SE: 2018 Autumn Meeting

Scadbury Park St Paul’s Wood Hill

The autumn meeting this year will comprise a morning walk in a local wood where we will see a range of ferns including one alien. Lunch will be at 12:30 depending on the weather. At 13 Star Lane St Mary Cray Kent BR5 3LJ This will be followed by slide shows of this year’s trips … Continue reading SE: 2018 Autumn Meeting

NW: AGM 2018

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. Contributions to the refreshments would be welcome. (Packed lunch) Further details will be sent out in September.

EA: Indoor Meeting 2018

Peter Blake & Nick Lodge 14 Mill Hill Road, Norwich

East Anglia group indoor meeting Lunch provided, indoor ferns to see, talks and slide-shows Parking permits will be needed, so I need to know who is coming at least 1 week in advance

MM: Gallery Oldham

Gallery Oldham 35 Greaves St

Museum visit at Gallery Oldham to look at herbarium specimens of ferns and lycophytes – I recall they have some interesting material for New Zealand as well as the UK. Leader Mike Canaway. Please advise me if you are aiming to attend as the museum needs to have numbers beforehand on mikecanaway@gmail.com For directions, parking … Continue reading MM: Gallery Oldham

S: Ascog Fernery, Isle of Bute

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

Our annual workday at the beautiful Ascog Fernery We will be starting off our 2019 season of fern events on Saturday 27 April with our annual workday at Ascog Fernery (http://ascogfernery.com/) on the Isle of Bute. This is a beautiful garden on a lovely island; it’s always a good day out. But also we can … Continue reading S: Ascog Fernery, Isle of Bute

SE: Warnham Nature Reserve

Warnham Local Nature Reserve Warnham Road, Horsham

Warnham Local Nature Reserve, Warnham road ( B2237 ) Horsham, West Sussex, RH 12 2RA OS Map TQ 167 323 Leechpool and Owlbeech Woods, Harwood road ( B2195 ) Horsham , (opposite Manor Fields RH13 6SG,) OS map TQ 194 314 All weather footwear recommended. Packed lunch recommended; there is a coffee bar but it … Continue reading SE: Warnham Nature Reserve

MM: Broadbottom Fernery

Broadbottom, Lymefields Lymefield, Broadbottom, SK14 6AG, Hyde

A work day at Broadbottom fernery. Leader Alison Evans acl.evans@btinternet.com. Meeting place – Lymefield Garden Centre and Tea Rooms, Broadbottom, SK14 6AG, NGR SJ996935. Please park in the overflow car park to the left rear of the tea rooms. Lunch – Alison will reserve a table for 12.30 for lunch. Please let her know if … Continue reading MM: Broadbottom Fernery

S: Fossil Grove, Victoria Park, Glasgow

Victoria Park, Glasgow 51 Victoria Park Dr S, Glasgow

Fossil Grove, Victoria Park, Glasgow Saturday 1 June, 10:30 am Organizer: Andy MacGregor andymacgregor@ymail.com Fossil Grove in Glasgow's Victoria Park is a set of 300 million year old fossilised casts of Lepidodendron scale trees (their nearest living relatives are the quillworts), excavated in the late 1800s and protected shortly after discovery by a small building. … Continue reading S: Fossil Grove, Victoria Park, Glasgow

EA&SE: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Victoria Gate, London

Our host is Alice Taylor who is in charge of the ferns amongst other jobs and has started growing many ferns from spores and will know doubt show us her techniques and share other growing tips with us. We need to be all together at the Victoria Gate; the one straight down the road from … Continue reading EA&SE: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

MM: Deepdale ferns and flora (Provisional)

Deep Dale Nature Reserve Sheldon, Bakewell

Deepdale near Bakewell. Leader Henry Folkard. Arrangements for this meeting may change so please email the leader for further details nearer the time Deep Dale is a Plantlife Reserve and is good for cowslips and calcarious grassland species particularly in its upper reaches. The ferny bit is towards the bottom end. A fairly easy, wide … Continue reading MM: Deepdale ferns and flora (Provisional)

NW: North Lakes

Barf and Bassenthwaite woodlands Thornthwaite village

North Lakes - Barf and Bassenthwaite woodlands. Meet at the car park NY220265 to the north of Thornthwaite village. Map Explorer OL4 Lakes NW In the morning we'll ascend the Bishop of Barf to see the Forked Spleenwort etc on the serpentine rocks there. It's a bit of a steep climb up, but everyone managed … Continue reading NW: North Lakes

WS: Taff Fechan and Morlais Castle

ABERGLIAS Vaynor, Merthyr Tydfil

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 … Continue reading WS: Taff Fechan and Morlais Castle

S: Loch Brandy in Glen Clova

Loch Brandy, Glen Clova Kirriemuir

Loch Brandy, Glen Clova. Leader Steve Munyard Meet at 11:00 am, at the Car park at NO 326731 (shown on the OS Explorer map) The walk from the parking area is about 1.5 miles across rough ground and tussock grass. We will take a packed lunch. Stout footwear and waterproofs are recommended. The site was … Continue reading S: Loch Brandy in Glen Clova

Y: Woodsia monitoring – Teesdale

Langdon Beck Hotel

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 … Continue reading Y: Woodsia monitoring – Teesdale

EA: Catfield Fen and Gill & Bryan Smith’s garden

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

Visit to Catfield Hall, east Norfolk, for Dryopteris cristata, Crested Buckler Fern and the hybrid x uliginosa Catfield Hall is situated in the Norfolk Broads, the stronghold of the Swallowtail butterfly. June is the main flight period of the Swallowtail so we may be lucky enough to see them if it is a sunny day. … Continue reading EA: Catfield Fen and Gill & Bryan Smith’s garden

NW: Churchtown Botanic Gardens Fernery

Churchtown Botanic Gardens Fernery Botanic Road, Southport

Churchtown Botanic Gardens Fernery, Botanic Road, Southport, PR9 7NE and Michael Hayward's garden L23 8TQ The Fernery in Churchtown is a Grade II listed Victorian building, first opened in 1876. During 2018, a major replanting exercise was undertaken following a large donation of rare ferns from the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. By car – the … Continue reading NW: Churchtown Botanic Gardens Fernery

MM: Native ferns and horsetails at Greenfield

Greenfield Manchester Road, Oldham

A revision or training day on native ferns and horsetails jointly with local naturalists including a couple of Dryopteris affinis taxa to keep members talking! Leader Mike Canaway. Meet at the entrance to Friezland Riding Arena and park to one side (if there is no equestrian event taking place, we can use the larger car … Continue reading MM: Native ferns and horsetails at Greenfield

NW: Serpentine Woods

Serpentine Woods Queen's Road, Kendal

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 … Continue reading NW: Serpentine Woods

WS: The garden of Tim Brock and Cors Caron National Nature Reserve

Tim Brock Delfryn, Pentre Rhew

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 … Continue reading WS: The garden of Tim Brock and Cors Caron National Nature Reserve

Y: Malham

malham Malham

Meeting Place – The Village car park at SD 900 627 (coins for meter £4-5) or free roadside on village approach. But meet at car park. Going – Slippery if wet KT3 Food – Packed lunch Footwear – Boots Notes – Joint meeting with BBG. The route will follow our earlier visit there with Ken … Continue reading Y: Malham

SE&A: Orlestone Forest

Orlestone Forest Malthouse Lane, Warehorne

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 … Continue reading SE&A: Orlestone Forest

Y: Castlebeck Wood, NYMNP

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 … Continue reading Y: Castlebeck Wood, NYMNP

S: Creag nan Eun, Glen Shee

Creag nan Eun Loch nan Eun, Blairgowrie

BPS Scottish group meeting Saturday 17th August 2019 ‘Creag nan Eun’ (OS map 43: NO 134 754) Meet at 11am at the car park on the A93 at the southern end of the ‘Old Military Road’ (approximately 3 km south of the Glenshee ski centre). Leader: Clive Dixon: (clive_dixon@hotmail.com) This site does not look like … Continue reading S: Creag nan Eun, Glen Shee

NW: Glencoyne, Ullswater

Glencoyne Ullswater

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 … Continue reading NW: Glencoyne, Ullswater

A: Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Benmore Fernery

Benmore Botanic Gardens Argyll, Benmore

Mary Gibby (former President of the BPS) wrote the guide to the restored Victorian Fernery at Benmore Gardens (north of Dunoon). She will lead a tour of the fernery. Starts at 14:00. Booking essential. For more details, see: https://www.rbge.org.uk/whats-on/walk-benmore-fernery-10-years-on/29079

Y: Castle Eden Dene, Peterlee

Castle Eden Dene

Meeting Place – NNR car park as shown on the Reserve leaflet attached to the meetings programme, and on the website below. NZ 42798 39363 (SatNav 54.74836 -1.33836). Going – Moderate Food – Packed lunch Footwear – Boots Notes – New site so who knows what we might find. It will be recce'd so might … Continue reading Y: Castle Eden Dene, Peterlee

S: Doors Open Day at Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Gardens 730 Great Western Rd, Glasgow

A two day event - 21 and 22 September. This will include tours of the filmy fern house (not usually open to the public), and demonstrations of fern cultivation and spore sowing. There will be ferns books on display, and BPS book sales, in the library (Saturday only). We will have BPS Information and Activity … Continue reading S: Doors Open Day at Glasgow Botanic Gardens

SE&W: A Magical Mystery Tour

Jo and Ashley Basil 14 Royden Lane, Boldre

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

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

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

Y: Annual General Meeting

Harlow Carr Crag Lane, Harrogate

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

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

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

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