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Forthcoming meetings 2016-17

Regional meetings are designed to encourage members who find it difficult to commit the time taken up by the Society’s longer meetings to participate in field meetings, and to provide opportunities for local naturalists to improve their bryological skills in the company of BBS members.  Details of the regional meeting programme for 2015 are given below.  Many areas also have BBS local group meetings and details of these can be found on the BBS website.   Please contact the relevant local Secretary if you wish to attend any of these meetings, and for further details.



Summer meeting Week 1, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, 30 July-6 August 2016 Local secretaries: Joanne Denyer and Richard Weyl (e-mail: The first week of the BBS summer meeting in Ireland is based County Tyrone. The HQ will be confirmed early in 2016 and details will be available on the BBS website. Co. Tyrone (H36) is the largest county in Northern Ireland and has a surprisingly diverse and complex geology including Carboniferous limestone in the south and generally more acidic rocks elsewhere. The associated habitats are also varied and dominated by extensive peatlands and grasslands, hills reaching 670 metres, large river systems and scattered ancient woodlands.  Co. Tyrone is the most under-recorded county remaining in Ireland. Some areas in the northern part of the county are better recorded such as in the mountains on the border with H40.  However, outside of these areas the VC is very under-recorded, with many hectads having less than 50 recent records.  We will focus on these under-recorded areas. Please email expressions of interest to

Summer meeting Week 2, County Donegal, Ireland, 6-13 August 2016

Local secretary: Rory Hodd and Gordon Haycock (e-mail:  The main aim of this meeting will be to tackle the largest block of very under-recorded hectads remaining in Ireland, covering parts of East and West Donegal (VC H34 and H35). The meeting will be centrally based in the Letterkenny area, from where most parts of Donegal can be easily reached.  Although the focus will be on systematic recording, many elements of the rich oceanic bryophyte flora of western Ireland will be encountered. Contact Rory Hodd for more information or to express an interest in attending.

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Autumn 2016 AGM and Paper-reading session, Manchester, 9-11 September 2016

Local secretary: Jennifer Rowntree (email: There will be an indoor session on Saturday, followed by a field visit on Sunday.  Further details will be available in the next issue of Field Bryology and on the BBS website.

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09:00-09:30               Arrival
09:30-09:40               Welcome

Session 1: Field bryology and collections (9.40-10.40)

10:40-11.10               Tea/ coffee break

Session 2: Bryophyte taxonomy (11.10-12.30)

12:30-13:30               Lunch

Session 3: Experimental Bryology (13.30-15.00)

15.00-16.00               Tea/coffee break and conversazione

16:00-17:00               AGM

Evening meal
19:00-21:30               Albert Square Chop House


Grimmia workshop, Blencathra Field Centre, Cumbria 16 – 18 Sep 2016

Local Organiser: Martin Godfrey (email, Trainer: Ron Porley The workshop will be held at Blencathra Field Centre, Cumbria. The workshop will attempt to impart an appreciation of the characters and methods necessary for the successful naming of Grimmia collections. Because of the variability (environmentally induced) of most Grimmia, they do present a challenge especially to novices wishing to name them, and some specimens will inevitably remain enigmatic. Grimmia taxonomy has settled down in recent years but there is still disagreement over limits of variability and what constitutes distinct taxa, and some of these issues will be discussed. Many, if not most, Grimmia cannot be safely named in the field and require microscopical checking. Emphasis is therefore on developing skills (such as sectioning) in the lab, but it may be possible to do some fieldwork if time allows. The workshop is aimed at those wishing to improve their understanding/ identification of Grimmia, although beginners should also derive benefit from the session. If you have any specimens you would like to work on please bring them along. At the moment it is anticipated that the costs will be L150, please keep an eye on the website for any updates. Bookings to Martin Godfrey. Numbers will be limited to 18 to fit available classroom space.


Introduction to Liverworts Workshop - Treborth Botanic Gardens, Bangor, North Wales. 11-13 November 2016.

An opportunity to learn about the main liverwort genera and species, the workshop will consist of lectures, microscope work and a couple of field outings.  Local Secretary: Lucia Ruffino.  Trainers: Lucia Ruffino and Martin Godfrey.  The workshop will be held in the lab facilities of Treborth Botanic Gardens, near Bangor, North Wales (nearest postcode LL57 2RQ – SH5504 7103).  Arrival: 6pm Friday 11 November – workshop ends: 4 pm Sunday 13 November 2016.  Please note: numbers will be limited to 15 to fit comfortably in the lab room.  You will need to book your own accommodation in the Bangor area.  The cost will be £50. To express an interest please contact Lucia on or phone 07830 177564. 


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 (, 0116 2940704).


Spring Meeting 2017, Jersey, Thursday 6th - Tuesday 11th April 2017

Based in Trinity Parish
Local secretary Anne Haden:
'The base will be the Somerville Hotel: It is a 4 star hotel, situated in St. Aubin which is a village on the coast. There are several other Hotels and Guest Houses near by (catering for a range of budgets) and plenty of places to eat out.  Please contact the local secretary if you have any questionsFurther details in the next issue of Field Bryology and updates on website.


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