Scottish Group – Dumfriesshire

Southerness Southerness, Dumfries

Dumfriesshire, Cryptogramma crispa at Mennock Pass and Thelypteris palustris near Southerness

Cramond Island

Cramond Island Edinburgh,

Cramond Island, Edinburgh; Fern ID tour. Joint meeting with BSBI

Geilston Garden

Geilston Gardens Cardross, Dumbarton

Geilston Garden, fern ID tour This is a Fern Identification Meeting, advertised as an opportunity to get to know the common ferns. It is particularly suitable for beginners, but all are welcome. Geilston is a NTS garden, just west of Cardross on the A814. Afterwards, we will go on to visit Glenarn Garden (where you … Continue reading Geilston Garden

Scottish Group – Leith Hall

Leith Hall Garden Leith Hall, Huntly, Aberdeenshire

An extra meeting: We have been asked to carry out a fern survey at a Victorian rockery at Leith Hall, near Huntly, Aberdeenshire.  This rockery has a mixture of British, American and New Zealand species.  We have made last minute plans to visit the site on Tuesday, 12 August at 11 am.  If anyone would like to … Continue reading Scottish Group – Leith Hall

Scottish Group – Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond The Boatyard, Tarbet, Scotland

The plan will be to explore a stretch of the West Highland Way on the east shore of Loch Lomond. We should meet at Tarbet on Loch Lomond at about 9.45am (park near Tarbet pier) and we’ll catch the passenger ferry to Inversnaid. The ferry costs £11.50 return and takes about 30 minutes each way (Click here for … Continue reading Scottish Group – Loch Lomond

Scottish Group – Bioblitz at Dawyck

Dawyck Botanic Garden Stobo, Near Peebles, Scottish Borders

We (BPS) have been invited to take part in a Bioblitz at Dawyck Botanic Garden near Peebles on Saturday the 25th July. At a Bioblitz members of the public are invited to help record a wide range of species – including ferns! - which have naturally established. For us, it is a good occasion to … Continue reading Scottish Group – Bioblitz at Dawyck

Scottish Group – Weekend in Lochalsh

Balmacara Square Beth's Coffee Shop, Flat 4, The Steadings/The SquareKyle,

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Chris Nicholson & Fiona MacKinnon

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

BPS Scotland Group meeting on Saturday 19 September 2015 at the house (and garden) of Chris Nicholson & Fiona MacKinnon 8 Moray Place, Strathbungo, Glasgow, G41 2AQ Programme 10:30: Arrival, coffee, greetings 11.00: Tour of the garden 12.00: Plant sales & Book sales 12:30: Lunch 13.15: Rachel Bailey: Show garden for Gardening Scotland 13:45: Chris … Continue reading Chris Nicholson & Fiona MacKinnon

Scottish Group: Creag Tronach, Dunkeld: Asplenium septentrionale monitoring

Creag Tronach Dunkeld

Meet at Creag Tronach, near Dunkeld. Parking on a forest track near the site, to be confirmed. Bring a packed lunch. Initially, walking on a path to the first site, but later the terrain becomes more difficult (some slopes and loose soil and can be muddy). We did a reconnaissance trip to this site in … Continue reading Scottish Group: Creag Tronach, Dunkeld: Asplenium septentrionale monitoring

Scottish Group – Benmore Botanic Garden Bioblitz

Benmore Botanic Gardens ArgyllBenmore,

‘In a magnificent mountainside setting on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll lies Benmore, an enchanting Garden steeped in history and surrounded by dramatic scenery.’ One of its highlights is the impressive restored Victorian Fernery. Well worth a visit. Participate in recording the native ferns at Benmore and/or help present ferns to the public and/or simply … Continue reading Scottish Group – Benmore Botanic Garden Bioblitz

Scottish Group – Puck’s Glen

Puck's Glen Loch LomondDunoon,

Puck’s Glen is one of the richest sites in the UK for native ferns. Meeting Place - One mile south of Benmore Botanic Garden in Foresty Commission car park NS 146839 (Sat Nav PA23 8QT), six miles north of Dunoon If time allows, we will go north to Loch Eck and look for washed up … Continue reading Scottish Group – Puck’s Glen

Scottish Group – Mountain ferns, Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry

Ben Vrackie Pitlochry , Perthshire

Meet at 10am in the large car park at the tourist information centre on N side of the main Atholl Road (A924), grid ref. NN 9415 5805. We will then combine into fewer cars and drive to the car park beyond Moulin (NN 9435 5952). From here there is a path to the top of Ben Vrackie (NN 951 … Continue reading Scottish Group – Mountain ferns, Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry

Scottish Group – AGM

Muirburn Biggar,

10:30: Arrival, coffee, greetings 11.00: Tour of the garden 12.00: Plant sales & Book sales 12:30: Lunch 13.15:Programme to be arranged 15:00: Planning the Scottish Group Programme for 2017 15.30: Tea 16.00: Meeting closes

S: Ascog Fernery workday

Wemyss Bay Ferry Terminal Wemyss Bay

Meet at the ferry terminal at Wemyss Bay, for the 10.15 ferry. I expect to return by the 4 pm ferry. We will car pool, to take as few cars across as possible. Ascog Fernery is now owned by Karin and Michael Burke. The plan is to assist in keeping the ferns in good condition, … Continue reading S: Ascog Fernery workday

S: NTS Arduaine Garden, Arduaine, Oban, Argyll

Arduaine Garden Arduaine, Oban, Argyll

Arduaine Garden (NM 798 105) has a large collection of exotic ferns growing outside, and quite a few natives too. There is also a conservatory with several tender ferns and tree ferns. There is a charge for non-members of NTS: £6.00 (£5.00 for seniors). BYO packed lunch or eat lunch at the Chartroom 2 Bistro … Continue reading S: NTS Arduaine Garden, Arduaine, Oban, Argyll

S: Glenshee area, Cairngorms

Meet at lay-by south of Devil's Elbow on east side of the road (N0 133 753). Steep, rough walk up to screes for Polystichum lonchitis and other limestone ferns. On to the ski buildings at the Cairnwell to see large population of Botrychium and four species of clubmoss. If there is time, return by Drummore … Continue reading S: Glenshee area, Cairngorms

S: Annual Indoor Meeting

50 Liberton Brae 50 Liberton BraeEdinburgh,

Programme 10:30: Arrival, coffee, greetings 11.00: Tour of the garden 12.00: Plant sales & Book sales 12:30: Lunch 13.15: David Tricker (RBGE) 'Plant hunting excursions; ferns in China, Taiwan and Nepal' 14:00: Max Brown (University of Edinburgh) ‘Perspectives on parasitism of ferns’ 14:45: Review of 2017 programme 15:00: Planning the Scottish Group Programme for 2018 … Continue reading S: Annual Indoor Meeting

S: Brodick Castle Gardens, Isle of Arran

CalMac Ferries Ardrossan Harbour RdArdrossan,

Brodick Castle is run by the National Trust for Scotland; formerly owned by the Hamilton family it comprises the castle (currently closed for renovations), gardens, country park and Goat Fell. The gardens are sheltered, south facing and benefit from the Gulf Stream. The mild, wet (very wet) climate is perfect for ferns. Highlights include large … Continue reading S: Brodick Castle Gardens, Isle of Arran

S: Mountain ferns in Glen Lyon

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 … Continue reading S: Mountain ferns in Glen Lyon

S: Annual Indoor Meeting, Bearsden, Glasgow

Alastair Wardlaw Glasgow,

Tour of the Wardlaw garden, coffee/tea and lunch provided! Including plant sales, book sales, fern-related presentations, and planning for 2018.

S: Ascog Fernery, Isle of Bute

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

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

S: Fossil Grove, Victoria Park, Glasgow

Victoria Park, Glasgow 51 Victoria Park Dr SGlasgow,

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

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

S: Creag nan Eun, Glen Shee

Creag nan Eun Loch nan EunBlairgowrie,

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

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

Benmore Botanic Gardens ArgyllBenmore,

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

S: Doors Open Day at Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Glasgow Botanic Gardens 730 Great Western RdGlasgow,

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

S: Annual Indoor Meeting

Highfield House, Borders Muirburn, SkirlingBiggar,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

S: Autumn meeting – Glasgow Botanic Garden

Glasgow Botanic Gardens 730 Great Western RdGlasgow,

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

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