North West Group – Roudsea Woods and Orchard Cottage

Haverthwaite Ulverston, Cumbria

Meet at the reserve car park SD 329826, which is approached down a minor road to the west of Haverthwaite. Stout footwear and packed lunch needed. Essential permits will be issued and directions for Orchard Cottage given out. Footpaths are of a gentle incline. Roudsea Woods, a National Nature Reserve, was last visited in 2004. … Continue reading North West Group – Roudsea Woods and Orchard Cottage

Southport Botanic Gardens and Michael Hayward’s garden

Southport Botanic Gardens ChurchtownSouthport,

Southport Botanic Gardens in morning Meet up at the fernery in the Botanic Gardens at Churchtown PR9 7NB, SD30966 00578. Park along the side road (Banksfield Rd) or in the large car park at the far end of the garden (Verulam Rd). The fernery, described in the Pteridologist vol 5 part 3 p186-9 (2010), has … Continue reading Southport Botanic Gardens and Michael Hayward’s garden

Hutton Roof and Pear Tree Cottage

Hutton Roof Hutton Roof, Carnforth, Cumbria

Hutton Roof and Pear Tree Cottage Meet at Plain Quarry car park, SD 552 761, which is just to the east of Burton-in-Kendal. Stout footwear and packed lunch needed. Hutton Roof has been a favourite of the BPS for many years. This time we have the opportunity of seeing the long lost Polystichum lonchitis (last … Continue reading Hutton Roof and Pear Tree Cottage

North West Group AGM

Holehird Gardens Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria

Holehird Gardens, Windermere

North West: Milkingstead Wood

Forge Bridge Holmrook,

There is good parking at Forge Bridge at GR SD148995. The wood is not easy under foot, being wet and mossy with scattered crags but has a good range of ferns including the two Filmy Ferns (Hymenophyllum tunbrigense and H. wilsonii) growing together and Hay-scented Buckler Fern (Dryopteris aemula) at one of its few Cumbrian … Continue reading North West: Milkingstead Wood

North West: Annual General Meeting

Holehird Gardens Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria

The usual fare of Pteridological miscellanea, stretching talks and stimulating company. There will be plant sales, displays and competitions for ferns in pots and Alec Greening will devise a fiendish competition for us. (Packed lunch) Further details will be available in September

NW: Aira Force

Aira Force A592, Watermillock, , Penrith , Cumbria

Aira Force – car park at NY 401 201 – National Trust car park so bring your membership cards (£7 for 4 hours and £9 all day) . The idea is to explore the area between the falls. Let me know if you are intending to come so we can keep you up to date … Continue reading NW: Aira Force

NW: Brock Mill

Brock Bottoms Picnic Site Brock Mill Ln, Claughton, Preston, Lancashire

Joint meeting with Liverpool Botanical Society Brock Mill car park and picnic site at SD 548 431. Directions for how to get there are on the Bowland Walks website Footwear: Wellingtons advised

NW: AGM

Holehird Gardens Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria

The usual fare of Pteridological miscellanea, stretching talks and stimulating company There will be plant sales, displays and competitions for ferns in pots and Alec Greening will devise a fiendish competition for us (Packed lunch) Further details will be sent out in September

NW&Y: Cautley Spout

The Cross Keys Temperance Inn Cautley, Sedbergh, Cumbria

On the A683 about 4 miles NE of Sedbergh, next to the Cross Keys Inn. SD 698 969. The parking area is not that large and can be busy, so please car share where possible. Map: Explorer OL19 Howgill Fells. It's a steep climb up Cautley Spout but there is a good stone-flagged path. The … Continue reading NW&Y: Cautley Spout

NW: Scutchers Acres, near Burscough and Steve Coleman’s garden, Maghull

Forest View Flax Ln Lathom, Burscough, Ormskirk

Joint with Liverpool Botanical Society Meeting place: car parking at the end of private driveway near greenhouses,Forest View (off Flax Lane,L40 5TD). SD 451 108. Look out for arrowed signs NWF/LBS pointing in off east side of lane and north side of river. Scutchers Acres is a conservation area with a good range of woodland … Continue reading NW: Scutchers Acres, near Burscough and Steve Coleman’s garden, Maghull

NW: Thirlmere and Launchy Gill

Launchy Gill Bridge Thirlmere

NY309 158. Park in roadside lay by near Launchy Gill bridge. It's on the minor road along the west side of Thirlmere. Map: Explorer OL5 Lakes NE We plan to explore along the roadside and up the forest trail beside Launchy Gill, with lots of ferns to see. As far as I know the last … Continue reading NW: Thirlmere and Launchy Gill

NW: AGM at Holehird Gardens, Windermere

Holehird Gardens Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria

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.

NW: Torver

Meet: Torver SD284941 at the road junction. Parking should be OK by the roadside A593 heading southwest. Map: Explorer OL6 Lakes SW The main aim of the day will be to see the Marsh Clubmoss (Lycopodiella inundata) population on Torver Back Common, at one of its very few Lake District sites. We'll take in a … Continue reading NW: Torver

NW: Ennerdale

Ennerdale Water Cumbria

This meeting will be for those who have made arrangements to visit Ennerdale on Saturday 4th August, and who are not attending the event at Brantwood. The site is quite straightforward, so although this meeting is partly in preparation for the Sunday visit, we are likely to see all the taxa listed below - drought … Continue reading NW: Ennerdale

NW: Celebrating Sally

Brantwood, Coniston Lake RoadConiston,

Information about the event at Brantwood to celebrate the life of Sally Beamish

NW: Ennerdale

Ennerdale Water Cumbria

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 … Continue reading NW: Ennerdale

NW: Sizergh environs

Meet at Sizergh Castle car park, grid ref 497878, Map OL7 (English Lakes southern sheet). We will have a charge for car parking by September, so non-members of the National Trust need to pay and members will need to bring their National Trust Cards to scan on our new car park payment machines. We have … Continue reading NW: Sizergh environs

NW: AGM 2018

Holehird Gardens Patterdale Road, Windermere, Cumbria

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.

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

NW: Churchtown Botanic Gardens Fernery

Churchtown Botanic Gardens Fernery Botanic RoadSouthport,

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

NW: Serpentine Woods

Serpentine Woods Queen's RoadKendal,

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

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

NW: Annual General Meeting at Holehird Gardens

Holehird Gardens Patterdale RoadWindermere,

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

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.

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

MM&Y: Smithills Country Park, Bolton

Smithill Country Park Smithills Dean RoadBolton,

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

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