BBS Southern Group: Shipton Bellinger Down, Hampshire

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6 April 2024 (10:30 - 15:30)

Shipton Bellinger is at the extreme western edge of v.-c.12 and at the extreme eastern edge of Salisbury Plain.  The most recent record on the BBS database is Abietinella abietina var. hystricosa from Ted Wallace in 1936, so there should be ample opportunity to update the bryophyte list.

The area we will be visiting is mostly in SU2346 and comprises military tracks, chalky banks, rabbit grazed turf, mature beech woodland and plantation. So there should be plenty to find. We meet at 10.30am. Turn east off the A338 just north of Shipton Bellinger at a tank crossing at SU233462 and park at SU23594621 in the area shown on the photograph with a cross. Walking boots or shoes will be fine.

This is an MOD site and it is important that I know in advance who will be attending as numbers may be limited. It is possible that the meeting may need to be cancelled because of bad weather or for military reasons. If the latter, we can always visit the iron age camp of Danebury Ring which is not far away and is also a chalk grassland site.

Please email jonathan.sleath@btinternet.com if you plan to attend.

 

Location:

Shipton Bellinger, Hampshire.