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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Autumn 2015 AGM and Paper-reading session, Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, 5-6 September 2015 click here for details
Training and trainers meeting – 21 October 2015
click here for details
Special issue of Biological Journal of the Linnean Society on biological recording
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society volume 115 part 3 (July 2015) is devoted to biological recording, and it might therefore be of special interest to many BBS members. The issue (guest-edited by H.E. Roy, C.D. Preston & D.B. Roy) marks the 50th anniversary of the Biological Records Centre and many of the papers are based on talks given at the celebratory conference held at the University of Bath in June 2014. In addition to an editorial introduction, there are 22 papers of which three deal with bryophytes.
They are currently available for free download as pdfs using this link. More details are available on a document prepared by Chri Preston here.
Ellen Hutchins: Ireland's First Female Botanist
In Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland, during Heritage Week this August (23rd to 30th) there will be a festival to celebrate that life and work of Ellen Hutchins (1785-1815) Ireland's First Woman Botanist, who worked mostly with algae / seaweed, bryophytes and lichens. Furtherr details at http://www.ellenhutchins.com/?page_id=21
The Mosses and Liverworts of Mid-West Wales - by Jeff Bates
An eminently readable description of the rich flora of mosses and liverworts found grow
ing within a large part of West Wales accessible from Aberystwyth. Detailed accounts
of the habitats of 643 species and varieties are included together with coloured maps
showing their presence in 5 × 5 km squares. Parts of five vice-counties are covered
encompassing such iconic sites as Cadair Idris, the Dyfi Valley, Ynyslas Dunes, Borth<
Bog, Cwm Rheidol, Pumlumon, Cwm Ystwyth, Tregaron Bog, the Elan Valley, Drygarn
Fawr, the upper Wye Valley and the long coastline between Fairbourne and Llangrannog
Head. Introductory chapters provide a background to the effects of geology, climate and
Man on the region’s bryophytes, and also discuss phytogeography, important sites for
conservation and the history of exploration of the Flora. Although not intended as an
identification guide, tips on identification are included within most of the accounts. The
book is illustrated with colour photographs of important localities and a selection of
close-up shots of both typical and rare species. With foreword by M.C.F. Proctor.
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.
Online BBS Field Guide Pages
Including individual species accounts , keys and introductory pages can now be accessed here
Cumulative Index of BBS Publications 11.1
Thanks to Phil Stanley, the latest version, 11.1, (20 July 2015) of his invaluable Cumulative Index is available for downloading from his new web page (www.lumiweb.com). This covers all our printed publications up to FB 113 & J Bryol 37(2) . It also includes citations from the recently (2014) published “Atlas of British & Irish Bryophytes”. The format is a searchable pdf file. The web site also has details of Moss Exchange Club, lists of Past Officers, details of BBS publications and Census catalogues, etc, etc
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.