It's been a few weeks now since the Yearbook arrived on my doorstep, and there are a great selection of field meetings for this year. For me it is now a matter of juggling my calendar with my family to decide how many I can manage to get to.
My first priority will be the Welsh AGM (12th-15th July), which is always a great event. This year it's down in Brecon, and there is a great offer for accommodation, with a single price £160 for a room for up to four nights - a great price if you can stay all week and even better if you can share a room. There will be some great excursions - chances to explore the Brecon Beacons or the canal and Wye, and some special sites including Stanner Rocks and Vicarage Meadows. For more details click here.
I'm organising a couple of training meetings in Wales - there may still be one or two places on the beginners' Euphrasia workshop on 12th March (and more places on 13th if there are any improvers out there?). However, the Drypoteris course in October (1st-2nd) is now fully booked - although I will add names to a waiting list if desired. There is also a grass training weekend in Glamorgan with the excellent Arthur Copping (25th-26th June) which I suspect will provide more than the advertised introduction, and a brambles weekend at the end of July (29th-31st) in Denbighshire which should be very interesting.
The recording weeks in Merionethshire (22-25 July) and Carmarthenshire (4th-11th July) are always very enjoyable - and for me, a great chance to keep my field skills polished up.
Hopefully I will see plenty of you at some of these meetings - but do send the organisers an email if you are interested and haven't done so yet!