Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Caerdeon Residential

It is just seven weeks today until the start of the Caerdeon Residential [May 28th - 31st] which proved so enjoyable in July last year. Are we tempting fate by trying a different time of year now? This late spring makes it hard to imagine there may be anything to find, but May in 2012 gave us a heatwave!
We were fortunate last year to discover Caerdeon, formerly a “gentleman’s residence” where Darwin once stayed, which is now an outdoor activities centre for Liverpool Hope University.  It is beautifully situated high above the Mawddach Estuary and overlooking The Cader Idris range, and very central for a number of interesting sites.

 Barmouth Harbour
© Copyright Gordon Hatton
We are almost full but still have space for three or so more people to enjoy botanising around the Mawddach estuary including coastal, river, montane and broad-leaved woodland habitats.As before there will be a choice of habitat and difficulty of terrain arranged for each day, or of course people will be free to choose their own locations.  It will be very much a square-bashing exercise and I will be really grateful for your help.

The cost of staying at the centre for three nights, full board, is around £140 - a modest price when I tell you that the food is ample and tasty, with diets of all varieties catered for.  Sleeping accommodation is basic, but everyone has a room to his/her self although it may mean sleeping in a bunk!  We have plenty of room to work in good lighting and wi-fi is freely available.

Rhinog Fach and Y Llethr
I have added some photos of Merioneth to tempt you to this beautiful part of the world.  If any of this interests you, please contact me via this site or the Merioneth page on the BSBI website
Llyn Caer Euni
Llechwedd Fwyalchen
The slope of the Blackbird
Harlech from Morfa Dyffryn
Copyright Tom McCallister

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