Leader: Dave Paynter, Chief Operating Officer WWT, and WWT staff
Dave is the Reserve Manager and a botanist and he will share Slimbridge with us from a botanist’s viewpoint. We will be guided through some of the more remote and sensitive parts of the reserve.
Meet at 10:30 inside Slimbridge at reception in the Visitor Centre. Coffee is available from the cafe. There is a large visitor car park. Public transport is limited. The nearest train station is Cam and Dursley which would be followed by a short taxi ride. Slimbridge is largely a level site but there may be off path excursions into wet/damp areas.
Slimbridge offers a range of wetland habitats (wet grassland, marsh, ditch edges, seasonal wetlands, mid-level and raised saltmarsh, including Atlantic salt pasture). Seasonally wet and goose/swan puddled habitats give rise to some interesting plant communities, including one of the few UK locations for Grass-poly Lythrum hyssopifolia.
(If we have a group of 12 or more we can have discounted rates for admission to the Wetlands Centre). Entry is free to WWT members.
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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