Café Botanique – Summer Visits
Wed 24 May: Dave Trevan will take us on a walk based in St. Lawrence that will take in Charles Wood, Binnel Bay and the coastal footpath to Woody Bay.
2pm at ‘Hejira’, Hunts Road, St Lawrence PO38 1XT
There are about 5 parking places on our the drive and roadside verge, otherwise people may have to park in Old Park Road and walk down to us. ‘Hejira’ is a bungalow about half way down Hunts Road on the left hand side. There is a sign on the road.
This is an interesting area of the Undercliff that is part of the AONB and SSSI. There will be much to see including:
- Wild flowers
- Exotic species
- At least one quite rare plant that only occurs in St. Lawrence
- Birds and Insects
- Local history
- Lovely views
The main emphasis will be on the botany.
Please note that most of the walk is not difficult but the path through Charles Wood is usually quite wet, also there is steepish climb out of Binnel Bay onto the coastal path. Apart from that it is all straightforward. Good walking boots are definitely recommended.
Wed 28 June: Andy Butler will take us on a Chalk Downland walk
2pm at the Whiteways Car park cut into the hill towards Freshwater up from Compton Farm
Steepish path up on to the Down.
Chalk downland flowers, butterflies, birds and insects and fabulous views, of course!
Wed 12 July: Colin Pope will teach us to identify grasses and reeds
2pm at Newtown – we may be able to go to the Jersey Camp MOD Ranges where there is easy parking. More details nearer the time.
Prof Matthew Terry, who gave us such an interesting lecture recently on the life of plant seedlings, has offered us a chance to visit his laboratory at Southampton University. This would have to be out of term time. Chris Kershaw is arranging a date then we can plan another visit in the area on the same day.
We await also details of a possible visit to Cadland House in the New Forest.
August is a difficult month to plan because of the holidays but we hope to arrange something in September. Any ideas?
I will remind you about these trips nearer the time and it would be good then to know who is likely to be coming.