Verge Survey Group

Verge Survey Group

The Verge Survey Group has a long history and has been instrumental in many sites being designated as Verge Nature Reserves.

Anacamptis morio, Green-winged Orchid, Bernwood Meadows. Photo by Frances Watkins

Attending a verge survey group meeting is an excellent way of honing your plant identification skills. Recently the work has concentrated on sites where target species for the Oxfordshire Rare Plants Register have been seen in the past and also on areas under threat from proposed road developments. Meetings take place throughout the summer. They begin at 6 p.m. Days of the week are usually varied to take account of people’s other commitments. Torrential rain means that the survey will be cancelled. Please ring 01865 761110 to let the leader know if you are going to attend, or if you have any queries. There is an answerphone. Remember that otherwise there may be no way of getting in touch with you if arrangements change.

Butterfly orchid. Photo by Christopher Hoskin

Health and Safety

The main risk on any verge survey bordering or starting from a road is from the traffic. Incidental minor hazards are from uneven ground and encounters with plant defences such as stings and thorns. Neither the Society nor the leader can answer for the safety of participants, who attend at their own risk. The leader will be wearing a high visibility tabard and those attending who have appropriate high-visibility items are enjoined to bring them along and wear them.

Meetings in 2022

All meetings begin at 6 p.m. Days of the week are varied to take account of people’s other commitments. Torrential rain means that the survey will be cancelled. Please give me a ring on my landline, 01865 761110, to let me know if you are going to attend, or if you have any queries. There is an answerphone. Remember that otherwise I may have no way of getting in touch with you if arrangements change. On the day, look for a lime-green Kia Picanto with a BBOWT Warden sticker in the window. My mobile number is 07835 989 153 and I will carry it on the evening.

The plan for this year is to re-examine sites that were good in the past, mostly Verge Nature Reserves, to check how they are getting on.

The surveys are simple ones based on a presence/absence record, though we may take more details of rare plants. All are welcome, including beginners who just want to start practising plant identification skills.

Health and Safety The main risk on any verge survey bordering or starting from a road is from the traffic. Incidental minor hazards are from uneven ground and encounters with plant defences such as stings and thorns. Neither the Society nor the leader can answer for the safety of members, who attend at their own risk. The leader will be wearing a high-visibility tabard and those attending who have appropriate high-visibility items are enjoined to bring them along.

  • Mon, May 23rd 2022, 6:00 pm: Dry Sandford OCC Verge Nature Reserve

    SP 482 005. Park at road junction, Honeybottom Lane/B4017.

  • Tue, May 31st 2022, 6:00 pm: Tubney. Verge Nature Reserve

    Tubney. Verge Nature Reserve at c. SU 440998. Park in layby on east side of A 420.

  • Wed, Jun 8th 2022, 6:00 pm: Shipton-under-Wychwood

    SP 297 174. Park at junction with minor road NNW off B4437, or where possible, but avoid S side of B road east of map reference, as this is the OCC reserve we are surveying.

  • Wed, Jun 22nd 2022, 6:00 pm: Ashford Mill, VNR

    Park on verge at Ashford Mill crossroads, SP 386 155.

How to attend

Meetings are listed on the ANHSO Meetings page.

If you would like to attend one of these meetings it is essential that you phone 01865 761110, using the answerphone if necessary, so that if plans change, you can be informed.

Bee orchid. Photo by Christopher Hoskin