Border Bryologists 2000 - 2001

Shropshire Botanical Society Newsletter - Autumn 2000 - page 8


Our meetings are to help beginners learn their mosses and liverworts, rather than high-powered recording sessions. Please bring sandwiches to all outdoor meetings, which are on Sundays, starting at 10.30 am. We have also arranged an indoor meeting to help with microscopic procedures and identification.

You are very welcome to suggest venues for future outdoor meetings: please include Grid References and details for parking.

October 15th Cramer Gutter. Meet at the side of the lane at SO 641788. The mire on this SWT Reserve has a notable variety of wetland bryophytes.

November 5th Hunthouse Wood, a Worcestershire WT Reserve. Meet at SO 701706 on the road beside the gate leading to Old Hunthouse Colliery and M & M Timber Company. Damp mixed deciduous woodland with outcrops of limestone, sandstone and coal.

Thursday December 7th 10.30 am. Indoor meeting at Ludlow Museum, SO 513746, for a day at the microscopes. Car park off the road in front of the museum, which is near the top of Old Street. Approaching from the north, go up Corve Street (Feathers Hotel on left at top of street), then straight on past the traffic lights and road-junction. The museum is on the left, 50 yards down the hill. Approaching from the south, cross Ludford Bridge (Charlton Arms on left), then follow the road round to the right, then round to the left, go up the hill, and the museum is on the right 50 yards before the top of the hill. Pub lunch, so don't bring sandwiches. This meeting is to help with plants you have had difficulty identifying, so bring them to the meeting, and we will try to name them. Please also bring your own books, microscopes and ancillary equipment if possible.

There is a maximum of 8 for this meeting, so you must book to come by contacting Mark Lawley (see below). We have a second date in reserve if more than 8 people want to attend.

February 18th Caplar Wood near Fownhope, a privately owned wood adjacent to the River Wye, by kind permission of Mr Clay of Fawley Court. Meet at the view-point car park, SO 591324.

March 18th Chase Wood, near Ross-on-Wye. Long ago, Miss Armitage found Blepharostoma trichophyllum and Scapania gracilis here. Meet in the car park in Fernbank Road, SO 598231. Approaching from Market Square in Ross (N.B. one-way traffic system: Market Square must be approached from the east via Gloucester Road), go south along Walford Road (B4234) for 1 km, and turn left immediately before a children's playground on the left. The car park is on the left just into Fernbank Road.

April 22nd Darnford and Catbatch, Long Mynd. Meet by the cattle grid at SO 426976. The sheep-walks of Darnford Valley have an attractive mosaic of rocky outcrops and wet and dry soils, and the flushes in Catbatch look very promising.

May 13th Rhos Fiddle, Clun forest. Meet at the roadside at SO 208856. This wet upland heath has recently become a SWT Reserve.


Mark Lawley, 12A Castleview Terrace, Ludlow, SY8 2NG Tel: 01584 876564 E-mail:

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