The Spring Meeting 2016 was based in Llandrindod Wells, former county town of Radnorshire (vice-county 43) and now an administrative centre in Powys, Wales. The BBS last met here in 1965, and it was a pleasure to welcome back David Chamberlain, who had attended on the previous occasion. Our headquarters was the Glen Usk hotel in the centre of Llandrindod, but lab work and committee meetings took place at Llysdinam Field Centre, just across the River Wye near Newbridge.
Radnorshire, with 26,000 inhabitants, is the least densely populated vice-county in southern Britain. Its most significant feature is the river Wye, which enters from the north as little more than a brook, then heads south, curving round and growing into a wide lowland river as it leaves the county at Rhydspence near Hay-on-Wye. Most of the county lies to the east of the Wye and has a moderately oceanic climate with annual rainfall 900-1,000 mm. To the west of the Wye, the Elan Valley has a markedly oceanic climate, with average rainfall 1,800 mm. Most of the county lies above 300 m. There are no mountains, and the highest elevation, 660 m, is in Radnor Forest just 10 km from the English border.Download the meeting report