Monday, 22 August 2016

Field Meeting 27 August

We have not been able to get access to either of the two sites we planned to visit this time, but we will try again for 2017. Instead, we have decided to record in an urban monad with a few records that hasn't been visited much since 2000. For the last visit for our vascular plant recording trips in 2016, we will be recording in SK5609, part of Castle Hill Country Park, which is open access and is owned and managed by Leicester City Council. The site contains a stream, a large pond, a Sustainable Urban Drainage System, some plantation woodland, hedgerows, grassland and motorway verges. For a wealth of information about the site and a map, see this webpage. So, let's see what we can find at the end of the summer. It even has benches, so we'll have somewhere to sit for lunch. What a luxury!

Meet in Anstey Lane at SK561098 at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday 27 August, where there is parking for cars on either side of the road. We will finish around 3:30 p.m.

The meeting is suitable for both beginners and experienced botanists, and it will be a fairly leisurely day with plenty of time to 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, 9 August 2016

Field Meeting, Saturday 13 August

This week, we will be recording in the BSBI-requested monad, SK7718, at Priory Water, south-east of Asfordby. It has a good mix of habitats and there will be plenty of aquatic plants to see in the lakes and on the banks of the River Wreake, plus some marshy grassland, track-sides, hedgerows and plantation woodland.

Meet on Saturday 13 August at 10:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Church, Main Street, Kirby Bellars at
SK717182. Please park with consideration, so as not to block entrances, especially if a function, such as a wedding is in progress. We will finish around 3:30 p.m. or when we have had enough.

The meeting is suitable for both beginners and experienced botanists, and it should be a fairly leisurely day with plenty of time to 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

Monday, 1 August 2016

Bryophyte Workshop: Advance Notice

Intermediate Workshop: "Brachythecium and Eurhynchium s.l. - the basics"

Saturday, 21 January 2017, Leicester Botanical Garden

This will be an indoor workshop for everyone who wants to get to grips with this group of closely related pleurocarp mosses, many of which are common but difficult to distinguish in the field. Dissecting and compound microscopes as well as plant material will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own reference material as well as any mystery specimens. The trainer will be Martin Godfrey, a very knowledgeable and friendly bryologist. 

The workshop will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 16:30 p.m. and will cost £15. Numbers will be limited to 16.  See this document for more information about the workshop which can be booked online at the University Shop.

Tea and coffee will be provided but, please bring your own lunch.There are frequent bus services from Leicester Railway Station to the Botanic Garden, or, if you let us know in advance, we can arrange a pick-up from the Station. 

If you have any queries please contact Uta Hamzaoui (uta.hamzaoui@yahoo.de; 0116 2940704).

The workshop is supported by the British Bryological Society, the University of Leicester and the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.