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Forthcoming meetings 2016

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.





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.  I aim to record all the hectads of Radnorshire;  there is much good upland country and some lowland. Most planned sites are not well known, but Sam Bosanquet will lead an excursion to Stanner Rocks.  Except for the Saturday excursion to the Elan Valley, we shall split into smallish groups. The Glen Usk Hotel, offering rooms for BBS members at £35 per night, is our HQ.  We are also hiring a lab and bunk room (price £10 per night) in Newbridge-on-Wye, 10 minutes’ drive away.


BBS-SEB International Bryological Meeting, Western Andalusia, Spain, 30 May-6 June 2016 Local secretaries: Joanne Denyer (e-mail:, Francisco Lara García and Maren Flagmeier This is a joint meeting between the BBS and the Spanish Bryological Society. It will be based in Western Andalusia in the southernmost mountains of the Iberian Peninsula. The nearest airport is Malaga, with daily flights from many UK airports. The meeting will run from Monday to Monday. The field trip will include a few days visiting interesting sites that are well known from a bryological point of view (for example Abies pinsapo forests at Ronda mountains, Torcal de Antequera, etc.). In addition there will be visits to more poorly known areas and a day (indoor) for scientific discussion. More details will be available on the website. Please email expressions of interest to

Nearest airport: Malaga airport (
Arrival day: Monday 30 May 2016
Departure Day: Monday 6 June 2016 
Car hire:  we will have free places in our cars, but they will not be enough, so we recommend to hire cars (preferably in groups).
Remaining details such as accommodation and activities planning will be given as soon as they are available.


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.


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. 


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