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BLS SUMMER MEETING 2019 - Holy Island, Anglesey, Wales

19th July 2019 to 26th July 2019

Event Description:

Friday 19 to Friday 26 July 2019


Local organiser: Tracey Lovering

This meeting is based on Holy Island on the very north-west corner of Wales. The complex geology of Anglesey offers a range of interesting lichen habitats, including disused copper mines. There is of course plenty of coastal habitat to study, including rocky shore, dunes, coastal heath, streams and the Menai Straits. The majority of the coastline is accessible via the All Wales Coastpath. As well as collecting new records for the Island, we will re-visit a selection of previously well-recorded sites supporting interesting records, to record change. Site visit options will also include churchyard and woodland. Lots of interest for everyone.


Meeting Base

Anglesey Outdoors, Porthdafarch Road, Holyhead, Angelsey LL65 2LP

Tel. 01407 769 351

website: http://www.angleseyoutdoors.com/index.html

for a map of the area have a look at:


Accommodation and costs

The BLS has booked for exclusive use the whole of the Main Centre and the Maris accommodation at Anglesey Outdoors. The 12 bedrooms of varying capacities have been allocated to provide 22 bed-spaces for our group.

We have booked on a full-board basis.

The costs are:

Single accommodation £447 per person for the week (there are four single-occupancy rooms available)

In twin accommodation £387 per person for the week (there are six twin-occupancy rooms available)

In triple accommodation £352 per person for the week (there are two triple-occupancy rooms available)


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

Anglesey Outdoors has camping facilities and a range of other accommodation is available on Holy Island. Attendees wanting to book these facilities need to make their own arrangements.



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 £50 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.

If taking meals please advise of any special dietary needs.


Microscope Work

Microscope work will take place in the lounge and dining areas of the Main Centre.

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 Friday 19th when we will gather after dinner for an introductory meeting. We vacate the accommodation in the morning of Friday 26th.

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


Transport to the meeting

Holyhead is the terminus station of a mainline railway. The train station is less than 2km from the meeting base.


Maps of the area

The following maps may be useful and dependent upon the location of field sites additional maps may also be recommended.

OS Explorer Series 1:25,000 scale

sheet 262 - Anglesey West / Gorllewin Yns Môn (meeting base on this map)

sheet 263 - Anglesey East / Dwyrain Yns Môn

OS Landranger Series 1:50,000 scale

sheet 114 - Anglesey / Yns Môn (meeting base on this map)

British Geological Survey 1:50,000

Special Sheet - Anglesey