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The plants of Slitt Wood, Weardale

Saturday 30 May, 11am-3pm

Slitt Wood SSSI is in the valley of the Middlehope Burn in Weardale. We will walk through a variety of interesting habitats, including ancient woodland, calcareous grassland and the remains of an old lead mine. Plants we hope to see include Goldilocks Buttercup (Ranunculus auricomus), Sanicle (Sanicula europaea), Betony (Betonica officinalis) and the heavy-metal tolerant Spring Sandwort (Minuartia verna) and Mountain pansy (Viola lutea).

Meet in the lay-by on the north side of the A689 at the western end of Westgate village (grid ref NY905381 or postcode DL13 1JL). Wear sturdy footwear as the ground is uneven and bring a packed lunch.

Leader: Angus Lunn