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BLS AUTUMN MEETING 2019 - Juniper Hall, Surrey

30th October 2019 Evening to 3rd November 2019 Noon

Event Description:

Wednesday 30 October to Sunday 3 November 2019

BLS Autumn Meeting 2019 - Juniper Hall, Surrey

Local organiser: Paul Cannon

The Autumn 2019 Field Meeting will be based at the Juniper Hall Field Centre, at the base of Box Hill near Dorking. Surrey is a surprisingly diverse county for lichen habitats, even though exposed rock is largely restricted to churchyards. Recent indications suggest that the recovery of lichen populations from historical air pollution is going well, although nitrification remains a major concern. Expect woodland borders and old trees on the chalk soils of the North Downs, and parkland and lowland heath habitats on the Greensand. Some of the iconic lichen churchyards of the south-east will be in range, including Mickleham within walking distance of the centre which may still hold the national record for species numbers.

Meeting base: Field Studies Council, Juniper Hall, Old London Road, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6DA

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Accommodation and costs

The BLS has booked 15 bedrooms for single or twin occupancy.

We are booked on a full-board basis.
The costs per person are:
Single accommodation £212.60 plus VAT (at 20% total = £255.12)
Twin accommodation £152.00 plus VAT (at 20% total = £182.40)

Attendees are asked to advise when booking of any special dietary needs.


Attendees should book onto the meeting with the Field Meetings Secretary, Steve Price,
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). If attendees wish to pay by bank transfer details will be sent on request.

Microscope Work

A workroom has been booked for microscope work, presentations etc.
Bring your own microscopes if you can. The BLS stereo and compound microscope will also be available for communal use. If possible please try to bring your own consumables (microslides / cover slips / razor blades / chemicals).


The meeting will run from Wednesday 30th when we will gather after dinner for an introductory meeting. We vacate the accommodation in the morning of Sunday 3rd November.

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

Transport to the meeting

Dorking Station (1.6 miles) - regular trains from London ( Victoria and Waterloo) and Horsham. Taxis are readily available outside the main station.
Dorking Deepdene (1.6 miles) - trains from Reading, Guildford, Gatwick, Redhill and Reigate stop at Dorking Deepdene station.
Box Hill and Westhumble (1 mile).

Buses: The 465 service runs between Dorking (opposite the main train station) to Kingston upon Thames and stops just outside the centre.

Satnav: please use RH5 6BZ for Satnavs.