Saturday 10 September: Paper reading session and AGM.
Sunday 11 September: Field trip to South Gare.
Attendees will need to organise their own accommodation. There are places to stay in the Tees Valley, as well as further afield in more touristy areas such as the North York Moors. Although the Tees Valley is very industrial and has experienced economic depression for several decades, there are many lovely areas to stay, for example, the Lindthorp area of Middlesbrough, the small towns of Guisborough, Saltburn, Markse, etc. Middlesbrough town centre has plenty of generic budget hotels.
Indoor meeting location
On Friday and on Saturday, all indoor meetings will be held on Teesside University’s Middlesbrough Campus, located in Middleborough town centre, 10-15 min walk from the coach and the train station. There are regular train connections to Darlington, York, Manchester, New Castle and even a few direct to London.
Field meeting at South Gare
This site is located at the extreme north-east tip of vc 62 (North-east Yorkshire) and has a range of artificial and semi-natural habitats, including dunes, dune slacks, grasslands, saltmarshes, ponds, reed beds, slag ‘pavements’, slag ‘outcrops’, etc. Bryological highlights include, for example, extensive lawns of Distichium inclinatum (but rarely found with capsules), Drepanocladus polygamus on marshy grounds, a 1998 record of Aloina brevirostris and the first and only vice-county record of Tortella flavovirens. However, the site has not been fully explored bryologically and may well reward us with interesting findings.
Most recent bryophyte records from the site are captured in this spreadsheet, click here to download.
There is a vascular plant flora of South Gare that provides interesting background information about the history of the sites and its habitats (Barlow, 2021: https://bsbi.org/wp-content/uploads/dlm_uploads/2021/04/Flora-of-South-Gare-2021.pdf).
The Teesside area is also the perfect gateway to explore the North Yorkshire coast, the North York Moors, and the only English site for Mielichhoferia elongata. Please follow this link for a few tips in order to prepare your trip.
To register your interest and/or for further information please contact Ambroise Baker: email@example.com.