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July 2018

N: Leicestershire

July 6 @ 9:30 am - July 8 @ 5:00 pm
The Riverbank B&B, 7 Sileby Road
Mountsorrel, LE12 7BB United Kingdom
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The meeting will be based in Mountsorrel, a small town on the old A6 road between Leicester and Loughborough, and on the Soar Navigation (river and canal (River Trent to Leicester)). Nearby is the Great Central Railway heritage line. Mainline trains run frequently to Loughborough (better than Leicester) (two per hour, although not evenly spaced). There is a shuttle bus (Sprint) from Loughborough station to the centre of Loughborough, and then a bus service (Arriva 126 or 127) every 15…

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S: Hypolepis ambigua on the Isle of Bute

July 7 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wemyss Bay Ferry Terminal, Wemyss Bay PA18 6AR United Kingdom + Google Map

Meet at Wemyss Bay ferry at 10am. Recently a robust colony of Hypolepis ambigua has been discovered by Angus Hannah at several sites on Bute. Angus estimates the population may be ~100 years old. A native of New Zealand, there are no records of this species anywhere else in the UK. If time allows we will look at the wonderful filmy colonies (both Tunbridge and Wilson's) as well as Dryopteris aemula, Phegopteris connectilis and lots of other things at Balnakeilly…

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EA: Cockshoot Broad

July 28
Cockshoot Broad NR13 6HN United Kingdom + Google Map

Cockshoot Broad boardwalk (dependant on river level), Thelypteris palustris Lunch provided and visit to Rosie Steele’s Garden, Coltishall, NR12 7AW Rosie has a large collection of cultivars of Polystichum setiferum, Asplenium scolopendrium and polypodies in a large and very interesting garden More details to follow (especially about parking at both venues)

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S: Mountain ferns in Glen Lyon

July 28

Meeting time/place to be arranged, depending on attendees. At our indoor meeting last year, Steve Munyard told us about easily accessible sites in Glen Lyon where we can expect to see a range of interesting mountain ferns, including Cystopteris montana, Woodsia alpina, and Polystichum lonchitis, as well as Asplenium viride and Dryopteris expansa. The first site is just north of Loch Tay, and a second site is in Glen Lyon itself. (Steve has provided grid references.)

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August 2018

Y: Lumley Reservoir

August 11 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

Meeting Place – Grass verge parking, Drift Lane at SE 2238 6993 (54.12484 x -1.659.6) Going – Gentle (KT2) Footwear – Boots or Wellies for entering the reservoir margins. Food – Packed lunch Notes – At least one known site for Pillwort plus others we may have a look for as well as the possibility of a chance find. The afternoon is variable. We hope to explore some pastures new and David has provisionally offered to take people back to…

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WS: Ogmore Forest

August 22
Daren y Dimbath CF35 6EG United Kingdom + Google Map

Field Meeting in and around Daren y Dimbath, in the Ogmore Forest, Mid-Glamorgan. Leaders: Brian and Sue Dockerill Daren y Dimbath is an SSSI of especial note for both Hymenophyllum wilsonii and H. tunbrigense. A survey in 2016 recorded 22 colonies of H. wilsonii and 29 of H. tunbrigense, some very sizable. It also has D. aemula and the whole area is rich in woodland ferns. The Daren itself can be found on a map at SS 95179 89454 however…

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S: Thelypteris palustris in Dumfriesshire

August 26

Meeting time/place to be arranged, depending on attendees. The marsh fern, Thelypteris palustris, is recorded at only two sites in Scotland, both in Dumfriesshire. One is Southerness. In the same area are also a few common fern species, and a number of horsetails (Equisetum arvense, E. palustre, E. sylvaticum, E. fluviatile and E. x litorale.) The return trip northward could include the Mennock Pass, where there are remarkable clumps of Cryptogramma crispa.

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September 2018

N: Wensleydale and Swaledale

September 7 - September 9

Two contrasting days are planned: an exploration of Gunnerside Gill in Swaledale with its old lead mining connections and typical Dales limestone scenery; and on Day 2 a visit to Hackfall Wood near Masham, an ancient woodland site with tufa springs and a good location for Polystichum x bicknellii along with its parents and many other fern species. 7th September 7pm: Pre-meeting Meeting Place - For those members arriving early enough for a get-together, we can meet in Leyburn, probably…

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CD: East Dartmoor

September 8 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Halsanger Cross TQ13 7HX United Kingdom + Google Map

A joint meeting with Botanical Cornwall and the British Pteridological Society. A whistle-stop tour of east Dartmoor looking for Lanceolate Spleenwort (Asplenium obovatum), Narrow Buckler Fern (Dryopteris carthusiana) and its hybrid D. x deweveri, Fir Clubmoss (Huperzia selago), Stag's-horn Clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum) and Beech Fern (Phegopteris connectilis), as well as other commoner ferns. A trip to see Parsley Fern (Cryptogramma crispa) at Whiteworks near Princetown is also planned. Meet in car park northwest of Halsanger Cross by cattle grid at…

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WS: Mary Knoll Valley

September 19 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mary Knoll Car Park SY8 4EE United Kingdom + Google Map

Fern sites in and around the Mary Knoll Valley near Ludlow, Shropshire. Leader: Martin Rickard Last year we had hoped to have time to visit the Mary Knoll Valley after our meeting at Downton Gorge. Unfortunately, sufficient time was not available on that occasion and we have decided on a meeting there this year. We’re very grateful to Martin Rickard, who knows the area well, who will lead us into this fern rich valley and, depending on the available time,…

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