Field Meetings

Field meetings are for members only, though if you are interested in joining the Society, please contact us and we will be delighted to welcome you as a guest.

Important note: Those attending SBRS field meetings do so at their own risk.


The field meetings for this year are listed below. In the event of queries, please contact or phone the relevant meeting convenor (see contact details : members only).

PLEASE NOTE: There will be some additional meetings organised to work areas which emerge as requiring further attention. Details of these will be posted here and on the News page, and communicated to local recorders by telephone/email nearer the time.

Since some of the venues have limited parking, and for environmental reasons, members are encouraged to share cars whenever possible.

Lists of some previous years’ field meetings are available.

Field meetings 2018

Sunday 22 AprilElisabeth SturtWest Dean Woods. Spring woodland plants on the SWT reserve where traditional coppicing is carried out. The meeting is aimed at beginners, but all are welcome. Best approached from West Dean village, turning off A286 opposite The Dean PH; leave lane at SU845152 and drive carefully down private unmade track, turn left into small field to park.
Saturday 19 MayJacqueline Rose, Judy Clark and Ellen CampbellGreat Dixter, Northiam. Our aim is to survey the estate, starting with Weights Wood. From the south turn left off the A28 into Dixter Road. Continue to Great Dixter’s grounds. Meet in the car park, just beyond the Oast, TQ818250. Free parking and admission to members on the day. See also Saturday 18 August.
Saturday 2 JuneRuth Eastwood, Nick SturtDitchling Common. It is a long time since the SBRS has been to this interesting Wealden Common. Meet in the car park at TQ337180.
Wednesday 6 JunePeter SmithWoodvale Cemetery, Brighton. As a contribution to the Churchyard Survey, we shall record the sections of the three tetrads that lie within the Woodvale, Bear Road and Extra-mural Cemeteries, Brighton. These cemeteries are contiguous with one another. If time we will look at adjacent downland reserves. Park within Woodvale Cemetery at TQ322058.
Saturday 16 JuneNick SturtFulking Escarpment. Chalk grassland. Another meeting aimed at beginners, but all are very welcome. Roadside parking W of Fulking village at TQ243114.
Saturday 23 JuneHelen ProctorBerwick Common. This site includes a small meadow within the Firle Estate. We will record it to assess the current status of long known meadow species. If time, we will move on to a nearby site. Park by track or on roadside, TQ521063.
Thursday 28 JuneFrances AbrahamWaltham Brooks, Coldwaltham. SWT Reserve. Damp grassland, ditches, old canal, riverbank, pool margins. Wellies advised. Parking (not ideal) SE of Greatham Bridge on the Coldwaltham/Greatham road. Meet 150m W of the bridge by the footpath at TQ02961626.
Saturday 14 JulyJane Birch, Helen ProctorCourt Lodge Farm, Wartling. At the north edge of Pevensey Levels, the farm includes the Mark Dyke where we will look for marginal plants and possibly aquatics. Turn right off the minor lane near church; meet in the farm car park, TQ658091.
Wednesday 18 JulySue DennessWidewater Lagoon, West Beach Road, Lancing. BN43 5FU. Recording on the beach and around the landlocked, brackish lagoons. Meet in the car park at TQ204042.
Sunday 5 AugustBrad Scott, Geoffrey KitchenerMedway Valley. Joint meeting with the Kent Botanical Recording Group. Meet at 10.15 for prompt start at 10.30am at Ashurst Station, TQ5072 3883. Free parking. A circa 3½ mile circular walk, crossing the Rivers Medway and Grom which form the Vice-county boundary between Kent and Sussex. We will help the KBRG with recording monads in Kent as well as adding to Sussex records.
Sunday 12 AugustBarry Yates, Paul HarmesRye Harbour. The saltmarsh re-creation project let the sea back into 17ha in late 2011 and plants have established well. SWT would like some help in surveying for more difficult-to-identify species. Meet in car park, TQ942189. See also Sunday 9 September.
Sunday 12 AugustDawn NelsonDurleighmarsh Farm, N of A272 W of Rogate. Meet in the farm shop car park SU784237, Postcode GU31 5AX: please park along the S side of the car park away from both the Teabarn and Shop if possible. This will be a ‘come and find’ recording meeting at a popular SBRS venue: a wide variety of habitats and sensitive farming practices provide a good range of arable weeds.
Saturday 18 AugustJacqueline Rose, Judy Clark, Ellen CampbellGreat Dixter, Northiam. TQ818250. We will continue to survey the estate, which includes ponds and grassland. For directions see Saturday 19 May, above. Free parking and admission for members.
Sunday 9 SeptemberBarry Yates, Paul HarmesRye Harbour. We will survey the saltmarsh plants, including the five species of Salicornia, and Spartina. Meet in the car park, TQ942189.