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The British Bryological Society exists to promote the study of mosses and liverworts. With a full programme of field meetings, a paper reading meeting, recording and research projects, an international academic journal and a lively membership magazine, there is something for everyone interested in learning about bryophytes.

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Plantlife Looking Out for the Small Things (LOST)

Calling all bryologists and would-be bryologists in the Lake District and Cumbria!

Plantlife has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to deliver an exciting two year project focusing on lichens and bryophytes (mosses & liverworts) in Atlantic woodlands across the Lake District and wider Cumbria.

Looking Out for the Small Things (LOST) is a partnership effort to further understand and appreciate these Atlantic oakwoods, alongside the lower plants that can be found there. Plantlife and its partners will be providing a series of training events and additional opportunities to get involved, generating the knowledge and skillset required to record and manage these special habitats. 

Please see here for further details.





Upcoming Events


There are still a couple of events coming up this autumn, but meetings for 2019 are now in the process of being organised. Dates and details will be published here as soon as they are known.

2018 AGM Llanrwst, North Wales, 6-7 October 2018

Didymodon Workshop, October 2018

Acrocarp Workshop, Preston Montford FSC, February 2019

Spring Meeting 2019, North Devon

More dates for your diary:

  • Summer Meeting 2019 Week 1: 29 June 2019 - 6 July 2019, County Wicklow
  • Summer Meeting 2019 Week 2: 7 July 2019 - 14 July 2019, County Kerry, Iveragh Peninsula
  • Further information on these meetings will follow in the near future.

  • BBS AGM 2019: 5 October 2019 - 6 October 2019, Leicester Botanic Gardens
  • Local secretary: Uta Hamzaoui. Further information to follow in due course.

Please also consult our local meetings page for more information about one-day field meetings in your area.

If you would like to contribute to the 2020 programme, please get in touch with Lucia Ruffino.


  • Phil Stanley's Cumulative Index of BBS Publications has recently been updated (May 2018) to include entries from the Journal of Bryology up to vol 40, part 1 (published early 2018) and Field Bryology 118 (published November 2017).

  • The Tropical Bryology Group website, previously hosted at the Natural History Museum, has been transferred to the main BBS website and may be accessed here. Please notify the Website editor of any problems. This also means that the TBG website can now be maintained once more.

  • The 4th edition of Martin Wigginton's Checklist of liverworts and hornworts of sub-Saharan Africa is now available as a PDF file from the TBG website.



New Atlas of British and Irish Bryophytes

A reminder to all bryophyte lovers that the Atlas of British and Irish Bryophytes is available for sale from this link.

This flagship publication of the BBS not only holds the most up-to-date set of distribution maps for all British and Irish bryophytes but also a wealth of information about each species’ ecology, altitudinal range, associated species and world-wide distribution.

A stupendous achievement by the authors as well as a tribute to the work of the BBS: it is difficult to know why anyone would not be anxious to secure a copy.

BBS Field Guide to the Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland

This book, produced by the BBS, is the only up-to-date, user-friendly guide to identifying British and Irish bryophytes in the field.  It contains hundreds of colour photographs and black and white drawings showing what species look like, together with notes on how to identify and distinguish similar species, and habitat notes and distribution maps showing where they occur.

An essential field companion for any serious bryologist.

To order click  here .


Future Meetings

Would you like bryologists from all over Britain and Ireland to come and help you record your county or local area?

If the answer is yes, then you could host a BBS Spring or summer Meeting! Spring and Summer meetings are usually 5 -7 days long and all you need to do is find sites that need recording. A bunch of friendly bryologists will then come and record in the chosen locations and you can watch the record cards coming in... Meetings are also a great opportunity for beginners to learn from expert bryologists in the field.

If you think you could host a Spring or Summer meeting in 2019 or 2020, please get in touch with Lucia Ruffino at or on Twitter.


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