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June 2019

Y: Woodsia monitoring – Teesdale

June 26 @ 11:00 am - June 27 @ 3:00 pm
Langdon Beck Hotel DL12 0XP + Google Map

Meeting Places – Meet at 11.15 on day 1, Wednesday 26th, at the gate of the road down to Widdybank, NY84700 30953 where we will car share to first visit the Natural England base at Widdybank Farm. Bring a packed lunch. We will then drive to the Tinkler site for an afternoon of monitoring. Some people are staying over at the Langdon Beck Hotel, and as of 12th June there is a spare room if anyone else wants to join…

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Y: Skipwith Common – pillwort survey and translocation

June 29 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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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August 2019

SE&A: Orlestone Forest

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Orlestone Forest, Malthouse Lane
Warehorne, TN26 2EL
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Joint meeting with the Kent Botanical Recording Group Leader: Alfie Gay A meeting to add to our fern records and also give members a chance to see Osmunda regalis (Royal fern) at a site which probably has the best claim out of all the sites in Kent of being a native one. Alfie’s discovery of it at the northern edge of Longrope Wood in 2017 was of particular interest as there is a 1950's Francis Rose record from Orlestone. We’ll…

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Y: Castlebeck Wood, NYMNP

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

Meeting Place – On the roadside verge on a slight bend at SE 95083 97980 (SatNav 54.36876 -0.53825) Going – Moderate (KT3) Food – Packed lunch Footwear – Boots Notes – This is a re-visit of a site we went with Jack Bouckley and Richard Unett in 1988 (see Bulletin Vol3 No6 p187) and 2001 with Ken Trewren (see Bulletin Vol6 No1 p34) . Hopefully we can find all the nice ferns without his guidance. It is a Woodland Trust…

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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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NW: Glencoyne, Ullswater

August 24 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Glencoyne Ullswater, + Google Map

Glencoyne, Ullswater NY3871 1790 Dryopteris affinis complex , plenty of examples of these with some challenging individuals! and including borreri, cambrensis , affinis, paleaceolobata, D. filix mas a very foliose form, Polypodium vulgare, Polystichum setiferum, Athyrium filix-femina, Pteridium aquilinum, Blechnum spicant, Cryptogramma crispa, Oreopteris limbosperma, Dryopteris dilatata, Asplenium trichomanes. We do not think Glencoyne Woods have been recorded before – so, an exploratory meeting. Packed lunch. Walking boots. Leader: Trevor Lowis

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September 2019

N: Llangollen, Wales

September 14 - September 15

This meeting will be based in Llangollen, North Wales. Although in North Wales, it’s near the border, and has easy access from Chester, and Manchester and the West Midlands. It is a small town, with fantastically beautiful scenery, and the centre for the Llangollen canal and Froncsyllte aqueduct World Heritage Site. As it is justifiably very popular, early booking is essential, especially since there is a railway gala on the Llangollen steam railway that weekend. Draft programme (subject to change,…

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