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May 2019

SE: Warnham Nature Reserve

May 4 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Warnham Local Nature Reserve, Warnham Road
Horsham, RH12 2RA United Kingdom
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Warnham Local Nature Reserve, Warnham road ( B2237 ) Horsham, West Sussex, RH 12 2RA OS Map TQ 167 323 Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods, Harwood road ( B2195 ) Horsham , (opposite Manor Fields RH13 6SG,) OS map TQ 194 314 All weather footwear recommended. Packed lunch recommended; there is a coffee bar but it only supplies teas and coffee, biscuits and cake etc There are some nice ferns on both these sites. Also some nice ornithology for those who…

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N: Isle of Wight

May 17 - May 19
Channel View Hotel, Hope Road
Shanklin, United Kingdom
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Draft programme (venues and times may change) Meeting Centre and general information We will use, as an informal base, the Channel View Hotel (email: enquiries@channelviewhotel.co.uk). Nowhere on the island is a long drive one of the ferry ports from the mainland; Portsmouth – Ryde is the shortest link, and closest to Shanklin. Shanklin is also at the end of the quaint railway line from Ryde Pier head station. There is a huge choice of accommodation in Shanklin, but it is…

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June 2019

Y: Moonwort monitoring – Grinton to Redmire road

June 1 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Redmire to Grinton road

Meeting Place - Bridge Inn Car Park, Grinton, Near Reeth SE 04750 98423 (54.38157 x -1.92910) (toilets – paying now - next to car park, or in pub). Going - Easy (KT1) on roadsides but a bit hilly in places and exposed (warm clothes and waterproofs) Footwear - Anything comfy Food - Pub grub (Bridge Inn) or pack-up. Notes - Continue with the detailed monitoring of the Moonwort and Adder’s tongue colonies in our fixed quadrats that we set up…

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NW: North Lakes

June 8 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Barf and Bassenthwaite woodlands Thornthwaite village, + Google Map

North Lakes - Barf and Bassenthwaite woodlands. Meet at the car park NY220265 to the north of Thornthwaite village. Map Explorer OL4 Lakes NW In the morning we'll ascend the Bishop of Barf to see the Forked Spleenwort etc on the serpentine rocks there. It's a bit of a steep climb up, but everyone managed OK on the BPS meeting in 2010. Afterwards we can explore for more ferns in the neighbouring woodlands either around Thornthwaite or Wythop. Sarah Campion…

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WS: Taff Fechan and Morlais Castle

June 20 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
ABERGLIAS, Vaynor
Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 2TS
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Last June, on behalf of the BPS, we led a “ferny walk” for a journalist and photographer from Country Walking Magazine and we expect the resultant article to be published in 2019. To show them plenty of woodland ferns we started along the Taff Fechan (little Taff) a tributary to the main river which we visited as a local group back in 2011. To this we added a climb to the nearby Morlais Castle which we knew would add an…

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Y: Woodsia monitoring – Teesdale

June 26 @ 1:00 pm - June 27 @ 3:00 pm
Langdon Beck Hotel DL12 0XP + Google Map

Meeting Places – Meet at 13:00 on day 1, Wednesday 26th, in the Langdon Beck Hotel car park, NY 85331 31219 where we will car share to first visit Natural England base at Widdybank Farm and then proceed to the Cauldron Spout area for an afternoons monitoring. We will discuss the plan for the second day, Thursday 27th but it is likely that we will meet about 9:30 am at the car park at NY 86732 29813 and take a…

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Y: Skipwith Common – pillwort survey and translocation

June 29 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Skipwith Common Yorkshire United Kingdom + Google Map

Meeting Place – The King Rudding Lane car park off the A19 at Riccall SE 64274 37398 (53.82858 x -1.02252). Going – Easy, but wet and tussocky in places (KT1-2) 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 confirmed by Michael Wilcox in 2017. Our task is to see if we can locate any more extant colonies on the…

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July 2019

N: Scotland, Rarities and Specialities

July 15 - July 19

PLEASE NOTE change to published schedule. This is now the first of two meetings focusing on rare and special ferns in Scotland. The second meeting will be in Summer 2020. In this meeting we will be visiting sites in the east and eastern-central areas of Scotland. Some of the sites will involve significant hill walking and scrambling, so a good level of fitness will be required. Outline plan - some sites are still to be confirmed. There are two centres…

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NW: Serpentine Woods

July 20 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Serpentine Woods, Queen's Road
Kendal, LA9 4PH
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Serpentine Woods, Queen's Road, Kendal, LA9 4PH This is a visit to the garden recently rescued from ivy and oblivion by Kendal Conservation Volunteers. George Whitwell, a founding member of the British Pteridological Society lived in the nearby cottage, and clearly used this to display his remarkable collection of varieties. Other delights under consideration. Packed lunch, I suggest, though there are plenty of eating places in Kendal. No need for boots. Leader: Terry Parr

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WS: The garden of Tim Brock and Cors Caron National Nature Reserve

July 27 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tim Brock, Delfryn
Pentre Rhew, Ceredigion SY25 6SB
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We last visited Tim and his garden in 2014 when, despite him having not lived there very long, his collection of Asplenium scolopendrium cultivars was already well established. Since then the collection has expanded, not least as a result of his extensive hybridisations, and he has now added a 30` by 10` shade tunnel. Beyond this collection Tim grows a wide range of other ferns and plants. We will meet at his house, Delfryn, Pentre Rhew, Llanddewi Brefi, Tregaron, Ceredigion,…

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