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BLS SUMMER MEETING 2022 – Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales

9th July 2022 to 16th July 2022

BLS SUMMER MEETING 2022 – Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales

This is the meeting originally scheduled for July 2020 and postponed twice because of the COVID-10 pandemic

Provisional dates: Saturday 9 – Saturday 16 July 2022

Local contact: Ray Woods

This is an opportunity to visit one of the most extraordinary parts of Britain that to date has been little explored for lichens. The northern part of the South Wales coalfield merges in a series of spectacularly wooded valleys with immense waterfalls into the high moorland, cliffs and screes of the Brecon Beacons. They sit cheek by jowl with the densely populated coalfield valleys and the now often lichen-rich tips and sites of the former iron and coal industry. We will visit the site of possibly the only strip-mined site in Britain, abandoned unrestored at the end of the Second World war. Celtic rain-forest and limestone and gritstone pavements are within easy reach. The transformation from a lichen desert to one of great richness is rapidly underway. Sticta spp. have returned to nearby woods and even Teloschistes chrysophthalmus turned up in the park where we will be based!


Meeting base

The meeting base is Dare Valley Country Park Hotel, Aberdare CF44 7RG. Website:http://www.darevalley.com/

For a map of the area have a look at:



Accommodation and costs

The BLS has booked the 15 bedrooms, each of which can be for single or twin occupancy. We are booked on a full-board basis.

The cost for the week is to be finalised.



Attendees should book with the Field Meetings Secretary, Graham Boswell,
Bookings are not yet being taken.


Provisional Timetable

The meeting will run from Saturday 9th when we will gather after dinner for an introductory meeting. We vacate the accommodation after breakfast on the morning of Saturday 16th.

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


Maps and reading

OS 1:25000 Maps

Explorer - 166 - Rhondda & Merthyr Tydfil

Explorer Leisure - OL12 - Brecon Beacons National Park West


The article ‘Colliery-spoil biodiversity of the South Wales Valleys’ by Liam Olds and Richard Wistow in British Wildlife, December 2018, presents a fascinating overview of the richness and importance of this habitat.