Tony Carter: Northwest Foray Programme 2016 (vs2)

Scleroderma areolatum (Ben Deed)


NWFG Foray Programme 2016(vs2)

In association with the

British Mycological Society

Bring strong footwear. Details about terrain and accessibility of sites can be obtained by contacting the foray leader. Most venues have their own website. Forays are planned so that they can continue into the afternoon.  If you intend to so continue please bring food and drink. If travelling a considerable distance to a foray it is advisable to confirm with the leader that the foray is taking place, as on rare occasions, forays have had to be changed at short notice esp if very dry and changes will be sent round on the email list.   Beginners are welcome at ALL forays.   Please note that forays are not suitable for very small children. DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED.     

Saturday  27th  February – AGM 10am (Coffee) for 10.30 at Risley Moss, north Warrington. WA3 6QS SJ664920 (Sheet 109).  Presidential address - Geoffrey Kibby.  A short foray afterwards.

Sudday 20th March – Roddlesworth.  Meet 10.30 at Tockholes Car Park by Vaughan's Country Cafe. SD665215 (Sheet 103) BB3 0PA; 2 ½ km north on Tockholes Road, 3 km after it leaves the A675 Bolton-Preston road. Leader - John Watt (07768 043 461 / 01695 578843).                         

Sunday 10th April – Freshfield,  Merseyside.   Meet 10.30 at Freshfield Station car park SD291084 (Sheet 108) (L37 7DD). Leave A565 Formby-by-Pass onto B5424 at roundabout signposted for Formby Point,  BUT at mini roundabout keep straight on until Freshfield Road then turn right. (OR go by train). Leader - Tony Carter (0151-724-4600)

Sunday 15th May - Styal Woods, Cheshire. Nr. M/c Airport. Meet 10.30, small National Trust car park off road by Styal Village, 600 yds past the Ship Inn on opposite side of road. SJ836836 (Sheet 109) (SK9 4JE). Leader - John Taylor (0161-445-330/ 07980629063)

Sunday 19th June -  Clock Face Colliery Country Park, Bold, St. Helens. – Meet 10.30 at Gorsey Lane Car Park. From Jct 7 of M62 follow A57 Warrington Rd. After 2 miles turn left on to A569 Clock Face Road. After 1.5 miles, (passing  back under M’way), turn right into Gorsey Lane (blue cycling sign Burtonwood). Continue to entrance on right. SD 535915 (Sheet 108) (WA9 4SN). Leader – Tom Ferguson (01744 739774  / 07743 509671.

Sunday  17th July - Rostherne Mere.  Meet 10.30. Take the third turn on the left going south on the Chester Road (A556) from the M56 Jct 8. The car park is 200 yards past the church on the left hand side SJ743833 (Sheet 109) (WA16 6SB); or park on the road. Leader - Tim Rogers (07890949997).

Sunday 7th Aug – Pennington Flash CP, Leigh.   10.30. The Country Park signposted from the A580 East Lancashire Road-turn off onto A579;  after 1.2miles turn L at traffic lights onto A57; around 100m  turn R into Park access road (signposted) to the Main Car Park(small charge) which fronts the lake. SD 643 991 Sheet 109 (WN7 3PA) Good paths, level walking,Toilets on site as well as snack and ice cream vans (usually) Leader-Christopher Bowden (01772 812910/07597 921981).

Sunday 14th August  - Maes y Pant, Gresford. Meet 10.30 at main entrance car park (9 spaces). Coming from Chester bypass, A55, take A483 to Wrexham. After 2 sets of traffic lights(new) continue for 3+ miles to 1st turn-off. Turn left at top of ramp and then right at roundabout. Continue up the hill until Red Lion pub, then right onto Pant Lane. Continue to car park on right. SJ354551(Sheet 117) which is next to The Conifers LL12 8HU. From East, A534, A5156 to roundabout accessing A483. However continue around roundabout onto Chester Road (5th exit); continue to traffic lights by Plough Inn, turn L into High St continue towards church till Pant Lane on R at Yew Tree pub. Car parking after 400 yards on left after The Conifers and on Pant Lane. Toilets in nearby pubs/inns. This is not the Marford Quarry site, which is just to the north.  Leader- Robin  07985 206007

Sunday 21st August  – BEGINNERS FORAY at Risley Moss, north Warrington. Meet 10.30. Access from M62 Jct 11. Continue along A574 to first island, turn left. Reserve signposted. Ample parking space. SJ665920 (Sheet 109) (WA3 6QS). Leader - Irene Ridge (01254-247274. A morning foray will be followed by an afternoon microscope workshop.

Sunday 4th September -  Hay Bridge Nature Reserve, Low Hay Bridge, Bouth, Ulverston, LA12 8JG.  10.30 in the meeting room adjacent to the car park at SD336876 (Sheet 97). By car, leave the M6 at J36 and bear left onto the A590 signposted to Barrow. After 3-4 miles take the first left signposted to Barrow. (NB 60mph speed cameras on A590). At Newby Bridge roundabout take 1st exit, remaining on the A590 signposted Barrow and Ulverston then after ~ 4 miles turn right to Bouth. At Bouth village, turn right at the White Hart Inn and follow this lane for about ½  mile. Where it swings left, go straight ahead on a small narrow lane signposted 'Hay Bridge Only'. Follow this narrow lane until you reach the car park at the end (about 2 miles). The building immediately before the car park has facilities. Being a private reserve run as a Trust, (Warden, Keith) suggests donations for non-members of £2.00. Leader - Mike Hall (015242-76460).

Sunday 18th Sept –  Lytham Hall. Meet 10.30 at Lytham Hall, Ballam Road, FY8 4JX.SD 3592864 (Sheet 102). From M55 J4 take A583 (Kirkham) at first roundabout, and take first right (Whitehall Rd) after second then immediately left onto Peel Rd.  After 1.6 m turn right onto Ballam Rd and after 0.6 m turn R into Lytham Park and proceed to Hall (free entry for NWFG). Irene (07484 242523)

Sunday 25th Sept. – Delamere Forest. Meet at 10.30 at FC Whitefield Car Park, east off Station Road, B 5152, south of Hatchmere crossroads;   SJ556710 (Sheet 117);  300m north of CW8 2HZ (nearby Station Cafe and station (trains from Manchester.) Group parking concession being arranged.  Leader John 07768 043 461.

Friday 30th Sept to Monday 3rd October - Residential Foray at Keswick Convention Centre. Cost inc. meals, for members and for non-members will be announced later. Booking form in Newsletter. Contact Irene Ridge (01254-247274)

Sunday 9th October – National Fungus Day. To see events - 

Sunday 16th October – Dovestone RSPB Reserve - upland woodland and grassland.  Meet 10.30 - Binn Green Car Park (toilets), NOT the main car park: GR SE 018044, Sheet 110;off the A635 at Binn Green, Holmfirth Road, Greenfield Oldham, OL3 7NN. From Greenfield station, go steeply downhill, then along Chew Valley road (A669)  into village, past Tesco on left until the Clarence Hotel around 1 mile further on your right. At the mini-round-about bear left uphill, on the A635 towards Holmfirth  - then, DO NOT  take the first brown sign to RSPB Dovestone to right, but keep going uphill for around ½ mile until the next brown sign, go into the Binn Green car park on the right there. From Ashton u. Lyne, take the A635 and follow directions from Clarence as above. Leader Ken Gartside (01457 879713/ 07548927633)    

Sunday 23rd October – BEGINNERS FORAY at Moore Nature Reserve, Warrington - Meet 10.30. 2 miles south of Warrington on A56 turn north to Moore at traffic lights at Higher Walton. 1 mile turn right, crossing railway and ship canal. Go to end of road to reach entrance. Car park to right of entrance road. SJ578855 (Sheet 108). Leader - Paul  Hamlyn (0161-434-1401). 

Sunday 30th October – Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport. Meet at at 10.00 in car park 200 yards from house; SJ962824 (Sheet 109)(NB early start time).  By road: Entrance on A6 only. SatNav: Use SK12 2NR and stay on A6. Ignore any directions other than those to the A6 entrance. By train - Disley ½ mile from entrance. The house, garden & car park are about one mile from main gate. Leader Jeanette Maddy (07548 838946).

Sunday 6th November – Turn Slack Clough, Littleborough. Meet at 10.00 at Clough. Left off A58 onto Whitelees Road approaching Littleborough from west, continue along Calderbrook Road turning left at Clough Road. SD935173 (Sheet 109) (OL15 9JZ).

Leader - Norman Bamforth (0161-336-3914).

Sunday 13th  November - Ainsdale NNR, Merseyside. Ken Jordan Memorial Foray. Meet at 10.00 at car park at Reserve Manager's Office SD303112 (sheet 108) (PR8 3QW). Take A565 north past Woodvale Airport, turn on to Coastal Road, over railway bridge and left into private drive. Leader Tony Carter(0151-724-4600).