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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: 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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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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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

S: Mountain ferns, Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry

August 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - January 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm

A return trip to this rich site for alpine flora, including some interesting ferns and even more interesting fern allies. Last year we got waylaid by clubmosses, moonwort and various other delights, and never made it as far as the summit and beyond, where mountain bladder fern and holly fern are reputed to be found. Straight to the top this time! Interesting ferns are at various locations as much as 1km or more from the main path. We may also…

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NW: Scutchers Acres, near Burscough and Steve Coleman’s garden, Maghull

August 26 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Forest View, Flax Ln Lathom
Burscough, Ormskirk L40 5TD United Kingdom
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Joint with Liverpool Botanical Society Meeting place: car parking at the end of private driveway near greenhouses,Forest View (off Flax Lane,L40 5TD). SD 451 108. Look out for arrowed signs NWF/LBS pointing in off east side of lane and north side of river. Scutchers Acres is a conservation area with a good range of woodland plants; it also has around 100 species of trees, native and exotic, part of the site having previously been a tree nursery. An interesting recent…

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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…

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September 2017

N: West Devon

September 9 - September 10
Tavistock, United Kingdom + Google Map

Probably based in Tavistock, we will explore china clay areas in south-west Dartmoor and moors around Princetown

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