Several people on facebook were keen on a Portland field meeting, and Sean Foote, Danny Widerscope and Seth Gibson have all agreed to help out with their local knowledge. We've gone with Friday 12th to Sunday 14th June 2015 which should be a good time of year - there will be loads to see.
I spoke to Martin Cade at Portland Bill Bird Observatory recently and he welcomed the idea of a PSL meeting using the obs as a base. I've asked him to hold all the rooms for us but anyone who wants to stay there must make their own bookings direct:
It may be worth saying whether you're prepared to share a bunkroom or not. The obs sleeps up to 24 guests but I think there are only 8 rooms so if everyone asks for exclusive occupancy, it only sleeps 8.
Nearer the time, we will book a table at a suitable pub/restaurant for the Friday and Saturday evening meals.
As to what we actually do with our time in the field, we've got plenty of time to plan that. I guess my personal agenda would be along the lines of:
have a really thorough look at everythng in the observatory light traps two nights running
run live traps overnight on Chesil Beach for Scaly Cricket and the woodlouse Halophiloscia couchi
look for the beetle Omophlus pubescens at Ferrybridge, as well as the snail Truncatellina callicratis, Wild Asparagus, etc
return to Borstal Pools to confirm the snail Truncatella subcylindrica
get Sean to show me Eudarcia richardsoni and Hairy-fruited Cornsalad
try and find Ectobius pallidus for Keith
dream of rediscovering the ground beetle Ophonus subsinuatus
Please let me know if you are interested in coming.