Field Meetings Programme 2021


We are pleased to offer a Field Meetings Programme this year in accordance with Govt. lifting of restrictions.  Please stay in touch here for the latest developments, and through FacebookTwitter and the Shropshire Botany Google group. It is important to contact the organiser beforehand to check whether it is going ahead and for any particular arrangements.  Non members are welcome, there is no charge and no prior experience is necessary.  Wear suitable outdoor clothing, bring a drink and food and a hand lens and ID book if you have one.

Sat. 1st May. Earl's Hill. Meet at 11:00 am in the car park at SJ409057. This will be the perfect time of year to see the wonderful woodland flowers plus the spring ephemerals in the acid grassland. The walk will have some steep climbs and spectacular views.  Prior booking essential on this one, please contact Andrew Perry, andrew.perrynt@gmail.com

Sat. 22nd May. Brook Vessons Farm and Paulith Bank. Meet at 10:00 am in the farm yard at SJ395012. Parking spaces are limited. For further information about the meeting please contact Dan Wrench, 07718391794, danwrench@gmail.com

Sun. 6th June. Muxton Marsh. Meet at 11:00 am in Woodbine Close. This is a cul-de-sac off Marshbrook Way, Muxton at SJ7146 1351. Park between drive ways as discreetly as possible.  For further information about the meeting please contact Penny Wysome, 01952 242617, pennywysome@yahoo.com

Sun. 27th June. Smiling Tree Farm, Chapel Lawn, Cardoc and Bryncambric. Meet at 11:00 am in the farm yard at SO 3162 7582. Please car share where possible. You will see meadows, streamside vegetation, and upland acid grassland / heath. For further information about the meeting please contact Mags Cousins, 07873 532681, mags@bagbatch.co.uk

Sun. 4th July. Clive Churchyard and Grinshill. Meet at 10:00 am at Clive Church at SJ5146 2408. Please car share where possible as there are only a few parking places alongside Drawwell Street, just north of the Church. The access will be very easy in the churchyard for the first part of the walk and moderate going for the walk up Grinshill. It will be a mix of recording and training. Attending for just an hour or two in the churchyard is fine. For further information about the meeting please contact Andrew Perry, andrew.perrynt@gmail.com

Sun. 18th July. Secret Hills Discovery Centre, Meadows. Meet at 10:00 am in the car park at SO434824.  We’ll be focusing on the meadows for the morning, finishing at 1pm but you are welcome to stay longer and enjoy the centre.  For further information about the meeting please contact Mags Cousins, 07873532681, mags@bagbatch.co.uk

Sat. 20th Nov. Microscopy for Botanists at Preston Montford. Meet at 10-16.00hrs, Meet at the FSC Centre at Preston Montford, Montford Bridge, Shrewsbury SY4 1DX. This is an indoor training/practice event in the use of microscopy for botany. Specimens will be available but do bring your own to use and share. Microscopes and equipment will be provided butagain do bring your own if you would prefer to use it or would like advice on use. I recommend that you bring your own x10 lens and forceps if you have them. We will cover dissection, preparation and examination of flowering plants and ferns (bryophytes if needed) and I am happy to try and cover any particular requests, especially if you let me know in advance. The usual FSC hot drinks will be available but you will need to bring a packed lunch. Donations to help Bot Soc cover the room hire would be welcome. Contact Martin Godfrey mfgodfrey49@gmail.com


The next Indoor Meeting is the Spring Meeting on Sat. 24th April 2021, 2-4pm, by Zoom:

It will be our pleasure to welcome the irrepressible, inexhaustible, force for botany Josh Styles to give us an insight into the work he has been doing for the North West Rare Plants Initiative.  The talk will be:

“3 years into the North West Rare Plant Initiative”

The NWRPI aims to cultivate and reintroduce vascular plant species on the brink of extinction at a regional level, where suitable situations exist.  Josh’s talk will explore what NWRPI has achieved and learnt across the past 3 years including 50 rare plant reintroductions.  Josh is a skilled botanist, trainer and tremendous advocate for rare plant conservation, it is sure to be an inspiring talk.   Zoom invites will automatically be emailed to members nearer the time, but guests are very welcome to join in and hear the talk, so just message us: shropbotscoc@gmail.com and we will send botany friends an invite.