Leader for contact: Bob Fleetwood.
This is primarily a meeting of the BENHS Saproxylic Group, but members interested in any branch of entomology and natural history are welcome to attend. Please advise Bob if you wish to attend.
Leigh Woods comprises around 380 acres, partly ancient woodland, partly ancient wood pasture, managed under a partnership of National Trust, Forestry Commission and Natural England. The meeting will concentrate on the National Trust’s 80 acres which was acquired in 1909 and contains over 200 veteran trees. The adjacent 300 acres had been clear-felled during the Second World War and was then taken over and replanted by the Forestry Commission.
The National Trust site contains a number of rare trees and other plants and towards its eastern boundary has commanding views of the Avon Gorge. More details, including transport directions, can be found on the National Trust website.
The meeting point will be at the pedestrian entrance on North Road at BS8 3PL; Grid Ref ST555730. There is free car parking on the roadside along North Road. Members are advised not to leave any valuables in their cars; the leader has experienced no problems with vandalism, but theft has occurred occasionally when valuables have been left visible.
We will meet at 10:00 for a prompt 10:30 start.
The meeting point is a short walk from the National Trust Ranger’s Station, where there are toilets and a small “Welcome” hut, which can provide shelter in bad weather. During the summer there may be coffee on sale, but this is not guaranteed; there are no other facilities and members should bring their own refreshments.
The leader for the meeting will be Keith Alexander. We have reserved the Welcome Hut next to the Rangers Station from 14:00 to 16:00 in order that members may gather and compare notes. However, there is no electricity there and so the use of microscopes will not be possible.
National Trust has given permission for responsible collecting, provided they receive records. Please forward records reasonably promptly to Keith Alexander, who will collate and submit to National Trust and Bristol Regional Environmental Records Centre.