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August 2018

Y: Pillwort Survey and Translocation – Skipwith Common

August 21 @ 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 (KT1-3) 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 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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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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Y: Pillwort Survey and Translocation – Strensall Training Area (STA)

September 21 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Strensall York, Yorkshire United Kingdom + Google Map

Please note the change of date: Friday 21st September Meeting Place – Meet in the large car park just as you leave Strensall heading north. If you don't have a copy of the Yorkshire programme, please contact Barry Wright to ask for a map. Turn right down a lane near the 19 on the map (one-way – exit via the one-way NE as shown on the map) where it says to the Defence Training Estates North, bear right and the…

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October 2018

SE: 2018 Autumn Meeting

October 20 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Scadbury Park, St Paul’s Wood Hill + Google Map

Meet near the top of St Paul’s Wood Hill at a car park shared by the Catholic Primary school and Scadbury Park The meeting this year will comprise a morning walk in a local wood where we will see a range of ferns including one alien. We then have lunch at Pat’s house which will be followed by slide shows of this year’s trips by our local group, which may contain shows on New Zealand, Maui and O’ahu, Hawai’i and…

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