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

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

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

N: BPS Display Weekend 2018

RHS Garden Wisley Woking, Surrey

Following the successes of our 125th Anniversary Display Weekend in the main glasshouse at Wisley in July 2016 and again in August 2017, we have been invited by RHS to repeat this. We will have a fine display of ferns, fern cultivation, fern merchandise and fern sales to promote BPS and pteridology. Please contact Julian … Continue reading N: BPS Display Weekend 2018

Y: Hack Falls Wood, Grewelthorpe

This is a change from the advertised meeting at Lumley reservoir. David Tennant has found conditions there unsuitable and the water levels are being maintained too high over the area where it should be. This visit to Hack Falls will be a recce for the September visit that David can't attend, but he will share … Continue reading Y: Hack Falls Wood, Grewelthorpe

N: Southport Flower Show 2018

Southport Botanic Gardens ChurchtownSouthport,

Once again, BPS will have a stand here promoting the Society, demonstrating spore propagation and answering questions from visitors. There will also be a number of fern display categories in which you could win prizes for your ferns. Please contact Michael if you would like to help or enter ferns.

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

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

N: Wensleydale and Swaledale

Two contrasting days are planned: an exploration of Gunnerside Gill in Swaledale with its old lead mining connections and typical Dales limestone scenery; and on Day 2 a visit to Hackfall Wood near Masham, an ancient woodland site with tufa springs and a good location for Polystichum x bicknellii along with its parents and many … Continue reading N: Wensleydale and Swaledale

Y & N: Wensleydale and Swaledale

7th September 7pm Pre-meeting Meeting Place - For those members arriving early enough for a get-together, we can meet in Leyburn, probably at the Bolton Arms Hotel, in the market place, town centre. Bar meals and B&B are available here, 01969 623327. There are other pubs and cafes around the market square. On Saturday we … Continue reading Y & N: Wensleydale and Swaledale

CD: East Dartmoor

Halsanger Cross

A joint meeting with Botanical Cornwall and the British Pteridological Society. A whistle-stop tour of east Dartmoor looking for Lanceolate Spleenwort (Asplenium obovatum), Narrow Buckler Fern (Dryopteris carthusiana) and its hybrid D. x deweveri, Fir Clubmoss (Huperzia selago), Stag's-horn Clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum) and Beech Fern (Phegopteris connectilis), as well as other commoner ferns. A trip … Continue reading CD: East Dartmoor

SE: West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens

Meet at in the car park at 11.30 entrance. The individual fee is about £9.00; group is £7.50 and will try and get this for you. Bring any plants you would like identifying or help with or think people would be interested in, even if it’s a frond, and we will meet up in the … Continue reading SE: West Dean Gardens

MM: Broadbottom Fernery

Broadbottom, Lymefields Lymefield, Broadbottom, SK14 6AGHyde,

Meeting Place - Lymefields Garden Centre and tea rooms, SK14 6AG, grid ref SJ996935. Please park in the overflow car-park to the back of the tea rooms. Lunch - I have reserved a table for up to 10 people for 12.30 for lunch. Please let me know if you will be attending, and if you … Continue reading MM: Broadbottom Fernery

Y: Pillwort Survey and Translocation – Skipwith Common

Skipwith Common Yorkshire

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE Meeting Place – The King Rudding Lane car park off the A19 at Riccall SE 64274 37398 (53.82858 x -1.02252). Going – Easy, but wet and tussocky in places (KT1-3) Food – Packed lunch Footwear – Boots or wellies if you want to get up close with Pillwort Notes – … Continue reading Y: Pillwort Survey and Translocation – Skipwith Common

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

Y: Pillwort Survey and Translocation – Strensall Training Area (STA)

Strensall York, Yorkshire

Please note the change of date: Friday 21st September Meeting Place – Meet in the large car park just as you leave Strensall heading north. If you don't have a copy of the Yorkshire programme, please contact Barry Wright to ask for a map. Turn right down a lane near the 19 on the map … Continue reading Y: Pillwort Survey and Translocation – Strensall Training Area (STA)

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.

Y: Indoor meeting and AGM

Harlow Carr Crag Lane, Harrogate, Yorkshire

Meeting place – In the main car parks at Harlow Carr at SE 28192 54023 (Sat Nav 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 your way to the Bramall Learning … Continue reading Y: Indoor meeting and AGM

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.

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

EA: Indoor Meeting 2018

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

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

N: Autumn Indoor Meeting 2018

World Museum William Brown StreetLiverpool,

Theme – Dryopteris There will be a full day of illustrated talks, including Angela Tandy of Fibrex Nurseries on cultivating Dryopteris species and varieties, Mary Gibby on the British allotetraploid species and their hybrids, Fred Rumsey on Dryopteris submontana and Dryopteris cristata, David Hill with some excellent photos featuring Dryopteris. There’s a whole lot more … Continue reading N: Autumn Indoor Meeting 2018

Committee Meeting

Natural History Museum Cromwell RoadLondon,

Committee meeting details to follow..

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, 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

EA: Swines Meadow Farm Nursery

Swines Meadow Farm Nursery 47 Towngate E, Market Deeping, Peterborough

Further details will be posted when available

SE: Warnham Nature Reserve

Warnham Local Nature Reserve Warnham RoadHorsham,

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

N: Isle of Wight

Channel View Hotel Hope RoadShanklin,

Draft programme (venues and times may change) Meeting Centre and general information We will use, as an informal base, the Channel View Hotel (email: enquiries@channelviewhotel.co.uk). Nowhere on the island is a long drive one of the ferry ports from the mainland; Portsmouth – Ryde is the shortest link, and closest to Shanklin. Shanklin is also … Continue reading N: Isle of Wight

MM: Broadbottom Fernery

Broadbottom, Lymefields Lymefield, Broadbottom, SK14 6AGHyde,

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 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

NW: North Lakes

N. Lakes - Barf and Bassenthwaite woodlands Thornthwaite village,

North Lakes N. 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 … Continue reading NW: North Lakes

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

MM: Deepdale ferns and flora (Provisional)

Deep Dale Nature Reserve SheldonBakewell,

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)

EA&SE: Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Victoria GateLondon,

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

N: Plant Society Show, RHS Wisley

RHS Garden Wisley Woking, Surrey

For a couple of years now, we have been supporting this weekend-long event which showcases a variety of plant societies, and BPS will again have a stand here. With a large display of ferns, we will be promoting the appreciation of ferns, fern growing and of course, the benefits of being a member of BPS. … Continue reading N: Plant Society Show, RHS Wisley

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

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

N: BPS at Fibrex Fern Nursery

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

A series of demonstrations and talks - plus the opportunity to ask all those ferny questions you have been wondering about. Peter Tyndley, who is a wonderful host and is a brilliant grower, is doing a talk on propagation If you have any ferns you need identifying please bring fronds in SEALED plastic bags please. … Continue reading N: BPS at Fibrex Fern Nursery

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, Suffolk

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 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: 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

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