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 2016 AGM and Paper-reading session, Manchester, 9-11 September 2016
Local secretary: Jennifer Rowntree (email: Jennifer.Rowntree@manchester.ac.uk)
There will be an indoor session on Saturday, followed by a field visit on Sunday. Further details will be posted here when available. Speakers will include Tom Blockeel, Rachel Webster from Manchester Museum herbarium, Neil Bell, Joanne Wilbraham, Louise Marsh from the BSBI and Anna Keightley from MMU, who is doing a PhD on peatland restoration.
Intermediate Workshop: "Brachythecium and Eurhynchium s.l. - the basics" – Leicester Botanic Garden, 21 January 2017
Trainer: Martin Godfrey, Organiser: Uta Hamzaoui. This will be an indoor workshop for everyone who wants to come to grips with this group of closely related pleurocarps, many of which are common but difficult to distinguish in the field. Dissecting and compound microscopes as well as plant material will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own reference material as well as any mystery specimens. The course will take place from 10:30 to 16:30. Please bring your own lunch. Numbers will be limited to 16. Cost: £15. There are frequent bus services from Leicester Railway Station to the Botanic Garden, or, if you let us know in advance, we can arrange pick-up from the Station. The workshop can be booked online. For queries please contact Uta Hamzaoui (firstname.lastname@example.org, 0116 2940704).
Web page displaying vice-county distribution data
John Lowell has written some web-based code for displaying the BBS vice-county bryophyte distribution data (up to and including 2014 records) on maps. This is a very quick and simple visual way of displaying the data of any species and can be found at http://www.tinyplants.uk/Distribution.html.
2015 recording cards now available
The recording cards have been updated by Oli Pescott and Chris Preston, and there are also electronic data enty versions. For more information, please consult the Recording Cards Page. There is now a v2 of the backs of the cards which includes a minor correction to the BRC numbers
Wildlife of the Marches
Two of the editors of the BBS’s Field Guide have collaborated on producing a new book ‘Wildlife in the Marches’, which contextualises bryology in the wider scope of natural history. The book can be ordered online from Amazon, or by post from Marches Publications, 12A Castleview Terrace, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 2NG. Please make your cheque for £34.50 (which includes £6 P&P) payable to ‘Mark Lawley’
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.
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 12.2
Thanks to Phil Stanley, the latest version, 12.2, (27 June 2016) of his invaluable Cumulative Index is available for downloading from his new web page www.lumiweb.com. This covers all of the printed publications of the Society. This version includes entries from the Journal of Bryology, vol. 38 Part 1 published in 2016 and Field Bryology 115 (May 2016). 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.