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.