Welcome to the new BBS website!

(BBS members: please see the instructions under Website news for details of how to log in to the new Members area. Note that online Journal access passwords from the old website will not work.)

Over the last 10 or 11 months we have been busy working with website design and development company, Castlegate IT based in York, to completely re-design the website and bring it up to date. The new website is compatible with smartphones and tablets as well as desktop computers, and we hope that you will enjoy browsing some of the new pages, and perhaps rediscover some of the old – but often well tucked away – content.

Most of the page content has been transferred from the old website, but if there is something missing that you need, please let us know.

The new website has a Members only area which contains BBS referee details, all the Field Guide pages online and a link to Taylor & Francis online where you can access the current and past issues of Journal of Bryology.

One new feature of the website is a section with a page devoted to each species, with lots of information, links and images. Check out the Species pages from the new Species finder.

The website is still very much a work in progress, especially the new Species pages, so if you can contribute anything – photos, links, articles etc, please email us at webmaster@britishbryologicalsociety.org.uk.

If you have the time, why not take on one or two species and send us some tips on identifying them, notes on their habitats and distribution, take a few pictures and provide links or any other information you can think of. Send us the content and we’ll format it and upload to the website. Please let us know beforehand if you’d like to do this, so that we can ensure there is no duplication of effort.

Covid-19 statement and guidelines

National and local restrictions due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) are gradually being relaxed throughout the UK and Ireland and we have updated our guidelines to reflect this. Please see the Covid-19 guidelines page for further information.

Introduction to Bryophytes

If you’ve ever been fascinated by the colourful and multi-textured array of mosses on a stone wall, stony ground or woodland floor, and wondered what they all are, then this section is for you. The Learning area of the website will introduce you to bryophytes and get you started identifying some of the common species around where you live.

Start here

Explore your area

…without even leaving the house. Many knowledgeable and experienced BBS members have contributed to the vice-county pages, describing what can be found in their local areas and giving hints and tips on places to visit. Read all about your vice-county before you head out.

Launch the Vice-county explorer

The BBS Field Guide

This book is the only up-to-date, user-friendly guide to identifying British and Irish bryophytes in the field, with colour photos and drawings showing what species look like; notes on how to identify and to distinguish between similar species; and distribution maps and habitat notes, which will help you to decide whether you have correctly identified a plant.

Buy your copy here

Bryophyte of the month

Didymodon tophaceus subsp. sicculus

Didymodon tophaceus subsp. sicculus was found growing on Lundy Island off the North Devon coast. It is new to Britain and amongst other characters is distinguished from subsp. tophaceus by its nerve being narrower and having shorter cells over the ventral surface.
Peter Martin, May 2021

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Our upcoming events

We are hoping that the BBS Autumn Meeting in North Wales will be able to go ahead, and local groups may start meeting again. Please click the link below for details.

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Autumn Meeting 2021: North Wales

11 September 2021 - 18 September 2021 | Barmouth, North Wales

It is hoped that this meeting will be able to go ahead as planned. At present however, there is some uncertainty over whether people will be able to share rooms, so we are waiting to hear what the Welsh government decides about opening up before making any final decision. If we are unable to take […]

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Spring meeting 2022: Hungary

5 April 2022

Register your interest now with the local meeting secretary, Peter Erzberger. Please note that dates are provisional at this stage.

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