Dartington’s ancient woodland – part 2 (Botany Section)
Sat. 21 May 2022 at 10:00 am
This is a rather belated follow up to a very successful DA field meeting in 2017! Last time we explored North Wood and Chacegrove Wood, in the mediaeval deerpark of the north and northeast of the core Dartington estate. This time we will be exploring a range of habitats on the south and south-western side of the core estate. The meeting will focus on a number of small woods which follow the steep bank of the Bidwell Brook: Foxhole Copse, Symons Tree Wood, Buckham Park Copse, Dartington Hill Copse and Dartington Hill Plantation. These are a mixture of semi-natural ancient woods, recent secondary woods and plantations. We also hope to be able to visit a few small species-rich grassland sites.
We should see a very wide range of both common and scarce plant species, including a good number of ‘ancient woodland indicator’ plants and some scarce grassland species. Some of the less common species previously recorded from these sites include Small-leaved Lime Tilia cordata, Small Scabious Scabiosa columbaria, and Quaking-grass Briza media. There are also interesting historic features along the way, including woodbanks, quarries, limekilns and an early 20th-century water-powered tweed mill.
This field meeting is being hosted by Richard Lewis and Sam Wernham from Dartington Wild Monastery, a new initiative developing from the River Dart Wild Church: www.riverdartwildchurch.com
Note that we hope to re-run this event in July – see here.
Meet by the Bridge (outside the toy shop) at the Cider Press Centre at 10am. Ample paid parking is available and the centre is easily accessible by bus (Stagecoach GOL) from Totnes, Torquay or Plymouth. If arriving by train, the 9.47 bus from Totnes Rail Station should get you there in time. The meeting should finish by 4pm. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and terrain which is likely to be muddy in places. We’ll have a picnic lunch so bring a packed lunch or leave time to buy sandwiches at one of the cafes at the Cider Press Centre.
Non-members are welcome. Bring packed lunch, appropriate footwear and clothing, as well as sufficient water, sun-block, insect repellent or other essentials required for a day outdoors.
Please contact the leader (Organiser, below) if you wish to attend – meeting details can sometimes change at short notice and if the weather forecast looks poor the meeting may have to be cancelled. You should also check with the leader if you wish to bring your dog.
Please note: Neither the Association nor its officers can be held responsible for personal injury to any person or for damage to any property