Preston Montford Field Studies Centre, Shrewsbury, SY4 1HW

Friday 2ND to Monday 5TH September 2022







There is still accommodation available at the Field Studies Centre. For details of costs see WFS website (https://thewildflowersociety.org.uk/event/friday-2nd-september-monday-5th-september)

To book it, contact Liz Wilcox at Preston Montford, stating that you are part of the WFS Weekend, either by ringing 01743 852040 or emailing enquiries.pm@field-studies-council.org

Even if you have already booked your accommodation at Preston Montford, please send bookings by the end of July 2022 to Sheila Wynn, 17 Southfield Drive, West Bradford, Clitheroe, BB7 4TU

Email: wfs.gensec@gmail.com or Phone: 01200 425813   

Mobile number, for use at the event only, 07875 284334


When booking please advise of any dietary requirements.

Please let Sheila know before Saturday 14th August, if you do NOT want to have the buffet lunch on Saturday and advise of any dietary requirements if you do.

If you are not staying at the Centre the cost of the buffet lunch is £9/person. (Payment to WFS on booking by cheque or online please. Please request details from Sheila.)

A packed lunch will be needed on Sunday and Monday (provided by Preston Montford for those staying there.)

Evening meals at Preston Montford: If you are not staying at the Field Studies Centre and would like to join us for an evening meal on any day, the cost will be £10/person. Please let Sheila know before Saturday 14th August.  (Payment to WFS on booking by cheque or online please. Please request details from Sheila.)


Please inform Sheila which field meetings you wish to attend (including your choice of sites for Sunday and Monday) and whether you will require transport.  Also, if you are coming by car, please let Sheila know how many passengers you would be willing to take, as car sharing will be necessary.


Friday 2nd September at 2 pm: Branch and Competition Secretaries’ Meeting

The room will be available from 1pm and tea and coffee will be available.

Saturday 3rd September

Field Meeting: The Grounds of Preston Montford Field Studies Centre.

Leaders: Sue Dancey (Former head of Preston Montford), Gareth Bursnall, Stephen Clarkson, Roger Heath-Brown.

Meet for a 10:00am start by the courtyard pond if fine, or in the Darwin Common Room if raining.

We will divide into groups to explore the Preston Montford grounds which are quite diverse. Preston Rough has many ancient woodland indicators (not very evident in September!). There are meadows and freshwater habitats which are very varied and the ponds all have a relatively high species count. There will be wild plums in the hedgerow and the semi-improved grasslands are becoming a little more interesting. There is some access (with care) to the gravel beds in the river where gravel can yield a few water treasures.

1pm: Buffet Lunch 

2pm: AGM

There will then be a short break followed by:

An illustrated talk by Jonathan Drori, Around the World in 80 Plants

In the follow up to his best-selling Around the World in 80 Trees, WFS member, Jonathan Drori takes another trip across the globe, bringing to life the science of plants by revealing how their worlds are inextricably entwined with our own history, culture and folklore. For more information about Jonathan, visit his website, http://www.jondrori.co.uk/

After the talk there will be some of Jonathan’s books for sale. (Proceeds to the WFS)

During the afternoon, entries to the Photographic Competition will be on display and the winners will be announced. Entries to the ‘Shoot and Show’ competition will be voted on by members present at the AGM.

There will be our usual Plant Identification Quiz, provided by Stephen Clarkson.

There will also be a sale of botanical books donated by Pat Verrall, Chris Pogson and others.

After dinner, at approximately 7:30pm

A microscopy session led by Martin Godfrey. (The session will be limited to a maximum of 15, please book your place in advance)

The session will cover pollen and fern spore fertility (good for hybrids), stomata size and distribution which is handy for sorting out some species. Martin would like you to bring specimens.

Sunday 4th September:

There will be a choice of three field meetings:

When booking, please let Sheila know which one you would like to attend.

All meetings will start at 10:30

Routes and parking information will be available nearer the time.

  1. The Montgomery Canal and Vyrnwy Aqueduct at Llanymynech. Leader: Martin Godfrey
  • Wern Claypit Reserve and Montgomery Canal, Arddleen (am) followed by Llanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve (pm).  Leader: Kate Thorne
  •  Llanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve (am) followed by the Llanymynech Heritage Area and the Montgomery Canal at Llanymynech (pm) Leader: John Martin

Llanymynech Rocks Nature Reserve

The reserve has a varied limestone flora. Plants we should see include: Autumn Gentian Gentianella amarella ssp. amarella, Autumn Lady’s-tresses Spiranthes spiralis, Ploughman’s-spikenard Inula conyzae and Common Calamint Clinopodium ascendens.

Llanymynech Heritage Area has a beautifully restored Hoffman Limekiln

Montgomery Canal

There should be a good variety of water and emergent plants at all the sites. We should see Common Skullcap Scutellaria galericulata and Gypsywort Lycopus europaeus as well as other emergent species along the margins. There should also be some Pondweeds Potamogeton spp. in the canal and Floating Water-plantain Luronium natans has been recorded at both sites.

After dinner, at approximately 7:30pm

A workshop led by John Poland on how to use The Vegetative Key to the British Flora

Monday 5th September: Field Meetings at Ironbridge Gorge, Telford.

There is a choice of two field meetings in Benthall Edge Woods, Ironbridge.

When booking, please let Sheila know which one you would like to attend.

Walk 1: Leader: Martin Godfrey

Meet for a 10:30 start in the Ironbridge Station Yard Pay and Display Car Park, Ladywood. Postcode: TF8 7JU, Grid ref: SJ67240329, What3Words: saved.butter.bungalows

The site is all woodland in a steep-sided gorge by the River Severn. Walking is almost all on good paths although there are some steep sections.

The walk is aimed at those who would like to get to grips with our ferns, their structure and identification. The site is pretty fern-rich and has examples of most of our fern groups (no filmy ferns but there are some horsetails), from the tiny to the very large, so provides an ideal opportunity to get a better understanding of the group. For those who would like to develop their skills there are both common species of Shield-ferns Polystichum and their hybrid and several of those tricky Dryopteris, plus a couple of hybrids to really test the keen.

Walk 2: Leader: Kate Thorne We will also be joined byFrances and Frank Hay (who are members of Shropshire Botanical Society and Volunteers at Benthall Hall) and Nick Swankie (who is the Gardener in Charge at Benthall Hall).

Meet for a 10:30 start in National Trust Car Park (Free to NT Members) at Benthall Hall,

Postcode: TF12 5RXm Grid Ref: SJ65750248, What3Words: cassettes.concerts.surgical

The walk will be on the higher ground in the woods and will be on more level paths.

Plants we should see include Wood Barley Hordelymus europaeus, Bird’s-nest-orchid Neottia nidus-avis, Common Gromwell Lithospermum officinale, Wild Service-tree Sorbus torminalis and Herb-Paris Paris quadrifolia. There is also a little limestone quarry (Patten’s Quarry) which can also be accessed more easily from the high ground.

For those who are interested in history, there is the Iron Bridge which you can walk over, and some historical quarries and lime kilns as well as the small town itself.



3rd SEPTEMBER 2022, 2pm,



  1. Apologies for Absence
  • Minutes of the 2021 AGM
  • Matters Arising
  • Financial Matters:
  • To adopt the approved accounts for the year ending 31/12/2021
  • Increase in the membership subscription rates with effect from the year ending 31/12/2024
Subscription RatesOldNew
Adult member with magazine£10£15
Adult member sharing magazine£5£7
Junior member with magazine£3£5
Junior member sharing magazine£1.50£2.50
Family group with magazine£15£22
Overseas Members£15£22
  • Election of Independent Examiner
  • Proposed change to Rule 10 of our Aims and Rules, to ensure that online meetings of the Executive Committee are in accordance with our Rules.

The following sentence to be added: “Meetings of the Executive Committee may be held in person, online, by telephone or on a hybrid basis.”

  • Officers’ reports
  • Photographic Secretary’s report
  • Website Manager’s report
  • Election of Officers  

            Current Officers: Chairman:                 Peter Llewellyn

                           General Secretary:   Sheila Wynn

                           Treasurer:                 Robin Blades

                           Meetings Secretary:  Janet John

                           Editor:                        Anne Kell

                           Publicity Secretary:   Nichola Hawkins  

  1. Election to Executive Committee:
  1. Any Other Business
  1. Date and venue of next meeting: Saturday 2nd September 2023 in Rye, East Sussex
  1. Sir Ghillean Prance: Presentation of the Presidents’ Award
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