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Welcome to the BBS Website


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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Previous and some new articles from our popular publication 
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Discovering a Secret Kingdom

A video made by Ian Atherton about the Devon Bryophyte Group, starring Mark Pool and Nigel Pinhorn can be viewed on the South Devon page here.

Ash Dieback Survey

BBS members are encouraged to become involved with this project, co-ordinated by CEH and supported by our new joint recording secretary, Oli Pescott. Further details and links can be found here. There is a dedicated website for the project run by CEH which includes such novelties as an interactive map for registering interest in particular monads.


BRECOG update February 2014

So far, 607 cards (or samples) have been completed and the information entered into a database. That represents 3335 quadrats and 14269 individual cover scores for the various taxa. We have some data for 462 species but adequate information for far fewer than this.

For a report on the activities to date please click here.


Leafy Liverwort Workshop, Ardrishaig, Lochgilphead, Argyll 9-11 May 2014

A leafy liverwort workshop suitable for beginners/improvers this spring, led by Ben Averis (  Numbers will be limited to about 15 (for practical reasons).  The workshop will include field visits (mostly in woodland) and indoor evening sessions.  A room has been booked at Ardrishaig Public Hall, near Lochgilphead in Argyll, for the evenings of Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May 2014.  The field visits will be during daytime on the 10th and 11th.

Further details about booking and B & B to follow.


Bryum identification guide

Following the Bryum workshop at Preston Montford in November 2013, David Holyoak has prepared an updated guide to the identification of the European species of the Bryaceae. It contains identification notes, keys and a bibliography, and can be downloaded here.


Online BBS Field Guide Pages

Including individual species accounts , keys and introductory pages can now be accessed here


Where do you want to go in 2014? Updated November 2013

Note that the location of the week 1 summer field meeting 2014 has moved from Macedonia to Albania. Find out more on the forthcoming meetings page.


The Mosses and Liverworts of Shropshire

For more details click here

133 pages, illustrated, including

-       a bryological travelogue of good localities
-       changes to the county’s bryoflora
-       annotated checklist of species
-       Shropshire’s bygone bryologists



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 ( 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.




BBS Bryophyte Recording Handbook

This landmark publication is essential and fascinating reading for all who record bryophytes and who wish to enable the best use of their records. It includes sections on identification and the BBS recording scheme, as well as the use of paper and electronic recording systems, how to submit your records, and how they can be accessed on the National Biodiversity Network.

Paper copies have been distributed to current members, but a pdf copy can be downloaded here.



Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a field guide

Purchase the Field Guide online

For details about purchasing the guide click here.

For old news archive click here


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