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Forthcoming meetings

In 2014, the BBS is inaugurating weekend meetings designed to bridge the gap that has existed hitherto between local meetings of one day’s duration and the Society’s longer field meetings held in spring and summer.  The aims are 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 2014 are given below.  Many areas also have BBS local group meetings and details of these can be found on the BBS website.  Check the BBS website for the latest news on meetings.  Please contact the relevant local Secretary if you wish to attend any of these meetings, and for further details.


Leafy Liverwort Workshop, Ardrishaig, Lochgilphead, Argyll 9-11 May 2014

A leafy liverwort workshop suitable for beginners/improvers this spring, led by Ben Averis (  Numbers will be limited to about 15 (for practical reasons).  The workshop will include field visits (mostly in woodland) and indoor evening sessions.  A room has been booked at Ardrishaig Public Hall, near Lochgilphead in Argyll, for the evenings of Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May 2014.  The field visits will be during daytime on the 10th and 11th.

Further details about booking and B & B to follow.



Regional meeting, Clara Bog, Co. Offaly, Ireland, 10-11th May 2014

Local secretary: George Smith, 24 Lisle Road, Walkinstown, Dublin 12,  (email:
We will visit Clara Bog, identified in the Irish Red Data Book as an Important Bryophyte Area and one of the best raised bogs remaining in Ireland.  Highlights will include flushes, bog woodland and lots of Sphagnum.  We will try to refind Tetraplodon angustatus, recorded here in 1988 in its only Irish station.  All levels of expertise are welcome and there will be a microscope session in the Visitors' Centre.  Local information and accommodation can be found at  Transport from Clara Station can be arranged for those coming by train. Meet at Clara Bog Visitors’ Centre, Clara, Co. Offaly (Irish Grid N25543247), co-located with the local library.


Orthotrichum Workshop, Dorset, 16-19 May 2014

A BBS Workshop on Orthotrichum will be run by Tom Blockeel and Sam Bosanquet at the Kingcombe Centre in Dorset on 16-19 May 2014. Dr Francisco Lara (University of Madrid) and Dr Ricardo Garilleti (University of Valencia), two of the world's leading experts on the genus, have agreed to join the workshop and their expertise will be invaluable.
Orthotrichum is a fascinating genus, not least because new species are colonising our islands and others have extended their range following reductions in air pollution. A major objective of the workshop will be to stimulate searches for rare and incoming species, which are surely under-recorded.The workshop is intended for improvers and experts: you should at least be able to recognise a member of the genus even if you have trouble with the species!

The meeting will run from the evening of Friday 16 May until Sunday 18th, but there will be an optional extension on Monday 19th May for further field work. The expected cost is £180 per person for the main part of the meeting (Friday to Sunday), including dinner, B&B and lunch, and a further £90 for the additional day. There is a 10% reduction for those sharing rooms.
Places at the workshop will be limited, so if you wish to attend please register as soon as possible. Between 11 November and 3 December contact Sam Bosanquet (, and outside those dates Tom Blockeel (; Tel. 01142366861). Further information about the Kingcombe Centre can be found at

Regional meeting, Dumfriesshire, 24-26th May 2014

Local secretary: Liz Kungu, c/o RBGE, 20A Inverleith Row, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR (email:
This meeting will be based in Moffat, with visits to the lesser known areas of the Moffat Hills, focusing on recording areas where there are few modern records. If weather conditions are bad then we will focus on the lower ground in the Annan valley. All levels of expertise will be most welcome. Details of various types of accommodation available locally can be obtained from Tourist Information Centre, Churchgate, Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, DG10 9EG (Tel: 01683 220 620 Email:; Web: and there is also a camp site near the town.


Regional meeting, Mweelrea, Co. Mayo, Ireland, 31st May-1st June 2014

Local secretary: Rory Hodd, Coolies, Muckross, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland (email:
This meeting will explore the area around the mountain of Mweelrea (c815m). On Saturday, weather allowing, the large corrie to the northwest of Doo Lough will be explored. An effort will be made to refind a number of species, including Ptilium crista-castrensis (in its only Irish locality) and Scapania nimbosa. A range of rare montane and oceanic species will be seen, including excellent examples of hepatic mat vegetation and abundant Sphagnum skyense. Sites to be visited on Sunday will include the machair at Dooaghtry, where Petalophyllum ralfsii and Catascopium nigritrum are known. Louisburgh is the nearest village, but accommodation is limited, so it may be better to stay in Westport.


Summer meeting Week 1, Valbona Valley National Park, Albania, 5th-12th July 2014

Local secretaries: Beáta Papp (Hungarian Natural History Museum), Marko Sabovljevic University of Belgrade (University of Belgrade), Jani Marka (Faculty of Natural Sciences,  Tirana) and Joanne Denyer (
Due to permit restrictions, the planned visit to Macedonia (previously advertised in Field Bryology) has been cancelled and we will be visiting Albania instead.  This is a trip to Valbona Valley National Park ( in the Albanian Alps (Lugina e Valbonës, Valbonë; 42°27'26.23" N, 19°54'08.58" E, 900 m). The area comprises a valley surrounded by high mountains and the bedrock is limestone.   The area is a five hour drive from Tirana where there is an airport. If you wish to an express an interest in this trip, please e-mail your name to Joanne Denyer by the end of January 2014.


Summer meeting Week 2, Killin, Scotland, 26th July to 2nd August 2014

Local secretary: Gordon Rothero (email:
The Breadalbane hills, and particularly the Ben Lawers area, were much visited by a previous generation of bryologists and have a wonderful bryophyte flora. The last visit by the BBS to the area was in 1981 and since then the hills have been rather neglected in favour of less well-recorded areas. This means that many bryologists are now unfamiliar with the assemblage of montane species of calcareous rocks, which are a feature of the area.  The aim of this meeting is to go a little way towards rectifying that situation. So, the primary aim, weather permitting, is to visit a selection of these hills and to look at a range of species which are either absent or very rare elsewhere in the UK. It is a montane meeting and although the distances involved are not great, it will involve walking uphill, sometimes over rough and steep terrain, to reach the best ground. The meeting will be based in Killin, which will give us access to Glen Lochay and Glen Lyon.  Following the successful pattern of recent summer meetings it is hoped that the base will be self-catering accommodation but this is yet to be arranged.

This is a 'mountain meeting' and group size on the hill is an issue as well as parking at some of the sites.  There are already 14 who have expressed an interest and I think that I will need to limit numbers at 20.  If I reach that number there will be a reserve list.


Autumn 2014 AGM and Paper-reading session :13th-14th September 2014, RBGE, Edinburgh

Local Secretaries: Liz Kungu (email: and David Long (email:
The indoor meeting on Saturday 13th September will be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh.  On the Sunday there will be a field excursion to the East Lothian basalt and coast.   An additional field meeting will follow the weekend for those who would like to extend their visit (see below for details).

The provisional programme is given below, and a booking form is available here.

Friday 12 September  Afternoon & Evening Programme  Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Afternoon/ evening

Arrival/ registration

RBGE reception area


Recording & Conservation Committee

RBGE Conference Room


Publications Committee

RBGE Conference Room


Education Committee

RBGE Conference Room



Outside pub/ restaurant


Council Meeting

RBGE Conference Room

Saturday 13 September  Morning Programme  Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


Arrival/ registration/ poster set-up

RBGE Conference Room


Welcome: tbc, RBGE

RBGE Lecture Theatre


Symposium, morning session
Chair: David Long

RBGE Lecture Theatre


Kristian Hassel, Trondheim, Norway

Title: tbc


Gordon Rothero, Dunoon

Title: Snowbed bryophytes - the permanent transects five years on


Tea & coffee break

RBGE Conference Room


Wolfgang Hofbauer, Valley, Germany

Title: tbc


Mark Hill, Cambridge

Title: Are boreal bryophytes dying of heat in southern Britain?


Lunch in RBGE canteen

RBGE Conference Room/ canteen



RBGE Conference Room

Saturday 13 September  Afternoon & Evening Programme  Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh


Symposium, afternoon session
Chair: Gordon Rothero

RBGE Lecture Theatre


Neil Bell, Helsinki

Title: The genera of Polytrichaceae – recent circumscriptions explained


David Bell, Vancouver

Title: DNA barcoding for taxonomy and conservation in bryophytes


Laura Forrest, Edinburgh

Title: How rare is Aneura pinguis?


Tea & coffee break

RBGE Conference Room


Annual General Meeting

RBGE Lecture Theatre


Conference Dinner (pre-booked only)

RBGE Conference Room


Sunday 14 September  Field Excursion to East Lothian (see Field Programme)

Sunday 14 September to Wednesday 17 September  Local BBS meeting in Newcastleton

The provisional programme can also be downloaded here.

There is an accomodation list prepared by the RBGE here and the BBS here.


Recording meeting 15th to 17th September, 2014, Newcastleton

Local Secretaries: Liz Kungu (email: and David Long (email:
The autumn meeting will be followed by an additional field meeting based in Newcastleton, Roxburghshire.  The Newcastleton area is quite oceanic and has a number of interesting wooded glens on limestone. One of these, the Black Burn is a valley system with a rich bryophyte flora, and is the only (but never re-discovered) Scottish locality for Seligeria carniolica (Trochobryum). A new concerted search for this will be a priority on Monday (15th), with the possibility of extending this on the Tuesday or visiting other sites. On the Wednesday (17th) there would be a morning excursion.


Regional meeting, Wetton Mill and Manifold Valley, Peak District, 8th November 2014

Local secretary: Martin Godfrey (email:
We will visit Wetton Mill and the Manifold Valley. Woodland, grassland, rock exposures and river/flush will give a good range of limestone species and aquatics. Unusually parts of the river Manifold are often dry allowing easy examination of species which would normally be under water. Beginners welcome. For further details contact the local secretary.


Additional Spring Meeting 2015

Freiburg, SW Germany, 11-18 April 2015
Local Secretary – Michael Lueth (
If you wish to attend the 2015 spring excursion in Freiburg, Germany (11-18 April 2015), you will need to reserve a place by 20th September 2015. Please send a short e-mail to Michael Lueth ( before this date so that he can confirm numbers with the hotel.  Places may need to be limited to 18. Details of the planned excursion can be found here.


Spring 2015 Field Meeting, Renfrewshire, 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 to express interest and for further information.
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