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 ( 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: 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.