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British and Irish bryophytes and their distribution

  • Please note that the most recent data is currently only available as the printed edition of the new Census Catalogue 2008. A version containing the basic data can be found as an MS Word document here. An updated version including the records published up to and including 2012 can be found here.
  • Checklist of British and Irish bryophytes 2009. This spreadsheet contains the current accepted list of UK species as defined by the 2008 Census Catalogue. There are also details of name and taxonomic status changes. It can be downloaded here.
  • Distribution data by vice county of all British and Irish bryophytes. This is the Census Catalogue (2008) data updated to include records published up to and including 2012. There is a new category of persistent introductions.

    It is available seperately for mosses and liverworts as two zipped files in csv format, which is compatible with most spreadsheet programs such as MS Excel. The data is arranged in vice-county order, and includes the names arranged alphabetically, together with BRC number, Cenus Catalogue number, bracketing status, and the date of any amendment. It should be noted that when the BBS Council approved the proposal to make the data available, it did so on the following condition: "It is a condition of downloading this file that due acknowledgement is made to the British Bryological Society in any publications or reports of work which incorporate or make use of these data."

    It is planned to incorporate the newly published additions each year.

    Make your own vice-county checklist!

    This is straightforward using the distribution data files linked to above. Simply open the file, copy the section that relates to the vice-county you are interested in and paste it into a new document for you to format as you wish. Note that the data is not completely up to date.

VCmaps program for displaying vice-county distribution data

John Lowell has written a windows-based program for displaying the BBS vice-county bryophyte distribution data on maps. This is very easy to use, comes with the current data, and has the facility to be updated when new data is available. Inside the zip folder which can be downloaded here there is a self-extracting file that will install the program on your computer.


Electronic data entry cards for bryophytes

Digitizing bryophyte records from BBS recording cards is simple enough if you use an electronic data entry card.  Four such cards are supplied, together with an explanation of how to use them.  The cards are written in Microsoft Excel, and you just add site and collector information and then cross off the species, which are presented in the same arrangement as on a BBS paper recording card. Download a zip file here.


Altitudinal limits for British Bryophytes

Mark Hill, Sam Bosanquet and Chris Preston have updated the maximum recorded altitudinal limits for British bryophytes in April 2011. It can be downloaded as an MS Excel file here. Any amendments would be welcomed by the authors.

 

BRYOATT - Attributes of British and Irish Mosses, liverworts and hornworts

This data set was produced in 2007 by Mark Hill et al. and includes a list of species specific attribute information including taxonomy, status, life history, biogeography and habitat. It is available as a printed publication but can also be downloaded from the BRC website at http://www.brc.ac.uk/resources.htm. It is presented as a zip folder that includes a pdf introduction and an Excel spreadsheet.

 

Identification of Bryum species in Europe

  • Following the Bryum workshop at Preston Montford in November 2013, David Holyoak has prepared a guide to the identification of European species of the Bryaceae with notes, keys and a bibilography. You can download a copy here.

 

MS Word latin names spell check

  • An MS Word spell check dictionary file is available. This contains the latin generic names and specific epithets for all plants listed in the current edition of the Census Catalogue, and has recently been updated to include the new names found in the second edition of The Moss Flora of Britain and Ireland and the 2008 Census catalogue. Look in the help section of your version of MS Word to find out how to add it to your current spelling dictionary.
  • Download ccnames3.dic

 

Cumulative Index of BBS Publications 10.1

  • Thanks to Phil Stanley, the latest version of his invaluable cumulative index is available for downloading from his web page (www.pemas.demon.co.uk). This covers all our printed publications up to FB 110 & J Bryol 35 . The format is a searchable pdf file and there are also Google maps showing the locations of Spring & Summer Excursions since 1941.

Moss Grower's Handbook

  • First published in 1991, this is a distillation of Michael Fletcher's unique experience in forming and maintaining a collection of living bryophytes, based around his greenhouse at Reading. As well as being a very practical book, there are also sections devoted to an introduction to the science of bryology, and some of Michael's bryo-philosophical thoughts.

    This August 2005 Acrobat version is based on the text of the last Microsoft Word version (‘2nd edition in prep.’, postscripted ‘spring 2003’) by Michael Fletcher, that was previously available via the BBS website. No substantial changes have been made to this text. It uses the illustrations (including a re-scanned cover) of the printed 1991 first edition, and adheres as closely as possible to that format and its characteristic individualities. The index has been regenerated, using taxa and selected other words largely following Fletcher, although some words have proved impracticable to index and others have been added. The list of contents has also been regenerated, and both are now hyperlinked. This version was edited, adapted and updated (taxonomic names and references) for the British Bryological Society’s website, by Sean Edwards, with many thanks to Roy Perry for proof-reading and general suggestions.
  • Download pdf Moss Grower's Handbook (2.39MB, but worth the wait)

    © Copyright Michael Fletcher/BBS/Sean Edwards

 

 

Cross reference of names in 2nd ed Smith with those in the Census Catalogue

  • Following publication of the latest Census Catalogue (2008), Mark Hill has updated the cross reference of moss names in Smith's flora to those in the latest and previous (1998) Census Catalogues.  The new cross-reference also lists the simplified new BRC codes. Click here.

 

Update for English Names for British Bryophytes

Since the publication of the third edition of English Names for British Bryophytes in 2003 there have of course been a number of taxonomic changes to our understanding of the British bryophyte flora. Sean Edwards has been keeping abreast of these and has produced an update (November 2003) which can be viewed as a web page or downloaded as a pdf file ( 34 KB).

 

Moss Exchange Club Reports

The Moss Exchange Club was name of the society from which the BBS evolved. From 1896 it produced a periodical known as the Report. These are currently being scanned by Mike Walton and at present the years 1896-1919 are available for viewing as image files. It is hoped that in the future they will be made available in a searchable format, but at present they can be used in conjunction with Phil Stanley's Index.

To see the files click here.

 
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