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May 2019

N: Isle of Wight

May 18 - May 19
Ventnor Botanic Garden, Undercliff Drive
Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 1UL United Kingdom
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We had to cancel this meeting last year after Tim Pyner’s untimely death, but following his discovery of Tmesipteris in Ventnor Botanic Garden, we still felt a trip to the island to explore ferns would be worthwhile. BPS last had a trip there in 2006. This time, a weekend would again be spent under the direction of Colin Pope, the local vice-county recorder, with days exploring ferns in Ventnor Botanic Garden and sites around the Ventnor and Shanklin areas. The…

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June 2019

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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July 2019

N: Scotland, Rarities and Specialities

July 1 - July 31

This will be a week-long meeting to see rare and special ferns in Scotland. Exact dates in Mid-July have yet to be decided, but it will be based around 2 or 3 centres from the north-east coast to Arran in the west. Please note that some of the sites will involve significant hill walking and scrambling, so a good level of fitness will be required. Numbers will be imited.

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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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August 2019

WS: The Troserch woods and the garden of Susan Lewis

August 22 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Troserch Woods SA14 8AQ + Google Map

Also in 2014 we hosted a BPS National Meeting. One of the days was particularly successful but unfortunately few local members were able to attend and so we have arranged to repeat the event. For the Troserch Woods we will meet at 10.30am. in the village of Allt where a footpath to the woods starts at SN557025. Here we expect to see Dryopteris aemula along with great quantities of many of the commoner woodland ferns of the region and several…

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September 2019

N: Llangollen, Wales

September 14 - September 15

This will be a weekend meeting with proposed visits to Chirk Castle and nearby woods on the Saturday, and Eglwyseg and Llangollen on the Sunday. Apart from the ‘usual’ ferns, we anticipate seeing Dryopteris submontana and Gymnocarpium robertianum. Our base is likely to be Llangollen, and Brian and Sue Dockerill will be co-leading.

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