Autumn Meeting 2021: North Wales

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11 September 2021 - 18 September 2021

It is hoped that this meeting will be able to go ahead as planned. At present however, there is some uncertainty over whether people will be able to share rooms, so we are waiting to hear what the Welsh government decides about opening up before making any final decision.

If we are unable to take Plas Caerdeon for any reason, it is likely that a less formal meeting will be organised for those who have already booked accommodation elsewhere.

(Updated 21st July 2021)

General Information

Local meeting secretary: Margaret Crittenden

We will be recording in the county of Merioneth (Vice-county 48) which has everything from high, volcanic mountains to the great species-poor uplands of the Migneint. There is a coastal strip with dune systems and saltmarshes as well as numerous lakes and fantastic hidden river valleys. There are even the remains of a Carboniferous limestone quarry (SJ0542) and a few scattered lime-kilns on the Ordovician ‘limestone’. We will be based at Plas Caerdeon ( ) which is an Outdoor Education Centre in North Wales owned and run by Liverpool Hope University.  It is situated between Dolgellau and Barmouth on the A496.

The centre is set in its own grounds of 18 acres of secluded woodlands and was visited by Darwin in 1869. He wrote “we have a beautiful House, with a terraced garden and a really magnificent view of Cader [Idris], right opposite.”

The main house has 15 rooms over 2 upper floors which have both bunk beds and single beds. The ground floor comprises a fully equipped catering kitchen, professional servery, large dining room, library, large lounge/group meeting room, grand entrance hall and stairway, games room, drying room, toilets, and ‘wet activity’ entrance. There is a further basement games room and a laboratory which can be used for microscope work.


Rooms are available at Plas Caerdeon (near Barmouth, LL42 1TH, SH649181) on a first come first served basis. This is (generally) shared accommodation so please indicate when registering if you have any preference with whom you might like to share. The cost of the accommodation at Plas Caerdeon is £325 which includes full board and the Society dinner on Sunday night. There is also a wide variety of accommodation available in Barmouth and the surrounding countryside. If you are not staying at Plas Caerdeon, you are invited to join us for a BBS Society Dinner at Plas Caerdeon on Sunday evening 12th September at a cost of £20. Bring your own bottle(s).

The lab at Plas Caerdeon will be made available to all members whether they are resident or not.

A basic programme can be found below with a more detailed programme available at a later date.

Should you need further information on Plas Caerdeon, or to register your interest in staying here, please contact Mags Crittenden by email:

 In summary:

Full board for 7 nights at Plas Caerdeon on a shared basis: £325 (includes Society dinner)

BBS Society Dinner (non-residents) : £20

Basic programme

Saturday 11th September: Arrive at Plas Caerdeon (not before 2pm to allow for cleaning) with opportunities for committee meetings. Opportunity to do some recording in the vicinity of the Hall. Council Meeting 19.30 at Plas Caerdeon. Dinner for residents at 18.00.

Sunday 12th September: Short field day with AGM at Plas Caerdeon at 16.30 followed by Society Dinner at 18.30.

Monday 13th   – Friday 17th September: Field Visits

Saturday 18th September: Depart by 10am.

Maps needed

OL18 Harlech, Porthmadog and Bala

OL23 Cadair Idris and Llyn Tegid


Barmouth, North Wales

Plas Caerdeon Barmouth LL42 1TH