Sunday 21st October 2018 – Franchises Lodge, New Forest

This is a new RSPB reserve in the north of the New Forest just in the Wiltshire border. It consists of 386ha of mainly mixed woodland, with acid grassland, streams and flushed areas, which was formerly part of a private estate, so there are very few records for the site; 66ha of the woodland are notified as an SSSI. A brief walk through the reserve this spring indicated that there may be some interesting finds here, especially given its location within the New Forest. The reserve team, who are drawing up management plans, are keen to know more about the wood’s bryophytes.

Meet at the Telegraph Hill car park near the junction of the B3080 and the B3078 at SU 228166.

Leader: Andrew Branson

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