Wild Flower Society Field Meetings 2019

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 in 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.

All those attending Wild Flower Society field meetings do so at their own risk

Advance warning

In May 2020 there will be a WFS Field Meeting to the Isles of Scilly. This will be during the week May 16th - May 23rd. Ian Bennallick and Rosemary Parslow, authors of The New Flora of the Isles of Scilly, have agreed to be our leaders. This advance notification is being given so that members wishing to attend can book accommodation in the Isles of Scilly in good time. If you are interested please contact Janet John to register your interest.

Two and three day meetings Meetings 2019

Tuesday 28th May to Friday 31st May 2019   Jersey

Leader: Anne Haden

Tuesday 28th May 2019 St Ouen's Bay

Meet at Big Vern's at 09:30 on St. Ouen's Bay for a walk alongside St. Ouen's Pond to Noir Pre. Plants to see include Jersey Orchid (Anacamptis laxiflora), Portland Spurge (Euphorbia portlandica), Hare's Tail (Lagurus ovatus), Sea Holly (Eryngium maritimum) and Common Restharrow (Ononis repens).

Wednesday 29th May 2019 Groznez Castle

Meet at Grosnez Castle at 09:30 for a walk along the cliffs hoping to see Shaggy Mouse-ear (Pilosella peleteriana), Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa subsp biformis), Prostrate Broom (Cytisus scoparius ssp maritimus), Huons's Fescue (Festuca huonii), Devil's-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis) and Spotted cat's-ear (Hypochaeris maculata).

Thursday 30th May St Catherines

We will meet at St. Catherine's at 09:30 and walk around the large outcrop of rock and hope to see Atlantic Ivy (Hedera hibernica), Annual Knawel (Scleranthus annuus), Upright Chickweed (Moenchia erecta), Greater Mexican Stonecrop (Sedum praealtum) and possibly Grass Poly (Lythrum hyssopifolium).

Friday 31st May Ouasine

Meet at Ouasine at 09:30 and walk around the heath and dunes hoping to see Bird's-foot (Ornithopus perpusillus), Rayed Groundsel (Senecio vulgaris var denticulatus), Dwarf Spurrey (Spergula arvensis var nana), Spotted Rock-rose (Tubararia guttata) and possibly Greek Sea-spurrey (Spergularia bocconei).

All sites are easy walking. All sites are on bus routes but it is more convenient to travel by car. All car parking is free.

To book contact Anne Haden: annehaden@yahoo.co.uk To book, contact: Anne Haden

Wednesday 5th June 2019 to Saturday 6th June 2019   Hartslock NR, Fingest and Pyrton

Leaders: Roger Heath-Brown, Janet and Gwndaf John, mob. 07899793359

Wednesday 5th June Hartslock

Meet on 10:30 at Goring SU6080, precise details to be confirmed. Hartslock is a BBOWT downland reserve with spectacular views over the Thames. We hope to see a number of orchids,
Monkey (Orchis simia) and Lady (Orchis purpurea), together with their hybrid (Orchis x angusticruris). In In addition the grassland holds Slender Marsh-bedstraw (Galium constrictum) Bastard Toadflax (Thesium humifusum), Downy-fruited Sedge (Carex filiformis), and Common Dodder (Cuscuta epithymum) among other interesting species.

Thursday 6th June Fingest

Meet at 10:30 at Fingest. Parking is possible on the road near to the church RG96QD. We should see Dragon’s Teeth (Tetragonolobus {Lotus} maritimus), Grass Vetchling (Lathyrus nissolia) and Green Houndstongue (Cynoglossum germanicum). To book contact Janet John: wfs.meetings@gmail.com or phone 01753 884490.

To book contact Janet John or phone 01753 884490.

Thursday 13th June 2019 – Friday 14th June 2019   St. Davids Peninsula, Pembroke.

Leaders: Jeremy Ison

Thursday 13th June Coast path from St Justinian to Porthselau

Meet at 10:30 at the ‘Celtic Coaster’ bus stop above the lifeboat station at St Justinian (SM723251). There is very limited parking at St Justinian, but public parking at Rhosson (charges apply). Public transport via the Celtic Coaster bus from St David’s (bus no. 403, info from Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, St Davids visitor centre 01437 720392). Mostly level, but a few ups and downs, with the path rocky and narrow in places. Coastal plants, including Thrift (Armeria maritima), Sea Campion (Silene uniflora), Kidney Vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria), Spring Squill (Scilla verna)- and depending on how early or late the season is, Hairy Greenweed (Genista pilosa)

Friday 14th June Dowrog Common

Meet at 10:30 at the small car park by the cattle grid on the road through the centre of the Reserve (SM772274). Limited parking, but accessible from Rhodiad, which is on the route of the Strumble Shuttle (bus no. 404, info as above). Terrain level, but may be very wet. Oceanic heath and marsh plants including Pale Dog-violet (Viola lactea), Three-lobed Crowfoot (Ranunculus tripartitus), Marsh St. John’s Wort (Hypericum elodes), Marsh Cinquefoil (Comarum palustre) and Bogbean (Menyanthes trifoliata). The site supports over 350 species of flowering plants including Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia).

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

Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2019 Braunton Burrows, N Devon (VC 4)

Leaders: Mary and John Breeds, mob.07835097780

Braunton Burrows is an International Biosphere Reserve, designated for its rich diversity and abundance of its rare flora. It is one of the largest and most impressive sand dune eco systems in the UK. We will explore a different area of the Burrows each day. The meeting starts at 10:00 each day and will finish by 17:30. The weekend will include a talk and get together at Braunton Countryside Centre on the Saturday evening. On Saturday we will meet at Sandy Lane Car Park at 10:00 and on Sunday we will meet at the southern end of the dunes at Broadsands Car Park at 10:00. There will be opportunity to see some of the notable species of the site such as Sea Stock (Matthiola sinuata), Round-headed Club Rush (Scirpoides holoschoenus) and Sand Toadflax (Linaria arenaria). We also hope to see plants such as the fern Adderstongue (Ophioglossum vulgatum) along with the Variegated Horsetail (Equisetum variegatum) and the very attractive dune variety of the Early Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp coccinea) along with plants of Distant Sedge (Carex distans), Parsley Water Dropwort (Oenanthe lachenallii), Marsh Helleborine (Epipactis palustris), Bristle Club-rush (Isolepis cernua) and Round-leaved Wintergreen (Pyrola rotundifolia) in the dune slacks. On the dry dunes we are likely to see Hairy Rock Cress (Arabis hirsuta), Dune Fescue (Vulpia fasciculata), Sand Catstail (Phleum arenarium), Sea Holly (Eryngium maritimum), Sea Bindweed (Calystegia soldanella), Sea Spurge (Euphorbia paralias), Sand Pansy (Viola tricolor ssp curtisii) and the unusual variety of Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera var belgarum). There is a good selection of Bed and Breakfasts and campsites close to Braunton Burrows. To book contact Mary Breeds, Broadeford Farm, Heddon Mill, Braunton, Devon. mobile: 07835097780 landline: 01271 817349 or email Mary Breeds

Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th July 2019 Glen Clova

Leaders: Chris and Hazel Metherell (with Theo Loizou VC 90 Recorder)

We shall spend all three days sampling the delights of this upland group of corries which have one of the best floral assemblages of upland plants in the UK. Delights will hopefully include, for example, Alpine Woodsia (Woodsia alpina), Purple Coltsfoot (Homogyne alpina), Alpine Milk-vetch (Astragalus alpinus) and more rare sedges than you can shake a stick at. A lot of rough walking (including some steep slopes) and perhaps some scrambling will be necessary requiring a good level of fitness and a reasonable head for heights. Numbers limited to 12. For further information and booking email Chris and Hazel

The following One Day Meeting could be added to the above: Monday 8th July: Ben Lawers, Perthshire Leader: Hamlyn Jones See One Day Meetings for details.

Friday 12th July and Saturday 13th July 2019 Surrey and Sussex

Leaders: Priscilla Nobbs and Gareth Bursnall

Friday 12th July Happy Valley, Couldson, Surrey

Meet at 10:30 at TQ 3169 5679 at the car park south of Fox Lane, just west of the Fox Pub. Bring packed lunch and suitable footwear. A meeting to explore the chalk downland in mid summer. Special plants we should see are Greater Yellow-Rattle (Rhinanthus angustifolius) a Surrey speciality seen here in abundance. Other species include Woolly Thistle (Cirsium eriophorum), Round-headed Rampion (Phyteuma orbiculare), Common Valerian (Valeriana officinalis ssp. collina; (This is the rarer ssp. found in dry calcareous grassland), and Rough Hawk’s-beard (Crepis biennis).

Saturday 13th July A Come and Find Meeting at High and Over Hill, Sussex

Meet at 10:30 on High and Over Hill TQ 509 011 at the car park on the right of the road from Seaford to Alfriston (on the brow of the hill). A walk on the South Downs of Sussex. Unusual plants seen here in the past are Round-headed Rampion (Phyteuma orbiculare), White Horehound (Marrubium vulgare), Henbane (Hyoscyamus niger), Sea Heath (Frankenia laevis) and Red-star Thistle (Centaurea calcitrapa). Note – some slopes are very steep so walking boots and poles are advisable. Bring packed lunch and cagoule. To book email Priscilla Nobbs or phone 01293 783071)

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st July 2019 County Durham’s magnesium limestone flora

Leaders: Steve Gater and Keith Robson, mob. 07823384083

The limestone grasslands and former quarries in the east of County Durham which we will visit over the weekend are well known for their distinctive flora and vegetation. Each day will be largely a guided tour, include a brief counting session and will offer some free time to explore.

Saturday 20th July 2019 Bishop Middleham Quarry

Meet at 10:30 at the layby alongside Bishop Middleham Quarry DWT nature reserve (NZ 330 326) - small country lane north of Bishop Middleham village.

Bishop Middleham Quarry Website for further details of directions

Unusual species abound on the thin limestone soils, such as Blue Moor-grass Blue Moor-grass (Sesleria caerulea), Moonwort (Botrychium lunaria), Autumn Gentian (Gentianella autumnalis) and Fairy Flax (Linum catharticum), and there are a range of orchid species including Pyramidal (Anacamptis pyramidalis), Common Spotted (Dactylorhiza fuchsii), Fragrant (Gymnadenia conopsea) and Bee Orchid (Ophrys apifera), Common Twayblade (Neottia ovata) but most significant are the large numbers of rare Dark Red Helleborine (Epipactis atrorubens). We will count the latter. This is a former working quarry with steep cliffs and steps to climb. After lunch we will move a few miles to the west to visit Thrislington Plantation, a National Nature reserve (NZ315328), which is the result of grassland translocation in the 1980’s from the neighbouring quarry site. Terrain is relatively flat and accessible. This offers a good example of NVC CG8 Blue Moor-grass/Small Scabious (Sesleria caerulea/Scabiosa columbaria vegetation with Dark Red Helleborine (Epipactis atrorubens), Perennial Flax (Linum perenne) and many of the species seen in the morning. We may see the Durham Brown Argus butterfly (Aricia artaxerxes subsp. salmacis) and Glow Worm (Lampyris noctiluca) has been recorded. 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.

Sunday 21st July: Nose’s Point

Meet 10:30 at Nose’s Point public carpark, just south of Seaham (NZ436478). From there we will walk south along a section of the Durham Heritage Coastal path and look into Hawthorn Dene DWT nature reserve. The walk will cover magnesium limestone grassland and cliffs, recovered shingle beach, open meadow and wooded dene. We should see Bloody Cranes-bill (Geranium sanguineum), Hoary Plantain (Plantago media), Sea Plantain (Plantago maritima), Carline Thistle (Carlina vulgaris), Yellow-wort (Blackstonia perfoliata), Grass of Parnassus (Parnassia palustris), Butterwort (Pinguicula vulgaris), Thrift (Armeria maritima), Pale St John's-wort (Hypericum montanum), orchids including Frog Orchid (Coeloglossum viride) and much more. Toilets and facilities are available in Seaham but not during the walk. Terrain is variable, with some steep paths in places. Numbers limited to 15. To book email Steve Gater or call/text 07823384083.

Friday 6th – Monday 9th September 2019: AGM and Members’ Weekend Oxford

On Saturday there will be a walk in Port Meadow Country Park in the morning, followed by the AGM and Tea Party which will be held in Wolvercote Village Hall, 1 Wolvercote Green, Oxford, OX2 8AB. The field meetings on Sunday will involve visits to sites in the Charlbury area, to the North-west of Oxford and on Monday will include Aston Rowant to the south-east. Full details will be published in the Summer magazine. For information email Sheila Wynn


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

Saturday 2nd March 2019 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) To book email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Sunday 9th March 2019 Mousehold Heath, Norwich

Leader: Dr Stephen Clarkson, phone 07503 389640

Please meet at 10:30 in the free car park on Britannia Rd, Norwich, Norfolk at TG 243 093. The car park is opposite the prison. To book, email Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

Saturday 13th April 2019 Arnside Knott

Leader: Julie Clarke

Meet at 10:30 in the car park at the end of Arnside promenade, near the entrance to Ashmeadow, LA5 0AD (SD454786). A repeat of last year’s visit to Arnside Knott to see Teesdale Violet (Viola rupestris), Rare Spring-sedge (Carex ericetorum) and other limestone plants. To book email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Sunday 14th April 2019 Wayland Wood, Norfolk

Leader: Dr Stephen Clarkson, phone 07503 389640

Meet at 10:30 in the car park at Wayland Wood, near Watton, Norfolk IP25 6HN (TL924996). Hopefully we should see Yellow Star-of –Bethlehem (Gagea Lutea) still in lower together with many other spring flowers in this traditionally coppiced wood. To book, email Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

Sunday 12th May 2019 East Quantoxhead (VC5)

Leaders: Ro FitzGerald and Graham Lavendar

A joint meeting with the Somerset Rare Plants Group. Meet at 11:00 in East Quantoxhead village car park opposite pond, ST 1372 4354 (TA5 1EJ). Parking 50p donation to church funds. Leave A39 using eastern (Frog Lane) approach which runs due north to village. To record two important woodlands and update adjoining records. Target species include Greater Butterfly-orchid (Platanthera chlorantha), Goldilocks Buttercup (Ranunculus auricomus) and Green-winged Orchid (Anacamptis morio). No limit on numbers. Both woods within reach of excellent Kilve Chantry Tea Gardens! All groups will have an experienced botanist with local knowledge to lead them but it will help organisation very much if we can estimate numbers beforehand. To book email Ro Fitzgerald or phone 01278 741519 giving as much notice as you can. To maximise recording efforts we hope to spend some time divided into smaller groups to cover the ground.

Friday 17th May 2019 Trench Wood Nature Reserve SSSI, Worcestershire at SO930589

Leader: Jackie Hardy

This is a joint meeting with Redditch U3A Science Group. Meet at 10:00 at the car park inside the entrance to Trench Wood off Trench Lane on the Sale Green to Dunhampstead road about 4miles SE of Droitwich. The meeting will finish at 1:00 but you may wish to continue looking around the Nature Reserve in the afternoon. No toilets on site, but there is a pub in Dunhampstead. This is an ancient woodland which has been coppiced and non-native trees thinned out and managed in cooperation with Butterfly conservation. Open woodland rides and paths have been created together with a small meadow area and a pond. We shall carry out a general survey. Plants include Early Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula), Herb Paris (Paris quadrifolia). The Reserve in season has a varied flora including Greater Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera chlorantha), Saw-wort (Serratula tinctoria), Dyers Greenweed (Genista tinctoria), Flea Sedge (Carex pulicaris) plus grasses and ferns. To book email Jackie Hardy or phone 01527 502084

Sunday 19th May 2019 Nayland, Suffolk

Leader Dr Stephen Clarkson, phone 07503 389640

A Summer walk by the River Stour to look at water plants. Please meet at 10:30 at Grid Reference TL 965 345 which is a hidden layby on the right hand side of the road on the A134, just to the west of Nayland. There are two entrances. To book, email Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

Thursday 23rd May 2019 Warton Crag, Warton, Carnforth, Lancashire

Leaders: Sue Riley and Julie Clarke

Meet at 10:30 at the top car park (SD492724). From the village of Warton turn into Crag Road next to the George Washington pub and drive up the hill until you come to the car park on your right. This is a walk to see the spring flowers on Warton Crag and will involve a climb to the top of the crag. To book email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

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

Wednesday 5th June 2019 Hartslock NR

Leaders: Roger Heath-Brown, Janet and Gwyndaf John, mob. 07899793359

Thursday 6th June Fingest and Pyrton

Leaders: Roger Heath-Brown, Janet and Gwyndaf John, mob. 07899793359

Thursday 6th June 2019 Haskayne Cutting, Lancashire Wildlife Trust Reserve, near Ormskirk, Lancashire

Leader: Peter Gateley

Meet at 10:30 at the canal-side car park on the south side of Rosemary Lane between the Ship Inn and the King’s Arms (SD362080). The site has a diverse flora with a variety of marsh, calcareous grassland and acid habitats. We should see a range of Marsh Orchids (Dactylorhiza spp.), Common Meadow-rue (Thalictrum flavum), Narrow-leaved Meadowgrass (Poa angustifolia) and Purple Ramping-fumitory (Fumaria purpurea). To book email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Saturday 8th June 2019 Chiddingstone Nature Reserve, Kent

Leader: Stephen Lemon

Meet at 10:30 next to Brickyard Cottages, off the north side of the B2027, TQ51084680. Access for car parking through the left hand set of double gates. The site is one kilometre west of Penshurst train station. The site has ancient and secondary woodland, species rich neutral grassland, marshland and many ponds around a series of clay pits. Over 20 species of sedge recorded including Spring Sedge (Carex carylophyllea), Bladder Sedge (Carex vesicaria) and Carnation Sedge (Carex panicea). Other species include Common Milkwort (Polygala vulgaris), Bog Pondweed (Potamogeton polygonifolius), Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus minor) and Narrow-leaved Water Plantain (Alisma lanceolatum). The ground can be wet, muddy and undulating. To book email Priscilla Nobbs or phone 01293 783071)

Saturday 8th June 2019 "Come and Find" meeting at Ashberry Pasture, a Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve

Leader: Judith Cox

Meet at 10:30 on the triangle of land just south of Ashberry Farm at SE 5707 8441. The reserve is about half a mile west of Rievaulx and three miles northwest of Helmsley, North Yorkshire. Ashberry Pasture is an SSSI in Upper Ryedale. It has a mixture of habitats including limestone grassland and calcareous flushes. Plants we hope to see include Bird's-eye Primrose (Primula farinosa), Globeflower (Trollius europaeus), Bog Rush (Schoenus nigricans), Baneberry (Actaea spicata), Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis), Marsh Hawksbeard (Crepis paludosa), and a variety of orchids. To book email Judith Cox or telephone 01642 892815.

Sunday 9th June 2019 River Colne valley, Yiewsley and Cowley

Leader: George Hounsome

Meet 10:30 West Drayton Station, TQ06121 80110, NR Padd. A joint meeting with the London Natural History Society. We may or may not see Perfoliate Pondweed (Potamogeton perfoliatus), Fennel Pondweed (Potamogeton pectinatus), Curled Pondweed (Potamogeton crispus), Frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae), Common Meadow-rue (Thalictrum flavum), assorted ruderals (a ruderal species is a plant species that is first to colonize disturbed lands), and who knows what else. To book contact Janet John or phone 01753 884490

Wednesday 19th June 2019 Sovereign Park and Harbour, Eastbourne, East Sussex

Leader: Matthew Berry (VC 14 Recorder)

Meeting at 10:30 outside front entrance of Sovereign Centre, approx. TQ632006 Limited free parking along Prince William Parade (but mainly double yellow lines), also in other residential streets nearby. £5 to park in Sovereign Centre car park, £4 for Langney Point car park, from where approx. a fifteen minute walk to meeting place. Should see shingle plants, annual clovers, Spearl-leaved Willowherb (Epilobium lanceolatum), Narrow-leaved Bird’s Foot Trefoil (Lotus tenuis), Round-leaved Crane's-bill (Geranium rotundifolium), Four-leaved Allseed (Polycarpon tetraphyllum), Spotted Spurge (Euphorbia maculata), possibly some surprises. Terrain: shingle, pavements, some uneven ground. To book contact Matthew Berry

Saturday 29th June 2019 Monkswood National Nature Reserve and Woodwalton fen reserve

Leader: Dr Stephen Clarkson, phone 07503 389640

Please meet at 10:30 at Monks Wood Nature reserve, Sawtry, Huntingdon PE28 2LR, Grid Reference TL 198 800. There is a small car parking bay on the B1090 at Grid reference TL198 792. Please car share if possible. We hope to see Crested Cow- wheat (Melampyrum cristatum) and the rare Wild Service tree (Sorbus torminalis). We will then go on to Woodwalton fen reserve, Cambridgeshire TL233845 in the hope of seeing Fen Ragwort (Senecio paludosus) and Fen Wood-rush (Luzula pallescens). 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 TL234848. Please do not bring dogs to any meetings but especially not this one as only assistance dogs are allowed on the site. To book, email Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

Saturday 29th June 2019 St. Aidens Nature Park, Leeds. A joint meeting with the Bradford Botany Group

Leader: Jesse Tregale

Meet at 10:30 at SE381284. Leave the M62 at junction 30 and take the A642 towards Oulton and Aberford. After approx. 1.5km, turn left at the roundabout taking the first exit onto the A639. At the next roundabout, take the third exit, back onto the A642. After approx. 200m, take the third road on the right - Fleet Lane. Follow for 1500m or so, going under a railway. There is an industrial area on the left. Go past this, and park on the RHS at the above GR, near the information board The site arose as a consequence of mining subsidence, and comprises shallow areas of open water fringed by open marsh. There are a number of interesting aquatics and marsh plants including Arrowhead (Sagittaria sagittifolia) and Rigid Hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum). Great Soft-rush (Juncus pallidus) is also present, plus Buttonweed (Cotula coronopifolia) and Southern Marsh-orchid (Dactylorhiza praetermissa). Other plants to see are Greek Dock (Rumex cristatus), Golden Dock (Rumex maritimus), Water Dock (Rumex hydrolapathum) with some hybrids. Easy walking on well-made paths. Conditions may be wet underfoot when we investigate the water plants by the pools. To book email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Saturday 6th July 2019 Parkland Walk, between Highgate and Finsbury Park.

Leader: David Bevan

David has recently written a flora of the Parkland Walk which is along a former railway track. As well as some notable plants it has a good range of unusual aliens. Meet at 2:00pm at Highgate Underground station (Northern Line). There are several exits to Highgate Underground station. We will meet at the “Car Park Exit”. The Walk will take a couple of hours and participants could, if they wish, continue to Finsbury Park Underground station (Piccadilly Line) for their return journey. To book, email David Bevan

Monday 8th July 2019 Ben Lawers, Perthshire

Leader: Hamlyn Jones

In 2018 we had a very successful Field Meeting on Ben Lawers, one of the top sites for Alpine flora in the UK. This is a repeat of that meeting for people who were not able to join us on the 2018 meeting, or would like another chance to enjoy Ben Lawers. Meet for 10:00 start at the National Trust car park (NN608377). 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. If sufficient people are interested there may also be an opportunity to visit Ben-y-Vrackie on Sunday 7th July. Please indicate when booking if this would be something that you would be interested in doing. Plants on Ben-y-Vrackie that could be found include Brown Bog-Rush (Schoenus ferrugineus), Purple Oxytropis (Oxytropis halleri) and Alpine Milk-vetch (Astragalus alpinus). To book email Hamlyn Jones

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

Friday 12th July 2019 Happy Valley, Couldson, Surrey

Leaders: Priscilla Nobbs and Gareth Bursnall

Saturday 13th July A Come and Find Meeting at High and Over Hill, Sussex

Leaders: Priscilla Nobbs and Gareth Bursnall

Sunday 28th July 2019 Stambourne, Essex

Leader: Dr Stephen Clarkson, phone 07503 389640

Meet at 10:30 at Chapel End Way and meet up at the phone box at Grid Reference TL 709 389. We are meeting to explore Stambourne. Last year we found Gold-of-pleasure (Camelina sativa). The wood here has been known to harbour Thin-Spiked Wood Sedge (Carex strigosa). To book, email Sue Grayston or phone 01473 83174

Thursday 1st August 2019 Poor’s Allotment and the Park above the Wye Valley

Leaders: Clare and Mark Kitchen

Meet at 11:00 at Tidenham Chase car park ST558993 The site partly overlies carboniferous rocks of the Forest of Dean. Some of the site is heath vegetation which is over Drybrook sandstone and some is vegetation which grows on the calcareous soils on Drybrook limestone. Hence we should see a mix of acid and lime loving plants on this Gloucestershre Wildlife Trust nature reserve and surrounding area. To book contact Janet John or phone 01753 884490

Friday 2nd August 2019 Whisby Nature Park, Moor Lane, Thorpe-on-the-Hill, Lincoln, LN6 9BW

Leader: Sarah Lambert (VC 53 Recorder)

Meet at 10.00 by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Education Centre (SK91036622) which is the smaller building to the left before the main Visitor Centre. There is abundant car-parking with a daily charge of £2. The site is well signposted from the A46. Whisby Nature Park has been developed on former sand and gravel pits and has an interesting acid grassland flora with areas of open water, swamp and scrub. Species we hope to see include Green Helleborine (Epipactis phyllanthes), Heath Cudweed (Gnaphalium sylvaticum), Greater Water-parsnip (Sium latifolium) and Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium), all of which should be in flower. The paths are level, and many are surfaced, although there might be muddy sections, particularly near water bodies. To book contact Janet John or phone 01753 884490

Sunday 11th August 2019 Holford Combe (VC5)

Leaders: Ro FitzGerald and Graham Lavendar

A joint meeting with Somerset Rare Plants Group and Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society. Meet at 10:30 at Holford Bowling Green car park ST 1544 4106 (TA5 1SA) – plenty of spaces hidden among rocks and trees – beware pot-holes! Recording meeting inspired by 1933 SAHNS Botany Section report which noted exciting species including Hay-scented Buckler-fern (Dryopteris aemula), Allseed (Radiola linoides), Heath Pearlwort (Sagina subulata), Cornish Moneywort (Sibthorpia europaea). An introduced population of Great Butterwort (Pinguicula grandiflora) also needs to be searched for. No limit on numbers. All groups will have an experienced botanist with local knowledge to lead them but it will help organisation very much if we can estimate numbers beforehand. To book email Ro Fitzgerald or phone 01278 741519 giving as much notice as you can. To maximise recording efforts we hope to spend some time divided into smaller groups to cover the ground.

Thursday 22nd August 2019 Silverdale, Lancashire

Leader: Julie Clarke

Meet at 10:30 at Woodwell, Silverdale (SD463745). The car park is at the end of Woodwell Lane, off Lindeth Road. A walk from Woodwell to Jack Scout to see Autumn Lady’s-tresses (Spiranthes spiralis). To book email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Saturday 14th September 2019 Hadleigh Country Park in Hadleigh

Leader: Dr Stephen Clarkson, phone 07503 389640

Meet at 10:30 at in Hadleigh, near Southend in Essex SS7 2QH (TQ 800 869) We hope to find Deptford Pink (Dianthus armeria), Bithynian Vetch (Vicia bithynica), Hartwort (Tordylium maximum) and Hairy Vetchling (Lathyrus hirsutus). If all goes well and we can get permission then we will also go to see Pedunculate Sea-purslane (Atriplex pedunculata) at it’s only known site in Essex. To book, email Sue Grayston or phone 01473 83174

Sunday 15th September 2019 Chailey Common, East Sussex

Leader: Helen Proctor

Meet at 10:30 at Romany Ridge Car Park, TQ376207. Following the introduction of conservation grazing, improvements are being seen in the floristic diversity of this heathland. Species previously seen here include Marsh Gentian (Gentiana pneumonanthe), Meadow Thistle (Cirsium dissectum), Sneezewort (Achillea ptarmica), Cross-leaved Heath (Erica tetralix) and Devilsbit Scabious (Succisa pratensis). Please bring a packed lunch, waterproofs and strong footwear for uneven and possibly some wet ground. Numbers limited to 15. No dogs please. To book email Janet John or phone 01753 884490

Saturday 21st September 2019 Southwold, Suffolk

Leader: Dr Stephen Clarkson, phone 07503 389640

A ‘Come and find’ meeting at Southwold. Details will appear in the Alerts nearer the time. To book, email Sue Grayston or phone 01473 83174

Sunday 22nd September 2019 The Avon Gorge

Leaders: Peter Hilton and Steve Little

Meeting Point: 10:00 at a location to be confirmed to members booked on the Field Meeting. This meeting will focus on Whitebeam (Sorbus). The Avon Gorge is probably the richest Whitebeam (Sorbus) site in the world with over 21 taxa including at least three endemic species and four endemic hybrids. Hopefully the fruit will be ripened, and the leaves still present on the trees. Most species can be seen from paths by walking through Leigh Woods and from the towpath below. Several steep slopes would be encountered, and good footwear is required for potentially slippery limestone tracks. Numbers will be limited to 15. To book, email Peter Hilton

Sunday 6th October 2019 Oare Marshes, nr Faversham, Kent with KBRG (Kent Botanical Recording Group

Leaders: Lliam Rooney and Sue Buckingham

The meeting is a Glasswort (Salicornia) identification meeting. An opportunity to join the Kent Botanical Recording Group and get to grips with Glassworts on saltmarsh in a very rich area of the Swale estuary on the North Kent coast, where One-flowered Glasswort (Salicornia disarticulate), Long-spiked Glasswort (Salicornia dolichostachya), Shiny Glasswort (Salicornia emerici) Yellow Glasswort (Salicornia fragilis), Purple Glasswort (Salicornia ramosissima) and Perennial Glasswort (Sarcocornia perennis) have all been recorded. For the past eight years KBRG have held Salicornia identification days expertly led by Lliam Rooney at various locations around the Kent coast and once again Lliam will be patiently guiding everyone through the identification of each species so all are welcome whether you’ve looked at a glasswort before or never. Be prepared and equipped to venture onto the saltmarsh mud with appropriate footwear and clothing. Meet at TR01314 64721 in the reserve car park in Church Lane, just north of Oare village. For any other information email Sue Buckingham

Saturday 26th October 2019 Autumn Hunt, Lancashire

Leader: Julie Clarke

For details email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Sunday October 27th 2019 Sudbury

Leader Dr Stephen Clarkson, phone 07503 389640

Meet at 10:30. Parking is available for free in Roy’s car park in Great Western Road, Sudbury CO10 2TJ (TL 875 411) Please join us for our Last Hunt to find any plants still in flower. To book, email Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

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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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