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Forthcoming meetings 2018/19


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2018 AGM Llanrwst, North Wales, 6-7 October 2018

The 2018 BBS AGM will be held in North Wales the weekend of 6th and 7th October 2018.  The venue for the Saturday AGM is Glasdir, a conference centre in the market town or Llanrwst, approximately 5 miles from Betws-y-coed. There will be an excursion on Sunday 7th October, details to be provided closer to the time.

The address of the venue is as follows:

Plas yn Dre
LL26 0DF

This is a tourist area which has many different types of accommodation available. Although the AGM is outside the main tourist season, it would be advisable to book accommodation in advance.

If you wish to take part or would like further information please contact Lucia Ruffino by email at


Didymodon Workshop, 26-28th October, 2018

This workshop will be presented by Tom Blockeel and Jan Kučera (University of South Bohemia) at the University of Leicester Botanic Garden ( on 26-28 th October, 2018. Microscopes will be available. Those needing overnight accommodation will need to book rooms in nearby hotels or B&Bs. Further information will be provided nearer the time.

The meeting will run from the evening of Friday 26 October until around 17:00 on Sunday 28th. We hope to include a short field excursion. Please note that the workshop is intended as an intermediate/advanced level course. There will be an administration fee of around £40 per person to cover room hire and other costs. Numbers will be limited to 16, plus the presenters.

In view of the limited number of places, please register your interest as soon as possible by emailing Tom Blockeel (


Acrocarp Workshop, Preston Montford Field Studies Centre, Shrewsbury, 8-10th February 2019

Tutor: Sharon Pilkington

Description: A repeat of a very popular workshop held in 2013 and 2016, this course will enable beginners and improvers to learn how to identify many widespread acrocarpous mosses. An intensive mixture of lectures, microscope exercises and a short excursion will provide opportunities to study acrocarps in depth. Workshop participants will also hone field skills and master some of the trickier microscope techniques required to identify species with confidence. Numbers will be limited to 12.

Cost:  £175 for a shared room or £195 single occupancy. This includes accommodation and all meals from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon.

Enquiries/booking:  Please e-mail Sharon Pilkington [ ] to book a place on this course.


Spring Meeting 2019 North Devon, 10-17th April 2019

North Devon (v.-c. 4) is a large and varied area, with habitats ranging from the heights of Exmoor and Dartmoor to the nationally-famous sand dunes of Braunton Burrows and the impressive cliffs of the north and west coasts. There is also a lot of potentially interesting country inland, much of which has still to be properly checked for its bryophytes.


The headquarters for the week is Hallsannery, approximately a mile south of Bideford. It consists of a large country house in its own grounds, and has been booked for the exclusive use of the BBS for the week. A full description is given on the Hallsannery website (; anyone interested is advised to look at the floor plans (follow “About” and then “Links”), as the one disadvantage is that there are relatively few single rooms. As the premises have already been reserved for us, individual reservations should be made through the Local Secretary (Mark Pool; details below), who will also be able to provide further information if needed. The cost per person has not yet been finalised, but is likely to be around £35 per night. For anyone not wishing to stay at the headquarters, there is a variety of suitable accommodation in and around Bideford.

Local Secretary: Mark Pool (91 Warbro Road, Torquay, TQ1 3PS; email; phone 01803-316154).





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