In 2012 rather than have four or five sites ‘open’ on the same day we have organised a number of ‘open days’ through June and July so that we will not be rained off on them all! Visits can be made between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. unless noted otherwise.
Sunday 6 May: Meet at New Grove Farm at 10.30 a.m. to see and count Green-veined Orchids at New Grove Farm and adjacent Gwent Wildlife Trust meadows and other private land nearby. There will be some botanical training too. New Grove Farm (the home of membership secretary Pam Lloyd) lies on the Monmouth to Trellech road. From Monmouth continue past the turn to Penallt and Whitebrook; look out for the single wind turbine on your right and soon turn right into New Grove Farm, about half a mile from Trellech.
Wednesday 23 May and Saturday 26 May: Training mornings in plant identification; meeting at Pentwyn Farm, Penallt at 10.30 a.m. If you want to come along please let Steph Tyler know – email or phone 01600 719890.
Sunday 3 June: Open day at Richard Cornock’s smallholding near Portskewett (29 Leechpool Holdings, NP26 5UA) for meadow flowers. Park outside the Cornock’s house. (For further information see website at www.leechpoolwildlife.co.uk)
Sunday 10 June: Open day at Chris Parsons’ wonderful meadows and orchard near Little Dean in the Forest of Dean. This site is well worth seeing although outside MMG’s patch. It has a wide range of species including a scarce strangely-named umbellifer Corky-fruited Water Dropwort Oenanthe pimpinelloides and there are superb views down to the Severn valley. If you are interested please contact MMG so that we can arrange car-share opportunities.
Sunday 17 June: Open Day at Parson’s Grove (Joni Gooch) near Earlswood. This is a good chance to see this rich area of woodland and five species-rich pastures by the Cas Troggy Brook. From Shirenewton village drive north past the village hall on the left and continue to the first turn to the left. Continue along this narrow road, following the signs to Parsons Grove. Parking will also be available at Oxpool Cottage just before Parsons Grove.
Saturday 23 June: Biodiversity blitz at Tymawr Convent, Lydart between Trellech and Monmouth in association with GWT and SEWBReC. Details will be confirmed soon but it is likely to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be it is hoped be experts available on plants, moths, butterflies, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. UPDATE: details now available
Sunday 1 July: Bettws, near Fforest Coal Pit, Abergavenny (Peter Smith & Sheelagh Kerry). This will be an opportunity to see an upland smallholding with woodland and pastures about which Sheelagh talked at the last MMG Autumn meeting. We hope to have a biodiversity blitz, preparing an inventory of all species present (plants, butterflies, birds etc) so all welcome.
Sunday 15 July: Another chance to visit Leechpool Holdings, Portskewett (NP26 5UA) to see arable flowers such as Corn Marigold and Cornflower growing among the sacrificial crops.