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Forthcoming meetings 2019/20


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Spring Meeting 2019 North Devon, 10-17th April 2019

(Download the programme here)

North Devon (v.-c. 4) is a large and varied area, with habitats ranging from the heights of Exmoor and Dartmoor to the nationally-famous sand dunes of Braunton Burrows and the impressive cliffs of the north and west coasts. There is also a lot of potentially interesting country inland, much of which has still to be properly checked for its bryophytes.


The headquarters for the week is Hallsannery, approximately a mile south of Bideford. It consists of a large country house in its own grounds, and has been booked for the exclusive use of the BBS for the week; the accommodation will be on a self-catering basis. A full description is given on the Hallsannery website (; anyone interested is advised to look at the floor plans (follow “About” and then “Links”), as the one disadvantage is that there are relatively few single rooms. As the premises have already been reserved for us, individual reservations should be made through the Local Secretary (Mark Pool; details below), who will also be able to provide further information if needed. The cost per person will be £35 per night. For anyone not wishing to stay at the headquarters, there is a variety of suitable accommodation in and around Bideford.

Local Secretary: Mark Pool (91 Warbro Road, Torquay, TQ1 3PS; email; phone 01803-316154; mobile 07787 955 455).


The details below have to be to some extent provisional, as we may need to bend to the weather (North Devon’s climate isn’t always perfect); a more detailed programme, including among other things fuller information on each site, will be available later. The intention is to meet each morning at 0900 at Hallsannery (SS 456245) prior to heading off for the various sites. Participants will see that most days involve several sites; this is largely because many of them have very limited parking, while for some their small size makes a visit by the whole group impracticable.

A number of the sites (Arlington, Brownsham, Heddon Valley) are owned by the National Trust and there will be charges for parking and (at Arlington) for admission. National Trust members will find it useful to bring their membership cards, as these allow free access and parking.

Weds. 10 April: Arrive. There will be a gathering at Hallsannery in the evening (proposed time 1930) so that (1) we can check that everyone expected has arrived, and (2) any questions can (hopefully) be answered.

Thurs. 11 April: Multi-site. Marsland Devon Wildlife Trust reserve (SS 2117 etc.); Clovelly (SS 3124); Buck’s Mills (SS 3523).

Fri. 12 April: Multi-site. Borough Valley, near Lee (SS 4846); Torrington Commons (SS 4819 etc.); Brownsham (SS 2825 etc.).

Sat. 13 April: Arlington (SS 6140, etc.)

Sun. 14 April: Dartmoor. Multi-site; Meldon (SX 5692), Prewley Moor (SX 5490) and Halstock Wood (SX 6093)

Mon. 15 April: Multi-site. Meeth Devon Wildlife Trust reserve (SS 5408); Halsdon Devon Wildlife Trust reserve (SS 5512); possibly Meshaw Devon Wildlife Trust reserve (SS 7517).

Tues. 16 April: Heddon Valley (SS 6548/6549).

Weds. 17 April: Departure.

In addition to the official venues, there is plenty of scope for freelancing; there are so many gaps in the area’s recording coverage that even brief roadside stops can be profitable! Examples of unworked tetrads are SS 22A, F, G, T and Y; SS 31A, B, C, D, E, F, J, L, P, Q, R, T and Z; SS 31A, F, K and Q; SS 41A, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, N, P, Q, V and W; SS 42D, F, G, H, T, V, W and X; SS 43Q and V; SS 44R and W; SS 51A, B, H, I, N, P, U, X, Y and Z; SS 52A, E, F, G, H, J, K, L and Q; SS 53F, J, P, U and Z; SS 54B, F, H, K, L, N, Q, R, S, V, W and X; SS 61C, D, E, G, H, I and Z; SS 62G, J, K, L, Q, V, W and X; SS 63I, J, M, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X and Y; SS 64B, C and F. Definitely no excuse for boredom!

Maps required:

O. S. Landrangers (1:50,000): 180 (Barnstaple and Ilfracombe); 190 (Bude and Clovelly); 191 (Okehampton and North Dartmoor).

O. S. Explorers (1:25,000): OL9 (Exmoor); OL28 (Dartmoor); 113 (Okehampton); 126 (Clovelly and Hartland); 127 (South Molton and Chulmleigh); 139 (Bideford, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe).

Landranger sheets should be adequate for most purposes, but the Explorers give a lot more detail (e. g. details of footpath routes)


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

Preparations are under way for this year’s AGM. The outline of the programme is:

  • Saturday 5th October: Talks followed by the AGM.
  • Sunday 6th October: Excursion to a site in Leicestershire.

Evening meals will be arranged for Friday night and Saturday night.

More details will follow in due course.

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 .

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.

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


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.


A self-catering cottage is available in Craighouse, (or within one mile of it) which will act as a base and will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. Craighouse has several additional holiday cottages as well as a hotel, a camp-site, cafe and shop, (not forgetting the distillery), and provides a good base for the week.

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.

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

Local secretary: Fiona Cameron





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