Surrey Botanical Society

Field Meetings - 2016

Unless otherwise stated, meetings will start at 10.30. Please arrive by 10.15 so that we can make a prompt start. Bring packed lunch for all-day meetings. Many field sessions will be on uneven , steep or wet ground so please ensure that you wear suitable footwear. Each member attends at his/her own risk. The Society cannot accept responsibility for any damage, loss or injury.

Date & Leader


Meeting at

Leo Jennings

Saturday 9 April

Worplesdon, Chitty’s Common (SWT) Recorders Meeting for early season species in damp woodland. Park in tarmac area off E end of Keen's Lane. Park nose to tail into the edge of the common to maximise available space. Satnav GU3 3HS

SU9797 5243

Jamel Guenioui

Sunday 15 May

Elstead, Thundry Meadows (SWT) to continue recording in this mixed-habitat species-rich reserve. Meet at The Mill car park on Farnham Road (B3001).

SU9037 4383

Rachael Thornley

Thurs 19 May p.m.

1.30 p.m.

Bletchingley, Kitchen Copse (SWT) for good range of woodland species in ancient woodland on Gault Clay. Off Place Farm Rd. Turn up the side road past Place Farm Cottages, through a gate and parking is on the right hand side. NB 1.15 for 1.30

TQ3273 5224

Rachel Bicker

Wednesday 25 May

Tinsley Green/ Gatwick to survey area near Gatwick Stream SE of airport which has been recently landscaped but which contains remnants of original vegetation and newly colonised ground. Park by Thames Water track, off Radford Road, on rough ground next to the grasslands.

TQ2928 4004

Dave Page

Wednesday 1 June

Esher, Fairmile Common for early- summer heathland flora on wet and dry heath. Meet at Lakewood car park on S side of A307 Portsmouth Road.

TQ1209 6177

Andrea Neal

Sunday 5 June

Chaldon, Quarry Hangers (SWT) for chalk grassland species including Astragalus glycyphyllos (Wild Liquorice). This is a steep site but there is a gentle diagonal path up from the bottom. Park in field opposite Rockshaw Cottage.

TQ3153 5362

John Dicker

Sunday 12 June

Dorking, Denbies Wine Estate for another of John’s teaching meetings. Meet at the southern side of Denbies car park.

TQ1662 5106


Saturday18 June

Guildford Burpham Court Farm (SWT) for general recording on this reserve by a stretch of the Wey. Access to the site is off Clay Lane, directly opposite the small industrial estate / car wash. This will be a “pre-Bioblitz” meeting. The Bioblitz will be held here the following week (25/26th June).

TQ0067 5304


Saturday 25 June

Seale, Hampton Park for joint recorders meeting concentrating on grazing fields to the south of the Hogs Back. Meet at Myrtles Courtyard at 9.45 for a 10:00am start. Myrtles Courtyard is reached via either Littlewood Road or Suffield Lane by The Tarn Lake at Cutmill. Use GU10 1JH for Sat-Navs.Further details and a map can be found at:

SU904 461

Jo Saunders

Saturday 9 July

Ash Ranges, Stoney Castle Range (SWT). Meet at Stoney Castle range, off the Pirbright-Mytchett Road. Head for Grange Road, just outside Pirbright, approximately GU24 0QE, and keep going towards Mytchett, and you will see a red and white sign saying "Stoney Castle". The range will be on your left. Some areas will be boggy.

SU9283 5587

Fiona Haynes

Saturday 16 July

Elstead, Guinea Common (SWT) for joint recorders meeting on this heathland SSSI. Some areas will be boggy. Meet at The Moat car park to the east of Thursley Road.

SU8995 4161

Caroline Bateman /Geoffrey Kitchener

Saturday, 23 July

Crystal Palace Park. Joint meeting with Kent BRG. Meet in the park by the signpost west of Crystal Palace Station. Free parking at the West Stand car park (TQ34227074), the Sports Centre car park (TQ34307085) or along the internal roads of the park. Access is off the A214 where (travelling northwards uphill) Anerley Rd becomes Anerley Hill.

TQ3411 7060

Rachael Thornley

Wednesday 10 August

Merstham, The Moors (SWT) for general recording on wetland reserve created from former sand workings. Park off Nutfield Rd, by the Redhill Brook, in the car park for SWT use only. Sharp turn after the mini roundabout, on your right, if coming from Merstham.

TQ2945 5172

Caroline Bateman

Thursday, 25 August

2 p.m.

Rotherhithe Meet outside Canada Water Station for an afternoon of “come and find” urban botany. We’ll follow a traffic-free circular route along Albion Channel to Surrey Water and on to the Thames. NB 2 p.m. start

TQ3547 7945

George Hounsome

Sunday, 25 September

Ranmore Fruits and Seeds. Meet in free car park on S side of Ranmore Common Road just E of Hogden Road. Repeat of LNHS meeting of September 2015.

TQ1267 5018

Saturday 22 October

2.00 p.m.

SBS Social in Box Hill Village Hall

TQ1953 5148