Field Meetings Programme 2019

Everyone is welcome to join the field visits, no prior experience is necessary.  Remember to bring food, drink and suitable outdoor clothing. It is best to contact the organiser beforehand.


Saturday 30th March. Caer Caradoc. Meet at 10:30am at the pull in beside the road (B4371), Grid Ref. SO4682993215. Please car share where possible. There will be rough tracks and steep climbing but lots of lovely spring ephemerals to find. For further information about the meeting please contact Mags Cousins, 07873 532681, [email protected]
Saturday 27th April. Annual Spring Nature Walk at Loton Park, home of Sir Michael Leighton, an interesting and botanically diverse deer park. The Shropshire Botanical Society committee will be leading the walk this year, no more than two hours for adults and children, locals plus Bot Soc members. Meet at Alberbury village hall (SJ358142), registration at 8am, walk starts at 9am. Please car share where possible. Afterwards coffee, bacon roll at the village hall and donations to the Cardeston Church Faulty Tower Appeal - £50k is needed to repair the church tower. For further information about the meeting please contact Mags Cousins, 07873 532681, [email protected]
Saturday 4th May. Dudmaston Estate. Meet at 11:00 am in the Hampton Loade car park at SO747865. Please car share where possible. The aim is to look at the Limes in Long Covert, a beautiful ancient woodland that is part of the Dudmaston Estate, a National Trust property. The woodland contains a mixture of both Tilia cordata and T. platyphyllos as well as Wild Service Tree and a ground flora typical of an ancient Ash woodland. The 'River and Rail' public house might form a suitable venue after the meeting for a comfortable discussion after the days recording is complete
For further information about the meeting please contact John Handley, 07507 054695, [email protected]
Saturday 18th May. Upper Walton Farm, Onibury, SY7 9AS. Meet at 10:30am in the farm yard at SO466795. This event is organised by the National Farmers Union with several species recording groups involved. The farm is a mixed holding with arable, grassland, broadleaved woodlands and ponds. It also has some very species rich grasslands where Green-Winged Orchids, Orchis morio L have been recorded in the past. Please car share where possible. To book, or for further information about the meeting, please contact Sue Townsend, [email protected]
Saturday 15th June. Wildmoor Pool. Meet at 11:00 am at the car park at SO425965. Please car share where possible as parking spaces are limited. There is a great range of sedges and water-crowfoot species to find here. To book, or for further information about the meeting, please contact Chris Walker, 07732 761157, [email protected]
Saturday 29th June. Stretton Westwood Quarry, Wenlock Edge. Meet at 10:00 am in the car park at SO595983. Please car share where possible. This quarry site has recently received rock spoil from the creation of two large flood alleviation ponds in Much Wenlock. Green hay from species rich meadows on Wenlock Edge has been strewn over the spoil so we are hoping for interesting species that have been carried over. There are small ponds on site so please follow the 'Check, Clean, Dry' biosecurity measures for any footwear or other gear you are taking with you: http://www.nonnativespecies.org/checkcleandry/. This is a small site with good access. Much of the interesting vegetation is found near the car park so this visit would be ideal for those not wanting a long or difficult walk or for those who might not want to stay for the full time. For further information about the meeting please contact Andrew Perry, [email protected]
Sunday 14th July. Llynclys Quarry. Meet at 11:00 am in the car park at SJ268242. Please car share where possible. We will explore the developing base-rich fen that is developing in a damp area of this very large site to observe the Black Bog-rush, Schoenus nigricans that has been introduced there plus other species like Marsh Valerian and Marsh Arrowgrass that have found their way there in hay gathered from the nearby Sweeny Fen. Here's hoping for some Marsh Helleborine... For further information about the meeting please contact Dan Wrench, 07718391794, [email protected]
Sunday 18th August. Benthall Edge Wood. Meet at 10:30 am in the main car park at SJ67250331. This meeting will have a focus on ferns but there's plenty more to see in this botanical hotspot. The terrain is quite steep and rough in places so please bring solid footwear. For further information about the meeting please contact Martin Godfrey, [email protected]
Saturday 28th September. Brown Moss. Meet at 10:30 am in the main car park at SJ562394. This meeting will have a focus on the bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) found on the site - of which there are several very rare species. As this is a wetland site please ensure you follow the 'Check, Clean, Dry' biosecurity measures for any footwear or other gear you are taking with you: http://www.nonnativespecies.org/checkcleandry/. Wellies are advised and also a hand lens and the BBS Field Guide if you have them. For further information about the meeting please contact Martin Godfrey, [email protected]