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Forthcoming meetings 2016-17


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 2017 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 Meetings




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. 


Intermediate Workshop: "Brachythecium and Eurhynchium s.l. - the basics" – Leicester Botanic Garden, 21 January 2017

Trainer: Martin Godfrey, Organiser: Uta Hamzaoui. This will be an indoor workshop for everyone who wants to come to grips with this group of closely related pleurocarps, many of which are common but difficult to distinguish in the field. Dissecting and compound microscopes as well as plant material will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own reference material as well as any mystery specimens. The course will take place from 10:30 to 16:30. Please bring your own lunch. Numbers will be limited to 16. Cost: £15. There are frequent bus services from Leicester Railway Station to the Botanic Garden, or, if you let us know in advance, we can arrange pick-up from the Station. The workshop can be booked online. For queries please contact Uta Hamzaoui (, 0116 2940704).


Regional Meeting at Drigg Dunes Nature Reserve and Eskmeals Dunes Nature Reserve. 11th and 12th March

Contact: Diane Dobson -
Meet at 10am each day. Past records include Bryum marratii, Bryum salinum, Moerckia flotoviana SS and Fossombronia incurva.

11th Drigg Dunes LNR. Meet at car park SD 04890 98500. Permission given by the Muncaster Estate.
Drigg Dunes supports sand dune systems, coastal grassland, saltmarsh, shingle and strandline habitats within the reserve.

12th Eskmeals Dunes Nature Reserve (Cumbria Wildlife Trust Reserve). Meet at small layby by viaduct SD 08726 94245. Permission given by Cumbria Wildlife Trust. Next to the MoD Firing Range but shouldn’t be any firing on a Sunday (have a request to check week before). The site supports sand dune systems and coastal grassland.


BRECOG weekend meeting, New Forest, 17–19 March 2017

Local Secretary: Jeff Bates (email:
More detail on the meeting will be available in the New Year. Please contact Jeff Bates for details or to
express interest in attending.

Spring Meeting 2017, Jersey, Thursday 6th - Tuesday 11th April 2017

Local secretary Anne Haden:

'The base will be the Somerville Hotel: It is a 4 star hotel, situated in St. Aubin which is a village on the coast. There are several other Hotels and Guest Houses near by (catering for a range of budgets) and plenty of places to eat out.  Please contact the local secretary if you have any questionsFurther details in the next issue of Field Bryology and updates on website.

Members attending the meeting will need a car, please contact the local secretary if you wish to car share and she can put you in touch with other members attending the meeting.

BBS meeting West Perthshire and Stirlingshire, 15 – 22nd July 2017

The purpose of the meeting will be to record in under recorded areas of West Perthshire and Stirlingshire, to update historical records, and take the opportunity to enjoy bryologically interesting sites in the area.  We have booked reasonably-priced, basic but comfortable accommodation for a maximum of 10 at Loch Voil Hostel where we have booked out the small hostel for our sole use.  It would be helpful to have expressions of interest by the end of December.   Please contact Julie or Rory

Further details are available on a document here.

Summer meeting Week 1, Applecross, 22 – 29 July 2017

Local secretary: David Long (email:

The Applecross Peninsula is roughly triangular in shape and lies on the coast of Wester Ross opposite the islands of Raasay and Skye. One of its greatest charms is its relative isolation from the rest of the Highlands, due to the need to cross one of the highest passes in Scotland, the Bealach na Ba (Pass of the Cattle) which rises to over 2000 feet in a series of very steep hairpin bends – the Cattle) which rises to over 2000 feet in a series of very steep hairpin bends – a truly breathtaking journey from Kishorn, from the pass revealing a magnificent panorama of the peninsula and views to the Inner Hebrides. Until a new coast road was opened in 1975 from Torridon, the pass was the only way in to Applecross, which still retains its aura of secrecy and isolation.

Only partly surveyed in detail for bryophytes (and not visited previously by the BBS), the peninsula has coastal woodlands including Atlantic Hazel with species such as Antitrichia curtipendula and many oceanic bryophytes. There are several ravines, only two of which have been surveyed in detail (for their hydro-electric potential) and have gems such as Jubula hutchinsiae and Radula aquilegia. Along the northern road we plan to visit a woodland by Upper Loch Torridon where Daltonia splachnoides is known. Perhaps the icing on the cake will be the Pass of the Cattle (close to the road) and the dramatic Coire na Poite (involving a longer walk) where we can expect to see many of the larger oceanicmontane liverworts such as Anastrophyllum donnianum, Bazzania pearsonii, Mastigophora woodsii, Scapania nimbosa and S. ornithopodioides. Reasonably-priced accommodation for 18 with mostly shared rooms has been booked in the annexe of the recently refurbished Hartfield House ( Catering options include the local Applecross Inn (30 mins walk), the excellent Potting Shed Restaurant (10 mins walk) or eating in with either self-catering or pre-ordered meals.

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

Local secretary: Chris Preston & Jonathan Shanklin (email:

This meeting marks the centenary of the birth of Dr Harold Whitehouse, who died in 2000. Some of the talks will reflect his bryological interests, but these will not be the exclusive focus of the meeting.


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