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BLS SPRING MEETING 2018 - Newton Stewart, Galloway

23rd April 2018 to 30th April 2018

Event Description:

Monday 23rd to Monday 30th April 2018

Field-sites organiser: John Douglass


This meeting will study the largely under recorded area of Galloway in South West Scotland.

Habitats will including woodland, coastal habitats, gardens and the occasional church and cemetery. Trips will be made westwards onto the Rhins of Galloway.

Meeting Base

Conifer Lodges, Minnigaff, Newton Stewart DG8 6AN

See http://solidluxury.co.uk/locations/conifer-lodges-dumfries-galloway-properties-sleeping-2-to-8/ or Google 'Conifer lodges solid luxury' to view the accommodation. We are staying in the 'Lady Galloway lodges'.

For a map of the area see: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=242016&Y=566073&A=Y&Z=115&ax=242016...

Accommodation and costs

The BLS has booked four self-catering lodges (luxury log cabins). Each lodge has one double and two twin bedrooms (and a hot- tub!)

Should there be enough demand additional lodges may be able to be booked.

The cost per person for the week is £140 for sharing a twin / double bed room and £210 for single occupancy. In the first instance there will be a maximum of 1 single occupancy per lodge. This will leave us with 20 bed spaces.


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 will be requested in March 2018.

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

Microscope Work

Microscope work will have to take place in the lounge / dining areas of the lodges

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).


Arrival time is from 16.00hrs on Monday 23 April. The meeting will run from the evening of the 23rd when we will gather in one of the lodges after dinner for an introductory meeting. We vacate the accommodation before 10.00hrs on the Monday 30th.

A provisional schedule of field site visits can be downloaded from below.

Maps of the area

OS Explorer 1:25,000 - 309 - Stranrear & The Rhins

OS Explorer 1:25,000 - 319 - Galloway Forest Park South

(note: map 319 includes the area around the accommodation)

British Geological Survey Scotland Sheets 1& 3 - Rhins of Galloway