Field meeting reports

Meeting date: 14 May 2011

(Leader: Nick Sturt)

By the start of 2011 TQ22 had been covered well – only one tetrad had fewer than 250 species – but there were nevertheless multitudes of missing species, most from the Sussex Plant Atlas for which very thorough workers had evidently gone on a botanical rampage. The only remaining blue square in the hectad fell to Dawn, who bagged Eric and Steven and shot off in a cloud of dust.  Arthur headed for TQ22F with his merry band, leaving the VC13 Field Convenor with Frances, Judy and his better half.  With the Knapp Formula in play the afternoon saw members united for a gentle stroll around Bolney village, featuring two traditional society favourites, holding up local traffic and raiding front gardens.  There was also a detour into countryside where some Carex pseudocyperus (Cyperus sedge) and Hydrocharis morsus-ranae (Frogbit) around a pond to the south caused remark.   All in all the territory of the day was rather mixed, with some chemical farms and trashed meadows as well as some Pignutty (Conopodium majus) woodland and Wild Service-tree (Sorbus torminalis), but the tally of new species recorded amply repaid the effort.