Big Wood has several events every year.
Details of future events.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SURVEY
An eminent botanist, Jeff Duckett, led a wonderful walk for us in 2019 on what he called 'The Blooming Bryophytes of Big Wood'. (You can find out about him at https://www.qmul.ac.uk/sbcs/staff/jeffduckett.html).
Since then Jeff has been back several times on his own because it turns out Big Wood has several unusual and rare species. He now wants to do a proper survey of these liverworts and mosses, and has asked the Friends for help.
We are looking for 10 participants for this, which we think will take about 30 hours of your time between now and the autumn. We will start with a Zoom lecture by Jeff and then, after studying the field guide, we will go in pairs into the wood to photograph and record the bryophytes we find.
The Friends are spending £100 to buy five second-hand copies of the field guide to share among the participants, and we will ask you you to pay £10 to cover that. You will also need your own hand-lens. They are not expensive and as 'the possession of a hand-lens is the defining characteristic of a naturalist' you should look at https://www.nhbs.com/blog/the-nhbs-guide-to-hand-lenses.
PS. A WORD OF WARNING. WE WILL BE USING THEIR LATIN NAMES!
This is Jeff's current list.
Big Wood. Mosses 40 Liverworts 7 = 47 total
Little Wood. Mosses 14, liverworts 3 = 17 total
contact Bruce Mackay if you are interested in participating or any questions
These work mornings take place between 10am and 12.30pm with a break for tea/coffee and biscuits. Please make a note in your diaries of the following date
Meet memorial gate at the top of Temple Fortune Hill