Bradford Botany Group

 

SUMMER PROGRAMME OF FIELD MEETINGS 2017

 

 

Anyone needing further details or help with transport, please contact Kay, the website administrator at enquiries@bradfordbotanygroup.co.uk

 

Parking at several sites is limited, so it makes sense to share cars wherever possible. Not only does this reduce travel costs, but it also reduces our carbon footprint.

 

It is essential that all participants take notice of the risk assessment and any health and safety advice offered.

 

Members are also reminded of the code of conduct regarding the picking of plant material. The golden rule should be “take the book or the expert to the plant” and not the other way round, especially where there are only a few specimens present. It should also be remembered that removal of plant material from nature reserves and SSSIs is illegal without the permission of both the land owner and Natural England. Any pre-planned scientific research into scarcer individual species or hybrids is also best approached through this route. Although a “common sense” approach is also required, removal of material for use as voucher specimens must only be carried out after approval by the leader.

DATE

 

DESTINATION

MEETING ARRANGEMENTS

Sat, 8th April

LEATHLEY and THE WASHBURN VALLEY

The day starts with a 0.7km walk along the road to Leathley Mill, then on to the footpath which goes upstream along the Washburn to Lindley Trout Farm. We hope to see a good mix of spring flowers, including patches of sweet violets, both golden saxifrages, sanicle, marsh marigold and hopefully good numbers of wild daffodils. We expect to walk about 4 - 5km. The terrain is fairly flat, but can be muddy in wet weather.

10:30 am SE 232 470

Take the A658 Harrogate Road from Pool, and cross Pool bridge. Then take the next left onto the B6161 to Leathley. Park at Leathley Village Hall, opposite the church, at the above GR.

Sat, 22nd April

SANDBECK PARK and ROCHE ABBEY

Joint Meeting with Rotherham Naturalists and YNU ( VC 63 Botany Section )

Sandbeck Park is not open to the public, but we have been granted permission by Lord Scarborough to visit this fascinating site. Spring flowers abound, notably fritillaries, wild daffodils and other spring bulbs such as summer snowflake. Mistletoe is also present.

We shall visit Roche Abbey in the afternoon, where habitats include grassland, woodland and lake margin. Laughton Pond and King's Wood will be our focus, where we should find mountain currant, yellow star of Bethlehem, green hellebore, moschatel and more. Walking is easy at both sites.

10:30 am SK 565 894

Take the A634 southeast from Maltby. After approx. 5km, you will come to the junction with New Road, at the above GR, where the southern entrance to Sandbeck Park is situated. Follow the drive north and park in the courtyard outside the Apple Barn. One of the members of Rotherham Naturalists should be present at the entrance gate to guide cars into the grounds.

Sat, 6th May

THRESHFIELD QUARRY followed by ANNUAL MEAL

This former limestone quarry ceased working in 2000. The quarry floor is in the early stages of colonisation, although some of the tracks and adjacent areas already have an established limestone flora. Plants we might see include abundant primrose, hairy violet and hopefully herb Paris, plus more, and a good selection of ferns. Easy walking, approx. 5km.

1:30 pm SD 982 638

Park on Skirethorns Lane (to the west of the B6160, just to the north of Threshfield) before the quarry entrance, at the above GR.

 

After our walk, we shall regroup in the Gamekeeper's Inn at 18:00 for our annual meal at 18:30. Details will be circulated separately.

Wed, 17th May

BROUGHTON HALL, BANK NEWTON, GARGRAVE, and CARLETON-IN-CRAVEN

We shall visit several sites during the course of the day, and hope to see a wide range of plants. Of particular interest will be the displays of flowers from the primrose family, and should include the native oxlip, normally associated with woodlands on boulder clay in East Anglia.

After lunch, we shall visit several under-recorded 1km squares in the Carleton-in-Craven area as part of the BSBI Atlas 2020 recording scheme.

10:30 am SD 933 543

Meet in the North St. car park in Gargrave at the above GR. We shall leave some cars here before moving to the first site.

 

In order to maintain flexibility, parking arrangements for the rest of the day will be worked out as the day progresses.

Sun, 21st - Sat, 27th May (6 nights)

BBG HOLIDAY TO IRELAND

Details will be made available separately to those who have expressed interest.

Sat, 3rd June

HOWLEY HALL AND SOOTHILL WOOD

Although a species list will be compiled as usual, the main purpose of this trip will be to spend some time studying a limited number of plants in detail.  Beginning by the ruins of Howley Hall, we shall compare the vegetation of the typical acidic grassland with that on the ruins themselves, including the respective grasses and yellow composites.  After lunch a leisurely stroll through nearby Soothill Wood will allow a study of several species of Poplar.  Please bring a hand lens and a portable flora or grasses book.  Easy walking 3-4km.

There will be an opportunity for anyone interested but not yet experienced in recording plants using the BSBI list to do so.  Please contact Andrew if you would like to give it a go, with guidance and support.

10.30AM SE 251 246

From Batley town centre take the B6124 (Soothill Lane) up the hill and turn left into Lady Ann Road, immediately after crossing the railway bridge.  Continue along Lady Ann Road and park at its junction with Broomsdale Road at the above grid reference.

Sat, 17th June

TARN MOOR - ORCHID IDENTIFICATION DAY

This site boasts a mosaic of habitats including moorland, acidic and calcareous grassland and mire. It is rich in wetland plants, and boasts a dozen or so species of sedge. Tarn Moor is possibly the best site in England for bird's-eye primrose. It is also very rich in orchids, particularly Dactylorhiza, where there are 5 species, including two colour forms of early marsh orchid, plus several hybrids. We will take the opportunity to study some of the identifying features of the orchids we find. If time permits, we may visit another orchid-rich site later in the day. We expect to walk 5 or 6km. The terrain is not too difficult, although the site is very wet and boggy in parts and we may walk across heather moorland without any obvious paths. Wellingtons are advisable!

10:30 am NY 672 074

Take the Tebay exit (junction 28) from the M6, then along the B6260 towards Orton. Turn right just before the village, through Raisbeck, and then take the unclassified road going east towards Little Asby. Park at the above GR, close to the bridge where a stream runs under the road.

Thur, 22nd June

HORTON BANK COUNTRY PARK

An interesting range of plants is now colonising this former reservoir site. Yellow flag, bog bean, monkey flower, and greater spearwort are all present, plus the hybrid bulrush. The park is also home to a large colony of southern marsh orchid, with over 1,000 spikes in 2015. A walk of 2km, partly on good paths, although there are some steeper slopes.

6:45 pm SE 127 308

Take the A647 Bradford to Halifax road. After approx. 3km, just past Snape Drive, turn right into the car park.

Sat, 1st July

ASH HILL FARM, MOSS and sites in the DONCASTER area

An opportunity to visit John Scott's farm, which has been sympathetically managed over many years to encourage wildlife - plants in particular. Habitats include ponds, woodland and grassland. Plants we should see include southern marsh orchid, true fox sedge, stone parsley, adder's-tongue and aquatics.

After lunch, we shall visit one or two local sites of botanical interest. Easy walking.

10:30 am SE 606 134

Take Station Road east through Askern, just off the A19. Follow for approx. 4km to Moss, then turn right into Trumfleet Lane. After 1km, continue forward along Hawkhouse Green Lane. Ash Hill Farm is the last dwelling on your left, at the above GR

 

Wed, 5th July

ADEL BOG and THE CRICKET MEADOW

We return to Adel Bog with its heath spotted orchids, bog asphodel and other bog plants to see the results of recent conservation efforts by local volunteers. Then we shall marvel at a recently discovered meadow where 2,690 flowering spikes of heath and common orchids and their hybrids were counted by Steve in 2016.

6:45 pm SE 286 399

Park on Buckstone Road near the entrance gate to the woods. This is located before the road turns sharp left uphill into Buckstone Mount. The nearest postcode is LS17 5HT.

Sat, 15th July

SOUTHERSCALES NNR and RIBBLEHEAD QUARRY

Joint meeting with the Wild Flower Society

Southerscales is an excellent example of limestone pavement. Plants we may see include hairy stonecrop, baneberry, fragrant orchid and several species of fern. There are good numbers of frog orchid in some years.

After lunch, we shall visit Ribblehead Quarry, which already has an interesting range of plants, and where new plant species are still arriving. We should see northern spike rush and several orchid species including marsh helleborine, plus more.

10:30 am SD 738 772

Meet in the car park at Chapel-le-Dale church, just to the west of the B6255 Ingleton to Hawes road. There is only space for around 6 cars, so it is imperative that we take the minimum number of vehicles. If you have more than one spare seat, please meet with other members in the North St. car park in Gargrave (SD 933 543) where some cars may be left. Please arrive here no later than 9:45.

 

Participants are asked to make a small donation (£3 for members of the YWT, £5 for non members) towards the work of the YWT.

Wed, 19th July

GLEDHOW VALLEY WOODS - MEADOWS

We will visit three meadows managed by Friends of Gledhow Valley Woods. Each meadow has its own distinctive character and assemblage of plants. One was seeded with a mix of species including corn marigold, devil's-bit scabious and sneezewort. Another has damp grassland with species such as purple loosestrife, greater bird's-foot trefoil and meadowsweet. The third meadow, recently purchased, is neutral grassland and former pasture, and contains great burnet, common knapweed and tormentil. Easy walking, mostly along footpaths.

6:45 pm SE 308 376 Park on Allerton Grange Way, just off Gledhow Valley Road, at the above GR. We will then walk to the meadows along the footpath by the main road, and meet by the gate at SE 311 374.

Sat, 29th July

CONISTONE to DIB BECK HEAD

We will explore limestone grassland and scars, seeing field and autumn gentians, dropwort, northern bedstraw and in the pavement bloody crane's-bill and lots more. A steep descent into the ravine should reveal dark red helleborine and a good display of native Jacob's ladder. We expect to walk approx. 6km, not too difficult but some of the tracks are quite rough and steep in places.

10:30 am SD 979 675

Park on Conistone Bridge, just east of the B6160 on the minor road into Conistone.

Sat, 12th August

LEEDS and LIVERPOOL CANAL

Joint Meeting with YNU (VC 64 Botany Section)

We will explore the Leeds and Liverpool canal from Kirkstall towards Leeds. Old records include flowering rush, black spleenwort, blue fleabane, and five species of Potamogeton. We are hoping to re-find at least some of these, plus much more besides. Easy walking.

10:30 am SE 276 340

Meet in the car park off Canal Road, Kirkstall, at the above GR.

Thur, 24th August

SWINSTY RESERVOIR

We hope to explore the draw down zone to find red goosefoot, mudwort, sand spurrey, trailing St John's-wort and shoreweed, among other interesting plants. The morning will be spent on a restricted flat area, and would be suitable for those only wanting to spend half a day. After lunch, we shall continue the walk and circumnavigate the reservoir.

10:30 pm SE 198 536

Meet in Stack Point car park. From the B6451, turn west at the T junction (SE 207 534) just north of Bland Hill. After 600m, bear right, cross an arm of the reservoir, and then turn immediately left into the car park.

Sun, 17th Sept.

GEOFF APPLEYARD MEMORIAL TREE WALK: ALWOODLEY CRAGS PLANTATION and ADEL WOODS

We will admire the magnificent mature specimens of sweet chestnut, beech, Scots pine, European larch and Norway spruce in this gritstone boulder-strewn plantation. Younger mixed plantations and native streamside alders and birches will complete the circular walk. Easy walking, up to 5km, but may be muddy in wet weather.

10:30 am SE 285 401

Park in Old Leo's Rugby Club car park, Crag Lane, off King Lane at the above GR. The nearest postcode is LS17 5PR

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