SE&W: A Magical Mystery Tour

Jo and Ashley Basil 14 Royden Lane, Boldre, Hampshire

September 21 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm Leader;- Ashley Basil Tel 01590 676538 Mob 07922600235 Meet at Jo and Ashley Basil's house 14 Royden Lane, Boldre Lymington, Hampshire SO41 8PE NB with a Satnav that will take you 300m North on Royden Lane Map Ordnance Survey OL22 east SZ 3180 9865 50°47'09.7"N 1°32'58.8"W 50.786017, … Continue reading SE&W: A Magical Mystery Tour

MM: Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Jodrell Bank

A work day at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. Leader Yvonne Golding yvonne@buxtonhouse.free-online.co.uk. Meet at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. See http://www.jodrellbank.net for directions and further information. Please bring any spare ferns for planting. 10.30-11 Arrival tea/coffee/admin 11-12.30 Carry out task 12.30-1.30 Lunch: packed lunch or café 1.30-3pm Continue and complete task 3pm Finish and return tools … Continue reading MM: Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

S: Annual Indoor Meeting

Highfield House, Borders Muirburn, Skirling, Biggar

Meeting at the house (and garden) of Frank Katzer Highfield House, Muirburn, near Skirling, Biggar, ML12 6HL (OS:NT 095412) Phone: 01899 860 307; mobile: 07763 473741 Programme 10.30: Arrival, coffee, greetings 11.00: Tour of the garden. With cold winters and wind exposure, Frank’s is a garden to test the hardiness of plants. He has around … Continue reading S: Annual Indoor Meeting

NW: Annual General Meeting at Holehird Gardens

Holehird Gardens Patterdale Road, Windermere

Annual General Meeting at Holehird Gardens, Windermere The usual fare of Pteridological miscellanea, stretching talks and stimulating company. There will be plant sales (please bring as well as buy), displays and competitions for ferns in pots. Programme The 25th Annual General Meeting of the North West Group of the British Pteridological Society will be held … Continue reading NW: Annual General Meeting at Holehird Gardens

SE: Riverhill Himalayan Garden

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens Riverhill, Sevenoaks

This is a fascinating garden with a range of ferns volunteering all over the place and the BIG PLUS is they are replanting a large early 20th century rockery that is now in shade and this spring is being planted up with Ferns as a Fernery funny enough! Followed by lunch and talks and growing … Continue reading SE: Riverhill Himalayan Garden

Y: Annual General Meeting

Harlow Carr Crag Lane, Harrogate, Yorkshire

Meeting place – In the main car parks at Harlow Carr at SE 28192 54023 (SatNav 53.98157 -1.57189). Enter via the green gate in the main car park south of the main buildings or through the main entrance stating you are with the Yorkshire Fern Group and make you way to the Bramall Learning Centre, … Continue reading Y: Annual General Meeting

EA: Autumn Indoor Meeting

The meeting will start with a look around Peter's ferns at 12.00. Lunch will be provided at 1.00pm and members are invited to present any slides they have of interesting ferns or fern-trips between 2.00 and 5.00pm, preferably in PowerPoint. Please let Peter and Nick know that you are attending for parking and catering purposes … Continue reading EA: Autumn Indoor Meeting

S: Workday at Ascog Fernery

Ascog, Isle of Bute PA20 9EU Ascog Fernery, Rothesay, Isle of Bute

Ascog Fernery workday, Isle of Bute Meet at the ferry terminal at Wemyss Bay at 9:45, for the 10.05 ferry to Rothesay. We expect to return by the 4 pm ferry. We will car pool, to take as few cars across as possible. Any donation of ferns is welcome! Food: bring a packed lunch. Tea/coffee … Continue reading S: Workday at Ascog Fernery

EA&SE: Herbarium at the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum Cromwell Road, London

Further details of all these events will be made available nearer the time. Please let Peter Blake know if you wish to attend any of the events on: peterblake1952@gmail.com This meeting will be held jointly with SE group (max 15)

S: Lycophytes on Shotts Bing

Shotts Bing shotts

Meet at 11am. We should find Diphasiastrum alpinum and Lycopodium clavatum, as well as Botrychium (lunaria or nordicum?) and horsetails. There are other larger ferns in the area. The site is at about 236 m, and quite exposed. If it is at all windy it will be cold, so we'll need to have plenty of … Continue reading S: Lycophytes on Shotts Bing

NW: North Cumbria

Orton Moss Carlisle

Roger Golding will lead a meeting in north Cumbria - including Orton Moss to see the royal fern, and Roger's garden in Bowness. More information will be posted later.

S: Inland Asplenium marinum and a walk along the Tweed – Cancelled

Ladykirk House

By the River Tweed near Ladykirk House (NT885 456) there is a colony of sea spleenwort, more than 10km from the sea. After a walk along the Tweed, we will go on to Paxton House near Berwick, to explore the grounds which are very ferny, and then have tea! More information will be available nearer … Continue reading S: Inland Asplenium marinum and a walk along the Tweed – Cancelled

EA: Gill and Bryan Smith’s open garden – Cancelled

Gillian & Bryan Smith 1 Prospect Road, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk

Further details of all these events will be made available nearer the time. Please let Peter Blake know if you wish to attend any of the events on: peterblake1952@gmail.com

WS: May Hill, Gloucestershire – Cancelled

May Hill

Leaders: Clare and Mark Kitchen May Hill lies on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border and is the highest point in Gloucestershire. We hope to see amongst others Equisetum sylvaticum, Wood Horsetail and a substantial population of Gymnocarpium dryopteris, Oak Fern. Meet at 11.00am at the National Trust Car Park. SO69062216. Bring lunch to carry and have suitable … Continue reading WS: May Hill, Gloucestershire – Cancelled

EA: Cornel Howells’ ferns and Antingham Ponds – Cancelled

Farmside Lyngate Road,, North Walsham

Cornel Howells’ ferns in medieval double-ditches and Antingham Ponds. Further details of all these events will be made available nearer the time. Please let Peter Blake know if you wish to attend any of the events on: peterblake1952@gmail.com

SE: Big Fern Event RHS Wisley – Cancelled

RHS Garden Wisley Woking, Surrey

RHS Garden Wisley - Leader: Julian Reed Last year, the BPS was allowed to have the Gallery for a display to advertise the society at the entrance to the main greenhouse at Wisley. It was very successful and much appreciated, so the BPS has been invited back this year. The gardens have much of interest, … Continue reading SE: Big Fern Event RHS Wisley – Cancelled

S: Kirkton Glen, Balquhidder

Kirkton Glen Balquhidder

Now that government guidelines are allowing a bit more venturing out, Andy and Natalie are keen to go ahead with this meeting on Saturday July 25. This type of outing should comfortably lend itself to social distancing. We will just have to avoid any hugging! If you are interested in participating or for more information, … Continue reading S: Kirkton Glen, Balquhidder

WS: Fibrex Nursery, Pebworth, Warwickshire – Cancelled

Fibrex Nursery Honeybourne Road, Pebworth,, Stratford-upon-Avon

Leaders: Fibrex Nursery (am.) Angela Tandy and garden visit (pm.) Alistair and Margaret Urquhart Fibrex nursery needs no introduction to fern fans as the source of probably the widest range of plants available in the UK. As always, we can expect a warm and enthusiastic welcome at the nursery from Angela. Alistair and Margaret’s Garden … Continue reading WS: Fibrex Nursery, Pebworth, Warwickshire – Cancelled

EA: Paul Spracklin’s open garden – Cancelled

paul spacklin's garden 42 Greenwood Avenue, South Benfleet

Paul Spracklin’s open garden. Further details of all these events will be made available nearer the time. Please let Peter Blake know if you wish to attend any of the events on: peterblake1952@gmail.com

S: Annual Indoor Meeting, Strathbungo, Glasgow – Postponed until 2021

House (and garden) of Chris Nicholson & Fiona MacKinnon 8 Moray Place, Strathbungo, Scotland

Postponed until 2021, but please let us know if you would like to join in for a Zoom meeting. Contact: bridgetlaue@blueyonder.co.uk Arrive 10:30am. Tour of Chris Nicholson’s garden, and fern-related presentations. Includes plant sales, book sales, and planning for 2021. Coffee/tea and lunch provided! More information will be available closer to the event. All are … Continue reading S: Annual Indoor Meeting, Strathbungo, Glasgow – Postponed until 2021

MM&Y: Smithills Country Park, Bolton – Postponed until 2021

This is a joint meeting with the Yorkshire Fern Group led by Michael Wilcox and Bruce Brown. On a recce 18 fern taxa were recorded including self-sown Polystichum polyblepharum for example. The site is listed on several web sites for example see:- https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/smithills-estate/ Meet at the free car park off Smithills Dean Road at SD698119. … Continue reading MM&Y: Smithills Country Park, Bolton – Postponed until 2021

SE: Autumn end of season Meeting – Cancelled

Paul Reddy Hill Farm Oast, Yalding Hill, Yalding, Kent

Leader: Peter Clare Meet at 10:30 to Visit Paul Reddy's home. This garden is a must see with his stumpery. This visit will be followed by lunch and talks and growing advice at the Sir Mark Collet Pavilion Kemsing, Heaverham Road, Kemsing, Kent TN15 6NE. This is about half an hour from Paul’s. Lunch will … Continue reading SE: Autumn end of season Meeting – Cancelled

EA: Peter and Nick’s indoor meeting – Cancelled

Peter Blake & Nick Lodge 14 Mill Hill Road, Norwich, Norfolk

Peter and Nick’s indoor meeting. Further details of all these events will be made available nearer the time. Please let Peter Blake know if you wish to attend any of the events on: peterblake1952@gmail.com

S: Spring Zoom meeting

A chance to say Hello, without having to travel anywhere. The meeting will feature two short illustrated talks: - Heather McHaffie will tell us about the ferns at Backhouse Rossie garden in Fife. - Margareta Thorssell will talk about growing ferns in Sweden. If anyone else has a fern story, or some slides, that you … Continue reading S: Spring Zoom meeting

S: Lycophytes on Shotts Bing

Schotts bing NS 8756 6180

Bings in central Scotland are of course the spoil heaps from shale mining. Some have been maintained because botanists discovered that they have been colonized by interesting plants. At Shotts Bing, about halfway between Glasgow and Edinburgh, we should find Diphasiastrum alpinum and Lycopodium clavatum, as well as Botrychium (lunaria or nordicum?) and horsetails. There … Continue reading S: Lycophytes on Shotts Bing

NW: Wasdale: Lycopodiella monitoring + Irton Woods

Wasdale Cumbria

In the morning we will be carrying out a monitoring survey of the Lycopdiella inundata (Marsh Clubmoss) population in Wasdale. Meet at 10.30am at the road junction overlooking Wastwater, NY15110540. There is parking for several cars but this spot is popular and likely to be quite crowded, so some people may need to park a … Continue reading NW: Wasdale: Lycopodiella monitoring + Irton Woods

WS: May Hill, Gloucestershire

May Hill

Leaders: Clare and Mark Kitchen May Hill lies on the Gloucestershire/Herefordshire border and is the highest point in Gloucestershire. We hope to see amongst others Equisetum sylvaticum, Wood Horsetail and a substantial population of Gymnocarpium dryopteris, Oak Fern. Meet at 11.00am at the National Trust Car Park. SO69062216. Bring lunch to carry and have suitable … Continue reading WS: May Hill, Gloucestershire

S: Mountain ferns near Tyndrum

Coire Ghamhnain, below Beinn Udlaidh, near Tyndrum, has lime-rich crags with interesting flora, including records of Woodsia, but also Cryptogramma, Asplenium viride, Dryopteris oreades, clubmosses, etc. (More details to follow.) Leader: Andy MacGregor

MM: RHS Bridgewater

RHS Bridgewater off Leigh Road, Worsley, Manchester

The aim is to have a site tour for part of the day and a field visit to look at ferns in the undeveloped parts of the garden for the rest of the time. For further information (see https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/bridgewater) Leaders Mike Canaway, (BPS) and James Hall (RHS). Off-path areas may be muddy according to weather … Continue reading MM: RHS Bridgewater

NW: Great Asby Scar

Great Asby Scar Cumbria

Leader: Trevor Lowis This meeting has been rescheduled to 21 August. Meet at 10am - park at NY 6318 1071. This is the junction of a small quarry/track on the B6260 one mile north of Orton village. Our walk will take us along a track through some areas of damaged pavement to gain access to … Continue reading NW: Great Asby Scar

WS: Fibrex Nursery and the garden of Alistair and Margaret Urquhart

Fibrex Nuresery Honeybourne Road, Pebworth, Stratford-upon-Avon

Leaders: Fibrex Nursery (am.) Angela Tandy and garden visit (pm.) Alistair and Margaret Urquhart, Kidlington, Oxfordshire. Fibrex nursery needs no introduction to fern fans as the source of probably the widest range of plants available in the UK. As always, we can expect a warm and enthusiastic welcome at the nursery from Angela. Alistair and … Continue reading WS: Fibrex Nursery and the garden of Alistair and Margaret Urquhart

EA: Paul Spracklin’s garden

paul spacklin's garden 42 Greenwood Avenue, South Benfleet

Visit to Paul Spracklin’s garden at: 42 Greenwood Avenue South Benfleet Essex SS7 1LD Bring a packed lunch. Please let Peter Blake know that you will be joining any of this event. Peterblake1952@gmail.com

WS: Dare Valley Country Park.

Leaders: Brian & Sue Dockerill The Dare Valley Park was opened in 1973 as the result of the restoration of former colliery sites. Covering over 450 acres it ranges from woodland and scrub through grassland to cliffs and scree’s, the home of the less usual ferns. Altogether the botany is of such interest that Tim … Continue reading WS: Dare Valley Country Park.

MM&Y: Smithills Country Park, Bolton

Smithill Country Park Smithills Dean Road, Bolton

This is a joint meeting with the Yorkshire Fern Group led by Michael Wilcox and Bruce Brown. On a recce 18 fern taxa were recorded including self-sown Polystichum polyblepharum for example. The site is listed on several web sites for example see:- https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/smithills-estate/ Meet at the free car park off Smithills Dean Road at SD698119. … Continue reading MM&Y: Smithills Country Park, Bolton

EA: Danesbury Fernery Project

Danesbury Fernery

This will be a half-day visit to the Danesbury Fernery Restoration Project which the BPS has been following for several years. Please let me know if you are coming on peterblake1952@gmail.com Also, bring a packed lunch and use the following directions: https://danesburyfernery.org.uk/map-danesbury-fernery/

S: Autumn meeting – Glasgow Botanic Garden

Glasgow Botanic Gardens 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow

Leader: Chris Nicholson Programme 10.00: Arrival, greetings, tea/coffee 10.30: Tour of the glass houses and filmy fern house 12.00: Plant sales & BPS book sales 12.30: Lunch 13.15: Illustrated talks: Chris Nicholson: ‘Adder’s-Tongue on Barra’ Richard East: ‘Update on the Fossil Grove fernery’ Bridget Laue: ‘Ferns in Taiwan’ 14.45: Review of the Scottish group 2021 … Continue reading S: Autumn meeting – Glasgow Botanic Garden

EA: Autumn meeting

Peter Blake & Nick Lodge 14 Mill Hill Road, Norwich, Norfolk

East Anglia Autumn meeting at Peter and Nick’s house. 14 Mill Hill Road Norwich NR2 3DP Lunch provided. Please let Peter Blake know that you will be joining any of these events. Peterblake1952@gmail.com

S: Spring Zoom meeting

Zoom

We start off our 2022 season of the Scottish branch of the BPS with a catch-up, discussion of the programme for the year, and some short illustrated talks, including: “Scotland’s Endemic Fern” Heather McHaffie “Treasured fern books for auction” Frank Katzer “’On the trail of old fern records” Roger Golding Everyone is welcome to join; … Continue reading S: Spring Zoom meeting

S: Fossil Grove, Victoria Park, Glasgow

Fossil Grove 51 Victoria Park Dr S, Glasgow

The Friends of Victoria Park hope to undertake another round of fern planting, to expand their outdoor fernery next to the famous tree clubmosses of Fossil Grove. BPS members have played a valuable role in designing and establishing the fernery, and our further efforts will be gratefully appreciated. Please let Andy know if you have … Continue reading S: Fossil Grove, Victoria Park, Glasgow

M: Tour and workday at Manchester University Botanical Grounds ‘The Firs’

Manchester University Botanical Grounds ‘The Firs’ Whitworth Lane, Fallowfield

The aim is to have a site tour to see some glasshouse ferns, cacti and succulents etc. in ‘The Range’ and then to look at the filmy ferns in the Moss House where you’ll see some spectacular Killarney Fern doing its best. Then we’ll help site manager Oliver Hughes with some tasks outdoors where there’s … Continue reading M: Tour and workday at Manchester University Botanical Grounds ‘The Firs’

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