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Forthcoming meetings

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: moh@ceh.ac.uk)

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 sharon.pilkington1@btinternet.com)

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.

 

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

Local secretary: Michael Lueth (mail@milueth.de)

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 (mail@milueth.de) so that he can confirm numbers with the hotel


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

Local secretary: Keith Watson (keith.watson@glasgowlife.org.uk)

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.
Useful links:
http://www.lochwinnoch.info
http://www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk

 

Regional meeting, Slieve Gullion and Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland, 16-17 May 2015

Local secretaries: Maurice Eakin (Maurice.Eakin@ahg.gov.ie) 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 (sambbryo@aol.com)

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 sambbryo@aol.com.

 

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

Local secretary: David Long (email: d.long@rbge.ac.uk) 

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 rory.whytock@gmail.com or Julie jesscot09@hotmail.co.uk 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: MartinandRosie@aol.com)

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.

 

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

Organiser and trainer: Martin Godfrey (email: MartinandRosie@aol.com)

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.  For further details and booking please contact Martin Godfrey (martinandrosie@aol.com).

 

 

 

 

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