WS: Pilwort survey in Powys
August 31 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
You may have seen the article by Fred Rumsey “A new national Pillwort Survey” in the 2015 edition of The Pteridologist Vol 6 Part 2 p161. He was encouraging Regional Groups to survey the species in their areas and, as we knew that parts of Wales were hot-spots for the species, we contacted him and received a list of sites. We also joined a Pillwort hunting weekend in the New Forest and “got our eyes in”. Since then we’ve visited several locations in an area roughly described as being between Hay-on-Wye and Builth Wells and in some cases found huge quantities of Pillwort – indeed hot-spots to rival the New Forest!
It is our intention to visit further sites in 2017 and we will select one of the best areas for our August meeting. We will not expect to see a great range of other ferns but as a bonus the scenery is great in this relatively remote and rarely walked area.
Final arrangements will await some of next year’s visits but, for the moment, please put this date in your diary for the meeting which will be held in this general area. Assume a full day with a packed lunch. Obviously if you would like to join us on any of our preliminary recognisances please just get in touch and we will let you know when we plan any outings.