also has a good restaurant close by. Contact Stephen Clarkson on 01473 823220 or e-mail Stephen Clarkson. We will have three other co-leaders so that if we have a large group we can split up and rotate our way through the sites.

One Day Meetings 2015

Bookings are not always required but are frequently asked for by the leader. Leaders of one day meetings which start from April 2015 onwards may not finalise lists of participants until the 31st March 2015 deadline has passed to enable those without internet connections to have an equal chance of a place on a one day meeting. To make contact with a leader who uses email, click on the name in green. Otherwise use the telephone number or address if published here. If you know someone without an internet connection who might like to attend a very early meeting then let them know the details as the Spring magazine may be too late for meetings before April.

Extra Meetings: Check the website regularly for details of extra meetings, especially joint meetings with other groups. New information such as dates, places, leaders, general information or completely new meetings which will not appear in the Wild Flower Society Spring magazine has a light purple background.

BSBI Meetings: Members of the WFS are invited to attend BSBI Recording Meetings. For details, see their website: BSBI Website For any queries, contact Sheila Wynn or phone 01200 425813.

Saturday 7th March 2015 Branch N3 A Spring Hunt Parrswood, East Didsbury Leader: Julie Clarke

Details to be arranged. Email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504.

Saturday 7th March 2015 Branch Y Framlingham, Suffolk.First Spring Hunt Leaders: Anne and Dennis Kell and Stephen Clarkson

Meet in ‘The Elms’ free car park on New Road, just off Bridge Street, Framlingham TM282635 (IP13 9HW) for a 10.30am start. Framlingham is a lovely rural market town. It should provide a very pleasant setting to search for early spring flowers. The plan is to explore Framlingham Mere (a Suffolk Wildlife Trust site), followed by Framlingham Castle moat and grounds and then return via the local cemetery and town centre to see how many plants we can find flowering at the beginning of the season. Contact Anne and Dennis Kell: Anne and Dennis Kell or phone 01473 730087 or 01473 823220 or Stephen Clarkson.

Saturday 11th April 2015 Branch N3. Silverdale Leader: Julie Clarke

Silverdale starting at Woodwell down to Jenny Browns Point and back over Heald Brow. Email: Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504.

Tuesday 28th April 2015 Branch Y. Breckland, Suffolk Leader: Stephen Clarkson

Meet for 10.30am in the car park at the Norfolk Wildlife’s Trust Weeting Heath reserve TL757881 (IP26 4NQ). A day out in the Brecklands looking for the rare spring-flowering Speedwells and the nationally rare but native Muscari neglectum (Grape-hyacinth). We will visit two or three sites locally. Email Stephen Clarkson or phone 01473 823220.

Saturday 2nd May 2015 Branch T. Corfe Castle, Dorset Leader: Stephen Parker

Meet at 11:00 at car park at SY959824 We will visit a wide range of habitats around this ancient town. Email: Stephen Parker or phone 01823 666006.

May 10th 2015 Cannington Park, Bridgwater Leaders: Ro FitzGerald and Liz McDonnell

A joint meeting with Somerset Rare Plants Group. Cannington Park is a limestone outcrop with interesting short turf and ephemerals, some ash woodland, and ruderal interest round quarry works. Please check website for exact date or Email Ro FitzGerald

Saturday 23rd May 2015 Branch M, Shoreham Beach, West Sussex Leader: Gareth Bursnall

Meet at 10.30 in the car at the end of Old Fort Road. TQ232044. Bring a packed lunch. Walking boots are recommended as most of the walk is on shingle. A trip to explore this vegetated shingle beach and look out for unusual garden escapes. Depending on the season we should see Glaucium flavum (Yellow Horned-poppy), Crambe maritima (Sea-kale), Erigeron glaucus (Seaside Daisy) and Trifolium stellatum (Starry Clover) known here for over 200 years. We will also look for Petrorhagia nanteuilii (Childing Pink) plus many other naturalised and native species usually found here. Email Gareth Bursnall

Saturday 23rd May 2015 Lizard Green, Coprnwall Ian Bennallick

An invitation to join Botanical Cornwall Group on The Lizard (SW61/SW71) - rare plant twitch! A repeat of the successful 2013 and 2014 walks. A walk from Lizard Village SW7012 to below Lizard Lighthouse SX7011, and around the west coast SW6911 via Caerthillian Cove SW6912 and to Kynance Cove SW6913 and SW6813, ending at Kynance Cove. Not a square-bashing day but a walk to take in most of the Lizard’s rarest British plants including Twin-headed Clover (Trifolium bocconei), Upright Clover (T. strictum), Long-headed Clover (T. incarnatum subsp. molinerii), Prostrate Asparagus (Asparagus prostratus), Ciliate Rupturewort (Herniaria ciliolata), Dwarf Rush (Juncus capitatus), Spotted Cat’s-ear (Hypochaeris maculata) and perhaps even Three-lobed Water-crowfoot (Ranunculustripartitus) and Land Quillwort (Isoetes histrix). A long list of uncommon species such as Thyme Broomrape (Orobanche alba), Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) and Hairy Greenweed (Genista pilosa) should also be seen. Also a chance to count the numbers of Spring Sandwort (Minuartia verna) plants present on this stretch of coast. Meet on Lizard Green, SW703125 at 9.30am. Botanical Cornwall Group Co-ordinator

Walks start at 10am (unless stated) so try to get to the meeting place by 9.30am. They usually finish at around 4pm. Meetings are open to all and are free unless otherwise stated. You may want to bring hand-lens, notebooks and field guides, relevant OS 1:25000 maps and a GPS if you wish. Suitable clothing and footwear is recommended and bring a packed lunch. If weather warnings are in the forecast the meeting may be cancelled – contact the co-ordinator beforehand to check. – Ian Bennallick, Lower Polmorla, St Wenn, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5PE. Tel: 01726 890384 or 07714738189. Email Ian Bennallick For last year’s plant list contact Sheila Wynn, Sheila Wynn

Sunday 24th May 2015 BBOWT Holmfield Wood and Warburg Nature Reserves, near Henley on Thames Leaders: Gwyn and Janet John

An opportunity to see a number of wild orchids which flourish in both the woodland and grassland in these reserves. We should see the Orchis militaris (Military Orchid) which is found in only three sites in the UK, also Ophrys insectifera (Fly Orchid), Platanthera chlorantha (Greater Butterfly- orchid), Neottia ovata (Twayblade), and Neottia nidus-avis (Bird’s Nest Orchid) amongst others. Warburg is also famous for rare butterflies. Meet at 10.30am at the Warburg Reserve SU717879 (RG9 6BJ). We will have a walk around Warburg, and then, take the short drive to the small reserve at Holmfield Wood in the afternoon. If you would like us to pick you up on the way to the meeting from Gerrards Cross or Beaconsfield station (both on the London Marylebone to Birmingham Chiltern Line) let us know. Email Janet John or phone 07836321109. Web site addresses:
Homefield Wood Reserve
Warburg Reserve

Sunday 24th May 2015 Ryecroft Glen and ladies Spring Wood, Sheffield Leader: Ken Balkow

Joint meeting with South Yorkshire Botany Group. We shall record SK3181 and SK3281 both of which are in modern South Yorkshire but are shared between VC57 and VC63. There should be a good display of spring flowers including Luzula sylvatica (Great Wood-rush) and Adoxa moschatellina (Moschatel). Mainly easy walking on woodland paths. Meet at 10am. The meeting will finish between 3 and 4pm. Places are limited and booking is essential. For further information, booking and our calendar of 2015 meetings, contact Mel Linney: Mel Linney or phone 01226 211252

Late May 2015 Branch N3 Cheshire Julie Clarke

This will be a recording meeting. Email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Saturday 30th May 2015 Ystrad Fawr near Ystradgynlais Leader: Stephanie Coates (Brecknock Wildlife Trust)

Joint Meeting with BWT. Ystrad Fawr is one a group of reserves taken on by BWT as part of the Living Landscape Project in an old mining community. This year we saw a large population of Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting) on one of the spoil heaps. There is much more to find. Contact John Crellin (Joint BSBI Botany Recorder VC 42, Brecknockshire): John Crellin or phone 01497 821116

Tuesday 2nd June 2015 Great Orme's Head and Llanddulas quarry Leaders: Peter Llewellyn assisted by Peter Jepson

Meet at 10.00 am at Llanddulas quarry (Park at Grid. Ref. SH91215 77800, New Rd. junction with Rhyd-Y-Foel Rd Approx postcode LL228EL) where we will seek some of the less common Cotoneasters such as Cotoneaster sternianus (Stern's Cotoneaster), Cotoneaster marginatus (Fringed Cotoneaster) which grow close to Sorbus rupicola (Rock Whitebeam). Ophyrs apifera (Bee Orchid), Anacamptis pyramidalis (Pyramidal Orchid), Neottia ovata (Twayblade) and Dactylorhiza fuchsii (Common Spotted Orchid are usually also to be found at this time of year. The main feature of the day will be a tour of some Great Orme sites where we will hope to see the rare endemic Cotoneaster cambricus (Wild Cotoneaster) in fruit, Hypochaeris maculata (Spotted Cat's-ear) if the goats haven't eaten it, Silene nutans (Nottingham Catchfly), Clinopodium acinos (Basil Thyme), Hieracium cambricum (Welsh Hawkweed), at probably its only station, Brassica oleracea (Wild cabbage) and Hieracium pseudoleyi (Purple-flushed Hawkweed) if it hasn't finished. There is also a good chance of finding Orobanche hederae (Ivy Broomrape) too. If time permits we will finish the day at Pensarn beach Abergele to find the very rare Carex x ludinbunda (Carex canescens x Carex paniculata) hybrid. Contact Peter Llewellyn (Email Peter Llewellyn for more details if interested or telephone 01928 722058. About 12 places available.

Wednesday 3rd June 2015 North Walney NNR, Cumbria Leader: Julie Clarke

A Joint Meeting with Arnside Natural History Society. North Walney has a variety of habitats, including sand dunes, heath, hay meadows, salt marsh, sandy beach, shingle and scrub. Over 300 species of plant have been recorded here, including Geranium sanguineum var. striatum (Walney Geranium). Email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Saturday 6th June 2015 Branch T. Braunton Burrows, Devon Leader: Stephen Parker

Meet at 11:00 at car park at SS463349 An introduction to sand dune plants on one of SW England’s largest sand dune systems. Email Stephen Parker or phone 01823 666006.

Wednesday Wednesday 10th June 2015 Dungeness, Kent Leaders: Owen Leyshon and Heather Silk.

For details see Main Meetings list

Wednesday Thursday 11th June 2015 A come and find meeting at Sandwich Bay Leaders: Jan Armishaw

For details see Main Meetings list

Saturday 13th June 2015 Vicarage Meadows near Llanwrtyd Wells, Brecknockshire Leader: John Crellin

Joint Meeting with Brecknock Wildlife Trust Vicarage Meadows has 3.6 hectares of wild flower rich meadow and wet pasture set on the side of a hill in the Irfon valley and lies adjacent to the Nant Irfon National Nature Reserve at Abergwesyn. This is one of the BWT’s most botanically rich reserves. It is hoped to see Pseudorchis albida (Small-white Orchid) but this cannot be guaranteed. Much more certain are Gymnadenia conopsea ssp. borealis (Heath Fragrant-orchid), Platanthera chlorantha (Greater Butterfly-orchid) and Vicia orobus (Wood Bitter-vetch). Contact John Crellin (Joint BSBI Botany Recorder VC 42, Brecknockshire) John Crellin

Saturday 20th June 2015 Anston Stones Wood, Rotherham Leader: Mel Linney with Geoffrey Wilmore

Joint meeting with South Yorkshire Botany Group. 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). Meet at 10am. Places are limited and booking is essential For further information, booking and our calendar of 2015 meetings, please email Mel Linney or phone 01226 211252.

Saturday 20th June Risley Moss, Warrington (Joint Meeting with Liverpool Botanical Society) Leader: Howard Harris

Meet at 10:30 at Risley Moss Visitor Centre SJ666918 (Accessible from J11 (Warrington East) on M62) Contact Howard Harris on 07731 133295

Saturday 27th June 2015 Branch Y Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire Leaders: Anne and Dennis Kell and Stephen Clarkson

Meet at 10.30 in the car park, Lode lane, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire. CB7 5XP (TL563705). Entry is free to National Trust Members but non-members must pay an entry fee on the day. A chance to visit the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve. Wicken Fen is one of Europe’s most important wetlands. The reserve has expanded in the past few years so that we should see a larger area than we have done in the past. A come and find in this rich habitat. We plan to explore the reserve to find Lathyrus palustris (Marsh Pea), Peucedanum palustre (Milk-parsley) and Urtica dioica ssp. galeopsifolia amongst many more. Please bring the usual equipment needed in the fen such as insect repellent, sunscreen and maybe wellies and plenty of drink. Email Anne and Dennis Kell or phone 01473 730087 or Stephen Clarkson on the details as given above

Sunday 28th June 2015 Introduction to Brambles, The New Forest, Hampshire Leaders: David Allen and John Norton

Meet at 10.30 in the car park at Ocknell Plain, SU231118. From J1 of the M27 (Cadnam), take the B3079 westwards for about a mile to the village of Brook, turning left at the bend after the pub onto the B3078. After one and half miles turn left at a crossroads towards Fritham. Continue another 1.5 miles, then turn right onto a section of straight road on a plateau. The car park is on the left after another mile or so. Bring a pair of secateurs and some large carrier bags to collect specimens (individual specimens can be wrapped in sheets of newspaper or labelled with luggage tags). David Allen, now in his early 80s, is one of the foremost experts on brambles in the country and a past president of the BSBI. He has studied the brambles of his current home county of Hampshire since the early 1970s. During this meeting we will see maybe 20-30 of the 168 species that have occurred in Hampshire, including the diminutive Rubus hantonensis. Others will include typical heathland and acid woodland species such as Rubus errabundus, Rubus euryanthemus, Rubus insectifolius, Rubus leightonii, Rubus platyacanthus and Rubus sprengelii, along with Rubus nemoralis and its dwarf form, Rubus pistoris. The meeting will be suitable for beginners - David will give an introductory talk at the start of the meeting. Booking is essential as numbers are limited to 14. Contact Brian Bonney using email Brian Bonney

Tuesday 30th June – Wednesday 1st July 2015 Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire Leader: Pauline Wilson.

For details see Main Meetings list

Wednesday 1st July 2015 Cleeve Common, near Cheltenham Leaders: Mark and Clare Kitchen

For details see Main Meetings list

Saturday 4th July 2105 Branch M, Hayling Island, Hampshire Leader: Gareth Bursnall

Meet at 10.30 in the Ferry Road car park at SZ70069943. Walking boots are recommended as some areas will muddy or consist of loose sand. A summer meeting to look at maritime plants at the western end of this island. In the sand dunes we should find Calystegia soldanella (Sea Bindweed), Euphorbia paralias (Sea Spurge) and Eryngium maritimum (Sea Holly). Other plants include Silene coronaria (Rose Campion) and Lupinus arboreus (Tree Lupin). Saltmarsh species we should find include Cochlearia anglica (English Scurvy-grass), Spergularia media (Greater Sea Spurrey), Limonium vulgare (Common Sea-Lavender), Aster tripolium (Sea Aster) and Armeria maritima (Sea Pink). Email Gareth Bursnall

Saturday 4th July 2015 Branch Y, Hadleigh, Suffolk Leader Stephen Clarkson

A day chez moi in Hadleigh to demonstrate the use of keys to identify plants from scratch. We will be using Francis Rose’s Key to Wild Flowers as updated by Clare O’Reilly. Please bring a lens. The morning, to start at 10.30am, will be spent indoors followed by lunch (I would be most grateful if people could bring something for a buffet), then outside in the afternoon to look at wild flowers in situ and to continue with the use of that key. Email Stephen Clarkson or phone 01473 823220

Wednesday 8th July Gaitbarrows, Silverdale Joint Meeting with Lancashire Botany Group Dave Earl

A meeting to look at the flora of the limestone pavement. Contact John Ball (LBG Coordinator) John Ball

Saturday 11th July2105 Branch Y, Devil’s dyke, Burwell, Cambridgeshire Leader: Stephen Clarkson for a “Turning the Tables” meeting

Meet in the car park for the Devil’s Dyke signposted just SW of Burwell on the B1102 at TL582650 for 10.30am. Last year (2014) I decided to turn the tables and, instead of me leading a walk, I asked that the attendees themselves (as individuals or groups) walk a route and record as many plants as they can find from their own acquired knowledge or by keying things out. It had a lot of positive feedback so I am repeating the challenge, this time exploring different habitats of chalk grassland and arable field margins. Bring a packed lunch and suitable gear if it turns out to be a hot day. The end of the meeting and results will be at the pub in Reach. There will be prizes! Email Stephen Clarkson or phone 01473 823220 if you would like to attend

Thursday 16th July 2015 Branch N3 Leader: Julie Clarke

Yarrow Valley, Chorley, hoping to find the yellow form of Scrophularia nodosa (Common Figwort). Email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Monday 27th July 2015 Barling Sea Wall and marshes (Monads TQ9490 and 9390) Leader: Tim Pyner

Joint Meeting with Essex Field Club (Botany Group) and LNHS. Please phone 01702 580402 to book. Meet at 10.30 am at Shoeburyness station (SS3 9AW). Bring a packed lunch and wear wellies. Contact on the day: 07516 812404

Sunday 9th August 2105 Branch T. Wellington, Somerset Leader: Stephen Parker

Meet at 11.00 at car park at ST137205. Alien hunt in Wellington town. Please email Stephen Parker or phone 01823 666006

Saturday 15th August 2105 Home Park, Hampton Court for Autumn Squill Leader: Pippa Hyde

Meet at 10.30 at Hampton Court station (National Rail from Waterloo) (TQ154684). Cars not needed. Joint meeting with the London Natural History Society. (No need to book – just turn up) There will obviously be other plants but Scilla autumnalis (Autumn Squill) will be the main attraction.

Last week in October 2015 Branch N3, Autumn Hunt Leader: Julie Clarke

Details to be arranged. Email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Saturday 31st October 2015 Branch Y The Last Hunt Leader: Stephen Clarkson

Details to be arranged

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