BCG 2019 Winter meetings

Jan 21, 2019 by

BCG 2019 Winter meetings

The annual indoor meeting on Saturday 23rd February at St Wenn Village (WI) Hall in mid-Cornwall.

I have also arranged some meetings in the field for February, March and April but NOTE – If the winter weather is very cold, wet, snowy or windy (or forecast to be) the meeting may be cancelled at short notice.Therefore, BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

All walks start at 10am (try to get to the meeting place by 9.30am) and usually finish at around 4pm, or earlier.  Suitable clothing and footwear is recommended and bring a packed lunch. Leader/contact for all walks is Ian Bennallick unless stated otherwise. Botanical Cornwall Group Co-ordinator – Ian Bennallick, Lower Polmorla, St Wenn, Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5PE. Tel: 01726 890384 or 07714 738189.

Saturday 23rd February 2019 – BCG Annual indoor meeting. 10am – 3pm St Wenn Village (WI) Hall, SW96 (mid-Cornwall). The yearly indoor meeting will include a review of botanical happenings of 2018 in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly by the BSBI vice-county recorders for Cornwall (Ian Bennallick for East Cornwall, Colin French for West Cornwall, and Rosemary Parslow for the Isles of Scilly) and the British Bryological Society recorder for Cornwall (Matt Stribley). There will a chance to view photos of plants seen in 2018, sell, donate or swap books, journals or other botanical related material and have a good chat! Meet at St Wenn Village (WI) Hall, SW96876496. Bring packed lunch or a plate of nibbles to share. To cover the cost of the hall and refreshments, £3 will be requested from each attendee.

How to get to St Wenn Village (WI) Hall – SW96876496 or PL30 5PS

From the A30 – At the A30 Victoria Interchange by Cornwall Services (SW998622) come off the small roundabout on the north side of interchange and at the junction at SW998624 take the minor road north to Withiel. Drive 1.4 miles north (through Inchs crossroads) and turn left at next (Withiel Fourturnings) crossroads. Drive west for 1.8 miles (past Henry’s Cattery and the red brick house at Prince Park) and at Shopgate junction turn right to St Wenn Churchtown – the hall is in the village past the School, the huge car park is on the right (south of the hall).

From the A39 – at the A39 Winnard’s Perch roundabout take the B3274 signposted to St Austell and St Wenn and drive southeast and then east 2.2 miles until Pengelly corner junction. Turn off the B3274 and drive 1 mile east to Shopgate junction. Turn left to St Wenn Churchtown – the hall is in the village past the School, the huge car park is on the right (south of the hall).

Sunday 3rd March – PAR BEACH – A spring walk around Cornwall’s richest monads. 604 flowering plant and fern species have been seen in SX0753, and 535 in SX0853, after 1999. We will search hard on open parts of Par Dunes for Mibora minima (last seen in 1910) a very small grass that appears early, as well as any other interesting species. Meet at Par Beach car park (free) SX086531.

Thursday 7th March – HARLYN and CONSTANTINE DUNES – A bracing walk on Cornwall’s north coast and to search for Stellaria pallida and Erophila verna in sandy areas, as well as any other species. Meet at Harlyn Beach car park SW879754.

Thursday 28th March – SENNEN – A spring walk on the coast in the far west part of Cornwall and to search for Stellaria pallida in sandy areas. Meet at the First and Last Inn, by Sennen Church SW35722549.

Tuesday 2nd April – PENDOWER BEACH – A spring walk on Cornwall’s gentle south coast for spring plants and a search for Stellaria pallida and Erophila verna in sandy areas. Meet at car park at SW895380 on the west end of Pendower Beach.

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