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We have not been able to put together an advance programme of meetings this winter, but it is likely that meetings will be held at least monthly. Further details of meetings will be posted here and sent to everyone on the e-mail group at least a week beforehand, but changes and cancellations may be notified at very short notice. Please contact the meetings coordinator (John Norton) if you want to come to a meeting or be added to the group mailing list. Suggestions for venues for future meetings are very welcome – or offers of help to lead meetings!
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.
|Date||Location||Leader(s)||Further details||Links & downloads*|
|Sun 30 Oct 2016||Linford Bottom, Pinnick Wood and Picket Bottom, New Forest, Hampshire||John Norton||Joint meeting with the BBS Wessex Group. This area of the New Forest with oak woodland, streams and acid heathland has been poorly recorded compared to some other parts of the Forest, but has some intriguing recent and old records such as Campylopus subulatus, Herzogiella seligeri and Anastrophyllum minutum.||Records: spreadsheet, pdf; blog.|
|Sun 20 Nov 2016||Alresford, Hampshire||June Chatfield||A general walk around the village, including a look at some nearby wetland habitats, including Hampshire's famous watercress beds. Meet at Alresford Station car park, Alresford Station Road, SO24 9JG, grid ref SU 588 324. Parking is free on Sundays. Walking boots may suffice for footwear but Wellingtons may come in useful in the wet areas.||Records: spreadsheet, pdf;|
|Sun 18 Dec 2016||Swanwick Lakes||John Norton||An old brick pits with lakes and small watercourses, some grassland and artificial substrates. The aquatic liverwort Riccia fluitans (scarce in Hampshire) has been recorded recently, as has another liverwort, Lophocolea bispinosa, a probably introduced species which is spreading in the county. Info and directions can be found here. The site is next to the NATS air traffic control centre off Sopwith Way.|
|Sun 29 Jan 2017||Greywell Moors||Andrew Branson & John Norton||A visit to this Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust reserve to look for brown mosses and other fen specialities here such as Calliergon giganteum, and also Ricciocarpos natans on the Basingstoke Canal. Also to assess any effects of recent management work on the reserve. Meet outside the gates to the pumping station, SU 722 512.|
|Feb 2017||Magdalen Hill Down||John Norton||A visit to this Butterfly Conservation nature reserve on the outskirts of Winchester, in VC12. It includes a south-facing chalk slope where we will hope to find most of the typical chalk grassland species, and we will also look at the areas of arable reversion to see if there is any disturbed ground good for ephemerals. There is a ‘chalk triangle’ which also sounds interesting. The site is on the south side of the B3404, east of the M27. We have permission to use the BC car park, accessed by driving up the track between the cemetery and Blackwell & Moody (Stonemasons) at SU510294. If you arrive early park in the gravel car park on the north side of the B-road first. There are WC facilities in the cemetery, which BC has permission to use.||Site info|
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