Round and About Ludlow
This weekend bridges the gap between our one-day meetings for local bryologists and the BBS’s traditional week-long field meetings. It offers an opportunity for local naturalists who may find it difficult to commit the time taken up by the Society’s longer meetings to meet experienced bryologists from further afield, and to improve their bryological skills in the company of BBS members. In turn, bryologists visiting Shropshire from other parts of the country will enjoy the opportunity to see uncommon species that may not occur on their home patches. The meeting is open to beginners and experts alike. Please let me know in advance if you intend coming to this meeting, and note that each day’s adventures start at 10 a.m. (not 10.30 a.m.).
The meeting will be based in Ludlow, and details of various types of accommodation available locally can be obtained from Ludlow Tourist Information Centre (email@example.com or Tel: 01584 875053). I can offer bed and breakfast without charge at my home for up to two people who would like to come on the meeting but cannot easily afford serviced accommodation away from home (e.g. students or unemployed).
Ordnance Survey Landranger 137 covers Titterstone Clee Hill and the Long Mynd. Explorer map 203 covers Titterstone Clee Hill, and 217 covers the Long Mynd.
We will follow the programme outlined below if the weather is clement, but may need to divert to more sheltered, low-lying venues if the weather is poor.
Friday February 14th
I will be at The Nelson Inn from 8p.m. until about 10p.m. We can firm up the weekend’s programme in light of the forecast, and perhaps also rationalise transport for driving to the Long Mynd on the following day.
The Nelson is a traditional beer-house that serves excellent draught beer, and a limited menu of hot food in the evenings. It offers B&B, and lies on the outskirts of Ludlow, but within walking distance of the town at SO 524757 on the Kidderminster/Clee Hill road (A4117), about 100 yards east of the A49 bypass.
Saturday February 15th
Meet at 10 a.m. in the car park (SO 456955) at the bottom of The Batch just west of All Stretton. From there we will walk up Nover’s Hill to see Jamesoniella undulifolia, Barbilophozia kunzeana, and possibly Scapania paludicola in the little mire near the top of the hill. Grimmia montana also grows in small quantity on rock nearby, and we may see Schistostega pennata lurking in disused rabbit burrows.
In the afternoon, we will explore a flushed valley on another part of the Mynd. If enough experienced members attend the meeting, I’d like to see what expert bryologists can discover by closely examining one or two selected flushes. Jamesoniella undulifolia, Barbilophozia kunzeana, and Scapania paludicola are all known from other flushes on the Mynd, along with other notable species such as Cephalozia pleniceps, Leiocolea bantriensis, Sphagnum platyphyllum and S. subsecundum. Can we find new sites for these and/or other as yet undiscovered species?
Sunday February 16th
Meet at 10 a.m. in the car park near the top of Titterstone Clee Hill (SO 593776). Block scree on the western side of the hill (to the north of the car park) holds prodigious quantities of Grimmia incurva, along with more modest amounts of Rhabdoweisia crispata and Tetraplodon mnioides. Circling clockwise round the hill and down on to the hill’s eastern flank we may find Gymnomitrion obtusum, and one or two flushes may also repay inspection.