Surrey Botanical Society

Meetings Programme 2020

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. Some meetings will be on uneven, steep or wet ground so wear suitable footwear.

Please note too that each member attends at his/her own risk. The Society cannot accept responsibility for any damage, loss or injury.

Based on recent advice from HMG and in line with other organisations, we have reluctantly decided to cancel all field meetings until further notice. As soon as the all clear is sounded, we shall carry on with the remaining meetings on the programme, whenever that is.  If  possible, cancelled meetings will be rescheduled for the 2021 programme or in subsequent years.  We shall of course let you know when normal activity is to be resumed. SBS Members who would like to meet up with small numbers of other SBS Members in their neighbourhood to record wildflowers are invited to use Facebook ( and Facebook Messenger as a means of contacting fellow SBS Members.

We hope that you are all in good health and to see you out and about in the field in the not too distant future.


Date & Leader Venue Grid reference
Saturday 14 March The AGM will be held on Saturday 14 March in Box Hill Village Hall  at 2.00pm

TQ1953 5151

Saturday 25 April
Peter Coles

Great Earls and Little Earls Wood (Woodland Trust) for early spring flora in semi-natural ancient woodland on Weald Clay. Meet at car park on the N side of Staffhurst Wood just E of the junction with Dwelly Lane. NB This is a tricky triangular junction with little opportunity to reverse if you take the wrong turning. Have a good look at the virtual map on the SBS website before you set out or approach from Grants Lane. TQ4104 4874

Saturday 16 May
Kevin Lerwill

Newdigate, Hammond’s Copse (Woodland Trust) to help with biological survey of ancient woodland for the Woodland Trust and the Gatwick Greenspace Partnership. The gate to the site is on the E side of Broad Lane, north of Parkgate. Park in the centre of the bridle path to allow horses to pass on both sides and follow arrows to meeting point. Limited parking so please car share if you can. TQ2103 4434

Friday 22 May
Caroline Bateman

NB 11.00 start
Merton Abbey Mills – Ravensbury Park for the third stage of recording along the River Wandle. Meet at 11.00. by the water mill at Merton Abbey Mills. The aim is to finish up at Belgrave Walk tram stop but this will depend on the weather and progress made. Use of public transport with a travel card is recommended. TQ2641 6983
Wednesday 27 May
Bill Stanworth
Frensham Little Pond (SSSI, National Trust) for species of dry, sandy heathland, acid grassland and the marginal vegetation of the Pond. Wear appropriate footwear and bring a weed drag if you have one. Meet at the car park south of Priory Lane. SU8573 4181
Thursday 11 June
George Hounsome
Richmond Park (SSSI) A come and find meeting in heathland. Meet at the Broomfield Hill car park and, if you have one, bring a weed drag. TQ2044 7180

Saturday 20 June
Isobel Girvan

Newdigate, Green Lane Farm for fields, tracks, hedgerows, lots of ponds.  Please drive close up to the gate which will automatically open.  Plenty of parking at the farm around the buildings. TQ2058 4160

Sunday 28 June

Jon Wilson

Blackheath Common (SSSI) for species of dry open heath and acid grassland.  Meet at the car park at the east end of Blackheath Lane. TQ0363 4620

Tuesday 14 July
Peter Wakeham

Headley Heath (National Trust) for a mix of heath, chalk, chalk heath and woodland. Meet at the car park opposite the cricket pitch on the W side of Headley Common Rd.  Parking free for NT members. £6 for 5 hours+ for non-members. TQ2051 5382

Saturday 18 July
Holly/Bill Stanworth

Shalford, Wey Meadows (SSSI) for water margins and species-rich fen meadows.  Target species Oenanthe fistulosa, Oenanthe silaifolia, Hottonia palustris, Stellaria palustris.  Meet at the Artington Park & Ride.  Wear appropriate footwear for a wet site. SU9931 4749

Saturday 8 August
Caroline Bateman & Geoffrey Kitchener

Addington, Spring Park for a 2 to 3 mile circuit on undulating ground with the Kent Botanical Recording Group for heathland (Shirley Heath) and ancient woodland (Threehalfpenny and Spring Park Woods). Meet at the NE end of Addington Village Road just beyond the cricket pitch (CR0 5AQ). NB There is no direct access from the A2022 and you will need to take the Addington Village exit from the A2022 roundabout.  Alternatively, take the tram to Addington Village.

TQ3743 6416

Saturday 15 August
Isobel Girvan

Tankersford Common (RSPB Farnham Heath South) for general recording on heathland, acid grassland and wet meadow.  Please park in the RSPB car park to the west of Tilford Rural Life Centre, on grassy slope. Mike Coates, the site manager, is likely to be around to introduce us to the site. SU8582 4324
Saturday 24 October The SBS Social will be held on Saturday 24 October
in Box Hill Village Hall  at 2.00pm.
TQ1953 5151