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Meetings will be arranged 2-3 weeks in advance (or sometimes at shorter notice) and details sent to members of the group via e-mail. Due to the unpredictability of the weather, some meetings may be cancelled at short notice by e-mail. Please contact John Norton (see below) if you want to come to a meeting or be added to the group mailing list.
All meetings start at 10.30 a.m. unless otherwise stated and most take place on Sundays. Wellington boots (as well as rainproofs, food, drink, etc.) are advisable for most meetings but stout walking boots may be preferable for those on dry or hilly ground.
If you are coming to a meeting for the first time, please take a moment to read the BBS health and safety information (includes notes for the first meeting).
TO BE ARRANGED. This is likely to be the visit to Castle Bottom NNR near Eversley (VC12), postponed from last winter. I hope to announce details early in the New Year.
Sunday 18 November 2018. Mockbeggar and Rockford Common, New Forest. The visit to this National Trust area proved very fruitful with an impressive list of around 110 taxa recorded. Highlights included finding a nice area of bog with abundant Sphagnum medium (formerly magellanicum) and most of the typical liverwort associates including Odontoschisma sphagni, Cladopodiella fluitans, Cephalozia connivens and Kurzia pauciflora. In the wet heath at the edge we also found the S.41 species Fossombronia foveolata, which although likely to be widespread in the New Forest is relatively under-recorded. In the willow carr along Dockens Water we also collected VC11 vouchers for Ulota crispa s.str. and U. intermedia. Near the end of the walk we came across an interesting area of base-rich Ash woodland, recently thinned out, which produced unusual New Forest species such as Thamnobryum alopecurum, Anomodon viticulosus and Porella platyphylla (although the last two were on brickwork).