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June 2016

North Somerset

June 4 - June 5
Cheddar Gorge,
Cheddar, BS27
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The meeting will visit both wetland and limestone sites near Cheddar. We will see some magnificent specimens of Osmunda and hopefully Thelypteris palustris at Shapwick Fen, and we will be visiting Priddy Mineries. Both these are classic BPS sites. We are also hoping to do some exploring in and around Burrington Combe (of "Rock of Ages" fame), where there is a lot of interesting geology and, according to the Institute of Geological Sciences, "many ferns, mosses and liverworts flourish in…

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EA: Flitwick Moor and Mick & Linda Craddock’s Garden

June 11 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Flitwick Moor & Folly Wood,
Maulden Road United Kingdom
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Meeting place: Flitwick Moor & Folly Wood NR car park Grid ref: TL046354. Entrance off Maulden Road at Folly Farm, follow track to car park. Lunch; Bring packed lunch, to be taken at Mick and Linda’s garden, 40 Russell Drive, Ampthill MK45 2TX We will meet at Flitwick Moor, a Beds, Cambs & Northants WT nature reserve with a wide range of habitats. We will explore and record the ferns and hopefully add some additional species to the site list.…

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WX: Linwood and Linford, New Forest

June 11 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Appleslade Bottom Car Park,
Linwood, Hampshire
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Meeting at Appleslade Bottom Car Park,SU 1845 0919 (50.88308317, -1.73887638) This is near the Red Shoot Inn BH24 3QT (camping available) The first site we are to look at has some Botrychium lunaria This is a recently discovered site by Mike Rowe. Andrew Leonard and I did count this year 25 fronds up to150mm high. It would be good if we could see how many if any there are, and see if we can find any more in the area.…

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Plant Societies Weekend, RHS Wisley

June 18 - June 19
RHS Garden Wisley,
Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB United Kingdom
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BPS will again have a stand at this event which showcases a variety of plant societies. We will be promoting the appreciation of ferns, fern growing and of course, the benefits of being a member of BPS. Please email me if you would like to help

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Yorkshire Group – Pillwort surveys: Strensall and Skipwith

June 18 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

As part of Atlas 2020 and at the request of Fred Rumsey we’re going back to Strensall Common this year to look specifically for Pillwort, but also anything else ferny. We last went in 1986 (Strensill Common) and 1987 (Strensall Common). There are two well known ponds on the camp (Kidney Pond and Kidney Scrape), but we’d like to look where we did last time on the fire-break track puddles and the drains to see how extensive the population is…

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Scottish Group – Millport, Great Cumbrae Island

June 18 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Great Cumbrae Island United Kingdom
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An exploration of native ferns on Cumbrae and possibly also the fern garden of Fred Jackson. Details to be confirmed.

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NW: Aira Force

June 25
Aira Force,
A592, Watermillock,
Penrith , Cumbria CA11 0JY United Kingdom
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Aira Force – car park at NY 401 201 – National Trust car park so bring your membership cards (£7 for 4 hours and £9 all day) . The idea is to explore the area between the falls. Let me know if you are intending to come so we can keep you up to date after reconnoitering the site. Bring pack lunch and stout boots. 2:30pm Tea Time Visit it to Robert and Karen Crawford, 11 Pearson Court, Penrith, Cumbria…

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July 2016

125th Anniversary National Meeting – South Lakes

July 3 @ 8:00 am - July 9 @ 5:00 pm
nr Kendal, Cumbria LA7 7NW United Kingdom
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Area: Southern Lake District. Dates: Sunday 3rd July to Saturday 9th July inclusive. Organiser: Alec Greening. A week-long meeting which is based at the birth place of the Society. The programme involves visiting National Collections, field visits for rare ferns and garden visits. There will be some evening talks and a celebratory dinner on the final evening. Hotel information: Crooklands Hotel, Crooklands, nr Kendal, Cumbria, LA7 7NW The following nights are booked for the BPS: Saturday 2nd July to Friday…

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Chromosome Workshop

July 10 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh,
Inverleith Row
Edinburgh, EH3 5LR
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To be held in the teaching laboratory, RBGE, between 10.00 - 15.30, the aim of the workshop will be to introduce participants to the traditional method of making chromosome counts on ferns first described by Irene Manton in her 1950 book, ‘Cytology and Evolution in the Pteridophyta’. The workshop will include an introduction to cell division and meiosis, then practical work on the "squash technique" using fresh and fixed sporangial material. We will be using binocular and compound microscopes. Numbers…

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South Wales & Borders Group: Castles and Woods of Monmouthsire.

July 14 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Caldicot Castle,
Church Road
Caldicot, NP26 4HW United Kingdom
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For our July meeting we will be exploring the Asplenium trichomanes subspecies on various castles in Monmouthshire. In 2015 we visited many of these with Roger Golding looking for Asplenium trichomanes subsp quadrivalens (the common subspecies), subsp pachyrachis and their hybrid A. x staufleri. We hope to visit the two castles with the most interesting forms – Caldicot and Cas Troggy, but have not yet arranged access to the latter as it has recently changed hands. By way of contrast,…

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