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.

ALL MEETINGS START AT 10.45 UNLESS INDICATED OTHERWISE.

The field meetings for 2017 are listed below. In the event of queries, please contact fieldmeetings@sussexflora.org.uk 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 2017

DateLeader(s)Location
Wednesday 15 FebruaryDavid StreeterTaster Trip for Mosses: An introductory day for anyone interested in trying their hand at becoming familiar with some common bryophytes. The day will consist of an introductory talk, followed by field visits to woodland and downland. As well as a x10 lens and poly bags, a selection of small paper packets will be found useful. The standard field guide is Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland a field guide by I. Atherton et al. (eds.), pub. BBS 2010. Park in the Sussex Wildlife Trust car park off Horn Lane at Woods Mill TQ218137) and meet in the adjacent classroom at 10.30. It would be helpful if those hoping to attend would let David Streeter know by Monday 13th February: D.T.Streeter@sussex.ac.uk.
Wednesday 12 AprilArthur HoareAll Saints Churchyard, Crawley Down. Churchyard surveys. If time permits we will continue on to visit Turners Hill and possibly Ardingly churchyards. Meet in the church car park at Vicarage Road, Crawley Down – TQ34283741.
Wednesday 10 MayGeoffrey Kitchener and Brad ScottCowden/Holtye area. Joint meeting with Kent Botanical Recording Group, exploring pastures and woodland on both sides of the VC boundary, the Kent Water. Meet in Chantlers Mead, off North Street, Cowden, TN8 7HU at TQ464404. On street parking or possibly village hall car park.
Sunday 14 MayElisabeth SturtWeald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, SU875128. Recording woodland and other habitats in this attractive site. We will gather in the car park. Admission charge waived for SBRS members.
Wednesday 24 MayJacqueline Rose, Judy Clark, Ellen CampbellSt. Dunstans Farm, Warbleton, TN21 9BA. Unimproved species-rich grassland managed by traditional methods; lots of orchids. To drive to St Dunstan's, you need to turn sharp left (or turn right if you are coming from Heathfield and the west) from the B2096 at Chapel Cross (TQ614204), then keep right on the lanes towards Warbleton until TQ611190, when the start of the entrance track is a sharp right just at the start of the right-hand minor lane turn-off. Then keep left along this drive for half a mile and park at TQ610197. Meet by barn.
Wednesday 31 MayJacky Woolcock and Nick SturtReturn to Shoreham Beach to survey the LNR, with an opportunity to get to grips with Clovers. Meet at the car park near the Fort at the East end of Shoreham Beach, TQ233046: Jacky has again kindly arranged free parking.
Wednesday 14 JuneMatthew BerryCrumbles, Eastbourne, to survey the remaining coastal shingle for native and alien plants. Meet at TQ638022, outside cinema, Sovereign Retail Park.
Saturday 24 JuneMike ShawThe Pools. Damp unimproved meadows south of Henfield. Meet on Oreham Common TQ223140, roadside parking. We may move on from here.
Saturday 8 JulyJane BirchPevensey Levels: We will benefit from the expertise of our aquatic botanist, Jane Birch as she leads us across the White Dyke area of Pevensey Levels. We will explore a few of the many dykes and ditches for aquatic and marginal plants. From Hailsham High Street, continue straight ahead to Market Street, Lade Court and Mill road. Turn left at the Lion House Park. Continue to the end of the road and park at or near White Dyke Farm, BN27 2SD, TQ609086.
Wednesday 19 JulyHelen ProctorMichelham Priory, Upper Dicker. Recording of native plants in woodland, pastures and the gardens of this seven acre site. Meet in the free car park, TQ557093. No dogs. Admission charge for non-SBRS members.
Wednesday 9 AugustSue Denness and Frances AbrahamAmberley Wild Brooks. Exploring fields and ditches on the eastern side. Meet near the Old School, Rackham, TQ050143.
Saturday 12 AugustJacqueline Rose, Judy Clark, Ellen CampbellFirehills, Hastings Country Park, for heathland restoration survey. From Hastings, turn right just before Fairlight Church. Meet at Visitor centre, TQ860116. £2 parking charge.
Sunday 20 AugustDawn NelsonGraffham Common, where the SWT has been carrying out much good management work. There is safe roadside parking at SU939196 opposite Fitzlea Wood
Saturday 2 SeptemberJacqui HutsonChailey Common. Meet in Romany Ridge Car Park, TQ376207. We will look for Gentiana pneumonanthe and Cirsium dissectum, following the introduction of conservation grazing.