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 and a few scattered lime-kilns on the Ordovician ‘limestone’. We will be based at Plas Caerdeon (www.hope.ac.uk/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. The cost of accommodation will include all meals. Prices to be confirmed.
Please email Margaret Crittenden firstname.lastname@example.org to express an interest. Further information will be available shortly.