botany walks 2015



Contact Helena Crouch for more information on any of the walks

Tel: (01761) 410731 or mobile: 07773037001



All walks are on Wednesday evenings, meeting at 7pm.

Please lift share whenever possible – parking may be limited.  Everyone welcome. This year I have included some walks outside the CVWG area, to contribute records to the Atlas 2020 project of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland.


Wed 8 Apr         WESTFIELD [6753]

Park locally and meet opposite the gates of the Centurion Hotel (ST671532) for a short walk, perhaps around the golf course.


Wed 15 Apr       CAMERTON CHURCHYARD [6857]

                            Park and meet in car park for Camerton Church (ST685573).


Wed 22 Apr       DUNKERTON [7159]

Park and meet in Dunkerton by the church (ST710593) to explore the churchyard and riverside path.


Wed 29 Apr       FARMBOROUGH [6560]

Park tidily and meet in The Street outside the Primary School (ST658605) for a walk to the NW of the village in a square with almost no records.


Wed 6 May         GREYFIELD WOOD [6358]

Meet at the gate into the wood by Greyfield Wood Farm (ST638584).  There is parking by the gate, or at the beginning of the track, around a large tree.


Wed 13 May       CLANDOWN [6856]

Park locally and meet at the junction of Eastdown Road and Northdown Road (ST681563) for a walk to record Bath Asparagus.


Wed 20 May       HILLIER’S DOWN [6454, 6354]

Park and meet at the barns in Langley’s Lane (ST641542), NE of White Bridge,   by kind permission of the farmer.  A walk along the lane to Hillier’s Down Wood to search for Early Purple Orchids.


Wed 27 May       CHEWTON MENDIP [5952]

Park where you can and meet at the junction of Cole’s Lane and the A39 (ST598531) for a walk on lanes S of the village.


Wed 3 Jun          FOLLY FARM [6060]

An excursion to explore this Avon Wildlife Trust reserve.  Meet in the reserve car park (ST606604).  To reach Folly Farm, take the A37 N towards Bristol.  At the Chelwood roundabout, turn L on the A368 towards Bishop Sutton.  The turning to Folly Farm is on the L after about 2 miles.  A little way along the lane, turn L into the reserve and follow the road to the car park.


Wed 10 Jun        EDFORD MEADOWS [6748]

These unimproved hay meadows, managed by Somerset Wildlife Trust, are a delight in early summer, with spectacular orchids.  Park where you can on Holcombe Hill/Edford Hill (the road leading S out of Holcombe) and meet at the start of the track to the concrete works (ST670490).


Wed 17 Jun        CHEWTON WOOD [6155]

Park and meet at the Farrington Gurney end of Pitway Lane (ST627556) for a long walk to Chewton Wood.


Wed 24 Jun        MELLS ROAD STATION (CYCLE TRACK) [7151]

Park and meet in the lane alongside the cycle track (ST715512) to explore the Mells Yard area of the Colliers’ Way Cycle Path. Please lift share.


Wed 1 Jul           WELLOW [7357]

Park and meet in village car park.  Driving through Wellow from Peasedown St John, the car park is on the right (ST737580), signposted but easy to miss!  A walk to the SW of Wellow.


Wed 8 Jul           BUCKLAND DINHAM [7450]

Park where you can (near the church?) and meet on the corner of The Cross and High Street (ST754511) for a walk on Barrow Hill, W of the village.


Wed15 Jul          HIGHBURY (COLEFORD) [6949]

Park where you can (on Highbury Street?) and meet at the junction of Highbury Street and the lane to Newbury and the Recycling Centre (ST692492) for a circular walk NE of the village.


Wed 22 Jul         KILLING’S KNAP [6651, 6751, 6752]

Park and meet in the carpark at Manor Farm (ST666517) with kind permission from the farmer.  Heading south on the A367, Manor Farm is on the left.


Wed 29 Jul         FAULKLAND [7354, 7353]

Park and meet on the village green in Faulkland (ST739545) for a walk mostly on lanes S of the village (to record in a 1km square with no records!)


Wed 5 Aug         CYCLE PATH, RADSTOCK [6955, 7055]

Park and meet in the carpark in Waterloo Road (ST689549) for a walk along the cycle path towards Lower Writhlington.  Later in the evening we will be looking out for glow worms.


Wed 12 Aug       COMBE HAY [7259]

Park and meet on the S side of the road leading down into village from the west (ST730599) for a walk W of the village along the Cam Valley.


Wed 19 Aug       TUNLEY [6959]

Meet in the car park of the Recreation Ground, which is a turning off Tunley Road (S side) by the red phone box (ST695594) for a walk to the N. Please lift share.


Wed 26 Aug       MIDSOME NORTON [6654, 6754]

Park locally and meet in Gullock Tyning outside the Leisure Centre (ST667542) for a short walk beside the River Somer.


Wed 2 Sept         CHILCOMPTON [6451]

Meet outside the Somerset Wagon on the B3139 (ST643512) for a short walk.  We shall retire to the pub for a celebratory drink afterwards!