Worcestershire Record No. 17 November 2004 p. 54


Mark Lawley

Our meetings are to help beginners learn their mosses and liverworts, rather than high-powered recording sessions. Please bring sandwiches to all outdoor meetings, which are on Sundays, starting at 10.30 am. Note that the meeting in January is indoors on a Friday.

You are very welcome to suggest venues for future outdoor meetings; please include grid references and details for parking.

January 21st (Friday)

Indoor meeting in the Education Room at the new Museum and Resource Centre in Ludlow, 10.30 am to 4.30 pm. Please book with Mark Lawley (see below) if you wish to come to this meeting. There will be no curriculum for the day. Rather, the day will be devoted to helping resolve your microscopical problems – procedures you find difficult, and plants you cannot identify. Please let me know when you book which techniques you want to practise, and bring with you:-

mosses and liverworts you have collected, particularly any which you have been unable to identify with certainty;
a compound microscope if you have one. The Museum has 10 new stereomicroscopes for dissecting specimens;
any identification guides/floras you have;
dissecting equipment: petri dishes, watchmaker forceps, microscope slides and coverslips, etc.

The new Library and Museum Resource Centre lies to the rear of the Feathers Hotel and Somerfield supermarket. To reach it, leave the A49 at the roundabout where the A4117 from Kidderminster meets the A49. Go along Henley Road for about half a mile, and turn left into Gravel Hill (Raven pub on the corner). At the traffic lights, turn right into Station Drive and then immediately left into the car park. The new Museum and Resource Centre is the modern building near the far right corner of the car park. It costs £3 to park for the day. However, there is no charge for using the Museum’s facilities. Enter the building from the west side (near Parkway shops). The Museum is to the left of the foyer. We will be using the Education Room on the top floor. There is a lift. We will have lunch at a pub in town (no food is permitted in the Museum).

February 6th
Park at Croft Bank (SO 761462) near West Malvern, Herefordshire to explore Cother Wood, a reserve of the Herefordshire Nature Trust.

March 6th
Ray Woods will meet us at the tearoom and picnic site at Erwood Station (SO 089439) in Radnorshire, to explore common land and rocky outcrops nearby.

The British Bryological Society’s Spring Meeting for 2005 will be in Cardiganshire (Ceredigion), which is convenient for most Border Bryologists. Details of this meeting can be found on the BBS’s web-site at www.britishbryologicalsociety.org.uk and in their magazine Field Bryology.

Mark Lawley, 12A Castleview Terrace, Ludlow SY8 2NG
Email: m.lawley@virgin.net

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