Field meeting reports

Meeting date: 25 June 2011

(Leader: Nick Sturt)

Mike’s find of x Festulolium loliaceum (Festuca pratensis x Lolium perenne, Hybrid Fescue) shared first prize for the day with Kathryn’s headless Epipactis purpurata (Violet Helleborine) whose grey/purple stem and dark leaves were almost invisible in a shady lane.  It was Bolney Take 2 and once again the Field Convenor split the members and despatched them imperiously to the four quarters of the compass: a men-only team comprising Arthur, Mike and David to TQ22W (Ansty), Frances, Judy and Steven further north to TQ22X, and heading himself with Kathryn and Elisabeth into TQ22L west of Bolney village.  The afternoon saw a combined assault on TQ22S from Pitts Head hard by the A23.  The leader felt a little apologetic as neither the arable nor the damp woodland provided rich pickings, and yet there was plenty to entertain and indeed baffle in the form of a recalcitrant oak (Rod later determined it as Quercus x rosacea), a field corner with a tricky Barbarea, and some annoying agricultural Bromus.  Without actually stumbling upon any little botanical nook worth writing home about the haul of about 150 species for the day was another very good achievement.