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Forthcoming meetings 2018/19


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Acrocarp Workshop, Preston Montford Field Studies Centre, Shrewsbury, 8-10th February 2019

Tutor: Sharon Pilkington

Description: A repeat of a very popular workshop held in 2013 and 2016, this course will enable beginners and improvers to learn how to identify many widespread acrocarpous mosses. An intensive mixture of lectures, microscope exercises and a short excursion will provide opportunities to study acrocarps in depth. Workshop participants will also hone field skills and master some of the trickier microscope techniques required to identify species with confidence. Numbers will be limited to 12.

Cost:  £175 for a shared room or £195 single occupancy. This includes accommodation and all meals from Friday evening until Sunday afternoon.

Enquiries/booking:  Please e-mail Sharon Pilkington [ ] to book a place on this course.



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

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.

News flash, 15 January 2019: as the take-up of double rooms at Hallsannery has been low and several are still available, the remaining rooms can now be booked for single occupancy at £35 per room per night (double occupancy will, of course, still be £70). First come, first served; the rooms are luxurious, but there are only so many of them!

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





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