Past Events 2017

Spring evening meeting Friday April 7th at Blakeney

David Priddis gave an illustrated talk about wildflowers and wildlife in his garden. David is our local Forest of Dean bat expert but he has wide interests in all sorts of wildlife and has encouraged wildflowers and other wildlife in his garden. As well as wildflowers he  included insects, birds, mammals amphibians and reptiles , all with splendid photographs!


Meadows in May – wildflower identification event on May 20th


On Saturday May 20th we had a wildflower identification event at The Meeting House , New Road, Flaxley, GL14 1JS from 2:00PM onwards.

Last year we tried out a new scheme for learning to identify wildflowers as they actually are in late May since some may not be in full flowering mode. Rather than guided walks we  help you find them in the meadow with pictures taken just before. This approach works really well and those who have attended are very enthusiastic.

On Monday June 26th two members are opening their fields to us from 2:30.  Honeysuckle and Heather Cottages are on the B4228   at Tidenham Chase just North of the St Michael and All Angels Church. We will have DMG signs at Heather Cottage (  NP16 7JW ) for parking. Drinks and snacks  will be on offer there!
The fields are partly on Limestone and otherwise on Red Sandstone and have not been cultivated for forty years.They have been in mixed agricultural use for over 200 years   The biggest field, of 7 acres, is cut for hay and not grazed thereafter. They support an excellent variety of wildflowers and grasses and are a GWT Key Wildlife Site. There is a disused limestone quarry and a number of ponds. A detailed information sheet on the above and of other wildlife recorded will be available on the day.

National Meadows Day Saturday July 1st at Angus Buchanan Recreation Ground

Open from 10:30. There will be guided walks around the fields at the Angus Buchanan VC Memorial Recreation Ground in Coleford ( GL16 8DS), walks start at 11:00AM and 2:00PM.
Part is a Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust Key Wildlife Site and other fields are also managed with a hay cut and are good for wildflowers. We will have a number of wildlife specialists on hand to answer questions and help with identification. Also from 1:00 to 2:00PM you can get expert advice on how best to photograph wildflowers.
During the day you can take part in wildflower identification and learn about some of the more common grasses.