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Lofts Farm, Totham, Essex

Sun 11 September 2022
Totham, Essex
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Leader: Sven Wair

Meet at 10:30 at Lofts Farm CM9 8NZ (TL866090). We have permission from Edwina, the farm’s owner and manager to walk round the estate which she is rewilding and planting up areas to encourage the return of Turtle Doves and such. There are many unusual plants such as Annual Knawel Scleranthus annuus ssp annuus and Cornfield Knotgrass Polygonum rurivagum and many established in the field margins such as Red and Sweet Tobaccos Nicotiana forgetiana and N. alata, Apple-of-Peru Nicandra physalodes and Thorn-apple Datura stramonium var. chalybaea. Entrance to the farm is opposite Swifts Boulevard, which is a new housing estate in Totham, and follow the track between two houses up to the large property and park neatly on the grass to the right.

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

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Important information about One 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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