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Forthcoming meetings 2015 - 16

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.


Regional meeting, Norfolk, 18th January 2015

Local Secretary: Mark Hill (email:

This is a joint meeting between the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk and Suffolk bryophyte groups. The meeting will be held at Gayton Hall near King’s Lynn. Gayton Hall is a large estate with water gardens, wet woodlands, lakes, streams and bridges.  Meet at 10:30am. Take the B1153 off of the B1145 in Gayton, then immediately turn right into Back street, then left into the hall after 150-200m.  Keep left where the road forks, bend left and park on parkland. The meeting will only be cancelled if there is snow or a hard frost.



Regional meeting, Lower Hyde Heath, Dorset, 1st March 2015

Local Secretary: Sharon Pilkington, 66 Newtown, Westbury BA13 3EF (email

Lower Hyde Heath is a classic East Dorset heathland and mire complex. Bryologically, its most interesting feature is a very large and deep valley mire, which supports numerous common species of Sphagnum and associated liverworts. It is also home to some less frequent species, including Sphagnum pulchrum, S. molle and S. fuscum at its only extant locality in southern England. The adjacent heath and woodland support many other common bryophytes. The day will involve approximately 2.5 miles of walking from Stroud Bridge (on level ground/tracks). Because of the fragility of the habitats and parking limitations numbers will be restricted to 10 on a first-come first-served basis. For further information and to book please contact Sharon Pilkington.


BRECOG weekend meeting, Mendip Hills, Somerset, 13-15 March 2015

Organiser: Jeff Bates (email:
As usual we will be gathering quadrat data for the BBS Bryophyte Habitats Survey (BRECOG) over a weekend in early spring (only two years left, 2015 & 2016). This time it will be from a range of habitats centred on the Carboniferous Limestone of the Mendip Hills, North Somerset (v.c.  6).  Habitats are likely to include limestone grassland , rock outcrops, coastal headland, dunes, scrub,  woodland, old lead mines  and drystone walls. If you would like to be involved please come along and test your identification skills in pleasant company.  We usually meet at lunchtime on the Friday (13th March – surely a lucky one) and depart after lunch on the Sunday (15th).   Please email me to express interest and for an accommodation suggestion. It would be helpful if you could read the documentation available on the BBS website (>Activities>Bryophyte Ecology Group) and muster any items of equipment that you can beforehand. Participants are asked to make their own accommodation bookings.

Additional Spring 2015 Field Meeting, Freiburg, SW Germany, 11-18 April 2015

Local secretary: Michael Lueth (

Freiburg is an old University city with about 200.000 inhabitants, 10% are students. The surrounding of the city has a very high diversity in geology, climate and vegetation. In a circle of 20 km you have Mediterranean vegetation on loess at Kaiserstuhl and Tuniberg and also as subalpine vegetation in the Black Forest on the peak of Schauinsland and Feldberg. The bryoflora of the region is very rich and contain about 800 species. We will start the excursion at Kaiserstuhl and Tuniberg. From here we will make three excursions to loess and limestone vegetation. After three days we will move to the mountains of Black Forest.  From here we will make excursions to mountain vegetation on granite, gneiss and sandstone.  Details are avialable here.  Places may need to be limited to 18 and early booking is required to reserve a place. Please send a short e-mail to Michael Lueth ( so that he can confirm numbers with the hotel

Spring 2015 Field Meeting, Renfrewshire (VC 76), 23-29 April 2015

Local secretary: Keith Watson (

Renfrewshire (comprising the modern day local authority areas of Inverclyde, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire - and part of SW Glasgow), located to the west of Glasgow, is one of the smallest vice-counties and also one of the least explored. The spring meeting will aim to amend the latter through visits to a variety of the habitats: the Firth of Clyde coastline, Muirshiel plateau with extensive blanket bogs and hills rising to over 500m, valley woodlands, species rich fens and mires, species rich grasslands and rocky outcrops, and urban fringe localities. The base for the meeting will be Lochwinnoch an attractive village on the edge of the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park with good facilities including shops and pub and a railway station (25 minutes from central Glasgow). There are several B&Bs there and nearby and a few self-catering establishments locally (further details can be provided).   Please get in contact with Keith Watson to express interest and for further information.
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Regional meeting, Slieve Gullion and Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland, 16-17 May 2015

Local secretaries: Maurice Eakin ( and Richard Weyl.

This is a two-day meeting visiting sites in adjacent counties in Ireland (Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland).  Day 1 will be to Slieve Gullion, Co. Armagh (NI) and (time permitting) to nearby Ravensdale Forest, Co. Louth (RoI).  Slieve Gullion is dominated by upland heath on granite and basalt (with varied rock chemistry on exposures), with mixed woodland on lower slopes.  Ravensdale Forest is a mixed woodland progressing into upland heath and acid grassland with streams.  Day 2 will be spent exploring less recorded areas in the middle Mourne Mountains, Co. Down (NI).  For day 1, please meet at 10:30am in the car-park of Slieve Gullion Forest park (Grid Ref. J042197; OSI Discovery Series map 36).  Details of day 2 will be provided closer to the time.  Please contact Maurice Eakin for further details.


Summer meeting Week 1, Snowdonia, Wales, 6-13 June 2015

Local secretary: Sam Bosanquet (

The first week of the BBS summer meeting will focus on the mountains of Snowdonia/Eryri (V.-c. 49, Caernarfon).  This is historically one of the best-recorded areas of Britain, but many notable species have not been seen for 20 or 30 years and are poorly localised (often just to the level of a cwm).  One aim of the meeting is for small groups of bryologists to visit as many cwms as possible over the week, recording species lists for each one and collecting locality details for notable species; the other is to provide an introduction to the montane flora for intermediate bryologists by ensuring that recording groups are of mixed ability.  A recent visit by the IAB resulted in records of such notable species as Dicranoweisia crispula, Glyphomitrium daviesii, Haplomitrium hookeri, Leiocolea fitzgeraldiae, Molendoa warburgii and Scapania ornithopodioides, alongside commoner montane bryophytes like Amphidium lapponicum, Antitrichia curtipendula, Herbertus stramineus, Hypnum hamulosum, Orthothecium rufescens and Radula aquilegia.  Long-lost rarities include Conostomum tetragonum, Encalypta alpina, E. rhaptocarpa, Gymnomitrion corallioides, Myurella julacea and Scapania nimbosa.  Other species discovered new to Snowdonia in recent years include Grimmia anomala and Odontoschisma elongatum, highlighting the potential for exciting discoveries during the meeting.
The montane nature of the week means that it will not be suitable for bryologists with limited mobility.  It should be a good opportunity for ‘improvers’ to learn their upland bryophytes, but is really not ideal for complete novices.
The meeting will be based in Betws-y-coed, an attractive riverside town that is very popular with tourists in the summer.  The relatively early date of the meeting is aimed at avoiding the busiest season in Snowdonia and consequent inflated prices for accommodation.  Small teams will be aimed at different cwms each day.  A self-catering ‘HQ’ will be booked, but most attendees should organise their own B&B or self-catering accommodation within Betws-y-coed.  Please email expressions of interest to


Summer meeting Week 2, Eigg Scotland, 4-11 July 2015

Local secretary: David Long (email: 

The Isle of Eigg is one of the ’Small Isles’ of the Inner Hebrides, part of v.-c. 104. It is quite small, approximately 9 km long and 5 km broad, rising to 393 metres on the Sgurr, the most prominent point on the island. Since 1997 it has been owned and managed by the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust with many innovative projects including self-sufficiency in renewable energy. Eigg is accessible by ferry from Mallaig and in summer from Arisaig, but no vehicles can be brought on to the island.
Bryologically some parts of Eigg are well-known others completely un-recorded. The earliest records date from the 1930’s by K.B. Blackburn and E.M. Lobley who recorded species such as Herbertus hutchinsiae and Oedipodium griffithianum on the Sgurr, and Aulacomnium turgidum, Glyphomitrium daviesii and Marchesinia mackaii on the cliffs above Cleadale. Since then little recording was done until surveys by Ben Averis in 2000 and 2002, which added numerous species to the list such as Frullania microphylla, Plagiochila bifaria and Ulota calvescens.
It is proposed to undertake a tetrad-based survey of as much of the island as possible. There are 16 tetrads, of which 7 were visited by Ben Averis so much ground remains unexplored. However, as access is only on foot and some of the tetrads are remote and involve strenuous walks over Molinia bog, participants must be prepared for some long and tiring days. Prominent on Eigg are the lines of basalt cliffs which will involve some challenging access in the northern part of the island and on the Sgurr. However, some of the ‘midlands’ have extensive wet heath, bog and some woodland so easier but less interesting options will be available on some of the days, and the coastline at Kildonnan and Cleadale has accessible sand dunes. Also accessible is the ‘Massacre Cave’ where the whole population of the island was reputedly massacred in 1577. 
Accommodation has been booked in the Glebe Barn, a short walk from the ferry pier, and it offers both self-catering and restaurant food. Room-sharing will be necessary to accommodate everyone. At present numbers are limited to 20 but this may increase slightly when I have been on a short visit in the spring to assess other accommodation within walking distance.  Places will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis from 1 November 2014 onwards, and if over-subscribed a reserve list will be created.


Regional meeting, Endrick Water, Loch Lomond, Scotland, 16 August 2015

Local secretaries: Rory Whytock and Julie Smith (contact Rory or Julie for further details)

Our aim is to refind existing records of Physcomitrium sphaericum on the edge of Wards Ponds and record the margin of the ponds for any further records of this rare species.  Physcomitrium sphaericum was first discovered here by John Mitchell in 1980 and resurveyed in 2005 by Nick Hodgetts.    The water levels were very full when Nick surveyed the site, so we hope the water levels will be lower for us.   If the water levels prove to be too high, there will be plenty opportunity for visiting other sites to the east side of Loch Lomond to debracket old records.  Please contact the local secretaries for more information.


Autumn 2015 AGM and Paper-reading session, Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, 5-6 September 2015

Local secretary: Martin Godfrey (email:

The indoor meeting on Saturday 5th September will be held at the Preston Montford Field Studies Centre, Shrewsbury.  On Sunday there will be a site visit to a nearby area, with an alternative BRECOG recording session for those interested.  Further details will be available in the next issue of Field Bryology and on the BBS website.

Shared accom £157, Single accom £177 (both including Friday and Saturday night and all meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch) and meals only for those staying off-site £45. For further details and booking please contact Martin Godfrey ( A provisional programme is available here.



Pleurocarps workshop, Preston Montford, Shrewsbury, 30 October – 1 November 2015

Organiser and trainer: Martin Godfrey (email:

The workshop will held at Preston Montford Field Centre, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire and is a repeat of that held in November 2012. The workshop is designed for beginners/improvers to improve and develop their knowledge and identification skills in both the field and lab, concentrating on this particular group of mosses.  As well as developing general skills we will look in more detail at some of the tricky aspects of the pleurocarps and you can expect to spend some time in the lab on critical microscopical examination of specimens.  We will work mostly on material we collect in the field but if you have any specimens you would like to work on please bring them along.
Numbers will be limited to 16 to ensure ample lab space. 

Shared accom £157, Single accom £177 (both including Friday and Saturday night and all meals from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch) and meals only for those staying off-site £45. For further details and booking please contact Martin Godfrey (


Acrocarp Identification Workshop, 22-24 January 2016

Preston Montford Field Studies Centre, Shrewsbury
Trainer: Sharon Pilkington
Cost: £157 for a shared room and £177 single occupancy.  This includes B&B and dinner on Friday and Saturday night and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Description: An intensive mixture of lectures, microscope exercises and a short excursion will provide opportunities to get to grips with the defining characters of the most widespread British genera of acrocarpous mosses. Many different upland and lowland mosses will be available to examine and participants will hone field skills and learn to master some of the microscope techniques required to identify genera and species with confidence.
To book: Please e-mail Sharon Pilkington [sharon.pilkington1@btinternet,com] to book a place on this course

Regional meeting, Bradfield Woods, Suffolk, Saturday 5 March 2016

Local Secretary: Mark Hill (email:

This joint meeting between the Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk bryophyte groups has been arranged for us by Richard Fisk. It is held in honour of Oliver Rackham, who died on 12


BRECOG weekend meeting, Gloucestershire, 11-13 March 2016

Local Secretary: Jeff Bates
This meeting will be based in either the Forest of Dean or the Cotswolds. More detail on the meeting will be available in the New Year. Please contact Jeff Bates for details or to express interest in attending.


Regional meeting, nr Ennerdale Lake, West Cumbria, 12-13 March 2016

Local Secretary: Diane Dobson (email:
A two day event to explore an under-recorded area, mainly south of Ennerdale Lake in West Cumbria.   Saturday will be spent recording in the Kinniside Common area NY0712  (Lankrigg Moss/Latterbarrow Moss) – moorland and the River Calder. Sunday will be spent at two forestry commission sites: the Heckbarley area NY0714 and the Broadmoor area NY0815. Saturday meet initially at 10.00am at a small parking area NY 06095 11964. Sunday meet initially at 10.00am in the National Trust car park by Ennerdale Lake NY 08557 15310. For further information and to book please contact Diane Dobson.


Spring 2016 Field meeting, Llandrindod Wells 7-12 April 2016

Local Secretary Mark Hill. Members wishing to express preliminary interest can contact Mark by e-mail (, telephone 01223-571574, or by writing to 11 Chaucer Road Cambridge CB2 7EB.

Llandrindod Wells is the county town of Radnorshire (VC 43), perhaps the least populous vice-county in Britain.  There is a bryophyte flora (Woods, R.G., 1993, Flora of Radnorshire, Cardiff).  The BBS had a very successful meeting at Llandrindod in 1965, when Jean Paton and David Chamberlain jointly found Schistostega pennata, new for VC 42 (Brecknock).  There has been little systematic recording in the past 25 years, though Mark Lawley made several productive visits, finding Barbilophozia kunzeana, Jamesoniella undulifolia, Jubula hutchinsiae, Plagiochila bifaria, Scapania paludicola, Grimmia montana and Platydictya jungermannioides.  The most famous locality, Stanner Rocks, has been too frequently visited and I propose to give it a miss.  There are several excellent sites along the River Wye, and much good upland country.  I plan to record all the hectads of Radnorshire, with members splitting up into small groups on most days, and with a joint excursion to a big site on the Saturday.  Our HQ for the meeting will be decided at the end of September 2015, but I am happy to receive expressions of interest at any time.


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.


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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