Corndon Hill

Corndon Hill Shrewsbury, Powys

A field outing to Corndon Hill, Radnorshire, about 5 miles north of Bishops Castle Situated in the extreme east of the former county of Radnorshire, Corndon hill is known as a site for a number of uncommon plants, including several ferns not usually seen in the area. Long standing members of the BPS may recall … Continue reading Corndon Hill

South Wales & Borders – Exploration of the Olchen Valley, Herefordshire

Olchen Valley Upper House FarmHereford,

The first meeting of 2015 will be a fairly strenuous visit to the Olchen Valley in Herefordshire, starting at the base of the Cat’s Back ridge, descending to the valley floor, climbing up the length of the valley to the ridge above Hay Bluff, before returning to the start along the Cat’s Back ridge itself. … Continue reading South Wales & Borders – Exploration of the Olchen Valley, Herefordshire

South Wales & The Borders Group – The Blorenge, Gwent

Pen-Ffordd-Goch Pond Pen-Ffordd-Goch Pond, Pontypool, Monmouthshire

A botanical ramble around The Blorenge, Gwent For our second trip, we will undertake a much more leisurely stroll on The Blorenge, a bluff overlooking Abergavenny in Gwent. This is an area of interest both from the botanical and the industrial archaeology viewpoint and we will visit a number of sites fairly close to car … Continue reading South Wales & The Borders Group – The Blorenge, Gwent

South Wales & Borders Group – two gardens in Herefordshire

Lower Hopton Farm Stoke Lacy

We are very grateful to two BPS members who have allowed us to visit their gardens in Herefordshire. Both are interested in much more than just ferns, so a fascinating day is in store. In the morning we will go to the garden of Veronica Cross at Stoke Lacy near Bromyard. Veronica will be well … Continue reading South Wales & Borders Group – two gardens in Herefordshire

South Wales & Borders Group – Picton Castle Gardens

Picton Castle Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire

Visit to Picton Castle Gardens in Pembrokeshire, with indoor meeting. For our final visit of the year we are going to the far south west of our range to visit a fern garden in balmy Pembrokeshire. There are ferns throughout this large and varied garden, but they are particularly notable in the wooded areas, where … Continue reading South Wales & Borders Group – Picton Castle Gardens

South Wales & Borders Group: Castles and Woods of Monmouthsire.

Caldicot Castle Church RoadCaldicot,

For our July meeting we will be exploring the Asplenium trichomanes subspecies on various castles in Monmouthshire. In 2015 we visited many of these with Roger Golding looking for Asplenium trichomanes subsp quadrivalens (the common subspecies), subsp pachyrachis and their hybrid A. x staufleri. We hope to visit the two castles with the most interesting … Continue reading South Wales & Borders Group: Castles and Woods of Monmouthsire.

South Wales & Borders Group: Exploration of the Nedd Valley, Powis.

Nr Pontneddfechan Nr Glynneath

Our August meeting will be a visit to the waterfalls lands of the Brecon Beacons. We will be exploring one of the rivers which cuts through this limestone region, the river Nedd. In our recent visit, we found one of the British Hymenophyllum species there, but both are recorded on the BSBI website, along with … Continue reading South Wales & Borders Group: Exploration of the Nedd Valley, Powis.

South Wales & Borders Group: Dinas Powis and Dyffryn Gardens

Dinas Powis Vale of Glamorgan,

Polypodies in Dinas Powis and Victorian style fernery at Dyffryn Gardens, Glamorgan The national society visited the Polypodies of Dinas Powis way back in 1990, when they saw all three species and even managed to spy plants of the cultivar P. australe ‘Richard Kayes’, which was first recorded from this location even further back in … Continue reading South Wales & Borders Group: Dinas Powis and Dyffryn Gardens

WS: National Museum of Wales Herbarium and a garden visit

Brian and Sue Dockerill 19 Westfield RoadPontypridd,

We have arranged with Sally Whyman, the Botany Curator at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, to visit the herbarium at the museum. She will have available international, and especially Welsh, herbarium specimens and we will have the opportunity to seek out material of particular interest to members of the group. She will also show … Continue reading WS: National Museum of Wales Herbarium and a garden visit

WS: Downton Gorge National Nature Reserve, and Mary Knoll Valley, near Ludlow Shropshire

Ludlow Food Centre Bromfield, Ludlow, Shropshire

For our July meeting we will visit the Downton Gorge National Nature Reserve. The reserve is managed by Natural England on a private estate, and not normally open to the public, but we have arranged with the Senior Reserve Manger to have a tour. We’ll follow this with a walk in the nearby Mary Knoll … Continue reading WS: Downton Gorge National Nature Reserve, and Mary Knoll Valley, near Ludlow Shropshire

WS: Pilwort survey in Powys

You may have seen the article by Fred Rumsey “A new national Pillwort Survey” in the 2015 edition of The Pteridologist Vol 6 Part 2 p161. He was encouraging Regional Groups to survey the species in their areas and, as we knew that parts of Wales were hot-spots for the species, we contacted him and … Continue reading WS: Pilwort survey in Powys

WS: John Massey’s garden at Ashwood Nurseries

Ashwood Nurseries Ashwood Lower Lane, Kingswinford, West Midlands

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 … Continue reading WS: John Massey’s garden at Ashwood Nurseries

WS: Ogmore Forest

Daren y Dimbath

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 … Continue reading WS: Ogmore Forest

WS: Mary Knoll Valley

Mary Knoll Car Park

Fern sites in and around the Mary Knoll Valley near Ludlow, Shropshire. Leader: Martin Rickard Last year we had hoped to have time to visit the Mary Knoll Valley after our meeting at Downton Gorge. Unfortunately, sufficient time was not available on that occasion and we have decided on a meeting there this year. We’re … Continue reading WS: Mary Knoll Valley

WS: Taff Fechan and Morlais Castle

ABERGLIAS VaynorMerthyr 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

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

Tim Brock Delfryn, Pentre Rhew, Ceredigion

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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