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Welcome to the British Bryological Society

The British Bryological Society exists to promote the study of mosses and liverworts. With a full programme of field meetings, a paper reading meeting, recording and research projects, an international academic journal and a lively membership magazine, there is something for everyone interested in learning about bryophytes.

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Opportunities for Bryologists in Cornwall and Devon

Plantlife's New Generation Botanists Courses

Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts) are small plants that are easily overlooked. Many of us enjoy the bright green carpets they form on trees and boulders, but never think much more about them. However, if you take a close look (and you know what to look for) a diverse and fascinating world is revealed. Bryophytes are a very rewarding group of plants to study, as the UK is home to over half of all Europe’s bryophyte species, and the bryophyte diversity of the south-west's woods rival the cloud forests of the tropics. 

To help with their conservation, Plantlife is offering free training in Cornwall for those interested in bryophytes to develop their identification skills. Those interested are invited to register for one of the 2-day foundation courses taking place this spring at Siblyback Activity Centre, Bodmin Moor with trips to local woodland.  

Similar training is being offered in Devon for those interested in learning more about lichens.

For further details on the training being provided and to register interest, please see the Plantlife Projects page.





Upcoming Events


Summer Meeting 2019 Week 1: 18 October 2019 - 21 October 2019, County Wicklow

Summer Meeting 2019 Week 2: 7 July 2019 - 14 July 2019, County Kerry, Iveragh Peninsula

BBS AGM 2019: 5 October 2019 - 6 October 2019, Leicester Botanic Gardens

Summer Meeting 2020 Week 1: Saturday June 20th Saturday June 27th 2020, Isle of of Jura

Please also consult our local meetings page for more information about one-day field meetings in your area.

If you would like to contribute to the 2020/2021 programmes, please get in touch with Lucia Ruffino.



  • **NEW** Phil Stanley’s latest version of the BBS Cumulative Index, version 15.2 dated 18 May 2019 is now available at
    It now includes citations from Journal of Bryology volume 41 Part 1, 2019.
    As usual he would be pleased to hear any comments you might have.

  • Updates to BBS AGM 2019 and Summer 2020 meetings.

  • CHANGE OF DATE for Week 1 of the BBS summer meeting 2019 in County Wicklow
    Many people weren't able to make the planned date in July (due in part to the unfortunate clash with the IAB meeting this year). So, we have decided to move it to a long weekend in October. This long weekend will comprise 4 days in the field: Friday 18th-Monday 21st October 2019.

  • Free Lichen and Bryophyte Identification Guides! See here for an update on the Plantlife LOST Project in Cumbria, and to download your free guides.

  • The 4th edition of Martin Wigginton's Checklist of liverworts and hornworts of sub-Saharan Africa is now available as a PDF file from the TBG website.

  • Burkhard Biel's Aegean Bryophyte Atlas is now available here, and from the Bryology Portal menu.



New Atlas of British and Irish Bryophytes

A reminder to all bryophyte lovers that the Atlas of British and Irish Bryophytes is available for sale from this link.

This flagship publication of the BBS not only holds the most up-to-date set of distribution maps for all British and Irish bryophytes but also a wealth of information about each species’ ecology, altitudinal range, associated species and world-wide distribution.

A stupendous achievement by the authors as well as a tribute to the work of the BBS: it is difficult to know why anyone would not be anxious to secure a copy.

BBS Field Guide to the Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland

This book, produced by the BBS, is the only up-to-date, user-friendly guide to identifying British and Irish bryophytes in the field.  It contains hundreds of colour photographs and black and white drawings showing what species look like, together with notes on how to identify and distinguish similar species, and habitat notes and distribution maps showing where they occur.

An essential field companion for any serious bryologist.

To order click  here .


Future Meetings

Would you like bryologists from all over Britain and Ireland to come and help you record your county or local area?

If the answer is yes, then you could host a BBS Spring or summer Meeting! Spring and Summer meetings are usually 5 -7 days long and all you need to do is find sites that need recording. A bunch of friendly bryologists will then come and record in the chosen locations and you can watch the record cards coming in... Meetings are also a great opportunity for beginners to learn from expert bryologists in the field.

If you think you could host a Spring or Summer meeting in 2019 or 2020, please get in touch with Lucia Ruffino at or on Twitter.


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