Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Next Field Meeting

This week, we will be continuing recording the plants in the monads requested by the BSBI, by recording in an urban monad at Barwell and Earl Shilton, SP4597. Urban areas are a major habitat in modern Britain and can yield some unexpected finds. They are often species-rich and we usually record more species than we do in a monad in the countryside, and not just non-native species or garden escapes either. The area contains a stream and some roadside grasslands, and there should be a lot of ruderal 'weeds' and street trees to identify.

Meet on Saturday 4 June at 10:30 a.m. at the entrance to Newlands Primary School on Moore Road at SP452974. Please park in the adjacent streets, taking care not to block any entrances. We plan to survey the monad, finishing around 3:30 p.m. at the latest.

The meeting is suitable for both beginners and experienced botanists, and it should be a fairly leisurely day with plenty of time to show and discuss what we find. 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

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Field meeting Saturday 21st May

This week, we will be surveying Narborough Bog, a Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust reserve, at the request of the Trust, who want to know how the management regime is affecting the plants on the reserve. There are a lot of interesting wetland plants on this site including Meadow Rue (Thalictrum flavum) and a recently discovered population of Small Teasel (Dipsacus pilosus) to whet your appetite. More information about the reserve can be found on the LRWT website.

Meet on Saturday 21 May at 10:30 a.m. in the car park near the sports club at SP545980. To get to the car park, turn sharp left off the B4114 immediately before the motorway, and go down the track towards the club house. We plan to survey the reserve, then continue recording until we've covered the reserve, or as much of it as we can, finishing around 3:30 p.m.

The meeting is suitable for both beginners and experienced botanists, and it should be a fairly leisurely day with plenty of time to show and discuss what we find. 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, 4 May 2016

Field Meeting on Saturday 7th May

This week, we will be continuing our work recording plants in the under-recorded monads that the BSBI have asked us to survey, and also surveying Burton Fishpond Plantation, a community woodland at Burton on the Wolds.You can find some more information about the woodland here. Lyn Cooper, who is a volunteer and a member of the Plantation Management Committee, will meet us there and give a short talk about the wood and the involvement of local people in its management. The rest of monad SK5820 is mostly arable fields with hedgerows, a stream, field ponds, roadside verges and some built-up areas.

Meet on Saturday 7 May at 10:30 a.m. in the car park at the end of Towles Fields, off Barrow Road at SK586208. It is planned to survey the woodland, and then continue recording until we've covered the entire monad, finishing around 3:30 p.m. The current forecast is for sunny weather at the weekend.

The meeting is suitable for both beginners and experienced botanists, and it should be a leisurely day with plenty of time to show and discuss what's being found.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. Toilets are available in the pavilion in the car park. What luxury!

If you would like more details or to arrange car-sharing, please email or phone me on 07745487766.

Geoffrey