An introduction to plant identification 30: Tas Valley - Forncett to Hapton. Join Bob Leaney (01603 782462) with the Norfolk Flora Group and NNNS botanists for a spring walk along the footpaths and lanes of the Tas Valley and back.
An opportunity to view spring wildflowers at their best, and we can expect to see species-rich verges, meadows and woodlands supporting Bluebell, Early-purple Orchid, Wild Strawberry, Meadow Saxifrage, Wood Melick, Pignut and Burnet Saxifrage.
There will be the option to continue to Flordon Common SSSI after lunch.
Park in Forncett St. Peter Church car park, TM 16409288 (postcode NR16 1HX).
Joint meeting of the Society with Lowestoft Field Club and Norfolk Flora Group
For Mellis Common (2.30pm), park in the Village Hall car park at TM 099497 (postcode IP23 8EB), by kind permission of Mrs. P Bullock. The area to the east of the level crossing will be explored, as this was not visited during our 2014 meeting at this site. It may be possible to book lunch at either Billingford Horseshoes (tel. 01379 740414) or Mellis Railway Tavern (tel. 01379 83416) - check with each pub a few days before the meeting.
This walk with Carl Sayer, including a tour of the farmland ponds, follows his talk to the Society in March and gives an opportunity to see and hear about this conservation award-winning farm and the pond restoration work carried out there.
Bring a packed lunch and meet in Manor Farm yard, north side of the B1354 Fakenham Road, Briston NR24 2HJ (grid ref: TG 055331).
Full-day meeting at Buckenham Carrs and Hassingham
Sunday 25th June 10.30am
With Dr. Tony Irwin, Pip Collyer and NNNS Research Committee specialists.
All NNNS members are welcome.
Further details and directions will appear on the Programme Card with the May 2017 issue of Natterjack, and on the events pages of the NNNS website
Join Dr. Pam Taylor at the start of National Dragonfly Week for a walk in search of dragonflies and other wildlife at this Breckland reserve. The site has both Scarce and Common Emerald Damselflies as well as recent records of Norfolk Hawker.
Meet in the Stow Bedon (`Pingo Trail') car park off the A1075 at TL 940965 (nearest postcode: NR10 5PL).
`Wild Flowers Revealed'. An Introduction to plant identification 31: Marsham and Cawston Heaths
Join Dr. Bob Leaney (01603 782462) with the Norfolk Flora Group and NNNS botanists for a midsummer visit to this heathland and woodland complex, formerly a favourite hunting-ground of some of the Victorian botanists.
Although some botanical interest was lost when the land was enclosed and afforested, much of value remains.
We will look at some of the heathland re-creation work which has been done, and can expect to see Western Gorse, Heath Lousewort, Pill sedge, Bristle-club rush, Heath-grass, Water-purslane and possibly the uncommon Petty Whin.
Park in Forestry car park TG 17332318 (nearest postcode NR10 5PL).
Mossing for beginners on Swaffham Heath (Forestry Commission)
With Robin Stevenson (01553 766788) and the Norfolk and Suffolk Bryological Group.
Meet in car park on north side of the Swaffham - Beachamwell road at TF 791069 (nearest postcode: PE37 8AS) to look at a variety of habitats within the Forest.
The only equipment needed is a handlens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets (old envelopes are fine) for collecting specimens.
The meeting will be cancelled only if there is snow or hard frost.