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Borders Group

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

Group contact - Mark Lawley, email:

Meetings 2018-2019

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 21st 2018

We will explore wet upland heath at Rhos Fiddle, a Shropshire Wildlife Trust reserve. Take the Crossways road out of Newcastle-on-Clun, fork left at Caldy Bank and carry on for 2 ¼ miles. Park on the verge just before the second cattle grid (SO 205857).  

November 25th 2018

We will examine the bryophytes of Longden Road Cemetery in Shrewsbury. Churchyards and cemeteries can be as interesting for bryophytes as they are for lichens, and we hope to prove this point on the day.

The grid reference for parking is SJ 48546 11338. From the roundabout where the A5 and A49 meet on the south side of Shrewsbury, take the turn for A5112, also named 'Hereford Road' with signs for Shrewsbury. Continue along this road over a minor roundabout with a retail park on the right-hand side. At the larger roundabout named 'Meole Brace Roundabout' take the second exit left on to the B4380. Veer left by keeping in the left-hand lane, where signs will display Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Continue along the B4380 until you reach a small (but often busy) roundabout and take the third exit. Shrewsbury Cemetery is the first right turn, and parking is immediately after the gates, with no need to continue along the small road within the cemetery.

January 13th 2019

Meet at Coed Pendugwm (SJ 103143), a Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust reserve, where we will explore the deciduous woodland.

February 10th 2019

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

March 17th 2019

Joint meeting with Worcestershire Moss Group, when we will explore woodland, grassland and a marshy stream on Bringsty Common in east Herefordshire. If time allows, we may also visit the woods of Brockhampton Park on the north side of the main road. Turn off the A44 at a sign to the 'Live and Let Live' public house, and park at SO 698550.

Accounts of previous meetings


Cambridge Group

Accounts of previous meetings

Mark Hill      Mobile 07496 279664  Home 01223 571574
Mick Burton


Cornwall Group

This is an informal group to encourage the 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. Site visits can be cold, wet and muddy so it’s advisable to wear good boots and bring warm waterproof clothing. All meetings start at 10am and usually finish before 4pm and we usually carry a packed lunch. Booking is not usually required but is desirable. Meetings can be cancelled at short notice if adverse weather is forecast.

Group contact - Matt Stribley
Tel: 01872 279748; Mob: 07715 378034; Email:
8 St George’s Road, TRURO, TR1 3JE

February 9th 2019 – Saturday
St Neot and Goonzion Downs
Organiser: Matt Stribley.
The aim is to record the Goonzion Downs tetrad SX16T to the west of St Neot, for which there are only a couple of records. We’ll also record in the St Neot village area, tetrad SX16Y updating records.
Meet in St Neot car park at SX184678, charges do not apply.

February 20th 2019 – Wednesday
Kilmar Tor

Organiser: Matt Stribley
The target species for this meeting is Mylia taylorii which was last recorded at the west end of the tor in the early 70’s. It’s the only known site for this species in Cornwall. The Tor’s tetrad (SX27M) has a species count of 173 but some 70 species have not been since the 60’s.
Meet park on the roadside at end of the minor road; Map ref. SX258758.

March 3rd 2019 – Sunday
Par Beach and area

Organiser: Ian Bennallick & Matt Stribley
For this meeting we will be joining with Botanical Cornwall Group who are recording in SX0753 and SX0853. There have been 605 flowering plants and ferns recorded from the western monad SX0753 but no bryophyte records. The west tetrad SX04R also has very few records. A good population of Bryum algovicum var. rutheanum is known from the east end of the beach.
Meet in the beach car park at SX086531 which is free this time of year.

March 17th 2019– Sunday (Note change of date from Thursday March 14th)
Port Gaverne

Organiser: Matt Stribley
We will explore the Port Gaverne area within tetrad SX08A which has 7 records to date. The area offers a promising range of habitats, hopefully we will find an interesting range of species.
Meet in Portgaverne (SX003808) where there is limited free parking for a few cars. If no spaces are available parking is available in the nearby Cornwall Council Port Isaac car park (SW999810), charges apply here.

March 30th 2019 – Saturday
Lizard Point and Housel Bay

Organiser: Matt Stribley
A coastal walk from Lizard village exploring the Lizard Point/ Housel Bay area. As well as some good bryophytes we will hopefully see a few choughs along the way.
Meet in the Lizard village car park, SW703125

April onwards – TBC – any suggestions welcome


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 2019 are detailed below. Please contact Tim Purches ( or Mark Pool (; tel. 01803 316154) for more details or to suggest future venues.

Saturday 3 August 2019: Eggesford Forest. Leader Roy Jeffery and/or Mark Pool. Meet in Hilltown Wood car park at SS 693104 (toilets nearby if needed). Eggesford Forest consists of several separate woodlands (Hilltown Wood, Heywood Wood, Flashdown Plantation, Southcott Wood and the Hayne Valley), most of which consist of commercial forestry but with some broadleaves. We intend to start with Hilltown Wood but may move on to one of the others if time and interest permit. Mark visited the area many years ago (c. 1990) and found a useful clutch of species, but a fuller survey would certainly be a good idea. As the area is on the Culm Measures stout footwear would be a good idea, particularly if there has been a lot of rain before the meeting.

Saturday 12th October: Spittle Farm, Chulmleigh (SS 681 179). An organic dairy farm between Chulmleigh and Kings Nympton. We have permission to access Spittle Wood (SS6718 & SS6818) within the farm boundary which usually has no public access. It's an Unconfirmed County Wildlife Site of broadleaved semi ancient woodland, primarily oak with a holly and mixed understorey. Catham Lake flows along the bottom of the woodland and there is an interesting spring/flush within the woodland where Trichocolea tomentella was located last year. There is also a small quarry which may have some interest. This site has never been surveyed to our knowledge. Parking is at the farm. The terrain is very steep, wet and potentially overgrown, so good boots are advised.

Saturday 30th November: Location to be decided


Irish Group

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.

Saturday 17th November 2018
Epping Forest 10am-1pm Zygodon forsteri training course for volunteers interested in helping with long-term monitoring. Join City of London staff and Ken Adams to learn to identify Z. forsteri and learn how you can help with long-term monitoring of this RDB species which only grows in 3 UK locations. For more information or to join please email

Thursday 22nd November 2018
As for Saturday 17th November 2018.


Gloucestershire Group

Covers:Gloucestershire, with an occasional sortie into Wales

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.

Sunday 14th October 2018– 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 2nd December 2018 – Hopkins Hall, Hillesley. Microscope day
Meet at Hopkins Hall, Hillesley, GL12 7RF where there is ample parking outside the hall. If weather and conditions permit we will spend an hour or so collecting specimens from nearby arable fields, then return to the Hall for some microscope work looking at these, or any other specimens you would like to bring along. Please bring microscopes and extension cables if you have them. Spaces are limited to 12, so please email if you would like to come along.

Sunday 13th January 2019 – Highbury Wood NNR
Highbury Wood is one of 3 National Nature Reserves in Gloucestershire, and we have been asked by Natural England to visit and record bryophytes there. Meet in the Pay & Display car park just off the A466 in Redbrook, approx SO53620998 (cost £1.60 for the day). Please be prompt, as we will then transfer to fewer cars and drive to Highbury Farm (SO53880925) from where we can easily access the woods. Walking boots should be fine for this terrain.

Sunday 24th February 2019 – Swineford and Bitton
Meet in Swineford Picnic Area car park at ST69066922 (to the end of the track, past the Swan pub carpark entrance). We will look at the trees in the carpark, and the leat running along the edge, then walk along the banks of the River Avon, returning via Bitton Church. Sharon Pilkington has recently found Dialytrichia saxicola on both siders of the river here, so there's a challenge for us! Wellington boots advisable, though walking boots might be OK if it's been relatively dry.

Sunday 17th March 2019 – Chedworth Woods
Meet in the car park at SP055134 (no charge). We will explore Chedworth Woods and may revisit the dismantled railway if time permits. National Trust members may wish to bring membership cards as the Roman Villa cafe serves very good cakes!

Sunday 28th April 2019 – Mynydd Y Garn Fawr, Monmouthshire
Meet in small carpark at SO270077. Depending on the weather, we may start in the woodland nearby, or head south to explore the moorland with acidic flushes and block scree. Lepidozia cupressina , Anastrophyllum minutum and Bazzania trilobata have been found in the vicinity.
Contact if you intend to come, as the site is quite exposed so plans may change in the event of bad weather.


Leicestershire & Rutland

Here are the dates for the coming bryophyte season. These meetings are open to 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 ( or 07852 682 790) if you would like to take part and to organise car sharing.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Great Merrible Wood Nature Reserve
Great Merrible Wood is an ancient woodland which is mostly managed with minimal intervention, and coppicing has been re-introduced in parts of it. Not many records exist from this site, but there is a variety of habitats such as old trees, some old coppice stools, ditches and streams, and it should be possible to find many interesting species, including epiphytes of course.
Meet at SP831958 and please park safely on the verge.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Holywell Wood SSSI
This ancient woodland is owned by Loughborough University who have kindly given us permission for the visit. The university has set up six plots to carry out some research in the wood, and if we are lucky, Jon Millett, who is responsible for these, will be able to join us and explain the experiments.
Meet in the car park at SK511181. The entrance to the wood is at SK508182.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Coombs Meadows Nature Reserve
This is one of the latest additions to LRWT's Nature Reserves. It consists of a number of small fields bounded by tall hedges on rather steep slopes. Some of the fields have been agriculturally improved but there are still springs and marshy areas as well as small streams. When the area was last surveyed for bryophytes in 1998, a good list was produced, which included rarities such as Riccia fluitans. which would be great to re-find.
Meet at SK775305 and please park safely on the verge.

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Tbc in 2019.

Indoor Meetings at The Old Mill, Leicestershire & Rutland offices

If there is enough interest, we will follow up the field meetings by indoor meetings, when we can use the microscopes and work together on the material collected in the field. Suggested dates are the Thursday after each field meeting, but this will be confirmed on the field meetings. They will be held at 7p.m. at the LRWT offices at The Old Mill, 9 Soar Lane, Leicester, LE3 5DE.

Accounts of previous field meetings: Mountsorrel and Rothley Marshes 2018


Lothians Bryophyte Group

If you would like details of forthcoming meetings, or would like to be on the mailing list for the group, then please e-mail David Adamson ( or phone 07914 070741 for further information.

Sunday 24 February 2019
Meet at 10:30 at Edinburgh Park tram stop. Bring hand lens, packed lunch and suitable clothing. The main aim is to record bryophytes in a small area of wasteland on the north side of Edinburgh Park rail station and immediately east of the Premier Inn. Once complete we may follow an access road to Lochside and finish at either Gyle or Edinburgh Park Central tram stop.

Sunday 24 March 2019
Meet at 10:30 at the cycle track by Tesco, Blackburn Road, Bathgate, grid ref NS986677 (the Lothian Country Bus Service X18 is a fast and convenient means of arriving at the destination from Edinburgh).
The main aim of the meeting is to record bryophytes in the east of Bathgate, particularly Kirkton Park. Bring hand lens, packed lunch and suitable clothing.


Norfolk and Suffolk Group

Norfolk & Suffolk Bryological Group Meetings 2018 - 2019

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.

Saturday 13 October 2018 – Potter's Fen, followed by Rush Meadows, both SSSI sites west of Dereham, owned by Norfolk Wildlife Trust. For Potter's Fen  - park along the residential section of the busy Stone Road anywhere from TF 982 119 and we will enter on the footpath at the eastern end of Scarning Fen. For Rush Meadows, parking arrangements will be given on the day.

Sunday 28 October 2018 - NNNS Beginners' meeting at Holt Lowes, led by Mary Ghullam. Meet at the north end of the Lowes in the car park off Hempstead Road at TG 088 382. Beginners very welcome - bring a hand lens if you have one.

Saturday 10 November 2018 – Hevingham Park, woodland wet and dry, coniferous and broadleaved, with a lake or two and some nice acid rides and hedgebanks. Meet in the car park at TG 2053 2067; please share cars if possible.

Sunday 25 November 2018 - Saham Mere and Loch Neaton, Watton. Park at the Mere at TF 9013 0179. We will move to Loch Neaton (TF 917013) afterwards, plenty of nearby parking in Watton at TF 9174 0072.

Sunday 2 December 2018 - morning: meet at Wormegay church TF 673 120, and we can also walk down to the northern part of Shouldham Warren. Then at 1.30pm: Carrstone Quarry, Blackborough, home of King's Lynn Field Archery Group. At the southern end of Mill Drove (TF 6724 1428) turn east where there are two rough tracks - take the right hand one and follow the convoy.

Sunday 16 December 2018 - Houghen Plantation, part of Felthorpe Woods. Turn west at the crossroads at TG 1845 1754 and park in the car park at TG 181 175.

British Bryological Society Recorders:

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.

Visit to Hamps and Manifold Valleys for limestone-loving bryophytes

Date: Saturday 27th April 2019
Meet: Park in the main Wetton Mill car park, grid reference SK095562.    
Time: 10:15 for a 10:30 start
Comfort arrangements: The cafe across the bridge has toilets. They do excellent cakes and ice cream, in case we are blessed with warm weather. 
Footwear and access: Boots or wellies but boots are recommended. The walk up to Thor's Cave is steep so a walking pole may come in handy. 
Bring along: Don't forget to bring all the usual stuff, including lunch, waterproofs and bryo field kit (handlens, packets, squirty bottle etc). 

Please contact Karen on if you intend to come. Just so we don't leave without you! 


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. Contact: Diane Dobson -

3rd November 2018 - Calder Woods along River Calder (NY 055 068)
Meet at 10am – small car parking area (room for a very small number of cars so car sharing preferable) just up the track near bridge (not track to house). Access permission kindly given by Lake District National Parks Authority. Mixed woodland down the Calder valley. Some steepish slopes in places so sturdy footware.

8th December 2018 -Brundholme Woods (NY 28109 24208)
Meet at 10am – small area to park cars by gates (room for about 3-4 cars so car sharing essential – single track so no obstructing track please). Access permission kindly given by Mirehouse Estate. Mixed woodland near the River Greta near Keswick.

12th January 2019 -Irton Pike (NY 12180 01238)
Meet at 10am at small car park (at NY 12180 01238). Access permission kindly given by Forestry Commission. Mix of habitats on small hill near Santon Bridge.

2nd February 2019 -Setmurthy Common (NY 16746 31271)
Meet at 10am at small layby (room for about six cars – but popular with dogwalkers, so may get filled up – some more parking at NY 16478 31283 for a couple of cars and at NY 16088 31359 – but don’t obstruct entrance into the wood). Access permission kindly given by Forestry Commission. Largely conifer plantation, with areas of broad-leaved and some streams.Located between Cockermouth and Bassenthwaite Lake.

24th March 2019 – Kielder Forest – Contact: John O’Reilly
Meet at 10:30am at Elf Kirk viewing point (NY694861). We will aim to make species lists for a number of interesting quarries and areas of rock outcrop nearby in the forest. We will be accessing the sites via tracks with locked barriers, so we will leave some cars at Elf Kirk and travel together.


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 2018
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 2018
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 2018
Longworth Clough. Meet on minor road Belmont-Egerton at SD693157. Leader John Lowell.

Saturday 7th July 2018
Haslingden Grane. Meet at Visitor Centre Car Park (SD752232) Off Haslingden to Blackburn Road B6232. Leader John Lowell.

Saturday 4th August 2018
Cuerden Valley Park. Meet in the car park just past The Barn. (SD563237) off Shady Lane running between A49 and B5256. (Charge). Leader Phil James.

Saturday 15th September 2018
Bradford Dale. Park in centre of Middleton-by-Youlgrave village. SK196632. Leader Joan Egan. (Joint meeting with Sorby NHS)

Saturday 20th October 2018
Lower Knotts Nature Reserve, Tosside. Meet at Tosside village which is on the B6478 road from Long Preston to Slaidburn. As you approach the village the Vicarage Tea Rooms and the village hall is on the left. Turn left (south) there at the village cross. There is a public car park about 100m from the junction on the right SD769559. We will then head down to Lower Knotts in two or three cars where there is a variety of semi-natural habitats including grassland, wetland, gill, sizeable rock outcrops, eroding river-cliff and plenty of mature trees. Leaders Gordon Haycock and Stephanie Peay

Saturday 17th November 2018
Roych Clough, near Chapel-en-le-Frith. Meet in lay-by on Chapel to Castleton Road at SK091824. It is about 30 minutes walk from the lay-by to the site. Leader Tom Blockeel.

Saturday 8th December 2018
Jumbles Reservoir, Bolton. Meet 10.30 in the Jumbles car-park SD736140.  From Bolton take the A676 Ramsbottom Road and just over a mile north of Bradshaw there is a road on the left leading to the car park.  Leader: Norman Bamforth


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.

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

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

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

Visit the Wessex Bryology Group page at

Wessex Bryology Group Programme 2018-19

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 and Somerset. 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 21st October 2018

Franchises Lodge RSPB reserve, New Forest, Wiltshire

Leader: Andrew Branson

This is a new RSPB reserve in the north of the New Forest just in the Wiltshire border. It consists of 386ha of mainly mixed woodland, with acid grassland, streams and flushed areas, which was formerly part of a private estate, so there are very few records for the site; 66ha of the woodland are notified as an SSSI. A brief walk through the reserve this spring indicated that there may be some interesting finds here, especially given its location within the New Forest. The reserve team, who are drawing up management plans, are keen to know more about the wood’s bryophytes.

Meet at the Telegraph Hill car park near the junction of the B3080 and the B3078 at SU 228166.

Sunday 25th November 2018

Powerstock Common, near Bridport, Dorset

Leader: Andrew Branson

This is a Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve in the heart of the rich, ancient countryside of the west of Dorset. The reserve has been well recorded in the past, but following clearance of conifers there may be some further surprises. The reserve includes ancient wood pasture, with a good epiphyte flora, ancient woodland and fen, with plenty of springs and flushes. A deep, former railway cutting provides access to some calcareous communities; Entodon cocinnus was recently found here.

Park at the reserve entrance at SY 546973, beside a disused railway bridge, on a minor road west of Toller Porcorum, near Maiden Newton, and north of Eggardon Hill. Parking is limited, so please share lifts, if possible.

Sunday 9th December 2018

Tyntesfield, near Bristol

Leader: Sharon Pilkington

Tyntesfield is a spectacular Victorian gothic revival house with gardens and parkland near Bristol. There are no previous bryophyte records from the estate but promising habitats include gardens, an empty lake, woodland and veteran trees.

The National Trust has kindly agreed to waive its normal car parking and entrance fees for non-NT members wishing to attend this meeting. However, numbers are limited so to book your place please email Sharon by 1 st of December.

Tyntesfield is located on the B3128 between Failand and Wraxall and is 2-3 miles from Junction 19 of the M5. The entrance is at ST 501723. From here it’s a short drive down to the car park, where we’ll meet on the eastern side.

Sunday 20th January 2019

Tristcombe Stone, Quantocks, Somerset

Leader: Andrew Branson

This is another attempt to meet in this wonderful landscape, following the cancellation of the meeting, owing to snow, last December. This remote part of the southern Quantocks has not been recorded as well as some of the combes to the north. There is a mixture of open heath, confer plantations (surely containing more Sematophyllum substrumulosum) streams and a quarry. Paul Bowyer visited the area last year and recorded a good number of species, including several Sphagna, Calliergonella lindbergii and Pogonatum nanum.

Park at the FC car park at ST 163359 at the end of the minor road which follows Cockercombe, west of the village of Plainsfield, which in turn is west of Spaxton.

Sunday 17th February 2019

Big Stoke and Westbury Beacon, near Wells, Somerset

Leader: Sharon Pilkington

Join us to look at a rich area of limestone and loess grassland, rock outcrops, drystone walls and ancient woodland on the Mendip scarp slope.

A brief exploration of this area in 2014 produced a long list of species including Entosthodon muhlenbergii, Brachythecium glareosum, Bryoerythrophyllum ferruginascens, Heterocladium flaccidum, Plasteurhynchium striatulum, Scorpiurium circinatum, Rhodobryum roseum, Fossombronia caespitiformis and Riccia subbifurca. There is surely more to find.

Meet at the entrance to Draycott Sleights nature reserve where the West Mendip Way (bridleway) crosses a lane at ST 486513. Parking is limited here – there is room for several cars but if necessary we can also park with care at the edge of the lane just downhill.

Sunday 24th March 2019

Fyfield Down, near Marlborough, Wiltshire

Leader: Sharon Pilkington

Fyfield Down is a biological and geological SSSI in the Marlborough Downs. It contains the best assemblage of sarsen stones in England and supports populations of bryophytes not known from elsewhere in Wiltshire and/or southern England. Species known from the stones include Grimmia decipiens, Orthotrichum rupestre, Hedwigia stellata, H. ciliata, Racomitrium heterostichum and Pterogonium gracile. We have permission to explore an area where there are few previous records (SU1371).

Meet in the car park north of Manton at SU 159699, which is accessed via a minor lane off the A4. Please note that due to the remote nature of Fyfield Down this visit is likely to involve 6-7km of walking.


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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