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Forthcoming meetings 2019/20


Organising meetings

The Meetings Secretary, Lucia Ruffino, has drafted some guidelines for organising meetings, which can be downloaded here. This document is a work-in-progress and Lucia would appreciate any comments or questions you may have. Download the Word document if required, and / or email Lucia at

Safety in the field

For all meetings, whether local, regional or national, please, read the BBS Safety Code before attending any meeting and always follow the safety instructions from the meeting leader. The BBS Risk Assessment template can be downloaded from here.

Local Meetings

Many areas also have BBS local group meetings and details of these can be found on the Local Meeting page. Please contact the relevant local Secretary if you wish to attend any of these meetings, and for further details.



Summer Meeting Week 1: County Wicklow, Friday 18th-Monday 21st October 2019.

**There is a change in date of Week 1 of the BBS summer meeting 2019 in County Wicklow** Many people weren't able to make the original date in early 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.

County Wicklow is a varied county with a diverse range of habitats such as mountains to 925m, upland heath, blanket bog, upland crags and loughs, coastal habitats, fen and transition mire, oak woodland and glens and leadmines. We will focus on continuing recording for a County Flora. We held an informal meeting in April 2018 to launch the County Flora recording, which led to the discovery of two new species for Ireland. So, there’s potential for making good records!

We will based in Laragh, near Glendalough, as this gives good access to the north and south of the county. We have reserved 3 self-catering cottages, each with 2 x twin and 1 x double bedroom: Glendale Holiday Cottages These will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Each cottage has a kitchen, but there are also pubs in Laragh within walking distance and a small shop in the village.

If you have not yet registered interest but would like to join us, then please contact the leader (Joanne Denyer as soon as possible.

Local Secretary: Jo Denyer


Summer Meeting Week 2: County Kerry, Iveragh Peninsula, Sunday 7th July to 2019 to Sunday 14th July 2019.

This meeting will explore the wild and mountainous interior of the Iveragh Peninsula of Kerry, which is one of the richest areas for oceanic bryophytes in Europe. Large populations of many rare oceanic species, that are rare or absent in other parts of Europe (excluding Macaronesia) occur here, including Lejeunea hibernica, Radula holtii, Cyclodictyon laetevirens and Sematophyllum demissum amongst many others. A special montane flora is also present, with big leafy liverwort species such as Mastigohora woodsii and Scapania ornithopodioides likely to be seen during the week.

We will visit unexplored montane and woodland sites that are likely to host a rich flora of oceanic bryophytes, as well as sites that are known to have a rich flora but could do with more exploration. Participants should be fit and comfortable on rough terrain, and should be prepared for all weather conditions.

To express an interest in attending and for more information contact Rory at

Local Secretary: Rory Hodd


BBS AGM: University of Leicester Botanic Garden, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October

Location and transport: Leicester Botanic Garden can easily be reached by public transport and is only a 15 min bus journey away from Leicester railway station. More details and directions are given on the Botanic Garden web site, and you can download a map showing the entrances here.

We have negotiated a discount for BBS members at College Court in Leicester, which is not far from the Botanic Garden and has been used for other BBS events before. The prices are Standard £70, Executive £85, Executive with balcony £90 and Suite £110 (Based on single occupancy, for double occupancy an additional charge of £15.00 per night will apply). The prices are inclusive of full English breakfast, complimentary car parking and Wi-Fi access. Please contact the local secretary for more details on how to book a room at College Court.

Participants are of course free to book other accommodations and apparently there are some good Airbnbs in the area.

The finalised programme for both days, plus maps for the AGM location and field meeting on Sunday, is now available to view or download here.

Meetings programme:
For those attending Committee and Council meetings on Friday, the programme of meetings and map are available here.

Contact details
To express an interest in attending the AGM, the excursion or the meals on Friday or Saturday night please contact the local secretary Uta Hamzaoui (

Local Secretary: Uta Hamzaoui


Spring Meeting 2020: Saturday April 4th – Thursday April 9th 2020, North Wales

General Information

We will be exploring the county of Merioneth (Vice-county 48) which has everything from high, volcanic mountains to the great species-poor uplands of the Migneint. There is a coastal strip with dune systems and saltmarshes as well as numerous lakes and fantastic hidden river valleys. There are even the remains of a Carboniferous limestone quarry and a few scattered lime-kilns on the Ordovician ‘limestone’.

We will be based at Plas Caerdeon, which is an Outdoor Education Centre in North Wales owned and run by Liverpool Hope University. It is situated between Dolgellau and Barmouth on the A496 (postcode LL42 1TH).

Further information on costs and types of accommodation are available to view or download here. If you are planning on attending all or part of the meeting, please download and fill out the registration form as soon as possible, and email the completed form to Margaret Crittenden at

Payment for accommodation at Plas Caerdeon, registration and / or the Society dinner should be made - from January 2020 - via the PayPal link below.

Pay for booking via PayPal (please check back in January 2020).


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

The Isle of Jura in the Southern Hebrides is one of the most spectacularly remote and unexplored of our western Scottish islands, and approximately half of its tetrads lack a single record. In addition to investigating previously unrecorded areas of moorland, bog, mountains, lochans and coastline there will also be the opportunity to re-examine the habitats of its known specialities including; sea-caves and Cyclodictyon laetevirens; ravines and Dumortiera hirsuta and the Hepatic Mat constituent Adelanthus lindenbergianus up on the Paps. It is hoped that a boat trip to take recorders to the northernmost tip of the island may also be an option.

To further explore the many ravines, cliffs, raised beaches and localised machair characteristic of the West coast, those adventurous recorders who are physically fit might be interested in a second week (prior to the core week), camping and bothying. I am happy to provide any information/guidance required for this. The Cicerone publication “Walking on Jura, Islay and Colonsay” is an excellent resource to start with.

Evening Microscope-work and Accommodation

The village hall in Craighouse has been hired for the week's evening work as it provides a more central location close to most of the holiday cottages, shop and hotel. (A small charge will be made for the use of the hall – the exact amount depending on the numbers of people attending). Craighouse also has a camp-site and a direct foot-passenger RIB service to Tayvallich on the mainland, in addition to a bus service to Feolin for the car-ferry to Islay and Kennacraig.

Booking accommodation will now be the responsibility of those attending. However, to those of you who are happy to share please indicate this when you register your interest, and I will put you in touch with each other and provide contact details for suggested local cottages.

Contact details
To register your interest and/or for further information please contact Fiona at

Local secretary: Fiona Cameron




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