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The Cecidological Calendar 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.


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FOR ANY AMENDMENTS, ADDITIONS, or MODIFICATIONS.


Note some events require pre-booking

Download the 2021 programme (pdf)


Wednesday 9th June 2021

PRESTON FARM  NATURE RESERVE, DURHAM 
Meet at 10.30 a.m. Car park Location: Map OS Explorer 306 Grid Reference NZ 403244 Post Code TS21 3JG.  Contacts: Stephen Robbins 01429 861702 or Tom Higginbottom
Last year four BPGS members explored a neighbouring site where over seventy different galls were discovered on a variety of hosts. It seemed a sensible idea to explore this similar nearby habitat earlier and later in the year. The hope being that the June meeting will help us to discover more galls on herbaceous hosts. Also see
Wednesday 8th September.


Saturday 21st August 2021

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

Wednesday 1st September 2021

LANGOLD COUNTRY PARK, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE

Meet at 10:30am. Contact: Tom Higginbottom
Car park Location: Map OS Explorer 279 Grid Reference SK 587863, Post Code S81 9NW. Follow the A60  towards the southern end of Langold. By some traffic lights with the Hilltop Working Mens’ Club on your left turn right into Ramsden Avenue, then immediately left into Church Street. Continue along this road which eventually leads to a left turn near a footpath entrance to Dyscarr Wood, then down a slope to a large car park by a children’s play area. There are toilets and a cafe here. Meet by the Langold Park Display Board. There  is a range of different habitats with well-marked footpaths. Dyscarr Wood, a  Nottingham Wildlife Trust SSSI site is also worth exploring.


Saturday 4th September 2021

TIDESWELL DALE, NEAR TIDESWELL, DERBYSHIRE

Meet at 10.30 a.m. at Tideswell Dale Car Park near Tideswell.  (SK15407422) On left of B6049 about 3/4m south of Tideswell village. Charge and Toilets.  

A look at a typical Derbyshire Limestone dale.

Meeting joint with Manchester Field Club and Sorby Natural History Society.

Leaders Norman Bamforth and Joan Egan.


Friday 10th September 2021

TESTON BRIDGE COUNTRY PARK, TESTON. KENT

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. Juts off A26 between Tonbridge and Maidstone by taking the B2163 in Teston, the C.P being on the right just over the railway line. 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]

Joint meeting with the Kent Field Club.


Wednesday 8th September 2021  

PRESTON FARM NATURE RESERVE, DURHAM
Meet at 10.30 a.m. Car park Location: Map OS Explorer 306 Grid Reference NZ 403244 Post Code TS21 3JG.  Contacts: Stephen Robbins 01429 861702 or Tom Higginbottom
Last year four BPGS members explored a neighbouring site where over seventy different galls were discovered on a variety of hosts. It seemed a sensible idea to explore this similar nearby habitat earlier and later in the year. Also see
Wednesday 9th June.


Friday 24th to Sunday 26th September

THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING WEEKEND

This year we are meeting at the Yeovil Court Hotel.

Further details will follow as arranged.

Please let the Membership Secretary know if you intend to be there. Thank you.


Saturday 2nd October, 2021

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 2021 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


Saturday 16th October, 2021

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