Surrey Botanical Society

Field Meetings - 2017

Unless otherwise stated, meetings will start at 10.30. Please arrive by 10.15 so that we can make a prompt start. Bring packed lunch for all-day meetings. Some meetings will be on uneven, steep or wet ground so please ensure that you wear suitable shoes. Please note too that each member attends at his/her own risk. The Society cannot accept responsibility for any damage, loss or injury.

Date & Leader


Meeting at

Sat, 25 March

Dr J Mitchley

Bookham , Old Barn Hall in Church Road for workshop on the Vegetative Key to the British Flora (Poland & Clement). Attendance by prepaid booking only. Arrive in good time for 9.30 start and don’t forget your copy of the Veg Key.


Sat, 22 April

C Bateman & G Kitchener

Camberwell New Cemetery and Camberwell Old Cemetery and surrounding streets for another session of urban botany with the Kent Botanical Recording Group. A circular walk of about 3 miles with some steepish gradients. Meet at Honor Oak Park Station. Park in adjacent side roads which are not restricted but allow plenty of time to find a space. If you’re having difficulty, try N end of Grierson Rd but note that there is no direct access from B238 (Honor Oak Park).


Fri, 5 May

Rob Adam

Holmwood Common (NT ) for early woodland flora on Weald Clay. Meet at Scammels car park W of Blackbrook Road. Nearest post code RH54DT


Wed, 17 May p.m.

Roger Hawkins

South Croydon, Selsdon Wood LNR for general recording in ancient semi-natural woodland. Meet at the carpark N of Old Farleigh Road. N.B. Meet at 1.45 for 2.00


Sat, 27 May

Harry Clarke

Chiddingfold, Oaken Wood to provide species list for Butterfly Conservation. Meet at Sidney Wood car park south of Dunsfold Rd between Alfold Crossways & Dunsfold. From Chiddingfold, drive towards Dunsfold. As you enter the village take right turn to Alford. After 1.5 miles track to car park will be on RHS. Or from A281, take the Alford road at Alford Crossways towards Dunsford, then turn left and track to the car park will be on LHS at about third right hand bend. Look out for large Butterfly Conservation boards. From here we will travel in a few cars to the Oaken Wood car park.


Sun, 4 Jun

Isobel Girvan

Hambledon and Buss’s Common for general recording on wooded heathland. Park considerately on Vann Lane (also known as the Cricket Green Road) near the village shop and post office.


Thurs, 15 June

George Hounsome

Lightwater Park. Thursday. Lightwater Country Park. Meet at 10:00 at the Café/Visitor Centre. Parking is abundant. As well as other areas we will visit Lightwater Bog, which is extremely tussocky and may or may not be extremely damp. Be prepared . N.B. 10.00 a.m. start


Thurs, 22 June p.m. SWT

Ewell, Priest Hill (SWT) to monitor development of chalk scrapes since our last visit in 2014. Enter via Priest Hill Close off A240 Reigate Road and immediately turn left through gate leading into the reserve.N.B. Meet at 1.45 for 2.00 p.m. start


Sun, 25 h June


Farnham, Bishops Meadow for joint recorders meeting on this floodplain meadow by the River Wey. Park in Waggon Yard car park off Lower Church Lane by the New Ashgate Gallery. Parking is free on Sundays. Meet in the car park and from here we will all walk to the site (10 mins).


Sat, 1 July

Jon Wilson

Oxshott, Princes Coverts for recording in mixed woodland, open heathy areas and damp flushes. Meet in car park N of A244 or if there are not enough places in the car park, park in Old Farmhouse Drive at TQ14765991 and return to car park on foot (5 minutes or so). Allow extra time for this. Please note that those parking in Old Farmhouse Drive will need to walk on S side of A244 and then cross opposite the car park entrance as there is no FP on N side.


Sun, 9 July

Isobel Girvan

Molesey Reservoirs Nature Reserve for general recording. Meet at the reserve car park N of Hurst Road (A3050).


Sat, 22 July


Seale, Hampton Park for joint recorders meeting. Meet at Myrtles Courtyard at 9.45 for a 10:00am start. Myrtles Courtyard is reached via either Littlewood Road or Suffield Lane by The Tarn Lake at Cutmill. Further details and a map can be found at: . Use GU10 1JH for Sat-Navs


Wed, 26 July


Elstead, Royal and Guinea Commons (SWT). Meet at Royal Common car park. Take B3001 (Elstead Rd) towards Elstead and after 1 mile you will find car park on S side of road by pond. Limited parking so please share cars where possible.


Sat, 5 August

Bill Stanworth

Ash Vale, Lakeside Park for variety of wetland habitats. Meet at the car park south of Lakeside Road. Wear appropriate footwear and bring weed drag if you have one. Target species Hottonia palustris and Carex elongata.


Tues, 15 August


Merstham, The Moors (SWT) to continue recording on wetland reserve created from former sand workings. Park off Nutfield Rd, by the Redhill Brook, in the car park for SWT use only. Sharp turn after the mini roundabout, on your right, if coming from Merstham. Bring weed drag.


Sun, 27 August

Jo Saunders

Ash Ranges (SWT) Meet at Stoney Castle Range. From Pirbright village, drive west on School lane/Grange road towards Mytchett. Pass Church Lane on the left and Stanley Hill on the right. Continue on the Grange road for 500m, then look out for the shooting range on your left, with the red and white signpost "Stoney Castle Range".


Sat, 14 October

Box Hill Village Hall

The SBS Social will be held on Saturday 14 October in Box Hill Village Hall at 2.00pm .