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Forthcoming meetings 2017


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BBS Autumn meeting 2017, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, 6–8 Oct 2017

The AGM and Paper-reading Meeting will be held at British Antarctic Survey, Madingley Rd, Cambridge, CB3 0ET (BAS) in Cambridge on Saturday 7 October 2017, with committee meetings in the afternoon of Friday 6 October and a field excursion on Sunday 8 October. The meeting celebrates the centenary of the Cambridgeshire bryologist Harold Whitehouse (1917-2000).

Full programme to be downloaded from this link

Local secretary: Chris Preston & Jonathan Shanklin (email:


Scapania Workshop, Treborth Botanic Garden laboratory (Bangor University), 21 October 2017

Tim Blackstock is holding an intermediate level lab based workshop on the genus Scapania on 21 October 2017 starting at 1000 and ending at approximately 1600. Venue: Treborth Botanic Garden laboratory (Bangor University), (turn left immediately before mainland side of the Menai Suspension Bridge). Dissecting and compound microscopes are available for each participant but they should bring their own dissecting equipment and favourite liverwort floras. The session will be based on examination of herbarium material and participants are encouraged to bring specimens causing difficulty. Tea and coffee will be provided but those attending should bring their own lunches. Participation will be limited to a maximum of 15. Booking – please email the Education and Training Officer, Martin Godfrey, on


Spring Meeting 2018 Swaledale area and the Yorkshire Dales, 4-11 April 2018

Local Secretary: Sue Knight ( )

Please note there is very limited public transport for accessing the area.

The meeting will be based in Reeth, Richmond, N. Yorks. There is a secure room for microscopes in Hudson House (near Reeth Green). We will have access to the microscope room throughout the day, in case the weather is bad, and in the evenings. Parking at sites could be an issue but there is parking in and around the Green in Reeth, which is where we have our base. This is located in Hudson House which is the National Park Centre and also has information on accommodation - please ring 01748 884485. There is a range locally, but it is the Easter Holidays.

The area will be busy as it is the Easter season, so please book accommodation early.

There is a variety of accommodation e.g.

  • Hotels, pubs, B&Bs and guest houses in and around Reeth
  • An “upmarket” Youth Hostel at Grinton
  • Scabba Wath Bunk House, camping and motor home area and also a Bunk House at The Dales Bike Centre

Swaledale (VC 65) is the northernmost of the major Yorkshire Dales. The geology consists of sedimentary rocks of Carboniferous age (Yoredale strata), and both limestone and siliceous grits occur, although the limestone is less strongly calcareous than in the Craven Pennines further south. Nevertheless, calcicoles such as Seligeria trifaria s. lat. and Pedinophyllum interruptum, occur and there is a wide range of other species, from Scapania subalpina at the high end of the Dale, to Homomallium incurvatum at the lower, eastern end, as well as curiosities such as Discelium nudum. The Dale was a former lead mining area and Ditrichum plumbicola has been seen recently.

Tom Blockeel and I are intending to get together towards the end of November to discuss venues.

Mobile phone signals in the valley are mainly via EE and even then cannot always be guaranteed. This does mean it is likely that we will all need to meet each day to discuss the following day's site which needs to have some flexibility due to weather conditions. I have a feeling that in reality this will be meeting in the field at the end of the day before everyone disperses, but will let you know more once venues have been decided .

Public transport is non-existent for traveling to sites during the week, so we will need to share cars. This will also helps as there is limited parking in some areas. For those traveling to the area there are train and bus links to Richmond and Reeth.

If you have confirmed your attendance already, I look forward to seeing you and  could you please send me your phone details.

If you have not confirmed and require any further info please contact the local secretary, Sue Knight (

Really sorry, but no dogs.


Summer Meeting 2018 Isle of Man, joint meeting with the BSBI, 16-23 July 2018

Next year we will visit the Isle of Man in a joint meeting with the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.  We will be staying at King William’s College from July 16 to 23 at a B&B rate of £28 per night.  Further details, general information including travel, and a booking form will be posted on the BBS website as soon as they are available.


Isle of Arran (VC 100) summer meeting 24th-30th July 2018

The Isle of Arran is situated just off the Ayrshire coast on the West of Scotland. The island is dominated by mountains mainly composed of granite in the north and more lowland hills and ravines made of sandstone in the south. The island holds a large amount of oceanic species such as Herbertus aduncus, Adelanthus decipiens, Harpalejeunea mollerii and Aphanolejeneua microscopica. Most of the records are from the 1960's or before with only a few records from the past decade or two.


There is currently no accommodation arranged, although this will be explored in due course. The largest town on the island is Brodick and with its central location is an ideal place to stay. Corrie, Lamlash or Lochranza would also be suitable as they are not too far from one another and would make meeting up in the mornings and evenings easier. 

There are numerous campsites available, with Glen Rosa being the most popular due to its close proximity to Brodick and scenic views. Lochranza youth hostel is also in a good location and if booked as a group would cost anywhere between £15-£27 per night - please let me know if you are interested in staying in a shared room here as it may be cheaper to book as a group.

For more information on accommodation see the visit Scotland website :


A ferry from Ardrossan, Ayrshire to Brodick, Isle of Arran runs regularly every day. If bringing a car PLEASE BOOK WELL IN ADVANCE, the ferry gets booked up quite quickly in the summer months so book early to avoid disappointment. It may also be possible to leave your car at the ferry port (I think it is around £5.00 per day) and travel as a foot passenger to the island. It is also very well suited to get to the island via public transport with trains from Glasgow matching up with ferry departure times.

Please contact the local secretary, Rory Whytock if you are thinking of attending or would like any further information (




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