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

Due to various issues, chiefly relating to Covid-19 uncertainties, this first notification of Conchological Society field meetings includes several provisional and or alternative dates. The intention is to resolve these matters well in advance of the proposed dates. 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.

 


Saturday 8th May 2021 (provisional date)
NON-MARINE: Langford Lakes, Wiltshire.
Leader: Mike Allen (aea.escargots@gmail.com, 07828 103454).
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust reserve; under-recorded meadow, marsh and lake habitats. Possible presence of Vertigo moulinsiana
Meet at 10:00 in reserve car park, at SP3 4PA; NGR: SU 037370.


Saturday 22nd OR 29th May 2020
NON-MARINE: Mendip area, Somerset.
Leader: Keith Alexander (keith.alexander@waitrose.com, 07394 251990).
Focus on Ena montana in ancient woodlands on limestone.  The meeting might include a visit to the Woodland Trust site at Dolebury Warren.
Meet at 10:30; site details not yet available so please contact leader nearer the time for meeting point.


Saturday 5th June 2021 (provisional date)
NON-MARINE: Combe Bissett, Salisbury, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Reserve
Leader: Mike Allen (aea.escargots@gmail.com, 07828 103454).
Chalk downland valley (SSSI) with managed plant species-rich chalk downland with rare flora and fauna, and possible access to the wild refuge (www.wiltshirewildlife.org/coombe-bissett-down-salisbury).
Details to be confirmed.


Saturday 5th June 2021 OR 10th July
NON-MARINE: near Watlington, Oxfordshire.
Leader: Tom Walker (tom@tmwalker.co,uk, 07488 231574).
This is part of the survey coordinated by Keith Alexander to establish the present status of Ena montana. We will explore Greenfield Copse and Howe Wood, and perhaps other woods in the vicinity.
Meet at 10.30 at Greenfield Farm, south of Christmas Common (SE of Watlington) - ample parking (SGR: SU 711918; Sat. nav.: OX9 5HG).


Saturday 12th June OR 19th June 2021
NON-MARINE:  Carmel National Nature Reserve, Carmarthenshire.
Leaders: Ben Rowson (Ben.Rowson@museumwales.ac.uk, 07853 849114) and Dai Herbert (phasianella@gmail.com, 07470393642).
Reserve in karst limestone area with dramatic disused quarries, ancient woodland and ‘the only seasonal lake’ in Britain.
Meet at 10:00 in layby/car park (brown Nature Reserve sign) at SN590157, S. of Carmel on the A476 (Crosshands to Llandeilo).


Sunday 3rd July OR 10th July 2021
NON-MARINE: Wenlock Edge, Shropshire.
Leader:  Mags Cousins (mags.cousins@naturalengland.org.uk, 07791 505641).
Continuing the exploration of National Trust Silurian limestone grassland and disused quarries.
Meet at 10.30 at Much Wenlock car park, SO 6287 99644.


Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd August 2021
MARINE:
(1) Medmerry managed coastal retreat reserve area, nr. Selsey; and,
(2) Pagham Harbour LNR (both on Manhood Peninsula, West Sussex)
Leader:  Martin Willing (01730 814790 martinjwilling@gmail.com).
Opportunity to:
(1) monitor colonisation by marine molluscs of this large coastal retreat area. (This a challenging site with some areas of deep mud & fast flowing water); and,
(2) visit to Pagham Harbour LNR, a site with a wide variety of intertidal and stable shingle beach habitats (use of a small boat might allow the use of sub-littoral sampling). The site supports some rare and local species such as Truncatella subcylindrica & Leucophytia bidentata but is considered under recorded for lower shore Mollusca.
The two sites will be visited on adjoining days and it will be possible to attend for a single or both days.
The order of site visits is yet to be decided with the RSPB site manager.


Date in September (at the early stages of planning and to be confirmed)
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.


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 (provisional dates – Field Studies Council confirmation pending)
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.


Saturday 2nd OR Saturday 9th 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.


October 2021 (date under discussion with Wyre Forest Study Group)
NON-MARINE: Wyre Forest, Worcs.
Leaders:  Rosemary Hill (secretary@conchsoc.org) and Rosemary Winnall.
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.


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.
Dates cannot be fixed at this stage but will be posted on the Society website by mid-Spring.


 

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.

Calendar of field meetings

There are currently no scheduled field meetings.