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June 2018

Y: Calderdale – Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve

June 23 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve HD6 2RG United Kingdom + Google Map

Meeting Place - Cromwell Bottom Nature Reserve Car Park SE 12410 22362 - HD6 2RG (53.69855 x -1.81267) Going – Moderate (KT3) Footwear – Boots or wellies Food – Café or packed lunch Notes – The plan is to look around the reserve in the morning and then visit Park Wood in the afternoon. Park Wood is close by but we will likely drive a short distance for access. Cromwell Bottom has a small cafe with seating where we can…

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July 2018

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: Oulton Broad

July 7 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Raveningham Hall NR14 6NS United Kingdom + Google Map

Meeting at Raveningham Hall, NR14 6NS. Sir Nicholas Bacon, President of the RHS, will guide us around his ‘Stumpery’ established in 2016. Lunch provided in the Smith’s garden (NR32 3PT) in Oulton Broad. Many of you will be familiar with Bryan and Gill’s fantastic garden of ferns and exotic plants, and with Gill’s lunches! More details about the visit to Raveningham Hall to follow

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NW: Torver

July 14

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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

WS: John Massey’s garden at Ashwood Nurseries

August 2 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ashwood Nurseries, Ashwood Lower Lane
Kingswinford, West Midlands DY6 0AE United Kingdom
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Tour of John Massey’s garden at Ashwood Nurseries followed by indoor meeting. Leaders: John Massey (Garden), Brian and Sue Dockerill (Indoor Meeting) John Massey has recently become ever more interested in ferns and, as with everything in his garden, these are grown to a very high standard. His fern meeting held last year, with speakers Martin Rickard and Angela Tandy was regarded as a really great event by everyone lucky enough to attend. He has agreed to give our group…

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NW: Ennerdale

August 4 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Ennerdale Water Cumbria CA23 3AU United Kingdom + Google Map

Meeting place: Car park at NY110 153, on the north-east side of Ennerdale Water. OS map Explorer OL4 Footwear: stout shoes or boots Food: packed lunch We will begin by walking eastwards on the lakeside track to see Dryopteris affinis subsp. kerryensis, found by Roger Golding last year, the first record for this sub-species in England. We should also see the two other subspecies of Dryopteris affinis, plus D. cambrensis and D. borreri. The intention then is to explore the…

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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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