Bsbi scottish Field Meetings 2011 saturday 11 june castle semple loch, renfrewshire (V c. 76) Leader




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BSBI Scottish Field Meetings 2011

SATURDAY 11 JUNE

CASTLE SEMPLE LOCH, RENFREWSHIRE (v.c. 76)

Leader: Keith Watson
The emphasis of this field meeting will be on learning and we would particularly welcome beginners and anyone who has not been on a BSBI field meeting before. During the day we will look selected habitats within Castle Semple Loch, a long inland loch at Lochwinnoch which is part of the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park, a collection of countryside areas set aside for conservation and recreation on the South Clyde estuary. We will concentrate on three main habitats including a nice wetland area, a disused railway (cyclepath) and a woodland. If weather and time permits it may be possible to visit some higher ground. For further information on the area see www.wikipedia.org entries for ‘Castle Semple Loch’ and ‘Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park’.
We will start at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park's Castle Semple Loch Centre which is c. 15 minute walk from Lochwinnoch Station. Good facilities can be found at the Centre and in Lochwinnoch. For further information and to book please contact Keith Watson by e-mail: Keith.Watson@glasgowlife.org.uk, or post 1/2, 31 Kelvindale Gardens, Kelvindale, Glasgow, G20 8DW.

SATURDAY 25 JUNE

BSS/BSBI ALPINE FIELD MEETING

PERTHSHIRE (v.c. 87 & 88)

Leaders: John Holland
The 2011 joint BSSBI/BSBI alpine field meeting will be to the cliffs on Meall an Lochain and Meall an Fhiodhain at the head of Kirkton Glen, between Glen Dochart and Balquhidder Glen in Perthshire. We will be going up from the Glen Dochart side, meeting at the lay-by on the A85 to the west of Ledcharrie Farm (NN503280) at 10 am. The calcareous cliffs at the head of Kirkton Glen have an interesting range of alpine species, including Veronica fruticans (Rock Speedwell), Salix arbuscula (Moutain Willow) and Potentilla crantzii (Alpine Cinquefoil). There are also some interesting geomorphological features including a small area of limestone pavement. This is a moderate hill walk to an altitude of only about 700m and is an excellent opportunity to see a range of hill grassland, heath, bog and montane species without too much physical exertion.
For further information and to book, please write to Dr John Holland, 3 Monemore, Killin, Perthshire FK21 8XD or e-mail john.holland@sac.ac.uk This field meeting could be combined with that to the Birks o’Aberfeldy on Sunday 26 June, as they are within easy travelling distance by car. Killin would be a suitable intermediate base.

SUNDAY 26 JUNE

BIRKS O’ABERFELDY, MID-PERTHSHIRE (v.c. 88)

Leader: Jim McIntosh
A one day meeting to explore this rich and fascinating gorge woodland immortalised by Rabbie Burns in his song, The Birks O’ Aberfeldy, in which he waxes lyrical about this famous beauty spot and its flowers! The emphasis of this field meeting will be on learning and we would particularly welcome anyone who has not been on a BSBI field meeting before. We would hope to see Melampyrum sylvaticum (Small Cow-wheat), Equisetum pratense (Shady Horsetail) and a good range of woodland grasses.
For further information and to book, please write to Mrs Jane Jones, BSBI Admin Assistant, Cuilvona Cottage, Aberfoyle, Stirling, FK8 3TQ, or e-mail Jane at jane@cuilvona.plus.com This field meeting could be combined with the Alpine field meeting in Perthshire on Sunday 25 June, as they are within easy travelling distance by car. Killin would be a suitable intermediate base.

SATURDAY 9 TO MONDAY 11 JULY

NORTHWESTERN ISLE OF SKYE, NORTH EBUDES (v.c. 104)

Leader: Stephen Bungard
The principal aim is to record in areas that have not been covered for some time. The northwest of Skye contains quite a lot of tetrads with no records (ever). With luck this does not imply that they contain nothing of interest. The main objective is to continue tetrad recoding of Skye but we will also take the opportunity to look at some interesting species and habitats in the area. In particular there are some interesting older records for Dunvegan Head that it would be good to re-find such as Saussurea alpina (Alpine Saw-wort), Ribes spicatum (Downy Currant) (dated 1868 but known not far away today) and Gnaphalium sylvaticum (Heath Cudweed).
Depending upon numbers attending, the group may be split in order to cover more ground. Following a successful meeting in Sleat in 2005, this will be the second in a series looking at different areas of Skye.
For full details and bookings, please contact Dr Stephen Bungard, Ceòl-na-Mara, West Suisnish, Isle of Raasay, By Kyle IV40 8NX; tel: 01478 660248; e-mail (preferred): suisnish@waitrose.com

SATURDAY 23 & SUNDAY 24 JULY

BEINN A'CHREACHAIN & STOB GHABHAR, ARGYLL (v.c. 98)

Leader: Gordon Rothero
A two-day meeting on montane sites with a contrasting flora and with little recent recording. Beinn a’Chreachain is on the mica-schist with bands of calcareous rock and so should give a good range of species, including we hope some of the more uncommon, arctic-montane plants. Stob Ghabhar is on the granite with all that that implies; much of the hill is not well-recorded and this visit should be seen as an exploration. For both sites there is a long walk-in and fair height-gain, mostly without paths, and to enable time to be spent high up, we will need to cover this at a reasonable pace. Botanising will take us onto steep and rocky ground and so numbers will need to be limited but fit ‘beginners’ would be most welcome!
For full details and bookings, please contact Gordon Rothero, Stronlonag, Glenmassan, Dunoon, Argyll, PA23 8RA; tel: 01369 706281; e-mail (preferred): gprothero@aol.com

SATURDAY 30 JULY

DOLPHINTON GRASSLANDS SSSI, PEEBLES (v.c. 78)

Leader: Jim McIntosh
The site holds the largest and best example of unimproved calcareous (lime-rich) grassland in the Scottish Borders. The diverse sward contains over 100 species of vascular plant including: The locally rare Gentianella campestris (Field Gentian) and Botrychium lunaria (Moonwort) occur in great abundance whilst Coeloglossum viride (Frog Orchid) occurs more sparingly. The emphasis of this field meeting will be on learning to identify and record and we would particularly welcome beginners and anyone who has not been on a BSBI field meeting before.
For further information and to book, please write to Mrs Jane Jones, BSBI Admin Assistant, Cuilvona Cottage, Aberfoyle, Stirling, FK8 3TQ, or e-mail Jane at jane@cuilvona.plus.com This field meeting could be combined with that to the Bings of West Lothian on Sunday 31 July, as they are within easy travelling distance by car.

SUNDAY 31 JULY

TWO WEST LOTHIAN BINGS (v.c. 84)

Leader: Jackie Muscott
This is a one day outing to look at vegetation on a couple of old bings - beginners welcome. Whitrigg Bing near Whitburn is unusual in that natural colonisation has been allowed on part of the bing quite recently. Clubmosses appeared between 2002 and 2007 and we should see two, possibly three species, as well as orchids and other plants. If we have time we should be able to walk along an old railway line to Foulshiels Bing near Stoneyburn, which was planted up with conifers but is surrounded by broad-leaved trees on damp ground. Pyrola minor (Common Wintergreen) and Lycopodium clavatum (Stagshorn Clubmoss) are both well-established there.
For further information and booking please contact Jackie Muscott, (1F2) 69 Warrender Park

Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1ES, tel 0131 229 1037, e-mail jmuscott69@btinternet.com. This field meeting could be combined with that to Dolphinton Grasslands SSSI on Saturday 30 July, as they are within easy travelling distance by car.



SATURDAY 6 TO SUNDAY 7 AUGUST

ALCHEMILLA WORKSHOP

ULLAPOOL, WESTER ROSS (v.c. 105)

Leader: Margaret Bradshaw

The aim of this workshop is to promote a better understanding and better recording of Alchemillas in Scotland. The workshop will start in the classroom on Saturday morning and go out into the field in the afternoon, and be entirely field based on the Sunday. We would hope to see a selection of Alchemilla species including A. glaucescens, A. glomerulans on areas of nearby Durness limestone.


Places will be strictly limited to 15. For further information and to book, please write to Mrs Jane Jones, BSBI Admin Assistant, Cuilvona Cottage, Aberfoyle, Stirling, FK8 3TQ, or e-mail Jane at jane@cuilvona.plus.com

SATURDAY 13 AUGUST

KITTYFIELD FARM, MELROSE, ROXBURGHSHIRE (v.c. 80)

Leaders: Jim McIntosh & Heather McHaffie
Arable weeds are a fascinating but under-recorded group of plants. Many of them have become quite rare as a result of modern farming practice and are now listed on the recent Red Data List. For example Chrysanthemum segetum (Corn Marigold), Galeopsis speciosa (Large Hemp-nettle), Spergula arvensis (Corn spurrey) are all listed as Vulnerable whilst Stachys arvensis (Field Woundwort) is Near Threatened. Others are infrequently encountered (at least in Scotland) and are rather easy to overlook, such as Matricaria chamomilla (Scented Mayweed) and Persicaria lapathifolia (Pale Persicaria) and may be under-recorded.
This field meeting is for all members interested in learning or at least brushing up on their arable weed identification to facilitate better recording.
For further information and to book, please write to Mrs Jane Jones, BSBI Admin Assistant, Cuilvona Cottage, Aberfoyle, Stirling, FK8 3TQ, or e-mail Jane at jane@cuilvona.plus.com


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