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May 2016

SE: Dunkirk church, and Blean Wood, near Canterbury, Kent

May 21, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

The early date, is because we hope to see Ophioglossum in Dunkirk churchyard. Then we will visit Blean Wood, a huge area, comprising some ancient woodland, and which the society has never visited before. Fern Alder has kindly agreed to host us after the meeting. Last updated on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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June 2016

North Somerset

June 4, 2016 - June 5, 2016
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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WX: Linwood and Linford, New Forest

June 11, 2016 @ 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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July 2016

125th Anniversary National Meeting – South Lakes

July 3, 2016 @ 8:00 am - July 9, 2016 @ 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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SE: Avery Wood, Southborough, and Speldhurst, Kent

July 16, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Peter knows this wood and this area well; there are some stunning ferns and beautiful sites in this wooded area close to Tunbridge Wells Last updated on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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August 2016

WX: Around Wickham

August 27, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wickham Recreation Ground,
3 Fareham Road
Wickham, Hampshire PO17 5DE United Kingdom
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We will meet at the Wickham Recreation Ground car park at 11:00 At the rear of the Recreation Ground is an Ancient Meadow with a wide range of flowering plants, but the interest to us is the extensive colonies of Equisetum x rothmaleri. It is a well maintained and cared for site, a credit to the local authority and public. After that we will have lunch either in the car park or the pub and then we will go to…

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September 2016

SE&EA: Redgrave Fen, Suffolk

September 2, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Redgrave Fen lies near the Suffolk/Norfolk border. We can rely on Tim Pyner to have done much background research on his sites. It’s also an opportunity to meet our friends from the East Anglia sub-group Last updated on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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North Wales

September 9, 2016 - September 12, 2016
LL24 United Kingdom
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Continuing the 125th anniversary theme, this meeting will be in North Wales for a long weekend of exploring and recording. We will be re-visiting well known sites such as Cwm Idwal, and new venues, with mountain flora high on the agenda. As mountain weather is unpredictable, we’ll have a good and poor weather programme, but either way expect to get wet! We will be based close to Betws-y-Coed on the A5, providing access to Snowdonia and the Gwydyr Forest, and…

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October 2016

SE: High Brooms, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and Geoffrey Kitchener’s garden, Halstead, Kent

October 8, 2016 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Pat will show us an unusually fern-rich wood near High Brooms station, am oasis within the purlieus of Tunbridge Wells.We will then visit the home and garden of Geoffrey Kitchener, in the village of Halstead, Kent. Apart from being the BSBI recorder for the county of Kent, Geoffrey has a very large garden , with an interesting fern collection. He is kindly hosting out traditional end-of-season get-together, where we will see presentations of the year’s fern activities, home and abroad.…

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