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July 2017

N: The North of Ireland

July 7 - July 9

There has not been a BPS trip to the North of Ireland since 1994, so when Hazel suggested that Glen Ariff in County Antrim was a very ferny place to go, the Meetings sub-committee welcomed her suggestion. The arrangements are still provisional, but we plan to follow Glen Ariff with two further days in County Donegal and County Fermanagh, probably based in Donegal town. We are aiming to see lots of interesting ferns including Polystichum lonchitis, hybrid equiseta, and Trichomanes…

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N: Cultivar Weekend, Sizergh, Cumbria

July 15 - July 16
Sizergh, near Kendal Cumbria LA8 8DZ United Kingdom + Google Map

Saturday 15th July 10:00 We will be meeting at the Strickland Arms where there is plenty of parking Coffee between 10.00 and 10.30 In the morning we will have a couple of speakers one of which is Andrew Harrison about his research into the ferns at Sizergh Lunch between 12.30 and 1.30 Drive or walk up to the garden car park Tour around the notable cultivars in the garden, 1.30 -3.00 2 groups lead by Andrew Harrison and Julian Reed…

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N: Scotland

July 16 - July 20
Kindrogan Field Centre, Enochdhu
Blairgowrie, PH10 7PG United Kingdom
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Based at Kindrogan Field Centre from Sunday evening to Thursday we will have four full days in the field. We will visit ferny upland and lowland sites with Polystichum lonchitis, Clubmosses, Equisetum, Pilularia and the possibility of visiting a site for the two species of Woodsia (but very rough terrain). Some of the sites are sensitive and numbers will be limited. Accommodation is reserved at the Centre and all bookings are through Heather McHaffie. Four nights, Dinner, Bed and Breakfast…

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Strensall pillwort survey

July 16 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Strensall, York, Yorkshire United Kingdom + Google Map

Sunday 16 Jul 10:30 Pillwort Survey - Strensall Training Camp Meeting Place – Meet in the large car park just as you leave Strensall heading north. Turn right down a lane where it says to the Defence Training Estates North, bear right and the car park is a short way down on the left at SE 648 611 (Sat Nav 54.03194 -1.03169) Going – Wet at pond edges, tussocky grass and heather (KT1-2). Footware – Boots or wellies if you…

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S: Glenshee area, Cairngorms

July 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Meet at lay-by south of Devil's Elbow on east side of the road (N0 133 753). Steep, rough walk up to screes for Polystichum lonchitis and other limestone ferns. On to the ski buildings at the Cairnwell to see large population of Botrychium and four species of clubmoss. If there is time, return by Drummore Loch with good populations of Dryopteris affinis agg. Please bring food and drink as required. Be prepared for Scottish mountain conditions.

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EA: Wayland Wood, Watton, Urban Jungle Nursery and Crete Lodge Exotic Garden, Norfolk

July 22 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wayland Wood, Watton, IP25 6HN United Kingdom + Google Map

Meeting place: Wayland Wood, Watton IP25 6HN. Car park off A1075 at Grid ref TL9226,9959 Lunch: At Urban Jungle Nursery Café or packed lunch Wayland Wood is a Norfolk Wildlife Trust ancient woodland SSSI nature reserve with a rich ground flora. We will lunch at Urban Jungle Nursery where good food is served in their café if required. The nursery holds a good range of ferns for those tempted. We will then finish our day at the extraordinary exotic garden…

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Skipwith Common Pillwort survey

July 22 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Skipwith Common, York, Yorkshire United Kingdom + Google Map

Saturday 22 Jul 10:30 Pillwort Survey at Skipwith Common Meeting Place – The King Rudding Lane car park off the A19 at Riccall SE 64318 37363 (Sat Nav 53.82832 -1.02345) Going – Easy, but wet and tussocky in places (KT1-3) Food – Packed lunch Footwear – Boots or wellies if you want to get up close with Pillwort Notes – This is a National Nature reserve where Pillwort was, and will be again, once their new scrapes colonise – with…

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WS: Downton Gorge National Nature Reserve, and Mary Knoll Valley, near Ludlow Shropshire

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ludlow Food Centre, Bromfield
Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 2JR
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For our July meeting we will visit the Downton Gorge National Nature Reserve. The reserve is managed by Natural England on a private estate, and not normally open to the public, but we have arranged with the Senior Reserve Manger to have a tour. We’ll follow this with a walk in the nearby Mary Knoll valley. We have been advised that “It is a bit of a walk in and folk need to be reasonably steady on their feet, as…

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SE: Marline Valley, near Hastings, and ghylls near Crowhurst

July 29 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

I am hoping we will be joined by the Hastings botany Club for this meeting, which will explore some of the Sussex ghylls, including a nature reserve the Society has not been to before. These deep and wooded ghylls are rich in ferns and most of the classic wealden flora. Stephen Munyard has kindly offered to entertain us after the meeting. An opportunity to see Steve’s fascinating garden.

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August 2017

N: BPS Display Weekend, RHS Wisley

August 5 - August 6
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB United Kingdom + Google Map

Following the success of our 125th Anniversary Display Weekend in the main glasshouse at Wisley in July 2016, we have been invited by RHS to repeat this. Once again, we will have a fine display of ferns, fern cultivation, fern merchandise and fern sales to promote BPS and pteridology. Please contact Julian if you would like to help.

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