Sunday, 8 January 2017

Bryophyte Field Meetings in January

These two meetings are open to everyone and a chance to meet people from other counties. Booking isn't essential, but it would help, if you could let us know who is coming.

Saturday 21 January to Warren Hills

Gail Quartly-Bishop has kindly offered to lead a field meeting to the Warren Hills of Charnwood Lodge NNR with lowland heath, volcanic rock outcrops and stubble fields. The site is likely to be muddy and wet in places, so come prepared. You will also have to bring your own lunch and drinks. If you are interested in taking part, please let Gail know.
Parking and meeting: at the 'Bomb Rocks' car park at SK462156, which is at the end of a track off Abbey Road between Whitwick and Shepshed. You will have to go through a closed gate with a sign saying 'Wildlife Trust members and permit holders only'.
Start: 10.30 a.m.
Heath grassland at Warren Hills/Charnwood Lodge NNR

Sunday 22 January to Jubilee Wood and Beacon Hill

Jubilee Wood is part of the 'Beacon Hill, Hangingstone & Outwoods' SSSI and managed by Leicestershire County Council. It is ancient woodland which includes wet alder woodland as well as small remnants of sessile oak woodland on Precambrian outcrops.  The site was last surveyed for bryophytes in 1989. If time and weather allows, we can also visit the adjacent Beacon Hill Country Park to have a look at heath and rock outcrops. If you are interested in taking part, please let Uta know.
Meeting: at SK51011650 on Woodhouse Lane. Parking is on lay-bys along the woodland.
Start: 10.30 a.m.

View from Beacon Hill across the Charnwood Forest

Old alder woodland in Jubilee Wood