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July 2017

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

SE: Wisley RHS garden, Wisley, Surrey

August 5 @ 10:00 am - August 6 @ 5:00 pm
RHS Garden Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB United Kingdom + Google Map

Last year, the Society put on a two today event for the RHS, in the Gallery of the Glasshouse at Wisley. This was appreciated by the RHS, and was very successful for us. It increased our profile with the general public, gained us new members - and was fun as well! We are doing it all over again. We will be putting on a 9m display of ferns in pots, (species and cultivars), giving spore sowing demonstrations, plant sales, and…

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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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Yorkshire Group – Upper Teesdale

August 12 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Upper Teesdale, Yorkshire United Kingdom + Google Map

Saturday 12 Aug 10:30 Upper Teesdale Meeting place – On the roadside near a cattle grid on the Langdon Beck to Cow Green road at NY 84753 30963 (Sat Nav 54.67298 -2.23923) Going – Mostly good with excursions over scree and up the side of Cauldron snout waterfall – KT1-3 Footware – Boots Food – Packed lunch Notes – A revisit to a lovely part of Teesdale to see some of the specialities like Dryopteris expansa, Polystichum lonchitis, Dryopteris oreades,…

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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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