Field meetings 2016

DateLeader(s)Location
Saturday 30 AprilNick SturtPatching and Clapham: a gentle beginning to the season recording the villages and surrounding woodland and downland. Roadside parking along (the old) Arundel Rd (N of A27) nr Patching Pond and Worlds End pub, TQ086056.
Saturday 7 MayJacqueline Rose, Judy Clark, Ellen CampbellNorthiam: Great Gotely Farm, surveying Great Gotely Wood. We will continue to Brickwall Park in the afternoon. Meet in car park, about 50m from Northiam church, at TQ829246.
Sunday 15 MayGeoffrey Kitchener and Helen ProctorScotney area: near Lamberhurst, with Kent Botanical Recording Group. Meet in the NT car park (£3 charge for non-NT members), TQ686353. Postcode is TN3 8JN.
Wednesday 18 MayHelen ProctorAshurstwood: Cherry Garden Farm. From the south, turn right off the A22 on to Wall Hill Road, then right at the post office, left into Ivy Dene Lane. Take the 2nd left turning, just before the sign for the industrial estate, TQ414370. Meet near the house.
Wednesday 25 MayRachel BickerTinsley Green, Gatwick Surrey Flora Society meeting, to which we are invited, to survey an area near Gatwick Stream SE of airport. Recently landscaped but with remnants of original vegetation and newly colonised ground. In VC17 but within administrative Sussex, and covered in the new Flora. Park at TQ29284004 by the Thames Water track, off Radford Road, on rough ground next to the grasslands. Leader: Rachel Bicker. Start time: 10.30am.
Saturday 4 JuneRoy WellsEast Hoathly: Rowland Wood and Park Corner Heath, to update previous surveys. Turn off the A22 at the Thatched Garage, then right. Park by roadside at TQ515147.
Sunday 5 JunePeter JonesBignor Park (courtesy Viscount Mersey). Recording woods and meadows, largely on the Gault clay. Meet SU995166 by roadside at junction of bridleway leading NE.
Friday 10 JuneRuth EastwoodA visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens at Wakehurst, and guided tour of the Millennium Seed Bank – booking essential.
Wednesday 15 JuneJacqueline Rose, Judy Clark, Ellen CampbellSalehurst: exploring meadows on Moat Farm. At roundabout on A21 (TQ741242) by Northbridge Street, turn right, then left at church and two right turnings. Moat Farm is at TQ758243.
Wednesday 22 JuneBruce MiddletonWeavers Down. Meet in small car park at SU82193140 having turned S of Longmoor Rd at Griggs Green - care required along bumpy track. Bruce will convey us back into Sussex by Landrover, there to discover heathland treasures.
Saturday 2 JulyPeter SmithAlfriston: Rathfinney Vineyard. We will survey areas within and around the vineyard, including an arable reversion strip and chalk downland. From Alfriston, continue for about ½ mile, then turn right. Continue to field centre car park (c.1 mile) at TQ498018.
Wednesday 13 JulyMike ShawEast Head, West Wittering. Survey this rich habitat and confirm recent finds of Polypodium interjectum, Lepidium latifolium, Filago vulgaris and Crassula tillaea. Meet at SZ766984 at the far west end of the car park.
NB let Mike Shaw know your name and car registration at least 10 days before the meeting for free parking courtesy of NT.
Saturday 16 JulyJane BirchPevensey Levels, to survey aquatic plants in ditches, visited in July 2000, and look for marginal plants. Meet at Rickney Pumping Station, TQ627069.
Wednesday 27 JulyFrances AbrahamArundel Park. Chalk grassland. Roadside parking TQ024088. In Arundel take the South Stoke road past the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust and Black Rabbit pub. No dogs please.
Saturday 13 AugustNick SturtCissbury Ring: site recording of chalk grassland. Park in Findon Valley off Storrington Rise TQ128077. This is the northern of the two main car parks in Findon Valley.
Saturday 13 AugustJudy Clark, Ellen Campbell and Jacqueline RoseFirehills, Hastings Country Park
Wednesday 24 AugustHelen ProctorCuckmere Haven: saltmarsh plants and chalk downland “specials”. Meet in Exceat Car Park, TV518994. Parking charge.
Sunday 4 SeptemberJacky Woolcock and Nick SturtA seaside treat! Meet at the car park near the Fort at the East end of Shoreham Beach, TQ233046: Jacky has kindly arranged free parking. We shall start in the area of the Fort and work westwards along the vegetated shingle.