Wild Flower Society Field Meetings 2017

Meetings are open to all members of the Society.

Members wishing to attend a meeting should book with the leader directly unless otherwise stated in the information.

All those attending WFS Field Meetings do so at their own risk. For any queries email Sheila Wynn or phone 01200 425813

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Members who do not drive or who have difficulty reaching the starting point of events should contact the leader to see if transport might be available. Packed lunches are usually required and need to be carried. Please do not bring dogs to any meeting as some landowners do not like them on their property.

BSBI Meetings. Members of the WFS are invited to attend BSBI Recording Meetings. For details see their website: http://www.bsbi.org.uk/meetings.html

Two and three day meetings Meetings 2017

Thursday 15th – Friday 16th June 2017 Teesdale

Thursday 15th June Leader: Linda Robinson (VC 65 Recorder)

Meet for a 10:30 start at Bowlees Car Park (NY908282). There are toilets and the visitor centre has a newly refurbished café for anyone arriving early and wanting a drink. We will spend the day on the banks of the River Tees between Low and High Force, where we should see many of the Teesdale specialities. If time, we may also go further downriver where there are some of the very rare Alchemillas and Crepis mollis (Northern hawk’s-beard).

Friday 16th June 2017

Meet for a 10:30 start at Cow Green Car Park (NY811309) We will spend the morning on the Teesdale NNR in the area between the car park and Cow Green Dam and then move down to Widdybank Pasture. Plants we should see include Viola lutea (Mountain Pansy), Draba incana (Hoary Whitlowgrass), Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort) and possibly Gentiana verna (Spring Gentian), although we may be too late. Numbers limited to 20. To book, contact Judith Cox or phone 01642 892815

This meeting could be combined with the meeting on Wednesday 14th June at Whitesyke mine, Garrigill and Bell's Grooves, Allenheads, which is about 15 miles north of Middleton-in-Teesdale. See One Day Meetings list for information. The Durham Wildlife Trust Reserve, Hannah’s Meadow SSSI is 8 miles south of Middleton-in-Teesdale. These meadows are considered to be some of the least improved and most species rich upland hay meadows in Durham. If there is enough interest, we could visit the site on Saturday.

Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th June 2017 Exmoor.This is a joint meeting with Somerset Rare Plants Group.

Leaders: Graham Lavender and Ro FitzGerald

Saturday 24th June 2017

Meet at 10.00 at Bossington National Trust Car Park (SS898 479) for a walk over Bossington Salt Marsh and Hurlstone Point. We should see Allium ampeloprasum var. babingtonii (Wild Leek), Crambe maritima (Sea Kale), Glaucium flavum (Yellow Horned-poppy), Glaux maritima (Sea-milkwort), Lepidium heterophyllum (Smith’s Pepperwort), Orobanche hederae (Ivy Broomrape), Spergularia rupicola (Rock Sea-spurrey) and Trifolium subterraneum (Subterranean clover).

Sunday 25th June 2017

Meet at 10.00 at Robbers Bridge Car Park (SS821464). This is a traditional moorland edge-of-stream site and we should see Drosera rotundiflora (Round-leaved Sundew), Eleocharis quinqueflora (Few-flowered Spike Rush), Myriophyllum alterniflorum (Alternate Water-milfoil), Narthecium ossifragum (Bog Asphodel), Pinguicula grandiflora (Large-flowered Butterwort), Scutellaria minor (Lesser Skullcap), Sibthorpia europaea (Cornish Moneywort) and Wahlenbergia hederacea (Ivy-leaved Bellflower). The Bossington monad has over 300 species and the Robbers Bridge just over 200 within 5 mins of ample car parking. Porlock (near Bossington) has many places to stay. Visitor Centre enquiries: 01643 863150 The Exmoor National Parks website has masses of information including details of accommodation. Anyone hoping to attend, contact Graham Lavender

Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th July 2017 Hampshire and the New Forest

Saturday 8th July 2017 Noar Hill Nature Reserve, Selborne, Hampshire

Leader: Tony Mundell

Meet at 10:30 in the car park at Selborne (SU742335) (Toilets available here). We will share cars to drive on to park on the grassy verge near Noar Hill, at SU73773216. Noar Hill has a rich chalk flora, with a variety of orchids, including Coeloglossum viride (Frog Orchid), Herminium monorchis (Musk Orchid),Orobanche elatior (Knapweed Broomrape) as well as over 35 species of breeding butterfly. If there is time, we could also look at the adjacent hangar and arable field edges. Numbers limited to 15. To book, Contact Sheila Wynn or phone 01200 425813

Sunday 9th July 2017 New Forest

Leader: David Caals

A 'Come and find' meeting in the New Forest to see its special plants. Meet at 10:00 at Shatterford car park (SU34670643) on the B3056 heading out of Lyndhurst towards Beaulieu. N.B. This car park is to the west of the railway bridge for Beaulieu Road Station, ie on your right just before reaching the railway. Do not go over the bridge to the car park directly opposite the Drift Inn. (Refreshments available there afterwards though) Apart from the usual suspects of acid heath and bog, we hope to see Gladiolus illyricus (Wild Gladiolus), Illecebrum verticillatum (Coral Necklace), Crassula tillaea (Mossy Stonecrop), Utricularia minor, Utricularia intermedia and Utricularia bremii (Lesser, Intermediate and our very own New Forest Bladderworts), Radiola linoides (Allseed), Ludwigia palustris (Hampshire Purslane), Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort) and Cuscuta epithymum (Dodder). If we are very lucky, we shall see late flowering examples of Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp. pulchella (Early Marsh-orchid in both its red/purple livery and its less common white form) and Platanthera bifolia (Lesser Butterfly-orchid). Numbers limited to 20. Because of ticks carrying Lyme disease, you are advised to cover your legs. To book, contact David Caals or phone 01202 814743

Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th July 2017 The Burren

Leader: Chris Metherell

This is a joint meeting with the British Pteridological Society. We shall be based in Ballyvaughan. It will be a 'Come and find' meeting as it won't be possible to do a recce, however Hazel and I have botanised in the area before. We hope to be able to find most of the Burren specialties such as Dryas octopetala (Mountain Avens), Saxifraga roseacea (Irish Saxifrage), Euphrasia salisburgensis (Irish Eyebright), Pedicularis sylvatica ssp. hibernica (Lousewort) and so forth. There will be some rough walking but we won't be climbing any mountains! For more information and booking, contact Chris Metherell or phone 01670 783401, mob 07505134070

Tuesday 25th – Thursday 27th July 2017 Isle of Skye. Leader

Leader: Ian Green

I hope to see most of the interesting species found on Skye including the Arabis alpina (Alpine Rock-cress) and Koenigia islandica (Iceland-purslane). We will be going up several mountains and will climb to at least 700m, although it could be more, so the days will be fairly long. The longest walk I think would be to see the Arabis alpina which is at least a 9km round trip. There will be lots of climbs but nowhere really dangerous, although the going can be hard at times as there will be scree and rocks etc. to climb up/over. Anyone coming would certainly need to be hill fit. Numbers limited to 20. For more information and booking, contact Ian Green: or phone mob: 07724 091 846, address: Eastview, Lachlanwells, Forres, Moray, IV36 2RA

Friday 1st – Monday 4th September 2017 AGM and Members’ Weekend Llandudno

On Saturday morning there will be a walk on the Great Orme followed, after lunch, by the AGM which will be held in Holy Trinity Church Hall, Llandudno. There will be meetings on Sunday at Llyn Sarnau in the Gwydyr Forest near Llanwrst and on Monday at Cors Goch National Nature Reserve on Anglesey. Full details will be published in the Summer Magazine.


Members wishing to attend a one day meeting should book with the leader and bring a packed lunch

Friday 3rd March 2017 Spring Hunt, Colchester Castle Park and new meadow walk.

Leader: Dr. Stephen Clarkson

Please meet at 10:30 outside the Castle Museum in the park (TL999252). Parking is available with a charge at any of the town’s car parks. The nearest car parks are Nunn's Road, Priory Street and Osborne Street. Contact Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

Saturday 4th March 2017 A Spring Hunt on the dunes at Crosby, Merseyside

Leader: Julie Clarke Joint Meeting with the Lancashire Botany Group

Meet for an 11.00 a.m. start at the Crosby Leisure Centre, Mariners Rd., Crosby L23 6SX SJ307989 Email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Saturday 15th April 2017 A hunt for Pasqueflowers at Therfield Heath, Royston.

Leader: Dr. Stephen Clarkson.

Meet at 10:30 in the car park (TL3362540178). Other species we may see are Thalictrum minus (Lesser Meadow-rue), Hypochaeris maculata (Spotted Cat’s-ear), Iberis amara (Wild Candytuft ) and Thesium humifusum (Bastard Toadflax). Contact Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

Wednesday 10th May 2017 Spring Ephemerals, Surrey

Leader: Pat Verrall

Meet 10.30am at car park on the south side of Guildford Lane, Albury. TQ036484. A steep hilly walk of about four miles covering woodland, streamside and dry sandy slopes.  Possible plants could include Cardamine amara (Large Bitter-cress), Teesdalia nudicaulis (Shepherd's Cress), Vicia lathyroides (Spring Vetch), Saxifraga granulata (Meadow Saxifrage). Contact for information: Pat Verrall or phone 01306 730854. Please include your contact number in case there is a late change of plan.

Thursday 18th May 2017 Recording in the lanes of Cheshire

Leader: Julie Clarke

Joint Meeting with the Lancashire Botany Group The details will be published in the WFS Alerts nearer the time or Email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Saturday 20th May 2017 Beachy Head, Eastbourne

Leader: Gareth Bursnall

Meet at 10:30 at the Holywell Tea Rooms, at the end of the promenade, at beach level. (TV601968) There is parking in the nearby residential streets. Bring a packed lunch and good footwear as we will be walking on shingle and uneven ground. This is a ‘Come and find’ Meeting. We will start by exploring the sea cliffs where we should find Senecio cineraria (Silver Ragwort), Malva arborea (Tree Mallow) and Matthiola incana (Sea Stock). We will then explore the chalk downland where we should see Allium vineale (Crow Garlic), Arum italicum ssp. italicum (Italian Lords-and-Ladies) and much more. Contact Priscilla Nobbs: or 01293 783071

Saturday 27th May 2017 Nettlestead, Suffolk

Leaders: Sue Grayston and Ken Southall

Meet at 10:30. There is plenty of parking at Aspen cottage, Nettlestead. We will be walking around the nearby lanes and fields. There will be cream teas, a quiz and lots of plants. Come and see Ken’s wood collection. All welcome. Contact Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

Thursday 8th June 2017 Langcliffe, Settle, Yorkshire

Leaders: Julie Clarke and Brian Burrow Joint Meeting with the Lancashire Botany Group

Meet at 10:30 in the car park at the Hoffman Lime Kiln (SD824663) post code BD24 9NU. It is situated off the B6479 about 3/4 mile north of Langcliffe village. When level with the paper mill turn right up a lane leading under a railway bridge. Follow the lane to a junction and go right to a signed car park. The site has a good limestone flora as well as a range of species of Hieracium (Hawkweeds). If time, we may go on to another site. Please Email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Saturday 10th June 2017 Wolstenbury Hill, Clayton Hassocks, Sussex

Leader: Gareth Bursnall

Meet at 10:30 at the car park opposite the church in Clayton, Hassocks (TQ299140) Bring a packed lunch and sturdy footwear as the walk includes some steep climbs and the paths may be muddy. We will explore the lanes and then climb Wolstenbury Hill. The plants we should see include: Lavandula angustifolia (Garden Lavender), Neottia ovata (Common Twayblade), Platanthera chlorantha (Greater Butterfly-orchid), Orchis mascula (Early-purple Orchid), and hopefully, Tephroseris integrifolia (Field Fleawort). Contact Priscilla Nobbs: or 01293 783071

Sunday 11th June 2017 Shingle Street, Suffolk

Leaders: Stephen Clarkson and Nicola Dixon

Meet at 10.30 at the Shingle Street car park (TM369430). Shingle Street is one of the largest areas of vegetated shingle in Britain and supports a highly specialised flora. We hope to see species typical of vegetated shingles in Suffolk such as Crambe maritima (Sea Kale), Glaucium flavum (Yellow Horned-poppy) and Lathyrus japonicus (Sea Pea). Site specialities include Vicia lutea (Yellow Vetch) and the dwarf clovers Trifolium glomeratum (Clustered Clover), Trifoilum striatum (Knotted Clover) and Trifoilium scabrum (Rough Clover). We will also explore the adjoining grassland, brackish lagoons and ditches in search of a wide variety of coastal and saltmarsh plants. Contact Nicola Dixon: or phone 07926 500162

Wednesday 14th June 2017 Whitesyke mine, Garrigill and Bell's Grooves, Allenheads

Leader: Lizzie Maddison

Meet at 10:30 at the Whitesyke and Bentyfield mine site (NY750424). There is car parking space next to the road. Then, in the afternoon, we will move over to Bell's Grooves, Allenheads, which is about 8 miles away. There is plenty of space to park at the bottom of Slag Hill (NY851464), from where we will walk a few metres down to the local wildlife site Bell's Grooves There is a tea shop in the village. These sites have interesting calaminarian species such as Noccaea caerulescens (Alpine Penny-cress), Minuartia verna (Spring Sandwort), lots of Viola lutea (Mountain Pansy), Coeloglossum viride (Frog orchid), Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort), Ophioglossum vulgatum (Adder’s Tongue) and Cochlearia pyrenaica (Pyrenean Scurvy-grass). There is also Cirsium heterophyllum (Melancholy Thistle), and Geranium sylvaticum (Wood Crane’s-bill) in the hedgerows. We also have quite rare Sphagnum, Sphagnum riparium, although I realise not technically what we would be there for! To book, contact Lizzie Maddison or phone 07975 853781 The meeting above could be combined with the two-day meeting on 15th – 16th June in Teesdale.

Wednesday 28th June 2017 Sydlings Copse near Oxford

Leader: Roger Heath-Brown

Meet at 10:00 at the Thornhill Park and Ride pick-up/set-down area (SP56640733). One can park for 1 hour for free, but we may have to leave some cars here as parking at the site is difficult. This is an extremely varied reserve with limestone grassland, coppiced woodland, fen, and acid heathland, all surrounded by interesting arable land. We might see any of Orchis mascula (Early-purple Orchid), Agrimonia procera (Fragrant Agrimony), Himantoglossum hircinum (Lizard Orchid), Anagallis tenella (Bog Pimpernel), Lathraea squamaria (Toothwort), and Papaver argemone (Prickly Poppy). We will also visit a second site, possibly Port Meadow for Limosella aquatica (Mudwort), Rumex pulcher (Fiddle Dock) and Torilis nodosa (Knotted Hedge-Parsley); or the Wychwood Way for Salvia pratensis (Meadow Clary), Silene noctiflora (Night-Flowering Campion) and other cornfield weeds. To book, please contact Roger Heath-Brown or phone 01865 361821, or (but only on 28/6/2017) 07929285424

Saturday 8th July 2017 Coldfall Wood, Barnet, London N10

Leader: David Bevan

This is a joint meeting with the London Natural History Society Meet 14:00 at East Finchley underground station on the Northern line (TQ272892) or at 14:15 at the westernmost entrance to wood in Creighton Ave (TQ276900), opposite Church Vale/Beech Drive. Coldfall Wood is a recently coppiced ancient woodland on the boundary between Haringey and Barnet in North London. The flora is rich for its urban location and includes a good range of unusual aliens in addition to the native flora. No need to book. For any queries contact David Bevan

Friday 14th July 2017 Strumpshaw Fen, Norfolk

Leader: Dr. Stephen Clarkson

Meet at 10:30 in RSPB car park (TG341065). Entrance charge for non-members is £3.50. Concessions £2.50. Please remember bug spray. We should see lots of Orchids, Thyselium palustre (Milk-parsley), Potamogeton acutifolius (Sharp-leaved Pondweed) and Carex x rotae (Carex paniculata x Carex appropinquata = Carex x rotae). Contact Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

Saturday 15th July 2017 Amberley Wild Brooks, Arundel, Sussex

Leader: Gareth Bursnall

Meet at 10:30 at Amberley Station at Houghton Bridge (TQ027118). Bring a packed lunch and strong footwear as the ground could be uneven and muddy in places. We will explore the drainage ditches along the River Arun where we should see Hydrocharis morsus-ranae (Frogbit), Potamogeton lucens (Shining Pondweed), Hippuris vulgaris (Mare’s-tail), Lathyrus sylvestris (Narrow-leaved Everlasting-pea), Sagittaria sagittifolia (Arrowhead) and many more. Contact Priscilla Nobbs or 01293 783071

Saturday 15th July 2017 Southerscales Scar and Ribblehead Quarry, Yorkshire. A Joint Meeting with Bradford Botany Group.

am Roger Neale (YWT), pm Neil Barrett (BBG)

This is a joint Meeting with Bradford Botany Group. Meet at 10:30 am in the car park at Chapel-le-Dale church (SD738772), just to the west of the B6255 Ingleton to Hawes road. There is only space for around 6 cars, so it is imperative that we take the minimum number of vehicles. If you have more than one spare seat, please meet with other Bradford Botany Group members in the North St. car park in Gargrave (SD933543) where some cars may be left. Please arrive here no later than 9:45. Southerscales is an excellent example of limestone pavement. Plants we may see include Hairy Stonecrop (Sedum villosum), Baneberry (Actea spicata),Fragrant Orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea) and several species of fern. There are good numbers of Frog Orchid (Dactylorhiza viridis) in some years. After lunch, we shall visit Ribblehead Quarry, which already has an interesting range of plants, and where new plant species are still arriving. We should see Northern Spike Rush (Eleocharis austriaca) and several orchid species including Marsh Helleborine (Epipactis palustris), plus more. Participants are asked to make a small donation (£3 for members of the YWT, £5 for non members) towards the work of the YWT. Sheila Wynn or phone 01200 425813

Saturday 22nd July 2017 Langford Heathfield SSSI, North-east of Wellington, Somerset

Leader: Stephen Parker

Meet at 10:30. Park in the layby at ST104229. It is a flat site which can be wet so good walking boots or wellingtons would be an advantage. Langford is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with heathland scrub, secondary and ancient oak and ash woodland. It is because of the reserve’s varied habitat, which includes wet and dry unimproved neutral grassland, heath, ancient woodland, ponds, bracken and scrub that such a variety of wildlife can be found there. An extensive area of neutral marshy grassland is characterised by Molinia caerulea (Purple Moor-grass), Anthoxanthum odoratum (Sweet Vernal-grass ), Briza media (Quaking Grass) and Carex pulicaris (Flea-sedge). Cirsium dissectum (Meadow Thistle) occurs in the northern part of the site. Other species include Achillea ptarmica (Sneezewort), Dactylorhiza praetermissa (Southern Marsh-orchid), Genista anglica (Petty Whin) and Serratula tinctoria (Saw-wort). Langford is the only location in Somerset where the nationally scarce Viola lactea (Pale Dog-violet) occurs. Contact Stephen Parker

Thursday 10th August 2017 South Harting, West Sussex

Leader: Dawn Nelson

Meet at 10.30 in the National Trust car park at the top of Harting Down on the B2141 at SU791180, Post Code GU31 5PN. I will arrange free parking. We will move on in fewer cars during the day, so please be prepared to car share if possible. There is a pubic loo in South Harting village at the bottom of the hill beside The White Hart Inn, and a very good shop just up North Lane if you want to buy provisions. We should see a good range of chalk-loving plants including Phyteuma orbiculare (Round-headed Rampion), Asperula cynanchica (Squinancywort), Hypopitys monotropa ssp hypophegea(Yellow Bird’s-nest), Polypodium interjectum (Intermediate Polpody), Polypodium cambricum (Southern Polypody), Poa angustifolia (Narrow-leaved Meadow-grass) and Parthenocissus inserta (False Virginia-creeper). If there is enough interest I can add a ½ day meeting on Wed pm or Friday am to rare lowland heath, to see a very different suite of plants hopefully including Centunculus minimus (Chaffweed), Chamaemelum nobile,(Camomile),two Drosera species (Sundews) and Lycopodiella inundata (Marsh Clubmoss) To book, please contact Dawn Nelson

Saturday 12th August 2017 Wolves Wood

A meeting to look at Epipactis purpurata - the Violet Helleborines and then on to Needham Market Wildlife Reserve for a beginners guide to chalkland flora.

Leader Dr. Stephen Clarkson

Please meet at 10:30 am at Wolves Wood car park off the A1071 (TM0538043652). Contact Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

Tuesday 15th August 2017 Dancers End BBOWT reserve near Aylesbury

Leaders: Gwyn and Janet John

Meet at 10:30 at the Water Works car park (SP905089) Post Code HP23 6LB, 5 miles SE of Aylesbury. From Aylesbury head E on A41 towards Aston Clinton, turn right onto B4009, signposted Wendover and immediately left for Dancers End. After 1 mile turn right at T-junction and continue for about 1mile to park at the Water Works. This is an opportunity to see the Gentianella germanica (Chiltern Gentian) and to enjoy other flowers on this mixed BBOWT reserve deep in the Chilterns. The reserve has woodland and chalk grassland and is the home to Salvia pratensis (Meadow Clary). Contact Gwyn and Janet John or phone 07836 321109

Thursday 17th August 2017 Smithills Country Park, Bolton

Leader: Julie Clarke, Joint Meeting with the Lancashire Botany Group

Meet at 10:30 in the car park at Barrow Bridge (SD687118). The easiest way to approach this is from the A58 (Ring Road) turning off at SD694109 and driving round Moss Bank Park, passing two car parks and through the village of Barrow Bridge, rather than approaching on the very narrow lane (Longshaw Ford Road) coming from the north. Email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Saturday 9th September 2017 Harwich, Essex to see the Hog’s fennel

Leader: Dr. Stephen Clarkson

Meet at 10:30 in the car park at West End Road, Harwich (TM2470130131). Contact Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174

Last week in October 2017 Autumn Hunt T.B.A.

Leader: Julie Clarke

The details will be published in the WFS Alerts nearer the time or Email Julie Clarke or phone 01539 563504

Saturday 28th October 2017 Autumn hunt at Woodbridge - a 'Come and find' meeting

Leader: Dr. Stephen Clarkson


Meet at 10:30 at the car park at Jetty Lane, Woodbridge IP12 4BA (TM271485). Sue Grayston or phone 01473 831174 For details of local meetings to be arranged nearer the time, contact your branch secretary.

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The Wild Flower Society is very grateful to all those who give their time and expertise when leading meetings. Offers to lead meetings will be gratefully received at any time. We particularly need leaders for one-day ones. In this case there is no need to be an expert or to show rarities. A variety of species in pleasant surroundings is all that is necessary.

Beginners are especially welcome at all meetings. Leaders and others in the group will be pleased to help them if they make themselves known.

Members who do not drive and who have difficulty reaching the starting point of either Main or One-day events should contact the leader.

Packed lunches are required unless otherwise stated and will often need to be carried.

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