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The Cecidological Calendar for 2020

ALL Events for 2020 have been cancelled.

Listed below is what we were going to do!

The AGM has been rebooked in Yeovil for 2021

The BPGS has an extensive programme of field meetings each year.

These events are an excellent way to learn more about galls

and beginners are very welcome.



Note some events require pre-booking

Download the 2020 programme (pdf) when published

Saturday 22nd August 2020

Brampton Woods Plant Galls Survey.

Plant galls survey of a Cambridgeshire Ancient Woodland.

Brampton Rd, Brampton, Saint Neots PE28 0DB (short divergence via A1 or A14). Meet at 11.00 a.m. at car park at grid reference: TL 18440 69806

Bring packed lunch. No toilets on site. Leader : Tommy Root.

Saturday 29th August 2020

Teston Country Park, Teston. Kent

Joint meeting with the Kent Field Club. A busy but attractive waterside country park with a good variety of trees and plants to examine for galls. We may also venture outside the boundary of the C.P. along the towpath of the river Medway. Parking (£2 currently) and toilets available on site. Meet at 10.30 a.m. in the car park at TQ 707533. Post code ME18 5BX. Height restriction 2.3m. Toilets available. Bring a packed lunch. Leader : Keith Palmer  07798 861467 [email protected]

Wednesday 2nd September 2020 10.30am

Fosse Meadows Country Park, near Lutterworth

This 40 hectare site has young broadleaf woodland, open meadows, an arboretum, ponds, bird hides and benches. The site is relatively new and is managed by The Woodland Trust. Walking is, for the most part, easy on gravel and grass paths. Meet at the main car park at Roman Road, Hinckley LE10 3AB (Grid Ref SP484910) at 11am. For further directions either google “Fosse Meadows Country Park” or contact the meeting’s leader, Chris Leach on 0116 2711991 or email [email protected]  Check with Chris in the week leading up to the meeting, especially if the weather is inclement, that it is going ahead.

At the time of writing, the site has no facilities so bring a packed lunch. (A public house “The Mill on the Fosse” is short distance away). Emergency number: 07818 828454. Leader : Chris Leach  0116 2711991 [email protected]

Thursday 3rd September. 10:30am

Ulverscroft Nature Reserve, North of Markfield

This 56 hectare site is managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and is part owned by the National Trust. The site is partly in the Ulverscroft Valley, which is a site of Special Scientific Interest.  It was first visited by BPGS members before the society was formed! (On the day a meeting was called by the Society’s founder Fred Stubbs at Leicester New Walk Museum with the purpose of exploring the possibility of founding a gall society). This year, a second sighting of the galls of Andricus infectorius in VC55 was made at this site.

Meet at 10.30 a.m. Access to the site is by permit only, so those wishing to participate should contact Chris Leach who will be leading the event. Chris’s contact details are: 0116 2711991 or email: [email protected] The address of the site is given as Whitcroft’s Lane, Markfield LE67 9QE. There are two gates. Do not park in the gateway at the north/western gate at Fox Covert but use the layby at the south/eastern end usually referred to as the heathland entrance. Parking is limited.

There are no facilities on site so bring a packed lunch. (There is a pub that serves good food, “The Copt Oak” a short distance away). Leader : Chris Leach 0116 2711991 c.leach23

Emergency number: 07818 828454

Saturday 5th September 2020

Tandle Hill Country Park, Royton.

Meet 11.00 a.m. at the car park on Tandle Hill Road off the Oldham to Rochdale Road (A671). Map ref: SD 907 087.

The site was part of Lord Suffield’s estate given to Royton UDC after WW1.  The summit of the hill is mainly  beech but there is a great variety of trees and plants on the lower slopes. Leader : Norman Bamforth.

Sunday 6th September 2020

King’s Wood near Bawtry

Meet in the car park signposted from A638 Doncaster Bawtry Road, about a mile north of Bawtry,  at SK651945 at 10:30am (Explorer Map 279) There are no toilet facilities.

King’s Wood is small ancient woodland with the A638 on its western boundary and a railway line on its eastern boundary. There are a variety of habitats including woodland rides, some open grassland and a collection of young and ancient oaks.

Once we have recorded the galls in King’s Wood, depending on time, the plan is to visit nearby woods on the edge of Doncaster at Hatchell Wood and Black Carr Plantation. Woodlands which have, in the past, been sites of interesting gall discoveries by Ian Farmer. Leader : Tom Higginbottom 01302  725978  [email protected]

Wednesday 9th September 2020

Grave’s Park, Sheffield

Meet in the car park of Graves Park, Hemsworth Road, Sheffield at SK357828 , Post Code S8 8LL, at 10:30am. There is a small charge for parking. It is Sheffield’s largest park located in the south west of the city. The park was developed by Alderman J. G. Graves between 1926 and 1936, to protect the thousand year-old woodland from building development. There is a café and toilet facilities. Leader : Tom Higginbottom 01302  725978  [email protected]

Tuesday 15th September 2020

BPGS Durham Meeting Wynyard Woodland Park, Planetarium and Observatory near Thorpe Thewles, Stockton.

Car Park Location: Map OS Explorer 306  Grid Reference NZ403244.  Post Code TS21 3JG. Meet at 10:30am.

There are toilets and a café in the old station house.

The exploration of the site begins at the Arboretum Field on the eastern side of the site. Around the edge of the field tree species have been planted in the order that they appeared in the British Landscape since the last Ice Age including species like Juniper and Downy Birch. There will be exploration of an old railway line, a habitat always of interest to cecidologists. Finally we will explore the ancient Thorpe Wood, a mixed woodland which will provide some interesting records. Leader : Steve Robbins. Contact: Tom Higginbottom 01302  725978  [email protected]

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th September.

AGM weekend in Yeovil

This year we are based in the Yeovil Court Hotel, Yeovil.

Further details will be available in due course but book the dates NOW!

A full itinerary will be available in the late Summer to all those who have booked up for the AGM

Saturday 26th September 2020

Brompton Cemetery, London SW10 9UG.

The sixth of the annual visits to one of the “Magnificent Seven” Victorian Cemeteries of London. So far we have detected a most interesting variety of galls in these expansive areas with a great diversity of tree species, both native and exotic. Noteworthy galls have also been located in the grassland areas.

Cemetery no. 6 in 2019 will be Brompton. Meet at 10.30 a.m. at the North Gate off Old Brompton Rd.

Tube: West Brompton - District Line (Wimbledon branch). Bus: 14, 74, 190, 211, 328, 414, 430, C1, C3 all operate near Brompton Cemetery. Parking available on site for grave licence holders only. Packed lunch.

Leader : Keith Palmer. 07798 861467  [email protected]

Saturday 3rd October 2020

Welsh Harp Plant Galls Survey

Plant galls survey of the Welsh Harp (Brent Reservoir SSSI), London NW9.

Nearest train station: Hendon (network rail Overground. Bedford to St Pancras Thameslink). 20 min walk from station.

Or 83 bus from Hendon Central Underground station (Northern Line) - alight West Hendon Broadway. 15min walk.

Meet at 10.30 a.m. at the bridge of Cool Oak Lane, London, NW9 7NB. Grid Reference: TQ 21862 87696.

Parking available in Woolmead Avenue, NW9 7BH (next to Cool Oak Lane).

No toilets within the Welsh Harp. Bring packed lunch. Leader : Tommy Root.