2020 Meetings

2020 Meetings

As 2019 completed our surveys towards the 2020 Atlas, we have still to decide upon the format for the next season.

Until further notice all meetings are cancelled as from 19th March 2020

Thursday, 2nd January 2020 - A New Year Plant Hunt

New Year Plant Hunt. Warren Vale, Rawmarsh
Leader : Louise Hill
Meet at 10.30am Thursday 2nd January at Rosehill Victoria Park Car Park, Rawmarsh SK 439 972

The ninth BSBI New Year Plant Hunt will run from 1st to 4th January 2020. A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in previous years: you are helping us build up a clearer picture of how wild and naturalised plants are responding to changes in autumn and winter weather patterns across Britain & Ireland.

About one in eight of all the British and Irish species are flowering in early January. At a very good site, in either a rural or urban area, you might find more than 50 different flowers in a three hour search on foot, but more typical would be between 10 and 30, with six to 10 being quite conspicuous.

Saturday, 22nd February 2020 - The 11th South Yorkshire Natural History Day.

“What’s Going On in South Yorkshire?” – A Festival of Amateur Natural History

The event is open to all and free, with no need to book.

10.30 am at Treeton Miners Welfare, Arundel Street, Treeton, S60 5PW OS Grid Ref. SK430876

Treeton is a village just over 6 miles from the centre of Sheffield via the A630 Sheffield Parkway. Arundel Street is found when coming from Catcliffe, turning right straight after the traffic lights over the railway bridge (Or if coming from Aughton turn left before the traffic lights) by Cohens Chemist. Then go to the end of Arundel Street, where there is plenty of off-street parking.

Sunday, 22nd March 2020 - Norwood

Meet at 10am at Roche Abbey car park SK542900 off A634. (or meet at 10.30 on at footpath crossing of Gypsy Lane SK539902. N.B. there is only limited parking on narrow lane here).

Leader : Louise Hill
A joint meeting with Doncaster Naturalists

A visit to species-rich Limestone woodland in search of Yellow Star of Bethlehem, Town Hall Clock and early spring butterflies.
Wear suitable footwear, it could be muddy

This meeting is cancelled

Sunday, 10th May 2020 - The old Thurcroft Colliery Site

To survey the old Thurcroft colliery site

Leader : Les Coe

Meet 10.30 am on Steadfolds Lane, Thurcroft, where the Old Mineral line crosses the road (SK503889)

We will survey the old colliery site and if time permits, we can then extend the search anlong the Old Mineral Line towards Dinnington

Sunday, 17th May 2020 - Turner Wood & Lindrick Quarries.

To visit Turner Wood and Lindrick Dale limestone quarries
Leader : Les Coe
Meet 10am at A57 Lay-by opposite entrance to Anston Stones Wood

From the lay-by, we will walk down Lindrick dale to the Quarry at the end of the dale.
After surveying the quarry we will then proceed to join the Chesterfield Canal and on to Turner Wood
Then we will survey the quarry which is dominated by old lime kilns.
Returning via Moses Seat wood to Lindrick Dale and the A57 lay-by.

Sunday, 30th May 2020 - Potteric Carr Nature Reserve Bioblitz.

Venue Potteric Carr Nature Reserve Visitor Centre, Mallard Way, Doncaster, DN4 8DB. SE 588 005.
(Joint meeting with Yorkshire Naturalists' Union Botanical Section)
Leader : Louise Hill

We may actually end up surveying some acid grassland and woodland sites outside the normal Nature Reserve on that visit because the Reserve Manager is keen to get records from some new areas that they have recently taken over the management of.

Details are still to be confirmed but this is likely to be over the whole day

Wednesday, 10th June 2020 - Honley Old Wood.

Leader : Peter Burton
Meet 10.30 am at SE 116110, off Knowle Lane, HD9 6DT
Site details:
Honley Wood is an extensive area of mixed woodland. The area to be surveyed today forms a large clearing within the wood which was once a landfill site using former quarry workings. Since the landfill site was closed the area has been covered with topsoil and landscaped. A varied and interesting flora has developed on this site which, due to the mix of soil types, includes both acid loving species alongside limestone specialists. Some marshy wetland areas add to the range of habitats in this small area. If time allows the adjacent woodland,

Honley Old Wood, has been untouched for centuries and retains many ancient woodland indicator species. The whole area is now open access land so the group can wander freely.

Sunday, 28th June 2020 - Fishlake Green Lanes and Washlands

(A Joint meeting with Yorkshire Naturalists' Union Botanical Section)
Meet 10.00 am at the corner of Sour Lane and Cowick Road - Jubilee Bridge (SE 673 147). Car parking space is limited, so car share if possible.

A visit to Fishlake Green Lanes and Washlands. (attractions being the Red Data Book species Carex vulpina - True fox Sedge and Rumex maritimus Golden Dock) - if they are still there after the floods......

Saturday, 4th July 2020 - Dearne Valley YNU Meeting

A joint meeting with Doncaster Naturalist and YNU
Meet in car park on A633 east of Barnsley (SE 392064) at 10.30am
Leader : Joyce Simmons

Sunday, 5th July 2020 - A public Botany Walk

A public walk has been arranged in conjunction with River Holme Connections

Location : Magdale Fields and Surrounding Area, Honley
Leader : Peter Buton
Time : 14.00 - 16.00
Map : Can be viewed here

Site : The site is by the river Holme, near Honley, some 2 miles beyond Holmfirth on the way to Huddersfield. It has a variety of habitats including meadow, woodland, river, marsh and an overgrown cemetery! Crucially it is not grazed by farmstock but managed by mowing etc, ensuring good flowering plants.
Description : This area is semi-urban but quite flower rich with good footpaths and nothing too strenuous or dangerous. It is open access land so no permissions are needed. There is dedicated street parking a few yards from the start here:

It is proposed that the SYBG members meet at 10.30 am at the same meeting place, carry out a recce of the site and then go on to do some botanising nearby (e.g. Mag Wood or Spring Wood) before coming back for the afternoon public walk. Hinchliffe's Farm Restaurant might be useful for lunchtime or afternoon refreshments.

Wednesday, 15th July 2020 - Agden Bog

Leader : Kay Woodward
Meet at 10.30am at Sands car park, Low Bradfield at grid ref SK262920 (sat nav S6 6LB).

We shall retire to the The Schoolrooms Cafe at Low Bradfield afterwards. www.theschoolrooms.co.uk

Agden Bog is a mire habitat and some of the special plants we're hoping to see heath-spotted orchid, cranberry, round-leaved sundew and cowberry.

Wednesday, 31st July 2020 - Delph

A joint Meeting with Bradford Botany Group
Leader Kay McDowell
Meet 10.30 am at Oldham Outdoor & Environmental Education, Castleshaw Centre, Castleshaw, Delph, OLDHAM, OL3 5LZ. (SD99680919)

Directions: From Delph, go up the main road A62 to where Delph lane comes up from the left, but turn left there along waterworks road – go dead straight 1/2 mile, then near the end of the straight, turn left into the car park.
If you are coming downhill along the A62, turn very sharp right at Delph lane to go into Waterworks rd. If you pass Delph Cricket club you have gone too far.
Directions: From Delph, go up the main road A62 to where Delph lane comes up from the left, but turn left there along waterworks road – go dead straight 1/2 mile, then near the end of the straight, turn left into the car park.
If you are coming downhill along the A62, turn very sharp right at Delph lane to go into Waterworks rd. If you pass Delph Cricket club you have gone too far.

From the visitor centre walk along the dam, there are steps to get down to to the base of the lower res from there, then walk downstream along LH side of Hull Brook, then when we get to Delph, go down towards Slackcote valley and Swan Meadow area and investigate the River Tames bank-sides from there perhaps. Its a walk to then do in reverse to get back to the car. Maybe 3 or 4 miles in total. Nice countryside though and we could always have a beer at half way......

Sunday, 9th August 2020 - Potteric Carr

Leader : Louise Hill
Meet 10.30 am at Potteric Carr
A joint meeting with Doncaster Naturalists and Bradford Botany Group

A visit in August would suit the Potteric Reserve itself as the birds will have finished breeding and we are more likely to get permission to go off the paths and into the wetland areas. I would hope to include visits to the Huxter Well Marsh scrapes and cells and also Rossington Carr Fields on that visit. We hope to include both.

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