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BLS AUTUMN MEETING 2018 - Flatford Mill, Suffolk

5th October 2018 Morning to 8th October 2018 Noon

Event Description:

Friday 5th to Monday 8th October 2018

Local organisers: Peter Lambley & Chris Hitch


The eastern coastal fringe of Suffolk has a diverse range of habitats and it is expected that the meeting will explore some of the richest ones for lichens. A highlight will be a visit to the extensive shingle spit of Orfordness, once the site for testing Britain’s nuclear trigger now a nature reserve with extensive areas of shingle plus some artificial habitats. It is also hoped to visit one or more parklands, which have some of the largest lichen floras in Eastern England. In addition we intend to visit some of the magnificent medieval churches for which Suffolk is famous.

Meeting Base

Field Studies Council Flatford Mill Field Centre, East Bergholt, Suffolk CO7 6UL

Tel: 01206 297110

Website: http://www.field-studies-council.org/centres/flatfordmill.aspx


The meeting will start at a field-site on the morning of Friday 5th October. There will be an option to join the meeting at lunchtime on Friday. The meeting will finish at lunchtime on Monday 8th October.

Further details of the programme will be sent out to attendees nearer the time of the meeting.

Accommodation and costs

For the three nights Friday 5th Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th the BLS has reserved 20 bed spaces in mostly single accommodation, there will be a twin option for those wishing to share. The booking is for dinner, bed, breakfast and packed lunch.

The cost of the stay at Flatford Mill is:

£220.00 plus VAT per person for single accommodation (inc. VAT at 20% = £264) and;

£360.00 plus VAT for a couple in a twin room (inc. VAT at 20% = £432).

Flatford Mill is unable to offer accommodation for the group on the night of Thursday 4th October. If attendees wish to stay overnight before joining the meeting on the morning of Friday 5th they will need to arrange their own accommodation for that one night.

Flatford Mill may have some limited overnight accommodation available for the night of Thursday 4th but this will not be known until the first or second week in September. Enquiries, bookings and payments for any extra nights should be made directly with Flatford Mill and not through the BLS Field Meetings Secretary.


Attendees should book onto the meeting with the Field Meetings Secretary, Steve Price,
email: fieldmeetings@britishlichensociety.org.uk or by post to Woodlands, Combs Road, Combs, High Peak SK23 9UP and send him a £35 deposit per person, cheques payable to 'The British Lichen Society' (not 'BLS' please). The balance of the costs need to be paid by August 2018. Should the VAT rate change from 20% attendees will be asked to pay the difference or be due a refund.

When booking please advise of any special dietary needs.

If members prefer to pay by bank transfer please request details from the Field Meetings Secretary.

Microscope Work

Two adjacent workrooms have been reserved for microscope work.

Bring your own microscopes if you can. The BLS stereo and compound microscope will also be available for communal use. If possible please bring your own consumables (microslides / cover slips / razor blades / chemicals).


Note: In November 1959 the second ever field meeting of the BLS was based at Flatford Mill - see The Lichenologist 1(3) p.119 and The Lichenologist 1(4) pp.203 - 206. There have been two subsequent meetings based in Suffolk: in September 1982 at Staverton (not written-up); and in November 1985 at Sudbury - see BLS Bulletin no. 57 pp.19-20.


Maps of the area

The following OS 1:50000 scale Landranger maps will be useful:

No. 156 - Saxmundham, Aldeburgh & Southwold

No. 169 - Ipswich, The Naze

For a map of the area around Flatford Mill see: http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=607696&Y=233278&A=Y&Z=120