Surrey Botanical Society

Field Meetings - 2015

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

Sat, 7 March

Matt Parratt

Farnham, Alice Holt Forest for conifer workshop. All places have now been booked. If there is sufficient demand, another workshop will be held. Contact Caroline Bateman if you are interested.

SU8035 4280

Sat, 11 April

Leo Jennings

Compton, The McAlmont Reserves for general recording in this group of semi-natural woodland reserves. Limited parking at reserves so meet at junction between Mark Way and Woodmancourt near Hurtmore and share cars from there.

SU9639 4550

Sun, 3 May

Jo Saunders

Ash Ranges, Henley Park Range (SWT) for early 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.

SU9343 5381

Sun, 10 May

Dave Page
Paul Bartlett

Esher Common, The Ledges for spring flora along the riverside cliffs of the Mole. Meet at the Horseshoe Clump car park off the A307 Portsmouth Road opposite Blackhills.

TQ1255 6269

Thurs, 21 May

George Hounsome

Hindhead Common , SU8836 and SU8837 for spring flora. Meet at the parking area on the SW side of the A287, Hindhead, just south of the point where the road forks right to Tilford, for a prompt start.

SU8857 3611

Wed, 27 May

Pete Howarth

Epsom, Horton Country Park, for general recording but with a focus on grasses. A useful meeting for those who want to learn more about or brush up on them. Meet at the main car park off Horton Lane.

TQ1911 6183

Sun, 7 June

John Dicker

Dorking Cemetery and Leatherhead Church for another of John’s teaching meetings this time focusing on the flora of graveyards. We shall meet at the car park behind Dorking HallsTQ17064964 and then make our way to Dorking Cemetery. We shall have lunch by the Mole using the car park S of the A246 atTQ16305513 before making our way to Leatherhead Parish Church. Use the car park off Highlands Road at TQ16745625.

TQ1706 4964

Sat, 13 June


NB 10.00 start

Seale, Hampton Park for joint recorders meeting. 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. Further details and a map can be found at: Use GU10 1JH for Sat-Navs

SU904 461

Thurs, 18 June

Jamel Guenioui

Elstead, Thundry Meadows for rich variety of sedges and wet meadow species including

Comarum palustre (Marsh Cinquefoil). Limited parking at the site so meet at The Mill car park on Farnham Road (B3001).

SU9037 4383

Wed, 24 June

Brian & Linda Pitkin

Chelsham, Nore Hill Parking is available at Warren Barn Farm in Upland Road, a track off Slines Oak Road, just uphill from the Green Dragons Paragliding and Hang Gliding Centre.

TQ3767 5705

Sat, 27 June


Cherstsey Meads to help with the SWT bioblitz. The main event will be held on Sunday but we will meet on Saturday to do our survey. Meet at the car park at the entrance of the Meads from Mead Lane.

TQ0548 6620

Sun, 5 July

Andrew Scott

Coulsdon, Farthing Downs for chalk downland species. Meet at the main car park in Ditches Lane S of Drive Road.

TQ3014 5715

Sat, 11 July


West Clandon, Clandon Wood for joint recorders meeting at this natural burial reserve of “31 acres of native wildflower meadows and new woodland, lake and wetland surrounded by hundreds of yards of hedgerows”. Meet in car park off A246 (Epsom Road). For Sat-Navs use GU4 7FN

TQ0484 5121

Sun, 26 July

Steve Mellor

Guildford, Riverside Park, Burpham for general recording in this 80-hectare wetland site. Meet at car park at S end of Bowers Lane, off Clay Lane.

TQ0113 5260

Sat, 1 August

Isobel Girvan

Brookwood Cemetery for general recording on acid grassland in this impressive site – the largest cemetery in Western Europe. Meet at the Cemetery Office Car Park off Cemetery Pales (look out for the semi-circle turn-around). This is to the south of the site where there is parking for at least 10 cars. It is about a 15 minute stroll from the Brookwood Railway Station.


Thurs, 6 August

C. Bateman
G. Kitchener

North of Haxted for joint meeting with Kent Botanical Recording Group. We will cover rural territory on the fringes of both counties which has had little recording attention. Meet at the green in Gresham’s Way, off Crouch House Road, west of Edenbridge. Please park with consideration for the residents.

TQ4351 4689

Sun, 16 August

Paul Bartlett

Ham Common for general recording. Meet at pond at W end of Common. Park in Ham Street or nearby.

TQ1759 7210

Sat, 10 October

The SBS Social will be held on Saturday 10 th October in Box Hill Village Hall at 2.00pm.

TQ1952 5148