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