Field Meetings in 2002

Shropshire Botanical Society Newsletter 6- Spring 2002 - page 3

Sarah Whild


We always ask people to phone beforehand if they are planning to attend a meeting. Sometimes they have to be cancelled or the details changed, and to avoid disappointment it really is a good idea to check a day or two in advance. However, we hope they will all go ahead as planned.

As usual, bring waterproofs, boots or Wellingtons and a packed lunch if it's an all-day meeting. Hand lenses and plastic bags are useful, plus a notebook and identification guide if you have one. All are welcome on these recording days and we are all willing to help out with identification, so please don't feel intimidated - come along to learn, or record or both.

For bookings or queries regarding the field meetings please phone me at work, 01743 355137, at home on 01743 343789 or on my mobile, 07885 700368.

Saturday April 27th

AGM at Preston Montford Field Centre, starting at 2.30pm for tea and coffee, with business starting at 3.00pm followed by organizing field work for the Rare Plants resurvey 2002. Please bring any specimens you may want identifying and any records you have made.

Wednesday 22nd May

Wenlock Edge woodlands. Surprisingly, perhaps, these woodlands at the southern end of Wenlock Edge are under-recorded so this early evening foray will hope to uncover Herb Paris and other calcicolous woodland herbs. Meet at 6.00pm at the Harton Hollow car park at SO479875.

Friday 14th June

Trip to Moelydd to see Carex muricata ssp. muricata in Shropshire's newest SSSI. Meet at 10.30 in the car park of the Mountain Bike Centre at Nantmawr Quarry. Bring lunch. Park at the centre, grid reference SJ252248.

Saturday 29th June

Trip to survey Gatten Plantation (see below) on the Stiperstones, following English Nature's Back to Purple scheme to remove the conifers. It will be interesting to see what plants have colonised from the surrounding moorland. Bring lunch. Meet at 10.30 in the main car park of the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve, grid reference SO369976.


Gatton Plantation

Gatton Plantation, where English Nature has felled the conifer plantation in the hope of restoring heathland


Wednesday 3rd July

Training session on sedges of flushes. Meet in the National Trust car park in Carding Mill Valley to explore Lightspout Hollow with a view to looking at sedge identification. Just a reminder that if you are not a National Trust member, it costs to park there (only 2 per car). Meet at grid reference SO441947 at 6.00pm.

Saturday 21st September

Rhos Fiddle Wildlife Trust Reserve. Meet at SO212852 at 11.00am; bring lunch and Wellingtons. This can be a training day on wet heath vegetation in this varied and interesting site.


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