Surrey Botanical Society

Field Meetings - 2014

Unless otherwise stated, meetings will start at 10.30. Please arrive by 10.15 so that we can make a prompt start. Each meeting will contain a strong educational component to help new or less experienced members. Bring packed lunch for all-day meetings. Many will be on uneven or wet ground so please ensure that you wear appropriate footwear.

Date & Leader Site Meeting GR
Leo Jennings Saturday 12 April East Clandon, Shere Woodlands (SWT) with Surrey Recorders for general recording in woodland with pockets of remnant chalk grasslandon scarp slope of Downs above Shere. Park at West Hanger car park, Staple Lane.NB some steep gradients TQ07004932
Jamel Guenioui Saturday 3 May Ockley, Vann Lake (SWT) for good range of early-season woodland species. Very limited parking at Reserve so meet at the Inn on the Green, Ockley off A29 Stane Street. From here it is a 10-minute walk to the Reserve (with possibility of a few cars going to parking area at end of Vann Lake Road for those with limited mobility). RH5 5TD for Sat Nav TQ14824026
Geoffrey Kitchener & Caroline Bateman
Thursday 8 May
Crockham Hill for joint meeting with Kent Botanical Recording Group. We will survey the churchyard, known for its naturalised Erythronium dens-canis . We will then explore the village, making towards the Kent Brook, after which we will undertake a circuit in Surrey, returning to Crockham Hill by a different route. General recording in both counties in very scenic countryside. Total walk about 5 km, with one steepish section and a few tricky stiles. Meet at the car park on the left before the village school which is on the road to the church off the B269. TN8 6RP for Sat Nav TQ44325074
John Dicker
Sunday 18 May
Chilworth, St Martha’s Hill for spring ephemerals including Teesdalia nudicaulis (Shepherd's Cress) and Cerastium semidecandrum (Little Mouse-ear). Saxifraga granulata (Meadow Saxifrage) should also be seen. This will be one of John’s teaching meetings where less experienced members can improve their identification skills. Meet at car park at S side of Guildford Lane. TQ03504851
Julie Russ
Saturday 31 May
Send, Paper Court Marshes (SWT) for survey of Unit 1 of this wetland reserve (and to make a start on Unit 3 if time permits). Some cars can park inside the gate on the track beside the SSSI, but there is also parking in 2 lay-bys in Tannery Lane. If coming along Polesden Lane from the S, turn left into Tannery Lane and the gate leading to the track and the reserve is immediately on the left. Julie’s mobile number is 07884374396 in case anyone needs it for directions. TQ03695613
Simon Humphreys
Saturday 7 June
Fraser Down (SWT) for general recording on chalk grassland, scrub and in woodland. Possible visit to Dawcombe during the afternoon if there's time. Meet at small car park at entrance to The Quarry, 10yds north of Betchworth Station. RH3 7BZ for Sat Nav TQ20995130
Lucy Bryce
Saturday 21 June
Newlands Corner (SWT) with Surrey Recordersfor pre-Biobitz survey of species-rich chalk grassland and woodland with wonderful views across the Weald. Meet in the car park by the Newlands Corner Visitor Centre. TQ04234923
Stephen Bolton
Wednesday 2 July
Ewell, Priest Hill (SWT) with Surrey Recorders for survey with of new 34 ha nature reserve created from abandoned playing fields. Site includes 2ha of bare chalk, 5 ponds and 20 ha of grassland. Park on reserve via access road off A240 Reigate Road. TQ22686095
Dave Page
Sunday 13 July
Esher Common, Black Pond and surrounding heath for a good range of aquatics and heathland species. Meet at Horseshoe Clump car park off the A307 Portsmouth Road opposite Blackhills. Bring weed drags and suitable waterproof footwear. TQ12516272
George Hounsome
Thursday 17 July
Windlesham, Ribs Down and adjacent heathland, recording in as many squares as we manage to get round. Meet at small car park on north side of Chertsey Rd immediately east of Brickmakers pub. The going may be very tussocky and boggy in places. SU94936454
Bill Westbroek
Wednesday 30 July
Witley Common (NT) for general recording on heathland nature reserve. Meet at the Witley NT Centre accessed by trackW of A286Haslemere Road. GU8 5QA for Sat Nav. SU93264056
Jo Saunders
Saturday 30 August
Ash Ranges, Henley Park Range (SWT) for heathland species. This MoD firing range is off the A324 between Pirbright & Ash. From Pirbright, go past the Royal Oak and after a mile, look for the red and white military sign to Henley Park on the right. Go down this track and meet at the gate. SU93435381
Saturday 25 October The SBS Social will be held on Saturday 25th October in Box Hill Village Hall at 2.00pm. Please note the change of time and venue. TQ19525148