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Borders Group

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

Accounts of previous meetings

Meetings 2017-18

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. 

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 (or click on the book cover of the Field-guide on the left-hand side of the BBS web-site’s home page at and follow the links).

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

October 22nd 2017

By kind invitation of Sylvia and Mike Backhouse, we will explore their meadows, woodland and riverside at Caerbwla (SJ 006083), near Llanerfyl, Montgomeryshire.

In Llanerfyl turn left off the A458 between two large Wellingtonias towards Talerddig. After just over two miles a long straight in the road ends by bending to the left. Ignore the right turn by the refuse bins, and take the next right turn into Caerbwla. The house name is on a slate sign on the large oak tree. Go up the drive and park in front of the buildings.

November 26th 2017

Come and explore The Hollies (SJ 382021), a reserve of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust near Snailbeach at the northern end of the Stiperstones, Shropshire. The reserve is sheep pasture dotted with ancient deciduous trees and hollies, patches of damp soil, and a stream.

In the village of Snailbeach, opposite the village hall turn east along a lane and go up the hill. Shortly after a sharp right bend at the top of the hill, turn left down a track to a gate. Go through the gate, and there is space to park a few yards further along on the left hand side.

January 21st 2018

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. Included in its variety of habitats, Presteigne has several public houses, so you won’t need sandwiches if you fancy a pint at lunchtime.

Meet at the car park by the B4355 at the west end of Presteigne (SO 309651).

February 25th 2018

The mortared ruins of Wigmore Castle in north Herefordshire support numerous notable flowering plants and ferns, so it will be interesting to see if their bryoflora matches up. After exploring the castle we will walk up the lane into Deerfold Forest, where long-established deciduous woodland holds a very different suite of species.

Park at the village hall in Wigmore (SO 415690).

March 25th 2018

This year’s joint meeting with Worcs Moss Group is at Kyre Park south-east of Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire. We will explore the park’s pools, woodland and pastures.

Turn west off the B4214 towards Bockleton and Kyre (brown sign to ‘Kyre Park’). Turn right after 350 metres at the entrance to Kyre Park, and right again just before a large red-brick building past a rather old sign for Kyre Park and Gardens. Go down the drive for 150 metres to the car park (SO 627636) on the left at the bottom, ignoring all turnings.


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 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:

January 20th - Saturday
Berriowbridge, SX273756 Tetrad SX27S

Organiser: Matt Stribley
We will recording along the River Lyner and the adjacent woodlands which boarder the east side of Bodmin Moor. There are only 2 old records for this potentially interesting tetrad.
Meet at SX273751, Hillbrook, Middlewood, PL15 7NN. There is parking for about 6 cars at this property but there is additional on the road above.

February 17th - Saturday
Draynes, Near Liskeard. - Tetrad SX26J and SX26E

Organiser: Matt Stribley
We kindly have permission to explore land around Great Draynes Farm (SX221692) and Hendergrove woods (SX217685) on the north side of the River Camel (part of Drynes Wood SSSI).
Meet at Great Draynes Farm, SX221692.

March 3rd - Saturday
Penhale Sands, near Perranporth. Training day

Organiser: Matt Stribley
This is an opportunity to explore the dunes in the previously restricted military area. We will be looking at sand dune bryophytes, and it will be a good opportunity to learn about the plants growing in this specialised and demanding habitat.
Numbers will be limited, please let me know if you are planning on attending.
Meet at the camp entrance gate near Mount – SW 7832 5666

March 22nd - Thursday
Tregoniggie Woods, Falmouth. SW787329

Organiser: Matt Stribley
This is a small community urban woodland. We will undertake a survey and report to the Friends of Tregoniggie Woodland. If time permits later in the day, we could explore the coastal headland at Pendennis Head, Falmouth
Meet in the Falmouth Football Club Car Park – SW786330

April 24th - Tuesday
Penlee Point, SE Cornwall – Tetrad SX44P

Organiser: Matt Stribley
We will explore coastal slopes at Penlee Point. If time permits, we may also briefly visit the adjacent Rame Head area. Tortula canescens has been recorded here in the past, so one to look out for.
Meet in the CWT reserve car park – SX437492

May 19th - Saturday
Rose-in-the-Bush, Culdrose, near Helston – Tetrad SW62X

Organiser: Matt Stribley
We will explore the area to the east of Culdrose Airfield; walking footpaths and sometime on the road. An under recorded tetrad with 5 previous records.
Meet in the airfield viewing carpark – SW683253


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 2017 are detailed below. Please contact Tim Purches ( or Mark Pool (; tel. 01803 316154) for more details or to suggest future venues.

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 ( or Mark Pool (; tel. 01803 316154) for more details or to suggest future venues.

Saturday 10 February: 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 April: Grenofen and Double Waters. Joint meeting with Devonshire Association Botany Section; leader to be decided. 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: Cox Tor/White Tor area (SX 57). Full details pending. Tim has visited this area a couple of times lately and has found, among other things, a wanted v.-c. record in the shape of Calliergon giganteum; the area also seems to be underworked generally, so a group visit will be most welcome.

Saturday 11 August: Wistlandpound Reservoir. Further details to follow.

Saturday 6 October: venue and details to follow.

Saturday 1 December: venue and details to follow.


Irish Group

The winter 2017 programme for Ireland can be consulted 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.


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.

Saturday 21st October 2017 – Wye valley, Devils Pulpit

Park at Brockweir on the road at SO5400601163 and then meet at the nearby Moravian church which is next to the river at SO5394301062. We will walk a short way along river bank before heading up to the steep woodland along good paths eventually to viewpoint of Devil’s Pulpit if time permits.

Sunday 19th November 2017 – Clanna Woods

Woodland and ponds. Park at SO58370227.

Sunday 3rd December 2017 – Woodchester Park

Meet at locked gate at SO7951801408. Important to be prompt as this gate will be opened for us to then drive down to the mansion and park there before looking at woodland and lakes in the grounds.

Sunday 21st January 2018 – Rough Bank

A Butterfly Conservation reserve ( for which they are keen to get records of other species groups. Mixture of woodland and grassland. Meet in the off-road car park at SO 91414 08702 (through a gate which is closed but not locked).

Sunday 25th February 2018 – Normans Wood

Woods near Newent. Park on track into woods at SO72592375. Small woodland with stream at one end. There will also probably be time to visit stretch of old canal near Newent.

Sunday 11th March 2018 – Llangattock Quarry

Park in car park at SO2092115394. Limestone quarry with good range of species. Not much walking required and the terrain is relatively easy.



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.

Saturday 2 December and Sunday 3 December 2017

Course: Introduction to Bryophytes at Leicester Botanic Gardens (Sat) and Charnwood Lodge (Sun). This course is meant for beginners to learn some of the most common bryophytes and how to use the field guide. More information is available here (link to Flyer Bryophytes Dec 17).


Saturday, 27 January 2018

Field Meeting at Mountsorrel and Rothley Meadows Nature Reserve

This is a relatively new Trust reserve and there are no bryophyte records for this site so far. The reserve lies to the west of the river Soar and consists of a mosaic of wetland habitats including wet woodland, shallow pools, wet grassland and swamp.

Meet at SK58351495 on the car park on Little Lane.


Saturday, 24 February 2018

Field Meeting at Tugby Wood

Tugby Wood is a privately owned species-rich woodland in the Eye Brook Valley where we can see a good range of typical woodland species. The last bryophyte records are from 1996 and epiphytic species are conspicuously absent so we are likely to add some interesting species to the list.

Meet at the entrance to the wood at SK76820191. Please park safely somewhere along the road.


Saturday 17 March 2018

Field Meeting at Charley Wood Nature Reserve


Charley Woods is made up of two woodlands, one of which is ancient woodland, and a field which is left unmanaged to allow natural regeneration of woodland. The last survey was carried out in 1998 when many notable species were recorded, including several Charnwood Forest specialities, which we are trying to re-find.

Details for parking will be sent out before the meeting.


Thursday 1 February 2018

Thursday 1 March 2018

Thursday 22 March 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 and Suffolk Group

Norfolk & Suffolk Bryological Group Meetings 2017 - 2018

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.

Sunday 1 October 2017 – Catton Park - car park at southern end of Park, off Oak Lane, at TG23021154. Old trees, buildings and grassland, and plenty of churches for later if required.

Saturday 21 October 2017 - Way Out West - the waterways, towns and large churchyards of Outwell and Upwell. Meet at Outwell church at TF 513036 - street parking available in the town.

Sunday 29 October 2017 – NNNS Beginners' meeting at Swaffham Heath led by Robin Stevenson. Meet at the car park on the north side of the Swaffham-Beachamwell road at TF 791 069. Beginners welcome - bring a hand lens if you have one.

Sunday 12 November 2017 - Lyngate Farm, just north-west of North Walsham. Turn onto the track heading NE at TG 2683 3184 - see sign marked BBS. Mix of grassland, trees, lake, buildings and gardens.

Sunday 26 November 2017 - Cockthorpe Common and onto Stiffkey, calcareous grassland and then coastal/salt marsh vegetation. Meet at Cockthorpe church at TF 981 422.

Saturday 16 December 2017 - Potter Fen and Honeypot Wood - both SSSI sites west of Dereham. For Potter’s Fen  - park along the residential section of the busy Stone Road anywhere from TF 982 119.  Honeypot Wood in the afternoon – there will be spaces in the wood and at the entrance around TF 935 143.  Further directions will be given at Potter’s Fen.  We will need to park carefully in order not to block the farm access.

Sunday 7 January 2018 - Hassingham (current focus of NNNS research committee): water, wet & dry woodland and damp grassland. Park behind Broad Cottage at approx TG368057 (postcode NR13 4HH). To get there from Brundall, drive east along Brundall High Street & take 1st right after railway bridge, marked Stone Rd and signed 'Recycling Centre'. At 2nd crossroads turn right downhill, again marked Stone Rd. Follow road round to left, passing brick & asbestos barn on right. After 200yds turn right at post box(Carrs Lane). 250 yds before Broad Cottage there are park railings & laurel hedge on right. At end of railings, turn right through gateway. Broad Cottage is by the water, parking behind.

Saturday 20 January 2018 - Ickworth House, Horringer, Suffolk - just SW of Bury St Edmunds. Turn off the A143 Chevington Road at TL 8259 6196 and follow signs to the car park. We don't have to pay any entrance or parking fees, but if you have a National Trust card, please bring it with you. We will be visiting woodlands on the estate.

Sunday 4 February 2018 - FC woodland at Mundford/Ickburgh, with nearby church too. Turn off A1065 just north of Mundford on Lynford Road and meet at car park for Lynford Arboretum at TL 822943.

Sunday 25 February 2018 - Nunnery Lakes Nature Reserve at the British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford. Joint meeting with Cambridge bryologists. Park in the BTO car park - turn south off Nuns' Bridges Road at TL 8731 8240.

Sunday 11 March 2018 - Brickkiln Covert, Great Hockham - woodland with loads of pingoes. Park on Woodcock Road alongside the wood which is at TL 9291.

Saturday 24 March 2018 - Azalea Water Gardens and hopefully also gardens at Stody Lodge for 10.30 - 12.30 only. Park in front of Stody Lodge which is accessed off minor road at TG 0669 3406. Please arrange to car share, as there is only room for 8 cars. Afternoon: TBC


British Bryological Society Recorders:

Richard Fisk, 35 Fair Close, Beccles, Suffolk NR35 9QR. 01502 714968. (Suffolk)

Mary Ghullam, 5 Beech Drive, North Walsham NR28 0BZ. 01692 402013. (East Norfolk)

Robin Stevenson, 111 Wootton Road, King’s Lynn PE30 4DJ. 01553 766788. (West Norfolk)


Programme : Chris Roberts, 21 The Street, Burgh-next-Aylsham NR11 6TP. 01263 732772 (please note the underscore before 500) 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.

Bryophyte meeting – Moor Farm, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire – Saturday 20th January 2018

We will be meeting to record bryophytes again, this time at Moor Farm Nature Reserve:

We will meet in the reserve car park (TF226635) at 10AM. We plan to stay out most of the day so please bring warm/dry clothes and a packed lunch. Anyone is welcome for part or all of the day. Please let me know if you plan to attend incase of last-minute changes due to weather (

The site has a good mix of wet and dry heath and we are hoping to test out some field keys to Sphagnum in the course of the day.

Bryophyte workshop –Laboratory T2.05 in the John Dalton Building of Manchester Metropolitan University – Saturday 24th February 2018

Time: 10:30 - 16:00, but meet at the John Dalton Statue in front of the Chester Street entrance (off Oxford Road, just before you walk under Mancunian Way flyover) for a 10:15 departure to the laboratory

Session content: Martin Godfrey will be running the day. He will start by giving a brief introduction to Sphagnum and introduce the techniques you will want to use during the session. The remaining session can then be used to explore microscope techniques, dissection techniques and identify specimens you have collected. Martin will be available to guide and assist.

What to bring: We do encourage participants to bring their own specimens but for those unable to collect Sphagnum before the event, a few group members will bring extra specimens with them on the day. Also bring any ID guides you have and like to use. Although dissection kit will be available in the laboratory on the day, please do bring your own fine foreceps as well as a pack of razor blades for sectioning (either some standard double-sided ones from the supermarket or single sided ones from Ken Adams).

Lunch arrangements: There are plenty of options locally for purchasing lunch, or you can bring your own packed lunch and sit in one of the university seating areas.

Evening social: An information social gathering will be taking place after the event and all participants are cordially invited.

Places are limited, so please do get in touch with Karen Rogers ( to book on.


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.

18th February 2017 Mawbray Banks SSSI
Meet at carpark at NY 08238 46922 for 10am. A coastal site with dunes, coastal grassland, a bit of coastal heath, scrub and some hard standing. Permission from the Solway AONB. There is a small café at the Nursery opposite the reserve. Not many records for the site. Contact: Diane Dobson -

8th April 2017 Ireland Moss. Meet 10am at small “car park” up the eastern track at SD 33473 84298 off the A590. Cumbria Wildlife Trust have asked for recording of various groups for their Ireland Moss site.

Saturday 6th May 10am. Ruthwaite Wood, part of Burthwaite Wood (NY 21131 33282). Parking will be at the layby opposite the Castle Inn at NY 21523 32738. Meet at the layby for 10am and it’s only a couple of minutes walk (along the A591, which can get busy) to the entrance to the woods. A mix of broad-leaved and conifer woodland near to Bassenthwaite Lake. Contact: Diane Dobson -


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 further information on planned meetings please email Lucia Ruffino:

For the 2018-2019 programme of meetings please click here 


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

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.


Saturday 24th March

Swallow’s Wood and Devil’s Bridge. Meet at Meadowbank Farm, Green Lane, Hollingworth. SK007967. Park without causing an obstruction. From end of M67 follow the A628 (Woodhead Road) past A57 junction for a 1/4 mile Green Lane is on the left just after a chapel on the right and follow to the farm. SK14 8JW. (Could be very muddy at beginning of walk)


Saturday 7th April

Healey Nab, Botany Bay, Chorley. Meet at fisherman’s car park by Healey Reservoir SD60461927.Turn off M61 at J8 and follow A674 then take R turn onto Blackburn Road, B6228, as far as The Lock and Key pub by canal (PR6 9AE) (open from 12.00 onwards). Turn R into Heapey Lane for half a mile then turn right onto Higher Lane for car park a few yards beyond, sharp left. From there, we have a 10 minutes walk to reach footpath for Healey Nab, mixed woodland and heathland. Leader John Watt


Saturday 12th May

Longworth Clough. Meet on minor road Belmont-Egerton at SD693157. Leader John Lowell.


Saturday 15th September

Middleton Dale. Park in centre of Middleton-by-Youlgreave village. SK196632. Leader Joan Egan. (Joint meeting with Sorby NHS)


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. So if you would like to find out where we are going and hopefully join us, please contact either:

Brad Scott
Sue Rubinstein

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.

More details on the group's blog

Sunday 29 October 2017: Stanmer village, park and woods
Led by Sue Rubinstein
Just outside Brighton and right next to Sussex university, Stanmer Woods hosts a good array of typical chalk woodland bryophytes. The terrain is fairly easy. Areas of the nurseries, village and orchards should also be worth investigating. Early birds could look for Leptobarbula berica on imported sandstone by the pond and Protobryum bryoides by the churchyard gate, near the car park, both found on a previous meeting in November 2004.
Park in the car park at TQ337096. Also easily accessible by train (Falmer station) and bus.

Sunday 26 November 2017: Battle Abbey
Led by Brad Scott
Several of the tetrads around Battle are very under-recorded, so we are delighted to be able to visit the English Heritage property, which is the site of the Battle of Hastings. There is a variety of habitats, old stonework, and water, so it will be interesting to see what is there. Of the handful of records from TQ71M both Leucodon sciuroides and Grimmia trichophylla have been found here in the past.
Park in the Battle Abbey car park at TQ748157. Admission fee will not be required for BBS SE group attendees.

Saturday 16 December 2017: Chobham Common
Led by Pete Howarth
Chobham Common is a large area of lowland heath with numerous valley bogs. It is home to a large range of bryophytes including 17 species of Sphagnum.
Meet at Chobham Common Roundabout car park at SU965649

Sunday 21 January 2018: The Mens
Led by Sue Rubinstein, Brad Scott and John Norton, joint meeting with Southern group
This Sussex Wildlife Trust reserve has had over 120 bryophyte species recorded in it from the 1970s to 1990s, but has not been recorded since. We can’t possibly cover the whole site, but maybe we can re-find some of the interesting liverworts such as Nardia scalaris, Ptilidium pulcherrimum and Trichocolea tomentella.
Meeting place to be confirmed

Sunday 4 February 2018: Microscope workshop in Lewes
At some point in one’s bryological recording checking plants with a microscope becomes essential, so we’re going to run this group’s first microscope session. Please bring some of your as-yet unidentified samples, and a microscope if you have one, but it is not required. And, as a break from the workshop we can have a short walk in Lewes recording urban species and trying to find common ones not hitherto recorded in TQ40E.
Space is limited, so booking is essential. Mail us to let us know if you want to come and then we’ll tell you where it is!

Sunday 4 March 2018: Oldbury Hill and Ightham Common
Led by Steve Lemon
Exploring the sandy/ peaty soils of Oldbury Hill SSSI and nearby Ightham Common. The site includes acidic sandstone outcrops where Barbilophozia attenuata is found and where we shall be looking to re-find Scapania umbrosa. Reboulia hemisphaerica also occurs. The sandstone outcrops include Palaeolithic rock shelters. The site is steep and muddy in places.
Meet in the National Trust car park (no charge) at TQ578558. Alternative roadside parking can be found nearby at TQ577556

Sunday 25 March 2018: Sheffield Forest
Led by Jacqui Hutson and Sue Rubinstein
Sheffield Forest has a network of ghylls with a typical atlantic bryophyte flora. There are also some sandstone outcrops and woodland rides. The luxurious carpets of common mosses such as Thuidium tamariscinum will enthuse beginners but there is plenty to occupy experts too; Scapania irrigua, nemorea and gracilis have all been found here in recent years.
Park at the far end of Sheffield Park car park at 10am; TQ413238 from where we will car share to the lay-by at Furner’s Green; TQ409259 for 10.30am. Please be aware that parking at Furner’s Green is limited and can be muddy.

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

Dungeness - East Kent vc 15 - November 2016 - Stephen Lemon and Jan Hendey


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

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Wessex Bryology Group Programme 2017-18

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 29th October 2017

Wilverley Walk, New Forest, Hampshire

Leader: Sharon Pilkington

Wilverley Walk lies in a hydrologically interesting part of the New Forest and includes basic and acid flushes, heath, mire, wet woodland and the Avon Water stream. We should see Sphagnum magellanicum, S. molle and many other species of Sphagnum, as well as some of the Forest’s other bryological specialities such as Dicranum spurium and Fossombronia foveolata.

Meet and park in the Wootton Bridge car park at SZ250997. Welly boots essential.


Sunday 12th November 2017

Dodpen Hill and Champernhayes Marsh, near Bridport, Dorset

Leader: Andrew Branson

These mixed woodlands on the south-eastern fringes of the Blackdown Hills on greensands and acid clays have a rich woodland flora, with species such as Hookerialucens, Trichocoleatomentella and several Sphagnum. Some of the flushes in the area were outstanding, but were largely lost to conifer plantations in the second half of the 20th century. But have they survived at all? They have not been visited much in recent years, so there could well be some surprises. Wellingtons essential.

Meet at car park at SY355969 at Wootton Hill wood on minor road north of Wootton Fitzpaine.



Sunday 10th December 2017

Quantocks, near Taunton, Somerset

Leader: Andrew Branson

A chance to explore some of the upper reaches of the wooded combes and wet heaths of the central Quantocks. Some interesting western species, such as Plagiochila spinulosa and Fissidens polyphyllus, have been discovered in this area in recent years. What else is lurking in these sheltered headwaters and springs?

Meet at car park at Dead Woman’s Ditch at ST161381 off the minor road between Crowcombe and Nether Stowey.


Sunday 28 th January 2018

Hatch Hill and Combe Hill, near Street, Somerset

Leader: Sharon Pilkington

In 2013 the diminutive but striking moss Pterygoneurum papillosum was discovered new to Britain and strong populations were subsequently found in the unimproved limestone grassland of Somerset’s Polden Hills.

We will look for this rarity at Hatch Hill, where it was found in 2015, and will search limestone grassland and woodland for e.g. Thuidium assimile, Didymodon acutus, Entodon concinnus and Leptodon smithii. If we’re very lucky we might also see Pterygoneurum ovatum, Ephemerum recurvifolium and Pottiopsis caespitosa, noted from similar habitats nearby.

Meet in the Combe Hill Wood car park off Reynald’s Way east of Compton Dundon at ST503329.


Sunday 18 th February 2018

Blackmoor Reserve, Charterhouse, Somerset

Leader: Sharon Pilkington

Blackmoor lies in the historic lead mining district of the Mendip Hills and is important for its archaeology and ecology alike. The reserve’s habitats are diverse and include metal-rich spoil, pools, streams and wet woodland. Numerous bryophyte species are found here, some of which are rare elsewhere in Somerset.

Grimmia donniana grows in abundance on lead-rich vitreous slag and is found nowhere else in the county. Other specialities include Ptychomitrium polyphyllum, Cephaloziella stellulifera and Lophozia excisa. Plagiomnium ellipticum and Fissidens adianthoides are frequent in wet ground and willow carr is rich in epiphytes, including Colura calyptrifolia and Orthotrichum striatum.

Meet in the small reserve car park at the end of a no-through road from the outdoor activities centre in Charterhouse at ST505556. Welly boots would be useful.


Sunday 18th March 2018

Chase Wood on the Dorset-Wiltshire border

Leader: Andrew Branson

Chase Wood is part of the Cranborne Chase AONB and includes a fine area of wood pasture, with recent conifer planting, on chalk. At this time of year it will be good for identifying epiphytes, such as Ulota and Orthotrichum, and there should be a good range of species in the area.

Park at Shermel Gate at ST989192, just beyond Deanland on Dean Road from Sixpenny Handley



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.

Please get in touch with Ann,, for futher information.


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