Field meetings Summer 2018

Jun 21, 2018 by

Field meetings Summer 2018

At last a few meetings for the summer after the cold late Spring. As with other years most are targeting 1km x 1km squares (monads) to try and get totals of species found in the wild over 200 for a lowland Cornwall monad and over 100 for moorland ones (mostly Bodmin Moor). Some meetings are included which have been organised by other groups but of interest to BCG members or contacts. These are marked with *. Walks start at 10 am UNLESS NOTED (try to get to the meeting place by 9.30 am) and usually finish at around 4 pm.  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.


*SW71 – Sunday 24th June – GREENA MOOR, near WEEK ST MARY. A joint meeting with PLANTLIFE searching for Lesser Butterfly Orchid (Platanthera bifolia), but also looking for other Culm Grassland species such as Whorled Caraway (Carum verticillatum), Meadow Thistle (Cirsium dissectum), Wavy St John’s-wort (Hypericum undulatum) and Wood Bitter-vetch. Also looking at the extended area that is now part of the reserve. Meet at Greena Moor entrance SX234963 10.30 am for 11 am – 3 pm


*SW75 – Tuesday 26th June – National Trust WEST PENTIRE arable fields, near NEWQUAY

Organised with the National Trust. A chance to see the wonderful displays of poppies (including Papaver rhoeas, P. hybrdum and P. dubium), Corn Marigold (Glebionis segetum) and other rare arable plants such as Venus’s-looking-glass (Legousia hybrida), Small-flowered Catchfly (Silene gallica) and Night-flowering Catchfly (Silene noctiflora) – season permitting. The aim of the day will be a structured survey of plants in each field to update lists held by the National Trust. We will also look for plants in Porth Joke on the way from the car park. Meet in National Trust car park at Cubert Common SW776599. 10 am – 4 pm

NOTE that PLANTLIFE is holding a Colour in the Margins arable plant training day on 1st July at Cubert – see below.

*SW75 – Sunday 1st July 2018 – WEST PENTIRE arable fields, near NEWQUAY. In the morning there will be an introduction to Plantlife’sCOLOUR IN THE MARGINS project’ and project survey methodologies. In the afternoon there is a visit to the West Pentire arable fields to practice the survey methodologies learned and go through identification of key arable plant species. The training day will be suited to all skill levels and encourage both experts in the field as well as beginners to arable plants. Hopefully, following the training day, interested individuals will assist with survey work on other arable farmland within the Plantlife ‘COLOUR IN THE MARGINS’ project areas and continue to build the knowledge of arable plant populations in Cornwall. Meet at 10 am at Cubert Village Hall, Cubert, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 5HA – SW78795775. BOOKING ESSENTIAL – book with Wynona Legg – Colour in the Margins Outreach Officer – 01634 245413: Mobile: 07960 152687


SX37 – Sunday 5th July – TREBURLEY area. Meet at Springer Spaniel pub SX34827782. Parking may be limited but off-road parking may be found on Monk’s Hill – 10 am – 4 pm


SW33 – Sunday 8th July – LEVANT MINE area –  Meet at car park at end of Levant Road, SW36823441, 10 am – 4 pm


SW98 – Wednesday 11th July – PENTIRE POINT and THE RUMPS – Harebell survey

Join the National Trust and BSBI East Cornwall recorder Ian Bennallick to survey the Harebell population on the stunning North Cornwall coast. Rare in Cornwall, Harebell at Pentire Point and the Rumps is the rarer subspecies Campanula rotundifolia subsp. montana. The last survey in 2015 counted nearly 1000 plants over a stretch of cliff of a few hundred metres with a count of over 8000 flowers! Meet at Pentire Farm, SW936802. 10 am – 4 pm


SX28 – Thursday 26th July – TREGEARE area. Meet at road junction in Tregeare SX243866. Parking may be difficult but there may be room on road verge north of the hamlet – 10 am – 4 pm


SW87 – Sunday 29th July – TREYARNON and CONSTANTINE. Meet at Car park, Treyarnon, SW85897403 – 10 am – 4 pm


SS20 – Tuesday 31st July – LAUNCELLS and GRIMSCOTT area. Meet at – Launcells (St Swithins) Church car park SS24370568 – 10 am – 4 pm


SX26 – Sunday 5th August – TREVERBYN BRIDGE. Meet at Treverbyn Bridge SX206674 – 10 am – 4 pm


SX28 – Tuesday 14th August – north of ALTARNUN. Meet at Rising Sun Pub SX21598244 – 10 am – 4 pm


SX37 – Tuesday 21st August – KELLY BRAY. Meet at – Swingle Tree pub car park, SX35887158 – 10 am – 4 pm


SX19 – Tuesday 28th August – OTTERHAM. Meet at Otterham Church, SX168907 – 10 am – 4 pm


*SX77 – Saturday 8th September – EAST DARTMOOR (DEVON)

A joint meeting with Botanical Cornwall Group and the British Pteridological Society. A whistle-stop tour of east Dartmoor looking for Lanceolate Spleenwort (Asplenium obovatum), Narrow Buckler Fern (Dryopteris carthusiana) and its hybrid D. x deweveri, Fir Clubmoss (Huperzia selago), Stag’s-horn Clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum) and Beech Fern (Phegopteris connectilis), as well as other commoner ferns. A trip to see Parsley Fern (Cryptogramma crispa) at Whiteworks near Princetown is also planned. Leaders Roger Smith (01626 368577, and Ian Bennallick. Meet in car park northwest of Halsanger Cross by cattle grid at SX75187327. Meet 9.30 am for 10 am – finish at 4 pm. The itinerary has to be flexible and may be limited by bad weather.


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