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Forthcoming meetings 2017


Local Meetings

Many areas also have BBS local group meetings and details of these can be found on the Local Meeting page. Please contact the relevant local Secretary if you wish to attend any of these meetings, and for further details.

Safety in the field

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

The AGM and Paper-reading Meeting will be held at British Antarctic Survey, Madingley Rd, Cambridge, CB3 0ET (BAS) in Cambridge on Saturday 7 October 2017, with committee meetings in the afternoon of Friday 6 October and a field excursion on Sunday 8 October. The meeting celebrates the centenary of the Cambridgeshire bryologist Harold Whitehouse (1917-2000).

Full programme to be downloaded from this link

Local secretary: Chris Preston & Jonathan Shanklin (email:


Scapania Workshop, Treborth Botanic Garden laboratory (Bangor University), 21 October 2017

Tim Blackstock is holding an intermediate level lab based workshop on the genus Scapania on 21 October 2017 starting at 1000 and ending at approximately 1600. Venue: Treborth Botanic Garden laboratory (Bangor University), (turn left immediately before mainland side of the Menai Suspension Bridge). Dissecting and compound microscopes are available for each participant but they should bring their own dissecting equipment and favourite liverwort floras. The session will be based on examination of herbarium material and participants are encouraged to bring specimens causing difficulty. Tea and coffee will be provided but those attending should bring their own lunches. Participation will be limited to a maximum of 15. Booking – please email the Education and Training Officer, Martin Godfrey, on


Spring Meeting 2018 Swaledale area and the Yorkshire Dales, 4-11 April 2018

Local Secretary: Sue Knight (email: )

Please note there is very limited public transport for accessing the area.

The meeting is in its early stages of planning but it will be based in Reeth, Richmond, N. Yorks. There is a secure room for microscopes in Hudson House (near Reeth Green). We will have access to the microscope room throughout the day, in case the weather is bad, and in the evenings.

The area will be busy as it is the Easter season, so please book accommodation early. There is a variety of accommodation e.g.

  • Hotels, pubs, B&Bs and guest houses in and around Reeth
  • An “upmarket” Youth Hostel at Grinton
  • Scabba Wath Bunk House, camping and motor home area and also a Bunk House at The Dales Bike Centre

Swaledale (VC 65) is the northernmost of the major Yorkshire Dales. The geology consists of sedimentary rocks of Carboniferous age (Yoredale strata), and both limestone and siliceous grits occur, although the limestone is less strongly calcareous than in the Craven Pennines further south. Nevertheless, calcicoles such as Seligeria trifaria s. lat. and Pedinophyllum interruptum, occur and there is a wide range of other species, from Scapania subalpina at the high end of the Dale, to Homomallium incurvatum at the lower, eastern end, as well as curiosities such as Discelium nudum. The Dale was a former lead mining area and Ditrichum plumbicola has been seen recently.

Please contact the Local Secretary, Sue Knight, if you are thinking of attending or require further information (

Really sorry, but no dogs.


Summer Meeting 2018 Isle of Man, joint meeting with the BSBI, 16-23 July 2018

Next year we will visit the Isle of Man in a joint meeting with the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.  We will be staying at King William’s College from July 16 to 23 at a B&B rate of £28 per night.  Further details, general information including travel, and a booking form will be posted on the BBS website as soon as they are available.




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