Field meetings

Conchological Society field meetings take place between late March and early November. They usually support the Society's Marine and Non-Marine recording schemes, local recording schemes, or conservation minded landowners, but may also include activities such as visits to fossil mollusc locations. It is advisable before turning up for these meeting to check you are suitably dressed and equipped; and please check that you are familiar with the Society's general code of conduct and health and safety policy. A comprehensive list of the location of past meetings is available here.

Please contact the leader in advance if you plan to attend a field meeting; and, if you are held up while traveling to a meeting, please contact the leader if possible so that you don't make people wait for you.

CONCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY FIELD MEETINGS 2022

Members are advised to keep a regular watch on this website for updates. The Co-19 uncertainties that impacted the 2021 field programme have declined and so it is anticipated that problems and restrictions will be minimal. We will, however, be keeping a close watch on developments; specific meeting arrangements and other changes will appear on the Society website which Society Members are advised to visit regularly. It is essential for those wishing to attend ANY of the meetings, to contact the leader in advance (ideally at least a few days before) to book a place and obtain further details. Thank you for your patience in this regard.

Last checked 1st September 2022


Wednesday 7th September 2022
FIELD MEETING (non-marine): Cricklade.
Leader: Mags Cousins (07873 532681, Email: shropshiremolluscs@gmail.com)
This will be a training meeting, terrestrial and freshwater molluscs of meadows and lakes, joint with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust at Lower Moor farm complex, a group of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust reserves.
Meet at 10am at the car park of Lower Moor Farm, Cricklade, SN16 9TW, OS Grid Ref: SU007939.  There are toilets, a cafe, and it is easy access.

Saturday 10th to Thursday 15th September 2022
FIELD MEETING (marine): Mid-Northumberland coast.
Leader:  Rosemary Hill (rosemaryhi@lineone.net 0121 4431459)
This meeting will be examining shores which have been less well recorded in the mid part of the county between Amble and Bamburgh including the area Ted Phorson worked for shell sand. Members wishing to participate should find their own accommodation in Amble or up the coast from there.

Saturday 24th September 2022
FIELD MEETING (non-marine): Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, central Herefordshire (SO 5051).
Leaders: Ben Rowson (Ben.Rowson@museumwales.ac.uk 07853 849114); Tim Kaye (tim@clan-cic.org, 07980 863577).
Woodland mollusc field meeting alert! This is a joint meeting held with the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported ‘Hidden Herefordshire’ project (see their posts on Twitter @HiddenHereford1).
Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum includes large areas of ancient semi-natural woodland and is a SSSI. It also houses an arboretum of over 1,200 exotic trees from around the world. Mainly on sandstone, a few limestone outcrops, and should be a good site for woodland slugs and snails.
Access is through the many trails running through the woodland and arboretum. Entrance is free but the car park costs £4 all day (pay by card on exit). The Visitor Centre includes toilets, a café and gift shop run by the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust.
Meet at 10:00 AM in the car park (postcode HR6 0PY). We will stop for lunch and the meeting will go on until 15-16:00.
Please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Waterproof trousers are recommended for helping get close to the ground. Please contact one of the leaders to register your intention to attend. For location details follow this link.

Saturday 1st October 2022 (Please note confirmed date)
FIELD MEETING (non-marine):  RHS Gardens, Wisley, Surrey.
Leaders: Imogen Cavadino and Hayley Jones (imogencavadino@rhs.org.uk, 01483 226568).
Native and introduced species with a focus on several established and newly created freshwater habitats. Additionally, here may also be opportunities to explore in the gardens, glasshouses and woodland.
Meet at 10.30am. Participants must contact the leader in advance, for free access to the gardens and to confirm the meeting point. Places are limited, and members of other Societies may also be invited.

Wednesday October 5th October 2022
FIELD MEETING (non-marine): Wyre Forest, Worcs.
Leaders: Rosemary Winnall (rawinnall@gmail.com) & Rosemary Hill (rosemaryhi@lineone.net)
Joint meeting with Wyre Forest Study Group to look for Malacolimax tenellus in Hunthouse Wood, Worcestershire. This is a WT reserve down some steep wooded dingles with a mixture of ancient woodland and some coal mining sites and also tufa outcrops which have not been looked at previously by the CS.
Further details will appear here, so watch-this-space!

Saturday 8th October 2022
FIELD MEETING (non-marine): Pewsey, Wiltshire.
Leader: Mags Cousins (07873 532681, Email: shropshiremolluscs@gmail.com)
This will be a training and recording meeting focussing on Desmoulin's Whorl Snail Vertigo moulinsiana and other molluscs in the fen.
Meet at 10.30am at Jones's Mill, the Vera Jeans Reserve, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Pewsey SN9 5JN.  Parking at OS Grid Ref: SU 16966 61015. Not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th October 2022
FIELD MEETING (marine):  Solent, Hampshire.
Leaders: Bas Payne (bas.payne@gmail.com) and Simon Taylor (abmanuk@hotmail.com). A two-day meeting to work Solent shores during the October low spring tides, and also look at lagoon sites for Cerastoderma glaucum.  Details and rendez-vous t.b.a. here, so watch-this-space!


Further field meetings planned opportunistically, often at short notice, may be posted onto the Conchological Society website. Society members are encouraged to check this regularly for notification of such meetings as well for updates on the other fixed dates.

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Meeting Programme compiled by Martin Willing. For meetings related matters please contact either Martin Willing (martinjwilling@gmail.com) OR Rosemary Hill, General Secretary (secretary@conchsoc.org).

The Programme Secretary will be very happy to receive any offers to lead field meetings.

Calendar of field meetings

There are currently no scheduled field meetings.