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Old 14th April 2014
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Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

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Maybe it was an earlier meet - I was definitely there at dawn. I will have a look at my photo archive

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Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

My Apologies, John - I confused Hatfield Forest with Epping Forest The latter meet was in November 2008. Here's a reminder:



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Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

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My Apologies, John - I confused Hatfield Forest with Epping Forest The latter meet was in November 2008. Here's a reminder:



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Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

John, might you consider an earlier date as I'm noticing the flowers are around 3 weeks early compared to last year - although it's true that last spring was exceptionally cold so delaying the flowering season, this spring has been exceptionally mild and could be bringing the blooms forward more than they were delayed last year. Didn't we have this problem with the buttercups last time?

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John, might you consider an earlier date as I'm noticing the flowers are around 3 weeks early compared to last year - although it's true that last spring was exceptionally cold so delaying the flowering season, this spring has been exceptionally mild and could be bringing the blooms forward more than they were delayed last year. Didn't we have this problem with the buttercups last time?

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Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

I visited the Forest today and although the buttercups are showing they are someway yet from peaking, so the original date of Sunday 25th May is probably still OK. The National Trust are promoting the "Buttercup Season" in the Forest as late May/early June.

However, they are unpredicatable flowers and much more of this fine, sunny weather mixed with a few gentle showers could still accelerate their progress.

So I will leave the date as it is (many people have to plan a trip well in advance anyway) but if it looks like the buttercups are going to peak early I might add another impromptu meeting (probably on Saturday 17th May) for those who can make it at short notice.


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Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

The buttercups seem to thrive on the sun and showers we have been experiencing during the past week and are now really quite advanced. I expect they will still be good on the original date of Sunday 25th May but they may well peak next weekend, although it is hard to predict. I therefore propose to stage the meet on the original date, especially as many of you may have planned specially for it, but also run an alternative day next Saturday, 17th May.

Anyone wishing to attend both will be very welcome, but it will give others a choice of days and maybe attract a few more members who can't make 25th.

It will be helpful if those who are interested could indicate which day(s) they are planning to attend. Here is the list of members who have so far expressed interest:-

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StephenL
andym
Anne (maybe)
PeterBirder
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Imageryone (maybe)
Willom (maybe)
maccabeej
MargaretR

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Ian
Graham
PeterH
Barrie and Anne

DPnow

Mikej


Here are some pictures I took yesterday, in far from ideal light but they do give an indication of how the buttercups are progressing.






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Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

Hi John. Next Saturday might be better for me, so count me in (touch wood!). Peter H
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Re: Hatfield Forest Meet 2014

Just a reminder that Iím hosting a meet at Hatfield Forest tomorrow (17th May) as well as the 25th. The buttercups do appear to be at their best right now but hopefully will still be good next week.

Meet in car park at main entrance at 9.00am (I can do earlier if anyone is up for it).

Note: Parking charge by ticket machine £5.00, or £2.00 if you arrive before 9.00am.

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Fingers crossed with the weather John.

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