Visiting two very different habitats to see a wide range of native and non-native species, including the peat moors of the Somerset Levels and urban habits in and around Bridgwater town.
Saturday 18th June: Shapwick Heath NNR
Meet at 10:30 at Avalon Marshes Centre ST42584148
Toilets and refreshments available. Walking on level but damp ground. Walking boots or wellingtons required. This is a visit to a species rich grassland and mires.
Plants include Betony Betonica officinalis, Common Meadow-rue Thalictrum flavum, Southern Marsh-orchid Dactylorhiza praetermissa, Bog-myrtle Myrica gale, Royal Fern Osmunda regalis, Marsh Fern Thelypteris palustris and a range of sedges.
Meet at 10:30 at Morrisons supermarket entrance ST29913664 (please park in local car parks not at supermarket).
A day of flat walking on pavements and canal footpath to enjoy urban botany including an old canal and docks. Plants seen will include Water Fern Azolla filiculoides, Mexican Fleabane Erigeron karvinskianus, Boreau’s Ramping-fumitory Fumaria muralis ssp. boraei, Fringed Water-lily Nymphoides peltata and other non-native species.
Field meetings are open to all members of the Society. Guests may also attend meetings. Children are welcome but remain the responsibility of parents/guardians at all times.
Leaders have received updated procedures and recommendations to ensure the safety of members on meetings with regard to Covid-19. These include maintaining social distancing and perhaps limiting numbers at a meeting depending on terrain.
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Please DO NOT bring dogs as many field meetings are held in nature reserves or where there are grazing animals. Registered guide dogs may be exempt from this requirement, unless they are prohibited by the landowners. Please check with the meeting organiser.
Transport and accommodation is the responsibility of the attendee. However, members who do not drive or who have difficulty in reaching the starting point should contact the leader, whose details you will be given when you book, to see if transport might be available.
Please arrive promptly for the meeting. If you have traffic problems let the leader know so they can advise on the route and how you can find the group.
When you arrive at the meeting, park considerately, act responsibly, bearing in mind the Countryside Code, and stay with the group. Always inform the leader if you must leave before the end of a meeting.
Packed lunches are usually required and need to be carried.
All those attending Wild Flower Society field meetings do so at their own risk.
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