Inspired by the example of North Wales Plant Group, I decided to start a group for field botanists in my local area. Warrington Plant Group is for you if you are interested in wild plants and wild places. We are a small friendly group of people who go out and record wildflowers in the summer and mosses and liverworts in the winter. The aim is to get outdoors, have fun, learn about plant ID and generate records to contribute to scientific study at our monthly meetings. Whether you are an expert botanist or just beginning, you will be very welcome. All meetings are in and around Warrington, Cheshire.
To read about previous meetings, click here. To join us on future meetings, read on!
Warrington Plant Group meetings programme
All meetings start at 10am unless otherwise advised. Please contact me for further information and joining instructions.
Bring your lunch, your hand lens, your favourite ID book and wrap up warm. Walking boots recommended, or wellies if you prefer, as the sites can be muddy. If we are enjoying ourselves we will stay out til 4pm, but if the weather is unkind we may finish earlier. You are welcome to just come for the morning if you like.
March 25th: bryophyte meeting, Appleton
We will explore the bryoflora of Lumb Brook Wood, Appleton, having previously enjoyed its vascular plant flora in May 2016. Meet at 10am on Dingle Lane at SJ626846 where there is parking for a few cars (or take the bus).
April 23rd: Vascular plant meeting, Lymm
Meet 10am at the car park on Stage Lane at SJ701874 to explore Spud Wood.
May 20th: Vascular plant meeting, Houghton Green Pool
Meet 10am at the Flaming Grill pub, Mill Lane, Houghton Green (SJ622918) to walk up to Houghton Green Pool and explore its flora.
June 25th: Vascular plant meeting, Nob End SSSI, Bolton
Meet 10am at Moses Gate Country Park visitor centre (SD743067) from whence we shall walk over to Nob End SSSI. This site is a Local Nature Reserve designated for its calcareous flora including several species of orchid.
July 29th: Vascular plant meeting, Wilderspool Old Cut, Warrington
Meet 10am at Morrison’s off London Road (SJ611864) to walk west and explore Wilderspool Old Cut to see whether the sand leek still grows there.
August 13th: Vascular plant meeting, Highfield Moss SSSI
Meet 10am at the Travellers’ Rest pub, Lowton (SJ609962) to walk down to the moss and see whether we can find the marsh gentian which is reputed to grow here.
September 9th: Vascular plant meeting, Gorse Covert Mounds, Birchwood
Meet 10am at the small car park on Gorse Covert Road (SJ667928) to explore the flora of Gorse Covert Mounds, a popular local nature spot featuring grassland, woodland and ponds.
October 22nd: bryophyte meeting, Sankey Valley Park
Meet at 10am in the pub car park (SJ589894) to explore northbound and see how many different mosses and liverworts we can find.
November 11th: bryophyte meeting, the Dingle, Lymm
Meet at 10am at Lymm Dam (SJ681869) to go north into the Dingle and explore its mosses and liverworts.
December 10th: bryophyte meeting, Daresbury
Meet at 10am at the Ring O’Bells pub (SJ579828) to explore Daresbury Firs and the Bridgewater canal in search of Tortula freibergii, a special moss which loves canal edges!
Please suggest a site if you think it would be interesting for flowering plants and/or bryophytes.
There is a Facebook group for Warrington Plant Group, so feel free to join us there too.