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Borders Group

Covers: Welsh borders: Herefordshire, Radnorshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire

Accounts of previous meetings

Meetings 2016-17

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 

You are very welcome to suggest venues for future outdoor meetings; please include grid references and details for parking. 

October 23rd

We will explore 4 acres of wet meadows and pasture with ditches and a stream at Caeberllan, a smallholding near Llanerfyl, west of Welshpool, Montgomeryshire by kind invitation of Sian Edwards.  Half a mile east of Llanerfyl turn south off the A458 up a no-through-lane.  Go past two bungalows on the right and through a gate by a farmhouse.  Continue up the hill to a white cottage at the end of the lane.  (Ignore a gate on the right with ‘Drum’ sign.)  Caeberllan is at SJ 0415 0888.

November 27th

Turnastone Court Farm (SO 358365), near Vowchurch, Herefordshire with Worcestershire Moss Group.  Pastures, with tree-lined streams (River Dore, Trenant Brook, Shegear Stream and Slough Stream), as well as Mill Pond.  Turn off the B4348 on to a minor road, past the church and a telephone box on the left, over the River Dore, and park in the granary yard.

We may also spend a little time looking in the churchyard. 

January 15th

Dudmaston National Trust, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, by kind permission of the National Trust estate.  Park at SO 739899 just off the main road (on the left travelling from Bridgnorth to Quatt).  This is at the start of a track leading to Heath Farm, after a road café and caravan park.  We will explore nearby woodland, and then drive on to the visitors’ car park at Dudmaston Hall (SO 748886).  From there we will walk into a dingle rich with ferns and bryophytes.  Hopefully we will also have time to reach the pools.

February 12th

Meet in the car park opposite the public house at Stockton (SO 519612), north of Leominster, Herefordshire to look for bryophytes in Long Wood and Stockton Ride.  If time remains we might also examine the yard at Kimbolton Church half a mile up the lane. 

March 19th

Cefn Cenarth (SN 964759) is a Radnorshire Wildlife Trust reserve with oak woodland, and a way-marked trail to the top of the hill in the northern section.  Take the B4518 from Rhayader north to St. Harmon.  At Pant-y-Dwr turn first left just before the bus shelter, and continue for 1.3 miles before going straight ahead onto a forestry track; don’t follow the road round to the left.  Drive past a house into the forestry and park in the layby on the right.  

Mark Lawley


Cambridge Group

Accounts of previous meetings

Cambridge Bryophyte Excursions 2015-16 – dates and locations





Saturday 17 Oct 2015


Kingfisher's Bridge

Stephen Tomkins

Sunday 1 Nov 2015


Little Bendysh Wood etc.

Mark Hill

Saturday 14 Nov 2015


Little Paxton Pits nature reserve

Mick Burton

Sunday 22 Nov 2015


CNHS visit to Coe Fen (esp. for beginners)

Jon Shanklin

Sunday 29 Nov 2015


Cambourne/Papworth area incl. arable fields

Mark Hill

Saturday 12 Dec 2015


Whittlesey Mere

Mick Burton

Sunday 27 Dec 2015


Thorney Abbey TF20X + TF20T,Y + TF30D,I

Mark Hill

Saturday 9 Jan 2016


Denford Old Ash and Denford Old Covert

Rachel Carter

Sunday 24 Jan 2016


Dry Drayton and Madingley Hall

Mark Hill

Saturday 6 Feb 2016


Devil’s Ditch

Mark Hill

Sunday 21 Feb 2016



Mick Burton

Saturday 5 Mar 2016


Rackham memorial visit to Bradfield Woods

Richard Fisk

Sunday 20 Mar 2016


Swaffham Prior House

Chris Preston

Sunday 27 Mar 2016


Sunday 2 Apr 2016

(Not planned, reserved in case of snow day)

Saturday 9 Apr 2016


BBS spring meeting mid Wales

Mark Hill

Notes on proposed sites
Kingfisher’s Bridge
Site last visited by us in 2001.  Stephen Tomkins is liaising with the site manager.  Stephen tells me that it has changed a great deal in the past 14 years.

Little Bendysh Wood TL63 VC 19
This hectad has has few records post 1997 except for some Shanklin liverworts in West Wood and Little Bendysh Wood (2011), 8 Pyner records from Ellis Green TL6033 (2009), and Grimmia dissimulata from Finchingfield church and Thaxted church (Porley & Preston 2003).

Little Paxton Pits nature reserve TL16 VC31
We last visited this in February 1997. Part of this reserve is now a SSSI and much more extended access is possible. I suspect this will need two seasons to cover. I propose starting in the southern section this season and doing the northern section, up to Diddington, in a subsequent year. There are still a few areas out of bounds due to quicksand, but the areas available are extensive and are varied habitats.

Cambourne/Papworth  Nick Millar suggests heathy grassland in Cambourne Business Park TL31656007.  The time of the year would be suitable to see if there are stubble fields on non-calcareous clay near Papworth.

Whittlesey Mere  This is the area of the Great Fen designated to become the “wildest” – with minimal human disturbance. There are areas of open water which will develop as reed beds. Prehistoric sphagnum mounds have been found in the peat. There are two areas of the former mere, known now as Rimes Reedbed and Kester’s Docking. I suggest we visit these areas to perform a current bryological baseline of the former mere. I suggest starting at Ramsey St. Mary’s church, which the group has not visited in the past.

Thorney Abbey
Last visited 2000.  The row of tetrads to the north of the abbey is almost completely unvisited.

Denford Old Ash and Denford Old Covert  Rachel Carter and Mick Burton elected for the Denford area, where the owner is very enthusiastic, despite the visit being in the pheasant season. There are no bryological records for this woodland, although Martin Wigginton did visit the village in 1998. We shall start at the church.

Madingley Hall
Alistair Westwood <> e-mailed MOH on 24 March 2015 to say that the proposed Madingley Hall date looks fine, but check nearer the proposed visit.  We would start at Dry Drayton (church hitherto not visited).

Devil’s Ditch
We shall continue our systematic survey, in a southeastward direction.  This time it is the section straddling the A14, including monads TL5963, TL6062 and probably the small stretch in corner of TL6162.

Washingley  The hall at Washingley has been derelict for many years. In fact the former parish has been subsumed within Folkesworth. The area is the site of a mediaeval village. There are bryological records from North Wood (Nick Hodgetts, 1993) but none from the woodland on the site of the hall (now known as Hall Farm), nor from woodland between these sites, Old Yard Copse. We start at Stilton Church, recorded by Nick Hodgetts in 1990.

Bradfield Woods
This is a joint meeting between the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk and Suffolk bryophyte groups. It is held in honour of Oliver Rackham, who died on 12 February 2015, and did much to promote the conservation of Bradfield Woods.  The meeting has been advertised as a regional meeting of the BBS.  Permissions have been arranged by Richard Fisk.

Swaffham Prior House
This is speculative, but when Chris tried to get permission on a previous occasion, this coincided with the death of Arthur Marshall at the age of 103.

Possible other locations
Chris Preston suggests woods in the Brinkley area, Brinkley Wood (not visited since 1961), Ladies Grove (not visited) and Hay Wood (not visited), plus the church at Westley Waterless (not visited).

Mark Hill ( and Mick Burton
11 September 2015


Devon Group

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 2016 are detailed below. Please  contact Nigel Pinhorn ( or Tim Purches ( for more details or to suggest future venues.

Saturday 30 April: Halsdon Devon Wildlife Trust reserve, near Great Torrington. Joint meeting with Devonshire Association Botany Section; leader Mark Pool. Meet at the Ash Well car park (SS 55471307). Halsdon sounds a worthwhile site to visit (for a fuller description the reserve leaflet can be downloaded at, and the Devon Wildlife Trust would be grateful for a list of our finds. N. B.: although there may be enough parking space at Ash Well (the reserve warden tells me that it can cope with the cars of the 10-15 people who normally attend work parties), it is not a large car park and the second one (in an old quarry at SS 55951170, at the southern end of the reserve) is smaller, and is also a respectable walk from Ash Well. This being so, it is strongly recommended that participants share cars if at all possible; in addition, for those who don't mind a thirty-minute walk at each end of the day it could be a good idea to park in Dolton and walk to Ash Well from there (Dolton is not greatly endowed with car parks, but it should be possible to fit a few cars into odd spaces). Yet another option might be for two or more car loads to meet up at the Meeth Quarry reserve car park (SS 53990848) and car share from there... Any useful suggestions would be welcome! Again, good walking boots are recommended; some of the paths are steep and some may be slippery.

Saturday 11 June: Vitifer. Meet in car park at King's Oven (SX 675810); this is just east of the Warren House Inn, on the south-east side of the road. If this car park is full, there is more parking south-west of the inn at SX 673808, on the opposite side of the road. Vitifer is an area of moorland including several former tin mines; caution is advised as there are some shafts and wheel pits in the vicinity. The bryoflora is incompletely known but is definitely interesting; Marsupella sprucei has been seen recently a short distance to the east at Headland Warren, Pohlia bulbifera was found some years ago at the Golden Dagger mine site to the south, and Tim Purches has found some interesting, if wet, ground in the Statts Brook valley to the west. If time permits the Soussons Down plantations may also hold some interest. Walking boots definitely recommended, or Wellingtons if the day is wet.

Saturday 13 August: Brook Manor, near Buckfastleigh. By kind permission of Kevin Cox; leader Mark Pool. Brook Manor includes a good mix of woodland, stream, pool, meadow and some nice old orchard trees, together with some old mined areas (mostly copper, but with some arsenic, iron and tin). Walking boots recommended. Rendezvous at the house (see directions below).
Directions: From the M5 motorway at Exeter take the A38 signed PLYMOUTH
Turn off the A38 at the turn off for TOTNES, DARTMOUTH & BUCKFASTLEIGH. At the TOP OF THE SLIP ROAD TURN RIGHT, crossing the A38. At the MINI ROUNDABOUT turn RIGHT into Buckfast Road. Follow this to the NEXT MINI ROUNDABOUT, TURN LEFT; Buckfast Abbey is on your right hand side.
Follow this road to the TOP OF THE HILL. Just over the brow, TURN RIGHT signposted Scoriton and Holne (also signed Tradesman’s Arms); Take the THIRD turning LEFT signposted to Bowden and Cross Furzes. Drop down the hill. PASS A HOUSE right on the road on your right hand side. ONCE YOU PASS this house, you will start to CLIMB the hill. The VERY FIRST TURNING ON YOUR RIGHTis the gravelled drive to the house. There is no sign. Follow it until you arrive at the house.


Saturday 8 October: Blackdown Rings, near Loddiswell. Leader Gordon Waterhouse. Meet in the car park at SX 718519. Blackdown Rings is an Iron Age hill fort with the remains of a Norman motte and bailey nearby. After checking this area we intend to go down a permissive path to the north which leads down to woodland east of Heathfield Barton. Walking boots recommended, or Wellingtons if the weather is wet.

Saturday 10 December: Bovey Tracey and Bovey valley. Leader Mark Pool. Meet in the Station Road car park (SX 8142 7816; charge £3 per day as at August 2016). The intention is to walk through Mill Marsh Park (old trees with plenty of epiphytes) and follow the river up while time and daylight allow. If the river is in spate and the riverside path is inaccessible, we can follow the former railway track (now a public path); both routes have interest. Walking boots strongly recommended; Wellingtons probably not necessary unless the ground is very wet.


Irish Group

A pdf giving details of the 2014/15 meetings can be found here.

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 ( or phone 00353 (0) 862379153 for further information


Essex Group

All meetings start at 11am, bring good footwear and packed lunch for all meetings.
Leaders are Ken Adams and/or Tim Pyner.

April Saturday 30th 10.30am: Wanstead Flats and Wanstead Park.

Meet Centre Road car park east side TQ405,861. Lunch at City of London Cemetery Café. Beginners welcome.

Leader: Ken Adams.
Please book: 020 8508 7863
Mobile: 07773 492260

November Monday 17th 10,30 am: Epping Forest. Gilbert’s Slade and Rising Sun Pond area.

Meet in north car park Leyton Flats south side of Snaresbrook Rd. TQ395,890. Packed lunch. Beginner’s welcome.

Leader: Ken Adams.
Please book: 020 8508 7863
Mobile: 07773 492260

Please email Sally Gadsdon ( for further details.


Gloucestershire Group


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.
Meetings are on Sundays, starting at 10.30am and finishing around 3pm. We usually eat a packed lunch on site.
The only equipment needed is a hand lens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets for collecting specimens. You may also 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
No booking is necessary, but if you would like further details or to confirm that a meeting is going ahead in bad weather, please contact Peter Martin 07745844076 or Claire Halpin 07771768180.




No meetings planned at present


Norfolk and Suffolk Group

Meetings 2016-17

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 8 October 2016 – Fordham and Denver.  Park in open area at TL 614995.  Church nearby, then cut-off channel and fenland rivers to Denver Sluice.

Sunday 23 October 2016 -  Narborough Hall:  gardens (including walled garden), lake, river and woodlands - turn off just north of church at TF747130, and park in car park on right hand side of the drive.

Sunday 6 November 2016 –  NNNS Beginners' meeting at Ashwellthorpe Lower Wood led by Mary Ghullam - part of the NWT 90th year celebrations.  Meet in the NWT car park at Rosemary's Meadow through wooden 5-barred gate with Reserve notice, just off The Street, Ashwellthorpe at TM 138976 (postcode NR16 1HD) - 5 cars only - or if full park on the Street at about TM 142976 (postcode NR16 1AA). 

Saturday 19 November 2016 - Joint meeting with the Norfolk Fungus Study Group, visiting The Lizard, Tolls Meadow and the Cemetery in Wymondham.  Meet at the Lizard:  Rightup Lane turns into a footbridge across the A11 and is a dead end to traffic - plenty of free parking at the end of the road at TG 122 005 (NR18 9NB).

Sunday 4 December 2016 - Sporle Wood - an oak standards with coppice woodland.  Turn south off the Sporle Road at TF 856125 onto track and park on hard pad at the bend in the track.

Saturday 17 December 2016 - Gunton Lane LNR and part of Marriott's Way, Norwich.  Turn onto Hellesdon Mill Lane from Hellesdon Road, just north of the R. Wensum, and park at TG 198103.

Sunday 8 January 2017 –  Alder Carr, Honing.  A re-visit to a wet woodland site we touched upon last season.  Turn right off Crostwight Common Road at TG336286 and park at the end of the track by old brick buildings.


British Bryological Society Recorders:
Robin Stevenson, 111 Wootton Road, King’s Lynn PE30 4DJ.  01553 766788.  (West Norfolk)
Mary Ghullam, 5 Beech Drive, North Walsham NR28 0BZ.  01692 402013.  (East Norfolk)
Richard Fisk, 35 Fair Close, Beccles, Suffolk NR35 9QR.  01502 714968.  (Suffolk)

Programme:  Chris Roberts, 21 The Street, Burgh-next-Aylsham NR11 6TP.  01263 732772  Mobile:  0788 7914047


Midlands Bryophyte Group

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.

Please contact either Margaret Crittenden on or Karen Rogers on to receive an invite to the group.



Northumberland and Cumbria Group

Covers Northumberland (VCs 67 & 68) and Cumbria (VCs 69 &70)
Beginners are very welcome on these meetings and more experienced bryologists will help with ID tips.

6th February 2016. Small part of Beamhow Wood (trees in that part of the wood are beech, sweet chestnut and hornbeam) near Wastwater at NY141 044. 10.30am -  weather permitting. This is a private wood but owner will be there to unlock gate. There is a small car park up a rough but passable track (informed by landowner) so limited spaces. The entrance to the track is at NY 14556 04662.


North Wales Non-flowering Plant Group

We are a friendly, informal group based in North Wales.  Why not join us if you are in the area? Beginners are welcome.  For information on planned meetings please email Lucia Ruffino:


North West Group (British Bryological Society and North Western Naturalists' Union)


North Western Naturalists’ Union: Bryophyte and Lichen Section Field Meetings 2016

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 will always be a more experienced field bryologist present who will be more than happy to name and talk through the identification features of species encountered.  There will not always be a Lichenologist present.

Saturday 13th February
Handforth and River Dean.  Meet at far end of Sagars Road Handforth (SJ85208350).   Leader John Lowell.
Wooded Clough and Riverside - quite a small area but suitable for a short day in February. 

Saturday  12th March
Ladybower Woods.  Meet at Heatherdene Car Park, Ladybower. (Fee) (SK202858)  Leader Joan Egan

Saturday 16th April
Mid Lathkil Dale.  Roadside parking at Haddon Grove between Monyash and Over Haddon.  (SK180662)  Leader Martha Newton

Saturday  14th May
Porter Valley bryophytes.   Meet at Forge Dam Café  Parking available near Fulwood Old Chapel around (SK302851)
Joint Sorby NHS and NW Naturalists meeting.   Leaders Joan Egan and Ambroise Baker.
The aim of the day is to bring together people who enjoy field bryology and record species present in the Porter Valley as a contribution to the Porter Valley moss micro-Flora.  All levels of expertise are welcome throughout the day, including first time beginners.  However, the focus of the morning will be training with no other objective than to learn from each other identification tips, while the focus of the afternoon will be recording bryophyte diversity.  Ambroise has been recording bryophytes in the Valley since 2013 and is now working on compiling all these records into a micro-Flora.  However there are still many habitats not surveyed, older records to be checked and many species he doesn’t identify routinely with confidence, so any contribution is welcome!
    The Porter Valley is one of Sheffield’s major valleys and an exceptional nature corridor in the city.  Following early industrial development with extensive water management including a series of dams, nature recolonised.  Today the Porter Valley is a favourite green space for recreational activities.  There is a wide range of habitats for bryophytes, including old masonry work, heathy grounds, acid grassland, alder carr, ancient and coniferous woodlands, swamps, wells, streams and river, etc.  The lithology tends to be acidic but there are also many shale outcrops exposed by the river.

Saturday  11th June
Dove Stone Reservoir.  Meet at Binn Green Car park Fee or bring RSPB Card.  (SE018043) On A635 Greenfield to Holmfirth Road.  Leader Ken Gartside.

Saturday  9th July
Slei Gill, Arkengarthdale.  Meet car park ( with a paypoint but no toilets)) is just south of the village of Langthwaite, (NZ00530238) The nearest Sat Nav is based on the Red Lion Pub in Langthwaite and is DL11 6RE. Both car park and pub are within walking distance of each other.  Leader Sue Knight.

Saturday  13th August
Scutchers Acres, near Burscough.   We have permission to park on the neighbour's hardstanding turning in the drive to Forest View, to east off Flax Lane north of bridge over river. Post code L40 5TD; GR SD 44961075. Easiest approach from east is along A5209 through Parbold and Newburgh, turning left short of Ring O'Bells and again to right onto Hobcross Lane, then onto Flax Lane by Qualco kennels. (Privy on site.) Leader John Watt.
Scutchers Acres is 13 ha in extent, and has been a Local Nature Site since being owned from 1997. The river Eller Brook has many indicators of ancient Woodland but the site comprises a wide range of habitats from semi-natural woodland, recently planted woodland, broadleaves and conifers, meadows and stony artefacts.

Saturday  3rd September
Upper Goyt Valley.  Meet at Pyms Chair Car park, beside road at SJ99457677  Leader Des. Callaghan.
We will explore the peaks of Cheshire and search for the county’s highest species.

Saturday 1st October
Macclesfield Forest  Park beside eastern end of reservoir at SJ95817136.  Leader Des Callaghan.
We will explore Ridgegate Reservoir, Trentabank Reservoir and neighbouring woodland.

Saturday 15th October
Barrow Bridge, near Bolton.  Meeting in car park at Barrow Bridge. (SD687118)  Access from Bolton ring-road (A58) through Moss Bank Park.  Leader  Martha Newton.

Saturday 12th November 
Ilkley Moor.  Meet in Ilkley at car park SE 11727 47162 (10mins walk from Ilkley railway station).   Leader Gordon Haycock.
Heading west up onto Rombalds Moor where there is blanket bog in relatively good condition, then search the upper moor for Ptilium crista-castrensis (recorded in 2012 and only record in Wharfedale) and then onto Crawshaw Moss which is recovering from wildfire ten years ago.  Back via base-rich flushes on the scarp slope. Hopefully a grand day out with plenty of variety!

Saturday 3rd December
Cowbury Dale, Carrbrook, Stalybridge  Meet in Castle Clough Car Park, Carrbrook village. (SD988011)  From Stalybridge take B6175 Huddersfield Road and turn right at the roundabout after Millbrook village and straight across the mini-roundabout entering on village the car-park is on the left just after a restriction in the road.  Leader.  Norman Bamforth.


Oxford Mossing Group

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 ( for further details


Scottish Borders Bryophyte Group

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,


Southern Group

Covers: Hampshire and West Sussex (and occasionally parts of neighbouring counties).

Coordinated by June Chatfield and John Norton. Please contact John ( to be put on an e-mail notification list. Most meetings are on Sundays, starting at 10:30. Everyone welcome.

Details of meetings can also be found on the Hampshire Bryophytes web site.

Accounts of previous meetings



South East Group

Covers: Kent, Sussex and East Surrey.

Accounts of previous meetings

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. We are now going to operate as an e-mail group.  So if you would like to find out where we are going and hopefully join us, please contact Tom Ottley (

Illustrated Meeting Reports

Eridge Rocks - East Sussex - November 2014 - Brad Scott
Abinger - Surrey - December 2014 - Brad Scott
Knepp - West Sussex - January 2015 - Brad Scott
Ashburnham place - East Sussex - April 2015 - Brad Scott
Scotney castle - East Sussex/West Kent - October 2015 -Brad Scott
Friezland Wood - East Sussex -November 2015 - Brad Scott
Bignor Park - West Sussex - April 2016 - Brad Scott


South West and Central Scotland Recording Group

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.

Contacts are and


Wessex Bryology Group

Visit the Wessex Bryology Group page at

Programme of meetings for 2015-2016

Here is the programme of meetings for the coming season. We have tried to include a good range of habitats and sites across the four counties. Beginners are most welcome at all our meetings. 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, although we will also be recording what we see at each site. 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) or Sharon Pilkington tel: 01373 827074/07801 627449; e-mail: sharon.pilkington1(at) 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.

25th October
Duck Hole Bog, New Forest
This is area in the south part of the New Forest includes a mire on the Forest’s calcareous Headon Beds, with records for species such as Sphagnum contortum, S. teres and S. molle. It also has the only Hampshire record for Cephalozia pleniceps, made in 1956 by Jean Paton. There are few recent records from this part of the Forest, so it could be interesting. Meet at the car park at Wilverley Plain, on minor road west of Brockenhurst, at SU 256012. A joint meeting with the BBS Southern Group. Leader John Norton.

15th November
Leigh Woods, Bristol
Nightingale Valley is a rocky Carboniferous Limestone woodland on the southern side of the Avon Gorge. Plasteurhynchium striatulum, Taxiphyllum wissgrillii, Heterocladium heteropterum var. flaccidum, Hygrohypnum luridum and Nowellia curvifolia have been found and other uncommon species are certainly possible. If time allows we can also explore disused quarries close to the river at the bottom. Meet at the western end of North Road at around ST555730; plenty of free road-side parking is available here. Leader: Sharon Pilkington.

6th December
Lamberts Castle, Dorset
This is an Iron Age hilltop fort on a greensand plateau overlooking the West Dorset coast owned by the National Trust. This and the nearby Coney’s Castle have a heathland flora unlike most of the surrounding area. There is also a good mire at Fishpond Bottom with a good range of Sphagna. The site has not been surveyed in detail for some years. Meet at the National Trust car park at SY36598, off the B3165 between Marshwood and Raymonds Hill. Leader: Andrew Branson.

21st February
Salisbury Plain: Sidbury Hill
Sidbury Hill is a prominent hill fort near Tidworth that is rich in calcicolous bryophytes. On its slopes and in the dry flinty valleys nearby we should see plenty of Pottiopsis caespitosa, Didymodon acutus and Abietinella abietina. Populations of Weissia sterilis, Pleurochaete squarrosa, Encalypta vulgaris, Lophozia perssonii and Aloina rigida have also been seen recently in the same area. As this is a military area, we will have to restrict numbers and places will be reserved on a first come, first served basis. To book, please email Sharon at Leader: Sharon Pilkington.

19th-20th March
A weekend meeting to explore some under-recorded sites in this exceptional area. We will meet at 10.30am on Saturday morning at the National Trust study centre at Piles Mill, near Allerford, Minehead TA24 8HP; GR SS 905465. We will then move on to some of the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate, with a view to updating records for this western part of Somerset. We will meet up after the day at Piles Mill to review the day and look at material, so if you wish to bring microscopes National Trust have kindly agreed to allow us to use the study centre for Saturday evening. On Sunday we will again meet at 10.30 at Piles Mill and then go on to look at some of the sites further south along the River Barle, finishing at around 4pm. If enough people attend we will split into two parties on each day. Those wishing to attend for the whole weekend or just for a day should contact Andrew at Leader: Andrew Branson.

17th April
Brown’s Folly, Bathford, near Bath
Brown’s Folly lies on the Wiltshire-Somerset border and is the site of a major complex of disused Bath Stone (Oolitic Limestone) mines. Much of the area is now wooded with shaded rock exposures and there is also a tract of interesting limestone grassland in a disused quarry. It has not been surveyed in any detail but there are previous records of Seligeria pusilla, Entodon concinnus and Tortella nitida. Meet in the free car park off the minor road between Bathford and Monkton Farleigh at ST797663. Leader: Sharon Pilkington.

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Worcestershire Group

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 .



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