Friday, 26 June 2015

Next Field Meeting

The field meeting (after Saturday's Bioblitz at Glen Parva) will be held on Tuesday 30th June from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. when we will record in monad SP5599, between Enderby and Fosse Park.

There is a very diverse array of habitats at this site, about half of which is flood-plain meadow. It includes species-rich grassland, mud tracks, a stream and ponds, the River Soar and its banks, urban settlements, roadsides, the Park & Ride and part of the Meridian Business Park, which has a lake. In 2010, Dianthus deltoides was recorded very near here in monad SP5500, so we will try to re-find it as well. This could be a fairly long meeting, as there is a lot of habitats to cover in this monad, so we may split into two groups to cover more of the area.

Park on the side road that forms the entrance to Palmer's Garden Centre at SP552994, taking care to avoid obstructing the entrances to houses, and meet at the west end of the public footpath. Limited parking is also available on roads at the Business Park, but there are a lot of double yellow lines. NB: You can only park at the Park & Ride, if you use the bus service.

Site Meeting Details
If you would like more details or to arrange car-sharing, please email or phone me: contact details are in the group field meetings document on the menu bar.

Geoffrey

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Glen Parva Bioblitz Saturday 27 June

Botanists

Our next meeting will be at the Glen Parva Bioblitz, which is taking place from Friday 26 to Saturday 27 June (3:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.). The organisers are hoping to record at least 300 species in the Glen Parva and Glen Hills Local Nature Reserves, an area of woodland, grassland, ponds and hedges, bordering the Grand Union Canal.

If you'd like to help record the plants here, then meet at the Green Flag by the gazebo on the recreation ground at the western end of Dorothy Avenue (SP 56692 99322) at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday 27, and we'll spend a couple of hours in the field. If it's wet, then we'll meet in the meeting room accessed directly from the car park. There are very few records of vascular plants in this area, so the records will be used for the Atlas 2020 project as well (monad SP5699).

This event is suitable for beginners and experienced botanists, as there are some moderately species-rich grasslands, which qualify as Local Wildlife Sites, and some interesting aquatic vegetation to see. For information about the event and site maps see the Bioblitz home page and links from it. Parking is available at in  the car park at the end of Dorothy Avenue, or on street near the site.

Geoffrey

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Monad Recording Meeting at Marefield


Our next field meeting will be held on Wednesday 17th June from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. when we will record as much of the monad SK7507, Red Lodge Road near Marefield, as possible. There are farm tracks, a wood, a stream and a dismantled railway to investigate. This could be a fairly short meeting, as access is poor in this monad, so we'll more than likely go to the pub in Tilton afterwards. Park carefully on verges at SK75880769 or SK75880769 (junction of Hyde Lodge Road and Washdyke Road) so that you do not obstruct entrances to fields, and meet at the Northern end of Red Lodge Road.

Site Meeting Details
If you would like more details or to arrange car-sharing, please email or phone me: contact details are in the group field meetings document on the menu bar.

Geoffrey

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Tetrad Recording Meeting at Shawell



Our fourth meeting will be held on Saturday 6th June from 10:00 a.m. - 16:00 p.m., when we will record as much of the tetrad SP58K, Shawell, as possible. It contains pasture and arable fields with hedgerows, old quarry lakes, a disused railway line, the M1 and its embankments, woods, field ponds and a stream. There are a lot of habitats to examine and also some interesing old records for this tetrad. Re-finding the following species will be a focus of the meeting: Asplenium adiantum-nigrum, Bromus racemosus, Chaenorhinum minus, Glyceria notata, Gymnocarpium robertianum, Hippuris vulgaris, Leontodon saxatilis, Mercurialis annua, Ononis spinosa and Papaver dubium.
Ononis spinosa (Spiny Restharrow)


Park safely in Shawell village and meet at the White Swan pub on Main Street at SP543802. Please ensure that you park so as not obstruct the entrances to fields etc. You can stay for all of the meeting or leave whenever you want. As there is a lot of ground to cover, we will go at a slightly faster pace and won't spend much time checking identifications as we go: instead we will take material to key out later.


Bring sunscreen, insect repellant, hats etc. to suit the weather. If you would like more details or to arrange car-sharing, please email or phone me: contact details are in the group field meetings document on the menu bar.


Geoffrey