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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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A small Energy & environment company based near West London are developing air pollution monitoring/reducing system using Moss cultures and Lichens. The company is looking to hire a Consultant Bryologist/Lichenologist to assist in the plant biology part of the development. This will be part time/short term engagement with flexible hours. Interested parties should contact -

Mr. Gerald Smith / Commercial Manager

Evergen Systems Ltd.

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Field Guide available once again

We are pleased to report that the BBS Field guide is available once again. We apologise for the delay for those who have been waiting, and we thank you for your patience.

To order click here.

Census Catalogue Data updated

The updated text and data files relating to bryophyte distribution according to vice-counties have been updated by Oli Pescott to include all records up to the ens of 2015. They are available on the downloads page.






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


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’

Further details are available here and on Ian Atherton's website 






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.

More details here.




New Atlas of British and Irish Bryophytes

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.

Further details are available on their website







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 12.3

  • Thanks to Phil Stanley, the latest version, 12.3, (27 September 2016) of his invaluable Cumulative Index is available for downloading from his new web page The index covers all of the printed publications of the Society and the version includes entries up to the Journal of Bryology, up to vol. 38 Part 3 published in 2016 and Field Bryology 115 (May 2016). The format is a searchable pdf file. The web site also has details of the 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.




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