Mar 152017


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April 2017

Monday 3rd: Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, Newport & Valleys Branch, have Steph Tyler talking about Wildflowers & Meadows, Why we need them, how to save them, 7pm, at Newport Civic Centre.  Contact Vic Warren to attend on 01495 755557

Saturday 22nd: The first of Monmouthshire Botany Group’s Botany Walks* with Steph Tyler and Elsa Wood, 10am to 3pm.  Booking is essential, contact Steph by email Details on the GWT web site and the Botany Group’s Facebook page

Wednesday 26th: MMG Annual General Meeting and Spring Get-together at Llanishen Village Hall.   The AGM starts at 7pm, followed by guest speaker Dr George Peterken, ecologist, author of Wye Valley (from the Collins New Naturalist series) and Meadows (British Wildlife Collection volume 2) and founder of the Parish Grassland Project.  Followed by a buffet supper.  Book online

May 2017

Sunday 7th: Usk Civic Society’s Biodiversity Day at Llanllywell, from 12 noon, to raise funds for the Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial in Usk.  More details

Wednesday 17th: Monmouthshire Botany Group’s Botany Walk with Steph Tyler and Elsa Wood, looking at weeds of brownfield sites in Chepstow

Saturday 20th: Monmouthshire Bee Festival, at Nelson Gardens in Monmouth.

June 2017

Tuesday 6th: Meadow Plant Identification for Beginners, 10am to 12.30pm at Pentwyn Farm Nature Reserve.  Book with Gwent Wildlife Trust** (details on their web site)

Saturday 10th: A guided walk exploring the flowers and plants of Castle Meadows, Abergavenny, with Sheelagh Kerry, 10am to 12 noon. Dogs on leads only.  Please book with Abergavenny local group, Gwent Wildlife Trust, call 0800 298 3656.   Location and more details

Tuesday 13th: Meadow Plant Identification for Intermediates, 10am to 12.30pm at Pentwyn Farm Nature Reserve.  Book with Gwent Wildlife Trust** (details on their web site)

Saturday 17th: Monmouthshire Botany Group’s Botany Walk  in Cwmllanwenarth wet meadows, the only site for Trollius (Globeflower) in the county

Sunday 18th: MMG Open Meadows Day.  A number of meadows will be open, including Gwent Wildlife Trust’s Springdale Farm.  More details to follow

Saturday/Sunday 24th/25thGardens in the Wild at the Whitfield Estate in South Herefordshire. Details

July 2017

Saturday 1st:  National Meadows Day

Wednesday 19thMonmouthshire Botany Group’s  Botany Walk , possibly a visit to MOD Caerwent depending on manoeuvres

August 2017

Saturday 19th: Monmouthshire Botany Group’s Botany Walk , recording in SO20X and Y

September 2017

Wednesday 13th: Monmouthshire Botany Group’s Botany Walk , aquatic plants ID day at Magor Marsh

Botany Walks: The programme is provisional as some venues may be changed. Days start at 10am continuing until about 3-4pm.  All days are for helping to improve ID skills and recording for Atlas 2020. Booking is essential, contact Steph Tyler by email  Details on BSBI web site and the Botany Group’s Facebook page

**There are many other events organised by Gwent Wildlife Trust, SEWBReC and other conservation organisations so do check out their listings as well:

Gwent Wildlife Trust Events Calendar (external link)

South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre (SEWBReC) Events Calendar (external link)

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