Wild Flower Society Field Meetings 2018

Meetings are open to all members of the Society. . Guests may also attend meetings. Children are welcome but remain the responsibility of parents/guardians at all times.

There is usually a range of botanical expertise amongst people attending and the leader will make every effort to make sure that everyone sees the plants of interest and hears discussions and explanations. Some meetings are to places with specific plants in mind, others are more of a ‘come and find’.

Members wishing to attend a meeting should book with the leader directly unless otherwise stated in the information. Meetings can be oversubscribed so please inform the leader if, having booked, you are unable to attend, so that someone else can take your place. If there are any queries then contact Janet John, Meetings Secretary: Janet John or phone 01753 884490.

To receive monthly updates with details of availablity of places or changes to arrangements in meetings and information about extra meetings contact WFS alerts and ask to have your name added to the mailing list. The Meetings Programme can found oin the Spring Magazine and on the website: WFS website

Please DO NOT bring dogs as many field meetings are held in nature reserves or where there are grazing animals. Registered guide dogs may be exempt from this requirement, unless they are prohibited by the landowners. Please check with the Meeting organiser.

Please come appropriately dressed, especially with regard to footwear and be prepared for all eventualities of weather. If you have mobility issues please check with the leader that the terrain is suitable.

Transport and accommodation is the responsibility of the attendee. However, 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.

Please arrive promptly for the meeting. If you have traffic problems let the leader know so they can advise on the route and how you can find the group.

When you arrive at the meeting, park considerately, act responsibly, bearing in mind the Countryside Code, and stay with the group.

Packed lunches are usually required and need to be carried.

Two and three day meetings Meetings 2018

Friday 11th May to Sunday 13th May 2018   Kent

Friday 11th May 2018 Marden Meadow

Leaders: Priscilla Nobbs and Gareth Bursnall

Meet at 11:00 in the small car park off the Marden Road (Postcode TN12 9PZ; OS Map 188 TQ763445). Marden Meadow is a Kent Wildlife Trust Reserve between Marden and Staplehurst. We should see Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio), Adders-tongue (Ophioglossum vulgatum) and Water-violet (Hottonia palustris).

Saturday 12th May 2018 Burham Downs

Leaders: Priscilla Nobbs and Gareth Bursnall

Meet at 10:30 at Village Hall Car Park, Rochester Way, Burham, opposite Burham Bakers. (Postcode (near) ME1 3RS; OS Map 188 TQ730620). There is a toilet at the nearby garage/shop (please buy something!). Chalk flora – we should see Man Orchid (Orchis anthropophora), Fly Orchid (Ophrys insectifera) and Lady Orchid (Orchis purpurea).

Sunday 13th May Holborough Marshes

Leader: Stephen Lemon

Meet at 10:30 at the northern end of Church Field, a residential street, by the entrance to the public footpath leading to the reserve at TQ70666211. Parking is in the residential roads nearby. Snodland Station is also within easy reach (Postcode ME6 5AN). This Kent Wildlife Trust Reserve is on the flood plain of the River Medway and contains a superb range of wetland habitats with a variety of sedges. This will be a ‘Come and Find’ visit. We will probably be just too early for Early Marsh-orchid (Dactylorhiza incarnata) but hope to see Opposite-leaved Pondweed (Groenlandia densa).

Numbers limited to 15. To book, contact: Priscilla Nobbs or phone 01293 783071.

Wednesday 23rd May 2018 – Thursday 24th May 2018   Gloucestershire.

Wednesday 23rd May Coombe Hill Canal and Meadows reserve

Leaders: Steve Little and David Albon

This will be a part-guided, part ‘come and find’ event. Meet at 10:30 at the car park for the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Coombe Hill Canal and Meadows reserve (SO886271) to explore the disused canal-side, marshes and meadows. We should see three types of Water-dropwort, Narrow-leaved (Oenanthe silaifolia), Corky-fruited (Oenanthe pimpinelloides) and Fine-leaved (Oenanthe aquatica), although only the leaves will be visible in May; True Fox-sedge (Carex vulpina) and various other sedges; Small-flowered Winter-cress (Barbarea stricta) and other wetland plants. If you’re into willows, there are also plenty of those for you to have a go at.

Thursday 24th May 2018 Coombe Hill Canal and Meadows reserve

Leaders: Steve Little and David Albon

Meet at 10:30 at the small parking area just beyond the Daneway Pub towards Sapperton (SO938033). We will explore the calcareous grassland and woodland of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Daneway Banks and Siccaridge Wood reserves. We should see a wide variety of calcicole species, including Columbine (Aquilegia vulgaris), Wild Liquorice (Astragallus glycyphyllos) and Slender Bedstraw (Galium pumilum), as well as Lily-of-the-valley (Convallaria majalis), Angular Solomon’s-seal (Polygonatum odoratum, Wild Service-tree (Sorbus torminalis) and many others. Please note that there are no facilities such as toilets at either site. There is also very limited parking and information regarding alternative parking options will be provided to participants nearer to the time.

Numbers limited to 15 To book contact Janet John or phone 01753 884490.

Thursday 7th June 2018 to Saturday 9th June 2018   Lancashire and Yorkshire

Thursday 7th June and Friday 8th June 2018 Silverdale, north Lancashire

Leaders: Julie Clarke and Sheila Wynn

One day will be at Gait Barrows and Hawes Water NNR. Meet at 10:00 in the Car Park at Gait Barrows (SD478776). We will spend the morning looking at the plants of the limestone pavement and will visit the fen areas surrounding Hawes Water in the afternoon. The reserve is one of the re-introduction sites for the Lady’s-slipper Orchid (Cypripedium calceolus). Other plants we should see include Angular Solomon’s-seal (Polygonatum odoratum), Rigid Buckler-fern (Dryopteris submontana) and Northern Bedstraw (Galium boreale). One day will be a circular walk round Silverdale including Eaves Wood and The Lots. Meet at 10:00 at the National Trust Eaves Wood Car Park (SD471759). Interesting plants include Herb Paris (Paris quadrifolia), Fly Honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum), Japanese Holly-fern (Cyrtomium fortunei var. clivicola) and Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio). Actual days will be decided nearer the time.

To book contact Sheila Wynn or phone 01200 425813.

Saturday 9th June Grass Wood and Bastow Wood NR, Grassington, Wharfedale, Yorkshire.

Leader: Bruce Brown

This is a joint meeting with the Bradford Botany Group. Details of meeting place and times will be arranged and published nearer the date of the meeting. Plants we should see include Mountain Melick (Melica nutans), Bird's-nest Orchid (Neottia nidus-avis), Dwarf Milkwort (Polygala amarella), Angular Solomon's-seal (Polygonatum odoratum) and Alpine Cinquefoil (Potentilla crantzii).

To book contactSheila Wynn or phone 01200 425813.

Friday 15th June 2018 to Saturday 16th June 2018   Brecknockshire

Friday 15th June 2018 Llangorse and BWT reserve at Vicarage Meadows and Cae Pwll y Bo

Leader: John Crellin and members of the Brecknock Botanical Recording Group

This will be a part-guided, part ‘come and find’ event. Meet at 10:00 at the car park at Llangorse Common (SO12742715). There is always plenty to see at Llangorse with quite some variation from year to year. Examples from a long list of species seen recently in June and July include: Trifid Bur-marigold (Bidens tripartita), Marsh Marigold (Caltha palustris), Round-fruited Rush (Juncus compressus), Ivy-leaved Duckweed (Lemna trisulca), Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia), Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), Yellow Water-lily (Nuphar lutea), White Water-lily (Nymphaea alba), Fringed Water-lily (Nymphoides peltata), Greater Spearwort (Ranunculus lingua), Skullcap (Scutellaria galericulata) and Pink Water-speedwell (Veronica catenata).

Saturday 16th June 2018 Llangorse and BWT reserve at Vicarage Meadows and Cae Pwll y Bo

Leader: John Crellin and members of the Brecknock Botanical Recording Group

The BWT reserve at Vicarage Meadows plus nearby Cae Pwll y Bo have been described as possibly the best sites in Wales for Upright Vetch (Vicia orobus) and Globe Flower (Trollius europaeus) respectively. In addition, Vicarage Meadows usually has a population of three to six spikes of Small-white Orchid (Pseudorchis albida). Timing for all of these is of course impossible but mid-June will possibly allow for a few late blooms of the Globeflower (Trollius europaeus) and be in time for the spikes of Small-white Orchid to be at least in bud. It is probably the peak time for Upright Vetch.

Numbers limited to 16 To book contact Janet John or phone 01753 884490.

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 24th June 2018   Hampshire

Saturday 23rd June 2018 Portsdown Hill

Leader: Jill Oakley

Meet at 10:30 in the lowest section of Fort Nelson Visitors Car Park. Turn south into the car park from Portsdown Hill Road (SU607070; PO17 6AN) opposite the Royal Armouries Museum. Car parking is free and the Museum opens at 10:00 and has a cafe and toilets. We will first explore the plants on Nelson Down, just below the car park, before a short drive to the site for the Field Cow-wheat (Melampyrum arvense). We also hope to see Basil Thyme (Clinopodium acinos), the yellow form of Ivy Broomrape (Orobanche hederae) and other chalk downland species. We will return to the car park area for lunch before driving east to Portsdown Hill Nature Reserve where we should find Lesser Centaury (Centaurium pulchellum), Ploughman's-spikenard (Inula conyzae) and many more chalk loving plants. To book, contact : Jill Oakley or phone 01730 266392.

Sunday 24th June 2018 New Forest

Leader: David Caals

A ‘come and find' meeting in the New Forest to see the plants we were too late for last year. Meet at 10:00 at Shatterford car park (SU34670643) on the B3056 heading out of Lyndhurst towards Beaulieu. N.B. This car park is to the west of the railway bridge for Beaulieu Road Station, i.e. on your right just before reaching the railway. Do not go over the bridge to the car park directly opposite the Drift Inn. (Refreshments available there afterwards though.) Because of ticks carrying Lyme disease, you are advised to cover your legs. Apart from the usual suspects of acid heath and bog, we expect to see Wild Gladiolus (Gladiolus illyricus), Moonwort (Botrychium lunaria), Early Marsh-orchid (Dactylorhiza incarnata), in both its red/purple livery and its less common white form (Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp pulchella), and Lesser Butterfly-orchid (Platanthera bifolia). To book, contact : David Caals or phone 01202 814743.

Sunday 15th July to Tuesday 17th July 2018   Perthshire

Leader: Hamlyn Jones

Sunday 15th July Keltneyburn reserve, Aberfeldy, Perthshire.

Meet at 16:00 at General Stewart's statue in Keltneyburn village (NN773491). As parking is a bit limited in the reserve we will then share transport to the reserve car park located at the far end of the reserve (NN771496). This is a small grassland reserve with some woodland and easily accessible gentle walks. There should be a wide range of orchids, including Small-white Orchid (Pseudorchis albida) and Bird's-nest Orchid (Neottia nidus-avis). Also Small Cow-wheat (Melampyrum sylvaticum) grows nearby.

Monday 16th July Ben-y-Vrackie, Pitlochry, Perthshire

Meet for 10:30 start at the walkers' car park (NN943596, the first car park on the right on Baledmund Road, a dead-end leading North out of Moulin). The walk through planted and regenerating forest to Loch a' Choire is about 3 km (a climb of c. 300 m), many typical Scottish plants may be found on this section of the walk (including the very rare Brown Bog-rush (Schoenus ferrugineus)). Many of the specialities of the mountain are on the short but steep climb part way to the summit (a further 200-250 m climb). These include Purple Oxytropis (Oxytropis halleri) and Alpine Milk-vetch (Astragalus alpinus).

Tuesday 17th July Ben Lawers

Meet for 10:30 start at the National Trust car park (NN608377). We hope to be joined by the Property Manager at Ben Lawers NNR for this visit. The botanical attractions of the arctic-alpine flora of Ben Lawers schists have been famous since they were described by the Reverend John Lightfoot in 1772 and by George Don. We should get an opportunity to see a good number of rarities on the day. There are extensive accommodation options in Aberfeldy and Pitlochry. It is the intention to get together for dinner one evening but this will be arranged nearer the time. Numbers will be limited and final number dependent on number of leaders available. To book, contact Hamlyn Jones

Thursday 19th to Friday 20th July Northumberland

Thursday 19th July Allen Banks and Briarwood Banks

Leader: Lizzie Maddison

Meet at 10:30 at Allen Banks NT car park (NY799640). We will walk through the Allen Banks, an interesting woodland, heavily influenced in many ways by previous owners. From there we reach one of the best examples of rare, semi-natural woodland in Northumberland, Briarwood Banks. A typical ancient woodland flora is to be found here, alongside ancient woodland indicator lichens and a very good Bryophyte flora. Uncommon plants such as Herb Paris (Paris quadrifolia), Toothwort (Lathraea squamaria) and rarities, such as Bird’s-nest Orchid (Neottia nidus-avis) and Wood Fescue (Festuca altissima) are also present. Walking down to the River Allen, calaminarian flora characteristic of the mine spoil heaps can be found around the remains of an old lead smelt mill.

Friday 20th July Holy Island

Leader: Professor John Richards (Vice County 67 Recorder and Taraxacum, Primula and Epipactis referee) and Lizzie Maddison

Meet at 12:15 at the first layby on Holy Island (NU125421). This time is determined by tides. Lindisfarne is a tidal island off the north-east coast of England, only accessible from the mainland at low tide by means of a causeway. We will have to be off the Island by about 20:00. This is a great opportunity to experience the wonderful flora of Holy Island. John knows the area really well and his knowledge of Helleborines (Epipactis) species is unsurpassed. The dune slacks are heavily grazed by rabbits enabling many interesting plants to establish amongst the low growing Creeping Willow (Salix repens), including Round-leaved Wintergreen (Pyrola rotundifolia), Seaside Centaury (Centaurium littoralis),and Autumn Gentian (Gentianella amerella ssp. septentrionalis). Eleven species of orchid also occur, perhaps the most notable being Lindisfarne Helleborine (Epipactis sancta). In July Marsh Helleborines (Epipactis palustris) flower by the thousand. Other species to look out for here include Bog Pimpernel (Anagallis tenella), Variegated Horsetail (Equisetum variegatum) and Small-fruited Yellow-sedge (Carex oederi). Finally up to eight Clover (Trifolium) species are to be found in the area of the Snook. Elsewhere on the island, areas of ‘whin’ grassland with thin, drought-prone soil have an unusual flora including Common Rock-rose (Helianthemum nummularium), Meadow Saxifrage (Saxifraga granulata), Crested Hair-grass (Koeleria macrantha) and Field Garlic (Allium oleraceum). Pirri-pirri-bur (Acaena novae- zelandiae) is a non-native plant which has colonised large areas of the duneland. It can be a problem as the burrs cling to clothing and fur so care should be taken not to spread it to other sites. Numbers limited to 15. Contact Lizzie Maddison or phone 07975 853781

Saturday 11th – Sunday 12th August   Somerset

This is a joint meeting between the WFS and the Somerst rare Plants Group. A two day meeting to extend and update records for Atlas 2020. The focus will be on recording but each day is in an interesting area near the Bristol Channel coast in Vice County 5 and good plants should be found. This is a lovely part of Somerset and accommodation is plentiful, especially in Nether Stowey, Holford and Kilve, all of which are only minutes from the meeting locations. Alternatively consult www.quantockonline.co.uk

Saturday 11th August 2018 Steart Marshes

Leaders: Ro FitzGerald and Liz McDonnell

To visit areas of the WWT Steart Marshes reserve which are not usually accessible to the public. Habitats range from sub-maritime/brackish to classic grazing marshes where the rhynes have interesting aquatic and emergent species. Meet at 10:30 in the reserve car park (ST25204421, TA5 2PU). Free parking and toilets.

Sunday 12th August 2018 East Quantoxhead

Leaders: Ro FitzGerald and Graham Lavender

Recording in and round East Quantoxhead village, including having access to the wonderful gardens of Court House (still a property of the Luttrell family after eight centuries!). The estate lies in a highly scenic strip between the Quantock ridge and the coast. Habitats include woodland, pasture and arable and the relict calcareous grassland on the famous ‘stripy’ lias cliffs. Meet at 10:30 in the village car park (ST 1372 4354, TA5 1EJ). Use the eastern Frog Lane (running due north to the village) to leave the A39. Parking - 50p donation to church funds. Please contact : Ro FitzGerald or phone 01278 741519, giving as much notice as you can if you plan to attend. To maximise recording efforts we hope to spend some of both days divided into smaller groups to ‘scatter’ over the areas. All groups will have a good botanist with local knowledge to lead them but it will help organisation very much if we can estimate numbers beforehand.

Friday 31st August – Monday 3rd September 2018   AGM and Members’ Weekend, Slapton Ley Field Studies Centre, South Devon.

Accommodation is available at the Field Studies Centre. (There will also be a party of 50 A-level students using the centre but they will be in a separate accommodation block, will not have access to the rooms we are using and will not be eating at the same time as we are.) The price is £60 per person per day for a room and full board which includes breakfast, packed lunch and a two-course dinner. The price per person is the same whether sharing or not. There are 25-30 rooms available, most of which are en-suite. These will be allocated in the order of booking. If you have any queries contact Sheila Wynn.

Anyone wishing to stay there should book directly with the centre, by phone, stating that you are part of the WFS weekend. Early booking is recommended. Phone: 01548 580466

For those travelling by train, the nearest station is Totnes, approximately 15 miles away. A taxi from there costs about £30 but it may be possible to arrange some sharing. On Saturday morning there will be a walk from the centre, along the shingle beach to Strete Gate, followed by the AGM and Tea Party which will be held in the Village Hall adjacent to the Field Studies Centre. The field meeting on Sunday will involve visits to four sites in south-west Devon and on Monday will be on the coast at Berry Head. Full details will be published in the Summer magazine.


Members wishing to attend a one day meeting should book with the leader and bring a packed lunch

Saturday 27th January 2018 Suffolk. Poland Meeting, Ipswich

Leader: Dr. Stephen Clarkson

This is an opportunity to meet up in the winter months to practise our use of keys, in this case Poland's Vegetative Key, and to socialise. We will spend the morning and part of the afternoon honing our skills and enjoy a convivial lunch, with attendees contributing something towards the meal. In anticipation of a good turn-out we have booked the Cricket Pavillion in Copdock, near Ipswich. As a result there will be a small charge of £5 - £7 a head to cover the costs of hiring the venue. Contact Anne Kell or phone 01473 730087 for further details and to make a booking.

Saturday 3rd March 2018 Spring Hunt at Sankey Valley, St. Helens

Leader: Julie Clarke

Meet at 10:30 at the Sankey Valley Visitor Centre Car Park, Blackbrook Road, Blackbrook, St Helens, Merseyside WA11 0AB (SJ 535966). Contact Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Saturday 3rd March 2018 Spring Hunt at Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Leader: Dr. Stephen Clarkson.

This is the Spring Hunt for Branch Y but all are welcome to join in. It is a ‘come and find’ meeting. Please meet at 10:30 at the car park at Jetty Lane, Woodbridge IP12 4BA (TM271485). Contact Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

Saturday 24th March 2018 Spring flowers in North Yorkshire and Co. Durham

Leader: Judith Cox

Meet at 10:30 outside the Church of St Michael and All Angels in Middleton Tyas, North Yorkshire (NZ23470561) to see the spring flowers in the Church yard and White Butterbur (Petasites albus) at its nearby location. We will then travel to Gainford in Co. Durham and park outside St Mary’s Church, at The Green (NZ16991673), to see what is flowering on the banks of the River Tees, including Creeping Comfrey (Symphytum grandiflorum) and Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem (Gagea lutea). Contact: Judith Cox or phone 01642 892815.

Saturday 14th April 2018 Arnside Knott

Leader: Julie Clarke

Meet at 10:30 in the car park at the end of Arnside promenade, near the entrance to Ashmeadow (SD453785, LA5 0AD). A visit to Arnside Knott to see Teesdale Violet (Viola rupestris), Rare Spring-sedge (Carex ericetorum) and other limestone plants. Contact Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Saturday 21st April 2018 Betchworth Quarry and Buckland Hills, Surrey

Leaders: Gareth Bursnall and Prscilla Nobbs

Meet at 10:30. If coming from Reigate turn left at the roundabout to Betchworth and park immediately opposite the garden centre at TQ210509. A meeting to search for the Trumpet Gentian (Gentiana acaulis) naturalised here since the 1960’s. We should also see other early Spring flowers such as Moschatel (Adoxa moschatellina), Sanicle (Sanicula europaea), Spurge Laurel (Daphne laureola) and Chalk Milkwort (Polygala calcarea). Waterproofs and stout footwear are advisable (may be muddy in parts), plus a packed lunch. All welcome. Contact Priscilla Nobbs

Sunday 22nd April 2018 Martin’s Meadow, Rookery Road, near Monewden, Framlingham, Suffolk

Leader: Dr Stephen Clarkson

Meet at 10:30 at Martin’s Meadow (TM226572, IP13 7DF). There is a small car park on site which can be muddy after rain. Please do not obstruct the entrance. These three meadows are among the few flower-rich hay meadows still left in Suffolk. As they have never been fertilised, sprayed or drained, the site supports a wide range of wild flowers. We hope to see Fritillaries (Fritillaria meleagris) in flower. Autumn Crocus (Crocus nudiflorus) and Early-purple Orchid (Orchis mascula) also grow here. Contact Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

The following three meetings can be considered as One Day Meetings. See the Two and Three Day Meetings listings for details.

Friday 11th May: Marden Meadow, Kent

Leaders: Priscilla Nobbs and Gareth Bursnall

Saturday 12th May: Burham Downs, Kent

Leaders: Priscilla Nobbs and Gareth Bursnall

Sunday 13th May: Holborough Marshes, Kent.

Leader: Stephen Lemon

Friday 18th May 2018 Shoreham Beach, Sussex

Leaders: Priscilla Nobbs and Gareth Bursnall

Meet at 11:30 in the car park near the Fort (there is a charge) at the end of Old Fort Road (TQ232044). If you want to travel by train the nearest station is Shoreham-by-Sea. Allow 30 minutes to walk from the station to the fort. A meeting to look at the stabilised shingle plants found in this location. Plants we should see include Sea Kale (Crambe maritima), Yellow Horned-poppy (Glaucium flavum) and Rough Clover (Trifolium scabrum). Also present will be many naturalised aliens such a Silver Ragwort (Senecio cineraria), Japanese Rose (Rosa rugosa) and Tree Mallow (Malva arborea). We hope to find Starry Clover (Trifolium stellatum) known here for 200 years! Bring a packed lunch, waterproofs and stout footwear as most of the walk will be on shingle. Contact Priscilla Nobbs

Saturday 19th May 2018 Cock Marsh, Cookham, Berkshire

Leader: Sue Grimshaw

Meet at 10:30 in the National Trust car park at Cookham. Cock Marsh is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is home to many rare plants. It is an area of flat water meadows and steep chalk hillsides on the River Thames. It has been common land used for grazing since 1272. Plants we should see include Water Violet (Hottonia palustris), Meadow Saxifrage (Saxifraga granulata) and Caper Spurge (Euphorbia lathyris). Otherwise there is a selection of bog-loving plants on the marsh and chalk-loving plants on the hill. Weather permitting anyone who wished could come back to Sue’s for a cup of tea in the garden afterwards. Unfortunately the garden rarities are unlikely to be in flower so early, although the local colony of Hoary Plantain (Plantago media) may oblige. To book contact Janet John or phone 01753 884490.

Saturday 2nd June 2018 Snitterfield Bushes Nature Reserve SSSI, Warwickshire.

Leader: Jackie Hardy supported by Warwickshire Flora Group

Meet at 10:00 at SP200603.There is a small car park on the south side of Bearley Road (between Snitterfield and Bearley) and extra parking along the road itself. Bring packed lunch (no toilets). There will be little walking involved. Woodland tracks, relatively flat. Snitterfield Bushes is a small area of broad-leaved woodland owned by the local Wildlife Trust three miles north of Stratford-upon-Avon. Snitterfield Bushes was clear felled in the 1940s and used as an airfield during the 2nd World War but it has regenerated to become one of the county’s richest woodland sites. In the morning we will visit the north side to look for Early-purple Orchid (Orchis mascula), Herb Paris (Paris quadrifolia) and Fragrant Agrimony (Agrimonia procera), as well as carrying out a general survey. In the afternoon we will visit the south side of the reserve to find the colony of Bird’s-nest Orchid (Neottia nidus-avis) and hunt for casuals growing in the more open areas near the old runway. Maximum number 20. Contact Jackie Hardy or phone 01527 502084 to confirm a place.

Saturday 9th June 2018 Lightwater Country Park, Surrey

Leader: George Hounsome

Meet at 10:30 for 11:00 by the Café/Visitor Centre (SU91856210). Parking is abundant. This is a joint meeting with the London Natural History Society. Lightwater Country Park is predominately heathland but there are also ponds, woodland, meadows and areas of scrub. We will see general heathland flora as well as, I hope, Dyer’s Greenweed (Genista tinctoria), American Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium montanum), various Carex subspecies and a field full of Dactylorhiza subspecies and hybrids, if they're having a good year. Contact Janet John or phone 01753 884490

Sunday 10th June 2018 Therfield Heath, Royston, Cambridgeshire

Leader: Dr. Stephen Clarkson

Please meet at 10:30 in the car park. (TL3362540178). We hope to see Bastard Toadflax (Thesium humifusum) and Field Fleawort (Tephroseris integrifolia ssp integrifolia) in flower. Contact Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

The following three meetings can be considered as One Day Meetings. See the Two and Three Day Meetings listings for details.

Saturday 9th June 2018 Grass Wood and Bastow Wood NR, Grassington, Wharfedale.

Leader: Bruce Brown (Bradford Botany Group)

Saturday 23rd June 2018 Portsdown Hill, Hampshire

Leader: Jill Oakley

Sunday 24th June 2018 New Forest, Hampshire

Leader: David Caals

Thursday 21st June 2018 Introduction to Grasses and the flora of the Limestone Quarries of Clitheroe, Lancashire

Leader: Sheila Wynn

Meet at 10:30 in the Hanson Cement Car Park (SD746436). If you hope to attend please contact Sheila Wynn or phone 01200 425813.

Tuesday 26th June 2018 Bannerdown and Upper Box Commons, Somerset

Leader: Pauline and Richard Wilson

Meet at 10:00 in the centre of Batheaston at the free car park (ST779673). Batheaston is a suburb village off the main A4. There is a 20p toilet and nice little garden with loads of seats for lunch. We will travel by car share about 2 miles to Bannerdown, a Common on the limestone scarp which is under active management to improve the biodiversity. Then back to Batheaston for lunch. After lunch we will visit Upper Box Common, a mosaic of open land in a stone mining area. This too is undergoing active management to regain and upgrade footpaths and biodiversity. If there is time we may be able to visit Brown's Folly, a Wildlife Trust nature reserve. Upper Box Common and Brown’s Folly are both limestone areas. The sites have good paths and short sections of steeper, rougher paths. All are negotiable with care. If you come by train to Bath there is a regular direct bus service to Batheaston taking about 30 minutes. Contact Pauline Wilson or phone 01454 310540

Saturday 7th July 2018 New Buckenham Common, Norfolk

Leader: Dr Stephen Clarkson

Please meet at 10:30 in the car park (TM08939055) at the corner of the B1113 Chapel St, New Buckenham and Wymondham road. The Common is managed by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and much of the north side is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with plants such as the Green-winged Orchids (Anacamptis morio), which we hope to see, amongst other rare plants. Contact Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174.

Thursday 12th July 2018 Aysgarth, Wensleydale

Leader: Julie Clarke

Meet at 10:30 at the car park at Ballowfields Nature Reserve between Carperby and Askrigg (SD986898). The morning will be spent in this area and then we will drive to Seata Quarry for the afternoon. We hope to see Round-leaved St. John’s-wort (Hypericum nummularium) and other limestone plants. To book contact Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Friday 13th July 2018 Chippenham Fen, Cambridgeshire

Leader: Dr Alan Leslie

Meet at 10:00 am. We should be able to find Slender Sedge (Carex lasiocarpa) and Carex hostiana x Carex lepidocarpa, whilst the Cambridge Milk-parsley (Selinum carvifolia), Marsh Helleborine (Epipactis palustris) and Marsh Fragrant-orchid (Gymnadenia densiflora) might just be in flower by then. The rare umbel hybrid X Beruladium procurrens flowers over a very long period. The Fen has lots of other nice things (at least for Cambridgeshire) such as Dark-leaved Willow (Salix myrsinifolia) and hybrids, Great Fen-sedge (Cladium mariscus), Small-flowered Sweet-briar (Rosa micrantha), Least Bur-reed (Sparganium natans) and Fen Pondweed (Potamogeton coloratus). The site also holds a mixed population of Rough Hawkbit (Leontodon hispidus) and Lesser Hawkbit (Leontodon saxatilis) and some clear hybrids. Nearer the time we will contact participants to explain how to gain access to the Fen (it is not entirely straightforward). It may be wet underfoot and in places we may be traversing very uneven ground. Numbers limited to 15. To book contact Janet John or phone 01753 884490.

Tuesday 24th July 2018 Dry Sandford Pit and Parsonage Moor, Oxfordshire.

Leader: Roger Heath-Brown

Meet at 10:00 at the (small) reserve car park (SU46679971). These reserves include part of the Cothil Fen SSSI. There should be many thousand Marsh Helleborine (Epipactis palustris) on display, as well as more unusual fen species. Contact to book, preferably by email Roger Heath-Brown. Alternatively phone 01865 361821.

Saturday 11th August 2018 Monk’s Wood National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire

Leader Dr. Stephen Clarkson

Please meet at 10:30 at Monks Wood Nature Reserve, Sawtry, Huntingdon PE28 2LR (TL198800). We will go on to Woodwalton Fen reserve, Cambridgeshire (TL233845) in the afternoon. There is a small car parking bay on the B1090 (TL19867921). We hope to see the rare Wild Service-tree (Sorbus torminalis). There is a ground flora typical of ancient woodland together with woodland rides, ponds, streams and herb-rich meadows. Woodwalton Fen can be reached by car on minor roads from the B1040, B1090 or A141. Parking is alongside the Great Raveley Drain close to the entrance of the reserve. Turn right at the end of Chapel Road and park along the edge of the bank. Grid reference TL2349 8487 Please do not bring dogs to any of our meetings but especially not this one as only assistance dogs are allowed on the site. Contact Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

TSaturday 8th September 2018 Coalhouse Fort, Princess Margaret Rd, East Tilbury, Tilbury. RM18 8PB

Leader: Dr Stephen Clarkson

Please meet at 10:30 in the main car park at Coalhouse Fort. Species to be found here include Slender Hare’s-ear (Bupleurum tenuissimum), Hard Grass (Parapholis strigosa), Saltmarsh Goosefoot (Chenopodium chenopodioides), Beard Grass (Polypogon monspeliensis), Fiddle dock (Rumex pulcher), Sea Barley (Hordeum marinum), and many others. Contact Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

Saturday 27th October 2018 Mousehold Heath, Norwich, Norfolk

Leader: Dr Stephen Clarkson

This is the Last Day Hunt for Branch Y but all are welcome to attend. Please meet at 10:30 in the free car park on Brittania Rd, Norwich (TG24370937). Contact Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

Last week in October Lancashire

Leader: Julie Clarke

For details, contact Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

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The Wild Flower Society is very grateful to all those who give their time and expertise when leading meetings. Offers to lead meetings will be gratefully received at any time. We particularly need leaders for one-day ones. In this case there is no need to be an expert or to show rarities. A variety of species in pleasant surroundings is all that is necessary.

Beginners are especially welcome at all meetings. Leaders and others in the group will be pleased to help them if they make themselves known.

Members who do not drive and who have difficulty reaching the starting point of either Main or One-day events should contact the leader.

All those attending WFS Field Meetings do so at their own risk.

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