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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 2016-17 – dates and locations









Romsey Town area for NatHistCam


MOH absent




Diddington and Paxton northern pits






Swaffham Prior House


May be 12th




CNHS visit Grantchester Meadows






Manea and Ouse Washes nr railway


CDP,JDS absent










Winter fenland visit








Hexton (chalkpit in Herts, leader N Agar)






Gamsey and Riddy Woods






Devil's Dyke






Joint meeting with E Anglian Group

Chris R





woodland around Kimbolton






Girton College and environs






Weston Colville and Lower Wood







BBS AGM excursion






Audley End


Date uncertain


Mark Hill      Mobile 07496 279664  Home 01223 571574
Mick Burton


Cornwall Group

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 its advisable to wear good boots and bring waterproof clothing . All meetings start at 10.30am 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:


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

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.


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 on the BBS website.
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.

23 October 2016: Lancaut
Meet at the Interpretation panel on Lancaut Lane, ST537967, where we will look at woodland and cliffs bordering the River Wye. 

20 November 2016: Ozleworth Park and valley
Park on roadside by entrance to the Park at ST792935. We will look at the churchyard then follow valley down to look at woodland and streamsides. Can be muddy, so Wellington boots advised.

29 January 2017: Guiting Wood
Meet in the car park by the barn, to the west of the ford on Critchford Lane, SP084258.  This is to the north–west of the village. A new area, by kind permission of Nick Bumford at Guiting Manor Farms, which includes arable field margins,woodlands and a stream through a sheltered valley between Guiting and Castlett Woods.

26 February 2017: Daneway and Siccaridge Wood
Park on roadside at SO939033 for a browse around Siccaridge Wood and along the old canal.

26 March 2017: Catswood and Dunkitehill Wood
Meet on Catswood Lane where you can park at SO8808807302. There are many potential bryophyte sites we can visit from here, including woodland in Catswood and Dunkitehill Wood, and grassland on the Wildlife Trust Swift’s Hill reserve.

30 April 2017: Blorenge, Abergavenny
Meet at car park off road at SO2707110874. A move out of Gloucestershire in this final meeting of the season to visit a well-known site (see Sam Bosanquet information on County guide on BBS site), to see acid loving species of moorland and scree.



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 10.30 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 you would like to take part and to organise car sharing.

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December 2016
Course: Introduction to Bryophytes at Leicester Botanic Gardens (Sat) and Charnwood Lodge (Sun)
more information is available (link to flyer)

Saturday, 21 January 2017
Course: “Brachythecium and Eurhynchium s.l. - the basics” at Leicester Botanic Gardens  - fully booked

Sunday, 22. January 2017
Course: 'Brachythecium and Eurhynchium s.l. - the basics' at Leicester Botanic Gardens - due to high demand! Contact if you are interested.

Sunday, 22 January 2017
Field Meeting at Jubilee Wood (Charnwood Forest)
Jubilee Wood is part of the 'Beacon Hill, Hangingstone & Outwoods' SSSI and managed by Leics County Council. It is ancient woodland which includes wet alder woodland as well as remnants of oak woodland on Precambrian outcrops. The site was last surveyed for bryophytes in 1989.
Meet at SK51011650. Parking is on laybys along the woodland.

Saturday, 25th February
Field Meeting at Cossington Meadows (Soar Valley)
Cossington Meadows Nature Reserve is a former quarry site in the river Soar floodplain managed by Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust. The site is mainly managed by extensive grazing and much work to create shallow scrapes, ponds and reed beds has been carried out, where bare and wet ground should yield some interesting bryophyte records. Other habitats worth exploring are old hedgerows and mature riparian trees. Only a handful of records exist from this site.
Meet at SK59731308.

Saturday25th March
Field Meeting at Stonesby Quarry (Jurassic Limestone)
SK 813250
This is part of a worked-out quarry on soft Jurassic limestone and contains some of the best remaining limestone grassland in Leicestershire. It is part of a SSSI and a nature reserve managed by Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust. During the last bryophyte survey in 1993 notable species such as Seligeria calcarea and Weissia longifolia were found. Since then, a lot of conservation management has been carried out including scrub removal and exposing of limestone bedrock, and it will be interesting to find out how this has influenced the bryophyte flora.
Details for parking will be sent out before the meeting.

Thursday 26 January 2017
Wednesday 1 March 2017
Wednesday 29 March 2017
Indoor Meetings at Leicester Botanic Gardens
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 7p.m. in the coach house of the Botanic Gardens.


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:

MEETINGS  – 2016/2017

Wednesday, 2nd November.  10.30.  Eithiniog Nature Reserve, Bangor.

Meet at main gate, SH563 713, near Friars and Cae Top Schools (LL57 2GZ). See NWWT site for leaflet and fuller directions.  The site was given SSSI status due largely to the range of grassland fungi, so we’ll be looking out for these as well as bryophytes and lichens.  Any doubts about the weather (rain or snow!), ‘phone Brian between 07:30 and 08:30.

Saturday, 19th November.  Location and times to be confirmed.  Watch this space and keep this date free!

Irish bryologist Rory Hodd has kindly offered to lead a meeting in Snowdonia and we are currently looking for a suitable site for some mountain bryology.  We will send more information closer to the time.

Sunday, 18th December. 10.00 to 16.00.  Y Ddol Uchaf nature reserve, Ysceifiog.  Leader: Gail Quartly-Bishop

Meet at 10am at the reserve car park at SJ14297138, the north entrance. This is a very small car park, but there is plenty of space to park in a large layby on the A541 at SJ13997121, just west of the chapel.  If you park in this layby, you will need to walk along the A541 for approximately 65 metres to reach the lane access to Ddol. There is a wide grass verge, but please be careful! It is then another 70m along the lane to the south entrance to the reserve at SJ14157122. Here you can enter the reserve and walk through to the north entrance.

We will explore the mosses, liverworts and ferns of this North Wales Wildlife Trust reserve near Ysceifiog.  Habitats include mature woodland, grassland and stream. We will be joined by Mike Klymko of North Wales Wildlife Trust and will have access to the workshop for tea/coffee/lunch break under cover.  Bring your lunch, your hand lens, your favourite bryophyte/fern book and wrap up warm.  Walking boots recommended, or wellies if you prefer, as the site can be muddy.  If we are enjoying ourselves we will stay out til 4pm, but if the weather is unkind we may finish earlier. You are welcome to just come for the morning if you like.

Saturday, 7th January 2017:  Chester Meadows, Chester, Cheshire.  Joint meeting with Warrington Plant Group.  10.00 to 16.00.  We will explore the bryoflora of this popular riverside nature spot. Meeting point to be arranged nearer the time.

Saturday, 14th January 2017: Indoor meeting at Pensychant Nature Reserve.  10.30 to 16.00. Grid Reference: SH752770 - see their website for more information:
Join us at Pensychnant for a day of microscopic identification!  Bring your mystery specimens, your microscope (if you have one) and your copy of Smith’s flora (Smith AJE, The Moss Flora of Britain and Ireland.  2nd edition.  Cambridge University Press).  We will learn to key out mosses from the beginning of the key to genera found in Smith’s book.  Don’t worry if don’t have the book or a microscope, there will be microscopes and copies of the book to share on the day.  We will be working in groups or all together and see if we can get to grips with the key.

Saturday, 4th February 2017: Coed Hafod y Bryn, Llanbedr (Grid Reference: SH587 265).

This is a small woodland which is being managed by a group of volunteers: the ‘Friends of Llanbedr Woodlands’.  We have been invited to record bryophytes there by the volunteers and some of them will join us on the day.  Please park in the village at the bottom of the hill leading to the woods (there is a garage area where it is possible to park opposite the garages).  We will meet there then go to the lower entrance to the wood.


About the meetings

Everyone, including absolute beginners, welcome to all or part of any meeting.  Ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear (i.e. warm and waterproof clothes and wellies or waterproof boots).  

Bring lunch, if staying more than 2-3 hours. (it’s up to you if you want to leave early).  Typically, we walk a mile or two and record 50-70 species.  Please bear in mind that the terrain can be wet and rough.  Please read the attached risk assessment and the BBS Safety Code.

A hand lens (x10-x20) is useful.  As most of us have many wildlife interests, we also look at flowering plants, bugs, birds and anything else catching our attention.  For indoor meetings, microscopes are often useful.

NB: We may cancel the meeting if the weather looks as though it will be very unpleasant (snow or almost continuous rain), please check with Brian, Lucia or the meeting leader if any doubt – preferably the evening beforehand.

Even better, tell us if you are likely to come, and we will contact you, by telephone or e-mail, if we decide to cancel the meeting.  Some of the meetings detailed below are either indoors, or have indoor alternatives available.


We also have a Facebook group – please contact Lucia if you want to become a member.

Please offer to lead a meeting: you can choose date, place and time to suit you!

Most meetings are on Saturdays, but weekday meetings can be more convenient for some people.  No plant knowledge is necessary to lead a meeting, as others will provide the expertise.  Invite us to your favourite patch, and we can explore the bryophytes, lichens, etc. together!  We're not restricted to only one meeting in a month. 


Contact details for the Group:

Any queries, suggestions, offers to lead meetings, etc. to:

Brian Burnett:  Tel: 01978 790442.  Mob. 07952 811395.

Lucia Ruffino: Tel: 07830 177564


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.


Sunday October 30th Linford Bottom, Pinnick Wood and Picket Bottom. (Joint meeting with the Wessex Group)

This area of the New Forest with oak woodland, streams and acid heathland has been poorly recorded compared to some other parts of the Forest, but has some intriguing recent and old records such as Campylopus subulatus, Herzogiella seligeri and Anastrophyllum minutum. Meet at the Linford Bottom car park SU181072, north of Linford, 10.30 am.

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

Accounts of previous meetings



South East Group

Covers: Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

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 Dr Tim Rayner (

Below is the list of meetings which have been organised for the forthcoming season. We have a varied mix of habitats ranging from chalk grassland, costal shingle, heathland to woodland and Ardingly Sandstone, so we are expecting to see a good diversity of bryophyte species.
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).
Meetings will start at 10.30am and finish around 3-3.30pm. Participation is entirely at your own risk.
Contact: Dr Tim Rayner – email:

Sunday 23rd October 2016
Devil's Dyke, Brighton. Leader: Sue Rubinstein.

The range of habitats to explore around Devil's Dyke, Saddlescombe and Poynings includes woodland, chalk pits, swampy ponds and mature Ash trees. There are plenty of typical chalk-loving species and the possibility of finding some rarities. The terrain is hilly in parts and the chalk paths can be slippery.
Park in Summer Down car park on Summer Down road, TQ269111.

Sunday 27th November 2016
Dungeness. Co-leaders: Jan Hendey and Steve Lemon.

We shall look at the flora near the visitor centre growing in the shingle with the stunted Prunus spinosa, including Frullania tamarisci and Antitrichia curtipendula which is still at this site. Then on to the Open Pits to explore the wetland species such as Calliergon cordifolium and some Sphagna.
Park at the RSPB Visitor Centre, TR067184.

Sunday 4th December 2016
Chailey Commons. Leader: Jacqui Hutson.

Chailey Commons with woodland, dry and damp heathland, grasslands, war-time trenches, bogs and ditches offers opportunities to see a wide range of terrestrial, aquatic and epiphytic bryophytes. Wellies are recommended because of the bogs but otherwise the terrain is reasonably level, although a little lumpy in parts.
Meet in the car park on Pound Common on North Common Road, TQ379207.

Saturday 21st January 2017
Mopesden Wood, near Hawkhurst. Co-leaders: Steve Lemon and Jan Hendey.

Access has been granted by the Forestry Commission to explore this ghyll woodland. The sandstone rocks that line the edge of the ghyll stream support abundant Hyocomnium armoricum and other species recorded include Jungermannia pumila and Hookeria lucens. Wellies are recommended for exploring the ghyll stream and flushes.
We will need to walk just under a kilometre before we reach the wood. Park in the car park of Hawkhurst Community (NHS) Hospital, entrance off the north side of the A268, TQ745306.

Sunday 26th February 2017
Duddleswell Valley, Ashdown Forest. Leader David Streeter.

We will explore the ghylls and if time permits we may additionally visit an area of wet heathland.
Park in Hollies car park on the Stonehill Road, TQ461288.

Saturday 11th March 2017
Hungershall Rocks. Leader: Steve Lemon.

A privately owned site where access has been kindly permitted by the owner. A small valley lined with Ardingly Sandstone crags in which Jungermannia pumila and Tetrodontium brownianum can be found. In the distant past Harpanthus scutatus, Blepharostoma trichophyllum and Hymenophyllum tunbrigense were all recorded. We will hopefully re-find Scapania gracilis on the same rock where Francis Rose discovered it in 1949.
Park in the free car park next to the nearby High Rocks, TQ558383.

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

Wessex Bryology Group Programme 2016-17

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, Somerset and Hampshire. 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) 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.

Sunday October 30th
Linford Bottom, Pinnick Wood and Picket Bottom, New Forest

Leader: John Norton
This area of the New Forest with oak woodland, streams and acid heathland has been poorly recorded compared to some other parts of the Forest, but has some intriguing recent and old records such as Campylopus subulatus, Herzogiella seligeri and Anastrophyllum minutum. A joint meeting with the BBS Southern Group.
Meet at the Linford Bottom car park SU181072, north of Linford.

Saturday 12th November 2016
East Harptree Woods and Harptree Combe, North Somerset

Leader: Sharon Pilkington
An important relict of Somerset’s industrial heritage, East Harptree Woods is a former lead and zinc mine with diverse and bryophyte-rich habitats. We should see Colura calyptrifolia, Ditrichum plumbicola and many different species of Sphagnum. We’ll also walk to Harptree Combe, one of Mendip’s hidden mini-gorges. It is rich in limestone and woodland bryophytes including Cololejeunea rossettiana and Seligeria donniana.
Meet and park in the large Forestry Commission car park at East Harptree Woods at ST557541 off Smitham Hill. Wellies strongly recommended.

Sunday January 8th 2017
Lulworth Cove

Leader: Andrew Branson
This area of the Dorset coast has some rather special bryophytes to match the stunning scenery. There was a possible recent find of the diminutive Pterygoneurum papillosum from the area, which might be interesting to track down. However, more likely finds are a good range of coastal Pottiales, including the possibility of declining species, such as Tortula viridifolia, as well as some larger pleurocarps, including Rhynchostegium megapolitanum.
Meet at the public car park (pay and display) at Lulworth Cove at SY821801.

Sunday 19th February 2017
Sand Point and Middle Hope, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset

Leader: Sharon Pilkington
Sand Point and Middle Hope is a dramatic limestone headland jutting out into the Bristol Channel. It has a rich bryophyte flora including a large population of the very rare Cheilothela chloropus. Other rarities previously recorded in the area include Weissia levieri, Bryum kunzei, B. torquescens, Didymodon acutus and Pleurochaete squarrosa.
Meet and park in the National Trust’s Sand Point car park at the end of Beach Road at ST330659. A nominal parking charge is likely to apply to non-members of the NT.

March 18/19th 2017
Exmoor National Park

Leader: Andrew Branson
A return visit to this very rich area after a very successful weekend last March. This year we are planning to go further into the National Park and also visit some coastal areas and other National Trust sites. With tantalising old records for many species in this region, there is still much to discover.
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 split into groups and record a series of 1km squares in the area. 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 9.00 at Piles Mill and then go on to look at some further sites, finishing at around 4pm. Those wishing to attend for the whole weekend or just for a day should contact Andrew at

Sunday April 16th 2017
King Alfred’s Tower and western section of Stourhead Estate

Leaders: Sharon Pilkington and Andrew Branson
This area, at the heart of the Forest of Selwood on the Wiltshire/Somerset border, is on an Upper Greensand ridge and is therefore more acidic than much of the surrounding area. The meeting will explore the woodlands and rides in this extensive National Trust property, including some excellent wet woodland, with Sphagnum and species such as Trichocolea tomentella. A recent discovery of Colura calyptrifolia near here, in North Somerset, raises the intriguing possibility that it is also in South Wiltshire. Will we find it?
Meet at the NT car park (charge for non-NT users) near King Alfred’s Tower at ST748354.

For accounts of previous meetings click here.


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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