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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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Autumn 2014 AGM and Paper-reading session:13th-14th September 2014, RBGE, Edinburgh

Provisional programme and details now available here.

2015 spring excursion: Freiburg, Germany

If you wish to attend the 2015 spring excursion in Freiburg, Germany (11-18 April 2015), you will need to reserve a place by 20th September 2015. Please send a short e-mail to Michael Lueth ( before this date so that he can confirm numbers with the hotel.  Places may need to be limited to 18. Details of the planned excursion can be found here.


Flora Bryophytica Iberica - volume 5 now published

Many bryologists have been collecting these volumes - this one covers Orthotrichales, Hedwigiales, Leucodontales, and Hookeriales. They have superb drawings and although written in Spanish, it is not difficult for non-Spanish speakers to use. Further information about ordering is available on a flyer 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.


Biodiversity implications of potentially cryptic species: Using the simple thalloid liverwort Aneura as a model.

11th-12th September 2014

We are hosting a small two-day workshop at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh to discuss issues around morphologically cryptic species, whether we can gather meaningful ecological data for them, and how to deal with issues of cryptic plant rarity. For more details click here.

Laura Forrest (RBGE) & Juan Carlos Villarreal (Munich)


Online BBS Field Guide Pages

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


Cumulative Index of BBS Publications 10.3

  • Thanks to Phil Stanley, the latest version (30 June 2014) of his invaluable cumulative index is available for downloading from his new web page ( This covers all our printed publications up to FB 111 & J Bryol 36(2) . 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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