Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Bryophyte Meetings 2017/18

Here are all dates for the coming bryophyte season. These meetings are open for everyone with an interest in bryophytes. The field meetings start at 10.00 a.m. and take as long as weather conditions allow, so it is always best to bring a packed lunch. Apart from weatherproof clothes, it is useful to bring a hand lens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets or small containers for collecting specimens. The BBS field guide (Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a Field-guide 2010) is very useful - the Field Key can be downloaded from the internet. Please contact Uta Hamzaoui (email or 07852 682 790) if would like to take part and to organise car sharing.

Saturday 11 November 2017
Field Meeting at Sutton Park, Birmingham
This is a meeting organised by the Midlands Bryophyte Group (MIDBRYG) to Sutton Park. Despite its urban location, it is an excellent site with some good mires and historical records of some really rare species. Please contact me if you would like more information or if you would like to share lifts from Leicester.

Saturday 2 December and Sunday 3 December 2017
Course: Introduction to Bryophytes at Leicester University Botanic Gardens (Sat) and Charnwood Lodge (Sun). This course is meant for beginners to learn some of the most common bryophytes and how to use the field guide. More information is available in this flyer which contains a link to the University's online shop, if you wish book this course.

Saturday 27 January 2018
Field Meeting at Mountsorrel and Rothley Meadows Nature Reserve
This is a relatively new Trust reserve and there are no bryophyte records for this site so far. The reserve lies to the west of the river Soar and consists of a mosaic of wetland habitats including wet woodland, shallow pools, wet grassland and swamp.
Meet at SK58351495 on the car park on Little Lane.

Saturday 24 February 2018
Field Meeting at Tugby Wood
Tugby Wood is a privately owned species-rich woodland in the Eye Brook Valley where we will see a good range of typical woodland species. The last bryophyte records are from 1996 and epiphytic species are conspicuously absent, so we are likely to add some interesting species to the list.
Meet at the entrance to the wood at SK76820191. Please park safely along the road.

Saturday 17 March 2018
Field Meeting at Charley Wood Nature Reserve
Charley Woods (SK476148) is made up of two woodlands, one of which is ancient woodland, and a field which is left unmanaged to allow natural regeneration of woodland. The last survey was carried out in 1998 when many notable species were recorded, including several Charnwood Forest specialities, which we are trying to re-find.
Details for parking will be sent out before the meeting.

Thursday 1 February 2018
Thursday 1 March 2018
Thursday 22 March 2018
Indoor Meetings at The Old Mill, Leicestershire & Rutland offices

The field meetings will be followed up by indoor meetings where we can use the microscopes and work together on material collected in the field. Meet at 7 p.m. at the LRWT offices at The Old Mill, 9 Soar Lane, Leicester, LE3 5DE.
Hope to see you there
Uta

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Next two botany group meetings

There are two meetings scheduled for this weekend.

On Saturday 26th August, we will visit Kingfisher Bridge Reserve, a privately owned Nature Reserve near in the Cambridgeshire fens, which was suggested earlier in the year by one of the group members. It will be a chance to see some of the country's rarest plants, see some of the conservation work that is being done on the site, and have a day out with the group when we don't do recording! There will guided walks around the site and also bird-ringing demonstrations to see, etc. More details about the site and the event, including directions, can be found on the Reserve's website. Meet at the site at 11:00 a.m. The website says that refreshments will be available on site, but you can bring your own if you want to.

On Sunday 27th August, there will be a group visit to Plungar and Barkstone-le-Vale. We will be recording in tetrads SK73R (69 taxa recorded since 2000) and SK73S (47 taxa recorded since 2000), so we will divide into two groups, as we did at the Owston meeting. Both tetrads contain farmland, roadsides, villages, hedgreows and the Grantham Canal, so we should see a good selection of late ruderals (especially Asteraceae) and aquatic plants. Meet at St. Helen's Church in Plungar (SK769340) at 10:30 a.m., but park considerately in the village, as there may be a service underway at the church.


The meeting is suitable for beginners and more experienced botanists, and will be a brisk, but leisurely day with some time to discuss what we find. The meeting will continue until around 3:30 p.m. or until we decide to finish. You're welcome to stay with us for as long as you wish, and to leave at any time, provided you tell us when you go. Please bring sunscreen, rain gear etc. to suit the weather, and lunch and a drink, if staying all day.

Please phone Geoffrey (0774 548 7766) or Russell (07594 302127) to arrange a lift. There are a limited number of spaces in our cars, which are offered on a 'first come first served' basis.

Geoffrey

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Field meetings update and date change

The meeting scheduled for Saturday 26th August to Plungar has been re-scheduled to Sunday 27th August. The move is to accommodate a visit to Kingfisher Bridge Reserve, a privately owned Nature Reserve near in the Cambridgeshire fens on Saturday 26th August, which was suggested earlier in the year by Richard Penson, one of the group members. It will be a chance to see some of the country's rarest plants, see some of the conservation work that is being done on the site, and have a day out with the group when we don't do recording! There will guided walks around the site and also bird-ringing demonstrations to see, etc.. More details about the site and the event, including directions, can be found on the Reserve's website. I suggest that we meet at the site at 11:00 a.m. The website says that refreshments will be available on site, but you can bring your own if needed. More details and a reminder will be sent nearer the date.

Please phone Geoffrey (07745487766) or Russell (07594 302127) to arrange a lift. There are a limited number of spaces in our cars, which are offered on a 'first come first served' basis.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Field Meeting 15th July

The next vascular plant field meeting will take place on Saturday 15th July, at Owston. Meet at St. Andrew’s Church (SK775079). Parking is available in the village, but park sensitively if a wedding or other service is taking place in the church. To cover as much of the area as possible, we will divide into two groups: one group will record in SK70T, to the south of the village, and the other in SK70U to the north. Both of these tetrads have permissive paths that expire on 31 July, so this will be our last chance to use them. The two tetrads contain a lot of arable and pasture farm land, hedgerows, village paths, roadside verges and tracks, and small streams.




The meeting is suitable for beginners and more experienced botanists, and will be a fairly leisurely day with plenty of time to discuss what we find. However, the group recording in SK70U will walk to Newbold and back (4-5 km) and will focus on recording, as there has been only one record since 2000, with 205 to find!

The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. and continue until around 3:00 p.m. You're welcome to stay with us for as long as you wish, and to leave at any time, provided you tell us when you go. Please bring sunscreen, rain gear etc. to suit the weather, and lunch and a drink, if staying all day. If you would like more details or a lift, please phone Russell on 07594 302127 or Geoffrey on 07745 487766.

Geoffrey

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Field Meeting 1st July

The next vascular plant field meeting will take place on Saturday 1st July, south of Snarestone. Meet at SK346082 in the small car park off Ashby Road near Gopsall Wharf. To cover as much of the area as possible, we will divide into 2 groups. One group will record in SK30N, to the south of the car park (mainly the monad SK3507) and the other in SK30P (to the north). Both of these tetrads have permissive paths that expires on 31 July, so this will be our last chance to use them. Both tetrads also contain the Ashby de la Zouch Canal SSSI, which will be good for marginal and submerged aquatic plants, a disused railway line, a lot of mostly arable farm land, hedgerows, small woodlands and roadside verges.




The meeting is suitable for beginners and more experienced botanists, and will be a fairly leisurely day with plenty of time to discuss what we find. The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. and continue until around 3:00 p.m. You're welcome to stay with us for as long as you wish, and to leave at any time, provided you tell us when you go. Please bring sunscreen, rain gear etc. to suit the weather, and lunch and a drink, if staying all day.
If you would like more details or a lift, please phone me on 0774 548 7766.
Geoffrey

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Next Botanical Field Meeting

The next vascular plant field meeting will take place on Saturday 3rd June at Terrace Hills, near Stathern. We will start recording in the monad SK7930 which includes the Terrace Hills SSSI, that has some of the best remaining examples of calcareous old pasture in Leicestershire, so there will be plenty of interesting species to see.

Park safely and meet on Belvoir Road near a field gate on the SE side of the road near SK793311. The nearest place name on Explorer map 260 is Terrace Hills Farm, the entrance to which is about 200 yards NE of the gate. The tenant farmer tells me that the SSSI field is grazed by 'well behaved' cattle. Once we have explored the SSSI, we will explore some of the rest of tetrad SK73V (Stathern Wood) using Belvoir Road, footpaths and tracks.

The meeting is suitable for beginners and more experienced botanists, and will be a fairly leisurely day with plenty of time to discuss what we find. The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. and continue until around 3:00 p.m. You're welcome to stay with us for as long as you wish, and to leave at any time, provided you tell us when you go. Please bring sunscreen, rain gear etc. to suit the weather, and lunch and a drink, if staying all day.

If you would like more details or to arrange car-sharing, please phone me on 07594 302127.

Russell

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Next vc55 Botany Group Field Meeting

The next vascular plant field meeting will take place on Saturday 27th May in Queniborough. We will be recording in the monad SK6312 which contains a small industrial estate and some streets which will be good for ruderal species, and some farm land, mostly arable and hedgerows.  Meet at the Junction of Avenue Road & Beechwood Avenue at SK63981232. Parking is available in nearby streets.




The meeting is suitable for beginners and more experienced botanists, and will be a fairly leisurely day with plenty of time to discuss what we find. The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m. and continue until around 3:00 p.m. You're welcome to stay with us for as long as you wish, and to leave at any time, provided you tell us when you go. Please bring sunscreen, rain gear etc. to suit the weather, and lunch and a drink, if staying all day.
If you would like more details or a lift, please phone me on 0774 548 7766.
Geoffrey