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Joint WFS and Kent Botanical Recording Group meeting in the Folkestone and Romney Marsh area of East Kent (vc15)

Sat 25 Sun 26 June 2022


Folkestone Downs and Dungeness
CT18 7AA and TN29 9ND
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These meetings may be booked as individual days.


Saturday 25th June: Folkestone Downs

Leader: Alfie Gay (White Cliffs Countryside Partnership)    

Meet and park at 10.00 at TR 2219 3846 on the roadside (south side) of Crete Road West, just off the junction with A260. Folkestone Downs is one of the largest areas of unimproved chalk downland in Kent with an extensive flora, evidence of ancient human occupation and fine views. Species include Squinancywort Asperula cynanchica, Horseshoe Vetch Hippocrepis comosa, and Small Scabious Scabiosa columbaria, Wild Cabbage Brassica oleracea, Woolly Thistle Cirsium eriophorum, Blunt-flowered Rush Juncus subnodulosus, Chalk Fragrant-orchid Gymnadenia conopsea and a good chance that Late Spider-orchid Ophrys fuciflora and Bedstraw Broomrape Orobanche caryophyllacea may still be around for us. A couple of miles in hilly terrain with some steep slopes.

To book, contact Janet John wfs.meetings@gmail.com or phone 01753 884490


Sunday 26th June: Dungeness

Leader: Owen Leyshon (Romney Marsh Countryside Partnership)

Meet at 10:00 in parking area by the Old Lighthouse main car park next to the End of the Line (Railway) restaurant at Dungeness Miniature Railway TR0885 1695. We will see specialities of the shingle foreland and nearby Long Pits including Sea Pea Lathyrus japonicus, Yellow-vetch Vicia lutea, Nottingham Catchfly Silene nutans, Small-flowered Buttercup Ranunculus parviflorus, Lesser Water-plantain Baldellia ranunculoides and Greater Spearwort Ranunculus lingua. We will walk on firm ground but some loose shingle at times, very little shade and slightly exposed.

To book, contact Janet John wfs.meetings@gmail.com or phone 01753 884490





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Important information about Two Day Meeting

  • 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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