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

Monday, 15 May 2017

Midweek Botanical Meeting

We will be visiting the Hammond Arboretum (Burnmill Road, Market Harborough, LE16 7JG) on Thursday 18th May. The Arboretum is in the grounds of the Robert Smyth Academy, and was established by Francis Hammond, a former headmaster of the school, which used to be called the Market Harborough County Grammer School. Francis began planting the Arboretum with rare and exotic trees in 1913 and continued until a few years before his death in 1937. The Arboretum has a documented collection of its contents and has been managed by volunteers for the past 25 years, who have worked hard to maintain the trees and to raise funds for the Arboretum's restoration and maintenance. You can find out more information from the website. Meet at 2 p.m. at the Academy Reception, where we will meet our host, George Marshall, and sign in. Parking is available on the road, but may be in short supply, as it is term time.

Geoffrey

Tuesday, 25 April 2017



This year's Leicester City Bioblitz will be held at Knighton Park, Palmerston Way from 7.00 p.m. Friday 12th May to 5.00 p.m. Saturday 13th May 2017. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the event format, it is a 24-hour race against the clock to identify as many wildlife species as possible. This year, "An ambitious target of 500 species has been set to challenge experts and beginners alike in a quest to find wildlife ranging from bats to butterflies, trees to toads and many creepy crawlies." Knighton Park has a good mix of habitats, including brooks, grasslands, species-rich woodlands and formal gardens.

Activities with schools will be held on Friday, plus guided walks and talks for everyone on Friday evening, and also during the day on Saturday, when there is a wild flower walk at 1:00 pm. If you are interested in the walks and talks, which are free, you can book them via the Bioblitz website (click on the 'Register' button). Someone from the Botany Group will be on site from 10:00 a.m. all are welcome to come and help find and identify plants, or to just enjoy the wildlife in the park.

Last year's Bioblitz was held in Welford Road Cemetery and several members of the Botany Group attended and helped to record species. It was a successful event and a report was produced by Helen O'Brien, which you can download here (pdf document; 2.77Mb).

Helen says that, "...the staff who help to manage the sites are often amazed at the species-richness, even though some have been working there for many years and for others it adds a greater depth of understanding of why they are asked to manage the sites in the way that they do." So, your contribution will help to inform the future management of the Park.

The event is being organised in partnership between Leicester City Council, Knighton Wild, The Conservation Volunteers, NatureSpot, University of Leicester and the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, not to mention the many experts, volunteers and public who make the day special and without whom it would not be possible.

Geoffrey

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Field Meeting in Mkt Harborough

The first vascular plant field meeting of 2017 will take place on Saturday 8th April in Market Harborough. We will be recording in the monad SP7487 which is half in Leicestershire and half in Northamptonshire (vc32), with the help of Brian Laney. We will be concentrating on early flowering species, especially ruderal herbs in the industrial estate. As we will record the species in Leicestershire and then repeat the recording in Northamptonshire, there will be plenty of opportunities to revise what you have just learnt. Meet at the junction of Rockingham Industrial Estate with Rockingham Road at SP746874. 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 to arrange car-sharing, please phone me on 0774 548 7766.

Geoffrey