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Meetings of the BBS - Local
Note that for insurance purposes BBS Local Groups have to be formally registered with the General Secretary; they should be listed on the BBS Website with contact details. The organiser or group leader needs to be a member of the BBS and the activities must take place with the authority of that person.
Covers: Welsh borders: Herefordshire, Radnorshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire
Our meetings are to help beginners learn their mosses and liverworts, rather than high-powered recording sessions. All are on Sundays, and start at 10.30 a.m. unless stated otherwise. Please bring sandwiches.
You may wish to bring with you a copy of the British Bryological Society’s Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a Field-guide (2010), files for which are also on-line at http://rbg-web2.rbge.org.uk/bbs/Activities/BBSFGspac.htm (or click on the book cover of the Field-guide on the left-hand side of the BBS web-site’s home page at http://britishbryologicalsociety.org.uk/ and follow the links).
You are very welcome to suggest venues for future outdoor meetings; please include grid references and details for parking.
October 21st 2018
We will explore wet upland heath at Rhos Fiddle, a Shropshire Wildlife Trust reserve. Take the Crossways road out of Newcastle-on-Clun, fork left at Caldy Bank and carry on for 2 ¼ miles. Park on the verge just before the second cattle grid (SO 205857).
November 25th 2018
We will examine the bryophytes of Longden Road Cemetery in Shrewsbury. Churchyards and cemeteries can be as interesting for bryophytes as they are for lichens, and we hope to prove this point on the day.
The grid reference for parking is SJ 48546 11338. From the roundabout where the A5 and A49 meet on the south side of Shrewsbury, take the turn for A5112, also named 'Hereford Road' with signs for Shrewsbury. Continue along this road over a minor roundabout with a retail park on the right-hand side. At the larger roundabout named 'Meole Brace Roundabout' take the second exit left on to the B4380. Veer left by keeping in the left-hand lane, where signs will display Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Continue along the B4380 until you reach a small (but often busy) roundabout and take the third exit. Shrewsbury Cemetery is the first right turn, and parking is immediately after the gates, with no need to continue along the small road within the cemetery.
January 13th 2019
Meet at Coed Pendugwm (SJ 103143), a Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust reserve, where we will explore the deciduous woodland.
February 10th 2019
Bryologists can often find many species in built-up districts, where pavements and tarmac, mortared walls, roofs and soil offer a variety of habitats. We will put this statement to the test by exploring Presteigne in Radnorshire. Meet at the car park by the B4355 at the west end of Presteigne (SO 309651).
March 17th 2019
Joint meeting with Worcestershire Moss Group, when we will explore woodland, grassland and a marshy stream on Bringsty Common in east Herefordshire. If time allows, we may also visit the woods of Brockhampton Park on the north side of the main road. Turn off the A44 at a sign to the 'Live and Let Live' public house, and park at SO 698550.
Mark Hill firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile 07496 279664 Home 01223 571574
This is an informal group to encourage they study of bryophytes and recording in Cornwall. Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend meeting; beginners are welcome as well as those experienced and confident at identifying bryophytes. The only equipment required is a hand lens (x10 or x20) and perhaps some paper packets for collecting specimens for later study. sites visits can be wet and muddy so it’s advisable to wear good boots and bring waterproof clothing. All meetings start at 10am and usually finish before 4pm and we usually carry a packed lunch. Booking is not usually required unless stated in the meeting details
Group contact - Matt Stribley Tel: 01872 279748. Email: email@example.com
We are an informal group aimed at anyone interested in Devon’s mosses and/or liverworts; all are welcome (regardless of level of expertise) and there is no fee. We hold approximately six field meetings each year, normally on Saturdays. All meetings start at 11 a. m. and participants are recommended to bring packed lunches. The meetings so far planned for 2018 are detailed below. Please contact Tim Purches (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Pool (email@example.com; tel. 01803 316154) for more details or to suggest future venues.
Saturday 10 February 2018: Knightshayes. Leader Mark Pool. Meet in the car park (approx. at SS 960157). Parking charges are £4 for the day, but National Trust members have free access (remember your membership cards). Mark and the late Robin Spare made a partial survey of the estate in 2002 and recorded 71 species, but no doubt some were missed and, in any event, things change over time! As the estate sports a lot of conifers, Sematophyllum substrumulosum is worth looking out for; if found here it would be a new vice-county record for North Devon. Walking boots should be adequate unless there has been a lot of rain.
Saturday 14 Apri 2018: Grenofen and Double Waters. Joint meeting with Devonshire Association Botany Section; leader Roy Jeffery. Meet at the Bedford Bridge car park (entrance at SX 504702). The area has a lot of good records already, but there are always likely to be more! Apart from anything else, "square-bashers" can have fun as there are at least four tetrads involved, extending into three hectads! Good walking boots are recommended; Wellies shouldn't be needed unless you want to check out the aquatics.
Saturday 2 June 2018: Cox Tor/White Tor area (SX 57) . Leader Roy Jeffery and Tim Purches. Meet at Pork Hill car park (SX530751). We'll start the day on Cox Tor, examining the flushes and helping Roy confirm an old record for Tritomaria quinquedentata, the only record for this liverwort in V.C.3. If time, energy and the weather allow we'll then visit the flushes around White Tor where Tim has recently found, among other things, a wanted v.-c. record in the shape of Calliergon giganteum.
Saturday 11 August 2018: Wistlandpound Reservoir. Leader John Day. Meet at the car park near the south-west corner of the reservoir off N Thorne Lane at SS64124154. Please note that this is a pay and display car park. The aim is to circumnavigate the reservoir. A range of habitats are present including woodland, grassland, stone dam and disused railway but the principal interest is the wetland habitats. These include willow scrub and a very fine draw-down zone, which is known to support several uncommon species, which include Weissia rostellata, Ephemerum serratum, Ephemerum sessile, Riccia subbifurca, Archidium alternifolium, Pseudephemerum nitidum and Climacium dendroides.
Saturday 27 October 2018: Fernworthy and Battishill Downs. Leader Alex Worsley. Meet at Fernworthy (SX511870). Fernworthy Down is a mixture of acid grassland & heath, some of which was swaled last year, with ridge and furrow field systems and an old mining area. There is a marshy area at Fernworthy itself, which is amazing for vascular plants and likely rich in sphagnum, as well as flush specialists such as Philonotis etc. Battishill Down at SX515859 is a mosaic of Molinia and rush pasture, flushes, scrub and wet woodland. Wellies recommended for the wetter areas! Visit by kind permission of Deborah Dreyer.
Directions: from A386 take the turning onto Station Road, towards Bridestowe, opposite the Fox and Hounds pub. Go past the turning to Blackabroom Farm and there is a public byway leading off to the left at SX51778777 – this leads to Fernworthy Down. It's reasonably surfaced and suitable for cars. Parking at either entrance to Fernworthy Down, on the track down to the farm or in the farmyard itself. Car share if possible - there's room for 5/6 cars on the track and a few more in the yard, so space is a little limited.
Saturday 1 December 2018: Bowden Farm, near Stoke Fleming. Leader: Hannah Gibbons, 'Colour in the Margins' Farmland Monitoring and Advisory Officer for Devon & Cornwall. Meet in the farm yard at SX844489 where there is space to park. A chance to look at arable bryophytes in autumn stubble fields.
If you would like details of forthcoming meetings, or would like to be on the mailing list for the group, then please e-mail Joanne Denyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 00353 (0) 862379153 for further information
All meetings start at 11am, bring good footwear and packed lunch for all meetings.
Saturday 17th November 2018
Thursday 22nd November 2018
Covers:Gloucestershire, with an occasional sortie into Wales
We are an informal group aimed at anyone interested in the bryophytes of Gloucestershire. A key aim of the group is to encourage those who are relatively new to the subject to become more experienced and confident at identifying bryophytes (although we will also be recording what we see at each site). Beginners are welcome at all our meetings.
Sunday 14th October 2018– Wye valley, Devils Pulpit
Sunday 2nd December 2018 – Hopkins Hall, Hillesley. Microscope day
Sunday 13th January 2019 – venue and details to follow
Sunday 24th February 2019 – venue and details to follow
Sunday 17th March 2019 – venue and details to follow
Here are all dates for the coming bryophyte season. These meetings are open for everyone with an interest in bryophytes. The field meetings start at 10.00 and take as long as weather conditions allow, so it is always best to bring a packed lunch. Apart from weatherproof clothes, it is useful to bring a hand lens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets or small containers for collecting specimens. The BBS field guide ( Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a Field-guide 2010) is very useful - the Field Key can be downloaded from the internet. Please contact Uta Hamzaoui ( email or 07852 682 790) if would like to take part and to organise car sharing.
Accounts of previous field meetings: Mountsorrel and Rothley Marshes 2018
Indoor Meetings at The Old Mill, Leicestershire & Rutland offices
The field meetings will be followed up by indoor meetings where we can use the microscopes and work together on the material collected in the field. Meet at 7pm at the LRWT offices at The Old Mill, 9 Soar Lane, Leicester, LE3 5DE.
Norfolk & Suffolk Bryological Group Meetings 2018 - 2019
Beginners are always very welcome - the only equipment needed is a handlens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets (old envelopes are fine) for collecting specimens. Meetings begin at 10.30am and will only be cancelled if there is snow or hard frost. The Norfolk and Suffolk Bryological Group (a sub-group of the British Bryological Society) is an informal interest group with no formal status or legal identity. All attendees at the events set out in the annual programme participate in those events entirely at their own risk and no responsibility for any injury loss or damage shall lie against the organisers of the events. The distribution of the programme of events is not intended to and does not form any contract or any other legal relationship between the organisers and the participants.
Saturday 13 October 2018 – Potter's Fen, followed by Rush Meadows, both SSSI sites west of Dereham, owned by Norfolk Wildlife Trust. For Potter's Fen - park along the residential section of the busy Stone Road anywhere from TF 982 119 and we will enter on the footpath at the eastern end of Scarning Fen. For Rush Meadows, parking arrangements will be given on the day.
Sunday 28 October 2018 - NNNS Beginners' meeting at Holt Lowes, led by Mary Ghullam. Meet at the north end of the Lowes in the car park off Hempstead Road at TG 088 382. Beginners very welcome - bring a hand lens if you have one.
Saturday 10 November 2018 – Hevingham Park, woodland wet and dry, coniferous and broadleaved, with a lake or two and some nice acid rides and hedgebanks. Meet in the car park at TG 2053 2067; please share cars if possible.
Sunday 25 November 2018 - Saham Mere and Loch Neaton, Watton. Park at the Mere at TF 9013 0179. We will move to Loch Neaton (TF 917013) afterwards, plenty of nearby parking in Watton at TF 9174 0072.
Sunday 2 December 2018 - morning: meet at Wormegay church TF 673 120, and we can also walk down to the northern part of Shouldham Warren. Then at 1.30pm: Carrstone Quarry, Blackborough, home of King's Lynn Field Archery Group. At the southern end of Mill Drove (TF 6724 1428) turn east where there are two rough tracks - take the right hand one and follow the convoy.
Sunday 16 December 2018 - Houghen Plantation, part of Felthorpe Woods. Turn west at the crossroads at TG 1845 1754 and park in the car park at TG 181 175.
British Bryological Society Recorders:
Programme : Chris Roberts, 21 The Street, Burgh-next-Aylsham NR11 6TP. 01263 732772 email@example.com (please note the underscore before 500) Mobile: 0788 7914047
A bryophyte group for those in The Peak District and its surrounds, including Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the fringes of Sheffield and Greater Manchester.
We are a newly formed group in 2016. We welcome all bryologists who want to increase their confidence in recording and improve their knowledge. All members have access to our MIDBRYG Google Groups forum, and are encouraged to take part in visits / recording events. All events are advertised via the forum.
Urban Bryophyte Workshop
Disturbed by Didymodon? Bamboozled by Bryum? And generally unsure of what bryophyte is growing on your local wall?
Don't lose sleep at night, come and join MIDBRYG for a session on urban bryophytes!
Martin Godfrey is running a workshop for MIDBRYG in early November of this year. Following a request from MIDBRYG members, the workshop will focus on urban bryophytes, the commonly-encountered species and their identification in both the field and under the microscope. The plan for the day is to have a short introduction to the common urban bryophytes, have an outing to study bryophytes in-situ in different habitats close to the Museum, and then consolidate this learning under the microscope after lunch.
Date - Saturday 3rd November 2018
Where - The Potteries Museum, Stoke on Trent. The museum is about 30 minutes walk from the Stoke Railway Station and there is plenty of car parking within a short walk of the museum.
Time - 10:15 at the main entrance of the museum for a prompt 10:30 start. We aim to finish around 16:00.
Food and drink - There is a coffee shop at the museum where you can get food and drink or you can bring a packed lunch.
What to bring - All equipment is included but please do bring any of your own dissection kit (especially good quality forceps) and any ID books you like to use. Plus, do bring wet weather gear, or a good umbrella, because we will spend some of the morning in small groups outside looking at bryophytes in different habitats around the Museum. No other special equipment is needed.
Booking - We are limiting to 15 attendees so booking is important - there are 5 places still available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost - Stoke Museum is kindly hosting us and is waiving their usual charge. However, MIDBRYG would like attendees to show their appreciation by making a small donation of between £5 and £10, which we will present to the Museum as a thank you for letting us use their fantastic facilities.
Covers Northumberland (VCs 67 & 68) and Cumbria (VCs 69 &70)
3rd November 2018 - Calder Woods along River Calder (NY 055 068)
8th December 2018 -Brundholme Woods (NY 28109 24208)
12th January 2019 -Irton Pike (NY 12180 01238)
2nd February 2019 -Setmurthy Common (NY 16746 31271)
We are a friendly, informal group based in North Wales. Why not join us if you are in the area? Beginners are welcome. For further information on planned meetings please email Lucia Ruffino: email@example.com
For the 2018-2019 programme of meetings please click here
North Western Naturalists’ Union: Bryophyte and Lichen Section Field Meetings 2018
Section Secretary: Norman Bamforth, 1 Corporation Road, Audenshaw, Manchester. M34 5LY (0161 336 3914)
All meetings are on Saturdays starting at 10:30 and will commence whatever the weather.
Please bring food and clothing adequate for a full day in the field and check with the leader or Section Secretary a day or so before the meeting in case of venue changes. Beginners are welcome at ANY meeting and there is usually a more experienced field bryologist present who will be more than happy to name and talk through the identification features of species encountered. There may not always be a Lichenologist present.
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Saturday 17th November 2018
Saturday 8th December 2018
This is a free service provided by Shotover Wildlife. The Oxford Mossing Group provides ongoing field and microscope sessions after the Mosses and Liverworts Identification Courses as a way of supporting learners with bryophyte identification, both in microscope keying and building field skills. Click here for details.
The Oxford Mossing Group season runs from October to March and sessions start with a morning field visit (in and around Oxfordshire), usually followed by a microscope session in the afternoon near the field site. High power and dissecting microscopes are available for use.
Contact Jacqueline Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details
We are a newly-formed group aimed at bryophyte recording in vc 78 Peeblesshire, vc 79 Selkirkshire, vc 80 Roxburghshire and vc 81 Berwickshire. The aim is to record poorly-known but potentially interesting sites and we welcome all levels of expertise, especially beginners. Equipment needed is a packed lunch, hand lens, knife and paper packets for specimens. The BBS Field Guide is the most useful reference work. We plan to meet monthly, most on Sundays, meeting at 10.30 am. For further details contact David Long 01578 740 210, email@example.com
Covers: Hampshire and West Sussex (and occasionally parts of neighbouring counties).
Details of meetings can also be found on the Hampshire Bryophytes web site.
Covers: Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
We are a friendly group of enthusiastic bryologists with members at all levels of ability. We try to get a programme of events from October through to April covering parts of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. So if you would like to find out where we are going and hopefully join us, please contact either:
Meetings are open to everyone, not just members, so friends are welcome. Please remember to wear warm clothing and waterproofs, and bring food and drinks if you’re planning to stay for the whole meeting. The only equipment you’ll need is a hand lens if you have one although a camera, notebook and small collection bags are extremely useful. All meetings will be suitable for all levels of expertise from absolute beginners through to specialists. If you wish to purchase a field guide to bryophytes then the best book is the British Bryological Society’s Mosses and liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a field guide (2010).
More details on the group's blog
Eridge Rocks - East Sussex - November 2014 - Brad Scott
Dungeness - East Kent vc 15 - November 2016 - Stephen Lemon and Jan Hendey
We do not have a formal program, but have an email circulation list to let members know when & where we are going to be recording and there is a certain flexibility to enable as many people as possible to join in. At the moment we are focusing on under-recorded hectads for the next edition of the atlas.
The group consists of both BBS members & non-members.
Visit the Wessex Bryology Group page at www.wessexbryologygroup.org
Wessex Bryology Group Programme 2018-19
Here is the programme of meetings for the coming season. We have tried to include a good range of habitats and sites across Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset. A key aim of the group is to encourage those who are new to the subject to become more experienced and confident at identifying bryophytes. Beginners are most welcome at all our meetings. There is no formal membership or constitution and each person goes out at his/her own risk. The only equipment needed is a hand lens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets for collecting specimens. Many of the sites we plan to visit include wet and muddy areas so boots are advisable. We will usually eat a packed lunch on site. All meetings start at 10.30am and finish between 3pm and 4pm.Contact: Andrew Branson tel: 01747 838223; e-mail andrew(at)3alpacas.co.uk or Sharon Pilkington tel: 01373 827074/07801 627449; e-mail: sharon.pilkington1(at)btinternet.com. Unless stated there is no need to book, but in the event of snow/ treacherous driving conditions, please call Andrew or Sharon to check the meeting is going ahead.
Sunday 21st October 2018
Franchises Lodge RSPB reserve, New Forest, Wiltshire
Leader: Andrew Branson
This is a new RSPB reserve in the north of the New Forest just in the Wiltshire border. It consists of 386ha of mainly mixed woodland, with acid grassland, streams and flushed areas, which was formerly part of a private estate, so there are very few records for the site; 66ha of the woodland are notified as an SSSI. A brief walk through the reserve this spring indicated that there may be some interesting finds here, especially given its location within the New Forest. The reserve team, who are drawing up management plans, are keen to know more about the wood’s bryophytes.
Meet at the Telegraph Hill car park near the junction of the B3080 and the B3078 at SU 228166.
Sunday 25th November 2018
Powerstock Common, near Bridport, Dorset
Leader: Andrew Branson
This is a Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve in the heart of the rich, ancient countryside of the west of Dorset. The reserve has been well recorded in the past, but following clearance of conifers there may be some further surprises. The reserve includes ancient wood pasture, with a good epiphyte flora, ancient woodland and fen, with plenty of springs and flushes. A deep, former railway cutting provides access to some calcareous communities; Entodon cocinnus was recently found here.
Park at the reserve entrance at SY 546973, beside a disused railway bridge, on a minor road west of Toller Porcorum, near Maiden Newton, and north of Eggardon Hill. Parking is limited, so please share lifts, if possible.
Sunday 9th December 2018
Tyntesfield, near Bristol
Leader: Sharon Pilkington
Tyntesfield is a spectacular Victorian gothic revival house with gardens and parkland near Bristol. There are no previous bryophyte records from the estate but promising habitats include gardens, an empty lake, woodland and veteran trees.
The National Trust has kindly agreed to waive its normal car parking and entrance fees for non-NT members wishing to attend this meeting. However, numbers are limited so to book your place please email Sharon by 1 st of December.
Tyntesfield is located on the B3128 between Failand and Wraxall and is 2-3 miles from Junction 19 of the M5. The entrance is at ST 501723. From here it’s a short drive down to the car park, where we’ll meet on the eastern side.
Sunday 20th January 2019
Tristcombe Stone, Quantocks, Somerset
Leader: Andrew Branson
This is another attempt to meet in this wonderful landscape, following the cancellation of the meeting, owing to snow, last December. This remote part of the southern Quantocks has not been recorded as well as some of the combes to the north. There is a mixture of open heath, confer plantations (surely containing more Sematophyllum substrumulosum) streams and a quarry. Paul Bowyer visited the area last year and recorded a good number of species, including several Sphagna, Calliergonella lindbergii and Pogonatum nanum.
Park at the FC car park at ST 163359 at the end of the minor road which follows Cockercombe, west of the village of Plainsfield, which in turn is west of Spaxton.
Sunday 17th February 2019
Big Stoke and Westbury Beacon, near Wells, Somerset
Leader: Sharon Pilkington
Join us to look at a rich area of limestone and loess grassland, rock outcrops, drystone walls and ancient woodland on the Mendip scarp slope.
A brief exploration of this area in 2014 produced a long list of species including Entosthodon muhlenbergii, Brachythecium glareosum, Bryoerythrophyllum ferruginascens, Heterocladium flaccidum, Plasteurhynchium striatulum, Scorpiurium circinatum, Rhodobryum roseum, Fossombronia caespitiformis and Riccia subbifurca. There is surely more to find.
Meet at the entrance to Draycott Sleights nature reserve where the West Mendip Way (bridleway) crosses a lane at ST 486513. Parking is limited here – there is room for several cars but if necessary we can also park with care at the edge of the lane just downhill.
Sunday 24th March 2019
Fyfield Down, near Marlborough, Wiltshire
Leader: Sharon Pilkington
Fyfield Down is a biological and geological SSSI in the Marlborough Downs. It contains the best assemblage of sarsen stones in England and supports populations of bryophytes not known from elsewhere in Wiltshire and/or southern England. Species known from the stones include Grimmia decipiens, Orthotrichum rupestre, Hedwigia stellata, H. ciliata, Racomitrium heterostichum and Pterogonium gracile. We have permission to explore an area where there are few previous records (SU1371).
Meet in the car park north of Manton at SU 159699, which is accessed via a minor lane off the A4. Please note that due to the remote nature of Fyfield Down this visit is likely to involve 6-7km of walking.
We are a small informal group that goes out to Worcestershire sites to record and learn about bryophytes. Our broad aim is to assist everyone, especially those who are new to mosses and liverworts, to become more experienced and confident at identifying bryophytes. We have no formal membership or constitution and each person goes out at his/her own risk. Beginners are always very welcome, the only equipment needed is a hand lens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets for collecting specimens. Whilst we usually spend the morning concentrating on bryophyte identification, during the afternoon our attention tends to wander towards more general natural history, dependent on the interests of the individuals present on the day. Some people stay all day whilst some people leave at midday.
Please get in touch with Ann, firstname.lastname@example.org, for futher information.