Meetings Programme 2022

Everyone is welcome to join the field meetings, you don't have to be a member and no prior experience of botanising is necessary!  Just contact the leader first to check the arrangements.  Bring outdoor clothing, boots, packed lunch and a drink.

FIELD MEETINGS PROGRAMME 2022

Sunday 22nd May. Secret Hills Discovery Centre. Meeting at 10-12.30pm in the car park (SO 43478 82502). The meeting will combine training and recording, especially grasses of the hay meadow, river floodplain and damp woodland. The morning will be led by Mags Cousins and we are aiming to provide the centre with a more complete species list and a botanical training opportunity for their volunteers as well as Botanical Society members. Booking is necessary through the Centre, either book at reception or call Tammy Shurmer on 01588 676060, email: Tammy.Shurmer@growcooklearn.co.uk.  There are good facilities with toilets, shop and cafe and easy access paths.

Sunday 12th June. Llanymynech (SJ 27075 21943). Meet at 10.00am in the Shropshire Wildlife Trust car park, at the end of Underhill Lane from Pant, a popular reserve with species rich Carboniferous limestone grassland and woodland. The path is a bit steep, rocky and can be slippery in places.  Joint with the Wildflower Society. Contact: Mags Cousins, 07873 532681, mags@bagbatch.co.uk

Saturday 18th June. Melverley Meadows SWT Reserve (SJ 33580 18197). Meet at 11am, some parking is available on the edge of the reserve, some roadside, north of the village of Ash Magna, post code SY13 4 EA. The site has flower-rich hay meadows where Ononis spinosa Spiny Restharrow has been recorded. For further information please contact Penny Wysome, 01952 242617, pennywysome@yahoo.com

Sunday 26th June. Stevenshill, Cound. Meet at 10:00am. Meeting place is at Cound Church at (SJ 557 049). Parking is on the roadside near the church. There’s a 15 minute walk south up the Coundmoor Brook before we get to the right area to start recording. We hope to find Atropa belladonna Deadly Nightshade, Draba muralis Wall Whitlowgrass (you may need to look this up) and Dipsacus pilosus Small Teasel - amongst other things. For further information please contact Dan Wrench, 07718391794, danwrench@gmail.com

Saturday 2nd July. Cudwell Meadow (SO44949313). Meeting at 10.00am in the Cemetery Road layby, off Ludlow Road, Church Stretton, near SY6 6AA. There are limited parking spaces in the lay-by. We will start by recording a meadow that is being restored by the Stretton Wetlands Interest Group (as featured in our Spring 2021 newsletter).  Following this, we will explore some marshy grassland in another part of the ‘Stretton Wetlands’ nearby. Wellies recommended! Contact: Andrew Perry, andrew.perrynt@gmail.com

Sunday 7th August. Novers Hill, Long Mynd (SO45596 95515). Meet 10.30am in the National Trust parking area in Batch Valley, All Stretton (you’ll need change for ticket machine).  We’ll explore the species-rich flushes on Novers Hill, going further up Batch Valley, time allowing. Footpath climbs the hill but it is not far. Mags Cousins and Martin Godfrey leading, joint with the Wildflower Society. Contact: Mags Cousins, 07873 532681, mags@bagbatch.co.uk

And to round off a splendid year of botanising: 

We are invited to join the Wild Flower Society Members’ Weekend Field Meetings 3rd – 5th September 2022.   The group will be based at FSC Preston Montford and will go on field trips from there.  Anyone interested in joining in can contact Sheila Wynn (WFS General Secretary) wfs.gensec@gmail.com