Monday, 19 February 2018

The next Bryophyte field meeting.

Dear all,
The next local bryophyte meeting will be held at Tugby Wood on Saturday, 24 February. We will meet at the entrance to the wood at SK76820191 at 10 a.m. Please park safely somewhere along the road. The meeting will probably continue until about 3 p.m. There is a nice cafe nearby which we could visit afterwards.
Tugby Wood is a privately owned species-rich woodland in the Eye Brook Valley where we can see a good range of typical woodland species. The last bryophyte records are from
1996 and epiphytic species are conspicuously absent so we are likely to add some interesting species to the list.

These meetings are open to everyone with an interest in bryophytes. The field meetings take as long as weather conditions allow, so it is always best to bring a packed lunch. Apart from weatherproof clothes, it is useful to bring a hand lens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets or small containers for collecting specimens. The BBS field guide (Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a Field-guide 2010) is very useful and can be downloaded from the BBS website. Please contact me (uta.hamzaoui@yahoo.de or 07852 682 790), if would like to take part, and to organise car sharing.

If there is interest, there will be a follow up indoor meeting on Thursday, 1 March, where we can use the microscopes and work together on material collected in the field. Meet at 7 p.m. at the LRWT offices at The Old Mill, 9 Soar Lane, Leicester, LE3 5DE. Parking is on the lay-by opposite the office.

I would also like to let you know about a workshop on the introduction to liverworts run by Rachel Carter on Saturday, 17 March 2018, at Pitsford Water Nature Reserve. Rachel is the Northamptonshire recorder for bryophytes and has joined us on some of our local bryophyte meetings where her knowledge and patience with beginners has always been of great help. Rachel has also planned to join us on our coming meeting and I am sure that she will help us to produce a good list with some interesting species. 

Uta Hamzaoui

Friday, 16 February 2018

Winter twig ID meeting

You are invited to a winter twig ID session on Saturday 24th February at Charnwood Water, Loughborough, where c20 deciduous species can be found and apparently their twigs and buds are within reaching distance!

This meeting has been suggested by local member Richard Mabbutt who has recced the site and will lead the day's proceedings.

Please meet at 10.30am in the car park at the north end of Charnwood Water, Tuckers Road, off Beeches Road, Loughborough, LE11 2PH. Grid ref is SK546186. Map above right - click to enlarge it.

The meeting will continue until around 3.30 and then we may decide to head to a nearby cafe for a chance to peer at any specimens we've collected over a hot drink and a piece of cake.

Please could you email us at bsbivc55@gmail.com if you plan to come so we can issue you with the latest version of John Poland's key - he's due to publish his Winter Twigs book later this year so we are getting an advance copy of the key to road-test for him. You can just turn up on the day if you like but then you won't have your own copy of John's key!

There are two other winter twig ID keys available:

You can download this SRT key free of charge, courtesy of author Leif Bersweden.

You may also want to check out this ID key from the FSC which costs £6 - Richard will bring along a copy for you to use on the day.

As usual, dress for the weather, bring lunch and a flask, a handlens, a bag and secateurs if you want to collect specimens.

Hope to see you on the 24th!

Louise

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Bryophyte Field Meeting

Our first local meeting of 2018 will be held at the Mountsorrel and Rothley Meadows Nature Reserve on Saturday, 27 January. Meet in the car park on Little Lane (SK58351495) at 10.30 a.m. This is a relatively new Trust Reserve, and there are no bryophyte records for this site so far. The Reserve lies to the west of the river Soar and consists of a mosaic of wetland habitats including wet woodland, shallow pools, wet grassland and swamp created from arable land. For further information about the Reserve, see the LRWT website.

These meetings are open to everyone with an interest in bryophytes. The field meetings take as long as weather conditions allow, so it is always best to bring a packed lunch. Apart from weatherproof clothes, it is useful to bring a hand lens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets or small containers for collecting specimens. The BBS field guide (Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a Field-guide 2010) is very useful and can be downloaded from  the BBS website. Please contact Uta (uta.hamzaoui@yahoo.de or 07852 682 790), if would like to take part, and to organise car sharing.
Uta Hamzaoui

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Two Dates for Your Diary

The VC55 team in Leicester, ready to
start their New Year Plant Hunt
Image: J. Clough
First, a note to remind you that the local vc55 botany group’s New Year Plant Hunt will be featured on BBC1’s Countryfile programme tomorrow evening, Sunday 21st, scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.  and available afterwards via iPlayer. It also features botanical research at the University of Leicester and nature conservation activities at Rutland Water Nature Reserve that involve the local community.

Second, the annual Wildlife Recording Conference, organised by the LRWT, will be held on Sunday 25th February from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rothley Centre, Mountsorrel Lane, Rothley. If you’ve not been before, the event is a good opportunity to find out what is going on in the local natural history scene and to meet other naturalists. The event is free, but attendees must book a place beforehand by contacting Nathalie Cossa (email: ncossa@lrwt.org.uk or telephone 0116 248 7362). Further details and a programme of speakers can be found on the LRWT website. 

Hope you enjoy watching the group’s moment in the limelight and that you can come to the Conference.

Geoffrey

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Bryophyte Meetings 2017/18

Here are all dates for the coming bryophyte season. These meetings are open for everyone with an interest in bryophytes. The field meetings start at 10.00 a.m. and take as long as weather conditions allow, so it is always best to bring a packed lunch. Apart from weatherproof clothes, it is useful to bring a hand lens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets or small containers for collecting specimens. The BBS field guide (Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a Field-guide 2010) is very useful - the Field Key can be downloaded from the internet. Please contact Uta Hamzaoui (email or 07852 682 790) if would like to take part and to organise car sharing.

Saturday 11 November 2017
Field Meeting at Sutton Park, Birmingham
This is a meeting organised by the Midlands Bryophyte Group (MIDBRYG) to Sutton Park. Despite its urban location, it is an excellent site with some good mires and historical records of some really rare species. Please contact me if you would like more information or if you would like to share lifts from Leicester.

Saturday 2 December and Sunday 3 December 2017
Course: Introduction to Bryophytes at Leicester University Botanic Gardens (Sat) and Charnwood Lodge (Sun). This course is meant for beginners to learn some of the most common bryophytes and how to use the field guide. More information is available in this flyer which contains a link to the University's online shop, if you wish book this course.

Saturday 27 January 2018
Field Meeting at Mountsorrel and Rothley Meadows Nature Reserve
This is a relatively new Trust reserve and there are no bryophyte records for this site so far. The reserve lies to the west of the river Soar and consists of a mosaic of wetland habitats including wet woodland, shallow pools, wet grassland and swamp.
Meet at SK58351495 on the car park on Little Lane.

Saturday 24 February 2018
Field Meeting at Tugby Wood
Tugby Wood is a privately owned species-rich woodland in the Eye Brook Valley where we will see a good range of typical woodland species. The last bryophyte records are from 1996 and epiphytic species are conspicuously absent, so we are likely to add some interesting species to the list.
Meet at the entrance to the wood at SK76820191. Please park safely along the road.

Saturday 17 March 2018
Field Meeting at Charley Wood Nature Reserve
Charley Woods (SK476148) is made up of two woodlands, one of which is ancient woodland, and a field which is left unmanaged to allow natural regeneration of woodland. The last survey was carried out in 1998 when many notable species were recorded, including several Charnwood Forest specialities, which we are trying to re-find.
Details for parking will be sent out before the meeting.

Thursday 1 February 2018
Thursday 1 March 2018
Thursday 22 March 2018
Indoor Meetings at The Old Mill, Leicestershire & Rutland offices

The field meetings will be followed up by indoor meetings where we can use the microscopes and work together on material collected in the field. Meet at 7 p.m. at the LRWT offices at The Old Mill, 9 Soar Lane, Leicester, LE3 5DE.
Hope to see you there
Uta

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Next two botany group meetings

There are two meetings scheduled for this weekend.

On Saturday 26th August, we will visit Kingfisher Bridge Reserve, a privately owned Nature Reserve near in the Cambridgeshire fens, which was suggested earlier in the year by one of the group members. It will be a chance to see some of the country's rarest plants, see some of the conservation work that is being done on the site, and have a day out with the group when we don't do recording! There will guided walks around the site and also bird-ringing demonstrations to see, etc. More details about the site and the event, including directions, can be found on the Reserve's website. Meet at the site at 11:00 a.m. The website says that refreshments will be available on site, but you can bring your own if you want to.

On Sunday 27th August, there will be a group visit to Plungar and Barkstone-le-Vale. We will be recording in tetrads SK73R (69 taxa recorded since 2000) and SK73S (47 taxa recorded since 2000), so we will divide into two groups, as we did at the Owston meeting. Both tetrads contain farmland, roadsides, villages, hedgreows and the Grantham Canal, so we should see a good selection of late ruderals (especially Asteraceae) and aquatic plants. Meet at St. Helen's Church in Plungar (SK769340) at 10:30 a.m., but park considerately in the village, as there may be a service underway at the church.


The meeting is suitable for beginners and more experienced botanists, and will be a brisk, but leisurely day with some time to discuss what we find. The meeting will continue until around 3:30 p.m. or until we decide to finish. 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.

Please phone Geoffrey (0774 548 7766) or Russell (07594 302127) to arrange a lift. There are a limited number of spaces in our cars, which are offered on a 'first come first served' basis.

Geoffrey

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Field meetings update and date change

The meeting scheduled for Saturday 26th August to Plungar has been re-scheduled to Sunday 27th August. The move is to accommodate a visit to Kingfisher Bridge Reserve, a privately owned Nature Reserve near in the Cambridgeshire fens on Saturday 26th August, which was suggested earlier in the year by Richard Penson, one of the group members. It will be a chance to see some of the country's rarest plants, see some of the conservation work that is being done on the site, and have a day out with the group when we don't do recording! There will guided walks around the site and also bird-ringing demonstrations to see, etc.. More details about the site and the event, including directions, can be found on the Reserve's website. I suggest that we meet at the site at 11:00 a.m. The website says that refreshments will be available on site, but you can bring your own if needed. More details and a reminder will be sent nearer the date.

Please phone Geoffrey (07745487766) or Russell (07594 302127) to arrange a lift. There are a limited number of spaces in our cars, which are offered on a 'first come first served' basis.