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.

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 2021

Members are advised to keep a regular watch on this website for updates. 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 and updates. Thank you for your patience in this regard.

Last updated 8th September 2021


Saturday 11th September 2021
NON-MARINE: Devil's Punch Bowl, Hindhead, Surrey.
Leader: June Chatfield (01420 82214, collections@haslemeremuseum.co.uk)
Classic Surrey heath habitats.
Meet at 11:00 at National Trust car park/visitor centre, NGR SU 891357.


Saturday 18th September – Saturday 25th September 2021 (dates and accommodation confirmed)
MARINE and NON-MARINE: N. Pembrokeshire Coast.
Leader: Simon Taylor (marine@conchsoc.org, 01621 810141).
Area with a good variety of rocky and sandy shores, relatively under-recorded.  Based at Dale Fort Field Study Centre, where laboratory facilities are available. Those interested please contact Simon at the email provided above, who will coordinate the accommodation booking with Dale Fort.


CONFIRMED

Saturday 2nd October 2021
NON-MARINE:  RHS Gardens, Wisley, Surrey.
Leaders: Imogen Cavadino and Hayley Jones (imogencavadino@rhs.org.uk, 01483 226568).
Native and introduced species in the gardens, glasshouses and woodland; help create a reference collection for the site.
Meet at 10:30 at the Laboratory Building.  Participants must contact leader in advance, for free access to the gardens, and because places are limited, and members of other Societies may also be invited.


Saturday 9th October 2021
NON-MARINE: Lake Windermere, Cumbria.
Leader: Hannah Shaw (hpecology@hotmail.co.uk).
Visit to FBA Freshwater Pearl Mussel Ark project and recording in the area of Lake Windermere.
Although the date has now been fixed further meeting details are awaited.


CONFIRMED

Saturday 23rd October 2021
NON-MARINE: Wyre Forest, Worcs.
Leader:  Rosemary Hill (secretary@conchsoc.org).
Joint meeting with Wyre Forest Study Group. It is planned to survey new areas and if possible, investigate how close to the woodland edge Malacolimax tenellus can be found.
Meet at 10:00 at Forestry Commission’s Wyre Forest Visitor Centre car park (DY14 9XQ; NGR SO 750740) to walk or share cars to access the woodland.


MEETING POSTPONED

September or October 2021
Field Meeting NON-MARINE: South Downs, West Sussex.
Leader:  Martin Willing (01730 814790, martinjwilling@gmail.com).
A further day visit is planned as part of the Society’s Ena montana project.  It is hoped to visit several historic and recent sites including at National Trust woodlands near Slindon and nearer to the West Sussex / Hampshire border at South Harting and Ditcham.
This meeting has had to be postponed and will be rescheduled for Autumn 2022. 


 

OTHER
Contacts for meetings related matters more broadly, should be addressed to 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 in 2022.

Calender of Field Meetings for 2022 to follow.

Calendar of field meetings