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 join us on future meetings, read on!
Warrington Plant Group meetings programme 2019
All meetings are on Sundays and 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.
December 30th, 2018: New Year Plant Hunt
Meet at the General Elliott pub in Croft at 10am to explore the village and see how many plants in flower we can find. Pub lunch at 1pm, please let me know if you will be joining us for lunch so I can book for the right number of people 🙂
January 20th: bryophyte meeting
Meet 10am at Cedar House, Chester Zoo to explore the bryophytes of the zoo! A huge site, so we’ll have Andy Jennings-Giles with us to help focus our attention on the mossiest places.
February 3rd: bryophyte meeting
Norton Priory. Meet 11am at the car park so that we may enter as a group. Note the start time is eleven o’clock, not ten !
CANCELLED March 10th: bryophyte meeting
CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER
Chat Moss area. Meet at 10.30 am at Irlam train station to explore mosses along public footpaths . All of the wildlife trust mosses are in restoration with physical works taking place as we speak, so we shall save exploring those for some other time. Plenty to look out for along footpaths. Our mission is to seek out Sphagnum moss. Expect to finish at 4.30pm as we will have started half an hour later.
April 28th: vascular plants meeting, Dean Wood, Orrell 11.15AM START
Meet at 11.15am at Gathurst station (SD541072) to explore the flora of one of the largest ancient woodlands in south west Lancashire. Slightly later start time than usual, as there is only one train an hour and the previous one doesn’t match up well with the train from Warrington.
May 19th: vascular plants meeting, Warrington wildlife sites
Meet at 10am in the car park at Victoria Park (SJ618876). Latchford Sidings to the south of Victoria Park and the Twiggeries to the north are both designated Local Wildlife Sites, so I thought we should explore them and see what they have to offer.
June 16th: vascular plants meeting, the Great Orme, Llandudno
By popular request, a jolly out of our area to explore the limestone headland of the Great Orme, a legendary place for wild flowers. Transport arrangements to be sorted nearer the time depending on how many people are coming. Please let me know if you would like to join us.
July 21st: vascular plants meeting, Westwood Flash, Wigan
Meet at 10am at SD583046 Westwood Park where there is a car park with a barrier. On street parking also available. We will explore Westwood Flash and surrounding woodland. This is a post industrial site established on Pulverised Fuel Ash and has records for Dactylorhiza marsh orchids, Epipactis palustris and Monotropa hypopitys. Are these species still there? We’ll find out.
August 18th: vascular plants meeting, River Weaver, Frodsham
Meet at 10am by the car park of the former church at SJ527783 (private, no parking). Please park considerately in the village, or come by train as the meeting point is less than a mile from the station. We will explore the River Weaver where there are records for Oenanthe fistulosa and various other plants of wet places.
September 22nd: vascular plants meeting, Daresbury & Appleton 9AM START
Meet at 9am at the village car park in Daresbury (SJ579828; across the road from the Ring O Bells pub) to explore fields and woodland between Daresbury and Appleton. Woodlands in this area are designated Local Wildlife Sites, so let’s see how many woodland plants we can find on this walk. Please note the 9am start – this is an hour earlier than usual which I hope will give us plenty of time to conclude our walk before the Dormouse tea room closes at 4pm 😉
October 20th: bryophyte meeting
Chat Moss area tbc
November 17th: bryophyte meeting
December 8th: bryophyte meeting
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.