I also arrange botanical and bryological meetings in Flintshire, North Wales under the auspices of the BSBI and North Wales Plant Group.
The next meetings are:
Please note the dates below for this year’s BSBI meetings in Flintshire. All meetings aim to explore the flora of under-recorded tetrads and contribute towards Atlas 2020 as well as improving our plant ID and of course having fun! All meetings start at 10am and we expect to finish around 4 / 4.30pm. Joining instructions and full details of meeting points are available from Gail Quartly-Bishop.
April 21st – SJ17I Lloc West
Group leader: James Towers. Meet at 10am at Misty Waters Pub (SJ134770). Lots of woodland and not many records, although there are some interesting records for ancient woodland indicator species.
May 19th – SJ17F Afon-wen
Group leader: Julie Rose. Meet at the Afon-wen craft centre at 10am (SJ131714). Please car share if possible and park safely on the lane as we do not have permission to park at the craft centre. Quite a few old records of interesting things associated with former marl pits north and south of the main road, including Ophioglossum vulgatum, Salix triandra, Equisetum variegatum, Galium uliginosum, Filago minima and assorted orchids, Campanula trachelium etc.
June 16th – SJ07J Rhuddlan NE
Meet at 10am at the bus stop opposite Sainsbury’s petrol station at Clwyd Gate Retail Park, Rhyl. I plan to park at Sainsbury’s and do a bit of shopping after the meeting. We continue our mission to fill in under-recorded squares around the town of Rhuddlan. Interesting historical records include Sinapis alba, Sanguisorba officinalis, Rorippa amphibia, Puccinellia distans, Oenanthe lachenalii, Lysimachia vulgaris, Lema gibba, Crepis paludosa, Carex disticha, Geranium pusillum, Minuartia verna, Carex divulsa. Optional side excursion after the main meeting to look for the possible Petroselinum segetum recorded last year and this time, get a decent specimen.
July 14th – Cefn Mawr quarry, near Mold
Field gentian hunt at Cefn Mawr on behalf of the Species Recovery Trust. Meet at 10am at Loggerheads Country Park car park, off the A494 between Mold and Ruthin (SJ198626, paid parking). There is a lay by just up the road at SJ202626 where you can park for free if you are lucky enough to find a space. Some steep slopes and uneven ground, bring a walking stick if you prefer.
August 4th – SJ17M Babell racecourse and surrounding tetrad
Unbelievably, we only have 80 post-2000 records for this site, including some collected during the bramble meeting in 2015 and by yourself in 2014. There are many interesting records not yet re-found, including Catabrosa aquatica, Galeopsis speciosa, Lepidium heterophyllum, MInuartia verna, Sparganium emersum. I am sure we can manage 200 records from this one tetrad in one day if enough people turn up ! Meet at 10am at the lay by opposite the church at the east end of Ffordd Calcoed, Holywell (SJ171749). Nearest landmark is Holywell Golf Club which is a short distance to the south-east. If the lay by at the church is full, drive half a mile south east past the golf club and look for a small parking area south of the road just before Brynford crossroads (SJ177745).
September 15th – SJ25I Treuddyn west
Something a bit different, wet acid habitats on the edge of Nercwys Forest. A record of Fallopia sachalinensis needs checking and there are plenty of records for plants such as Vaccinium oxycoccos not usually recorded on Flints BSBI meetings. Meet at 10am at Nercwys Forest South car park (SJ217577) to explore land to the south-east.
Click here to read about previous meetings in Flintshire.