What's happening

Following the publication of the new Checklist of British and Irish Mosses earlier this year, we have been hard at work on a new Census Catalogue. For those who are unfamiliar with this, it lists – for each species or other taxon in the current (2020) British and Irish Checklist – the Watsonian Vice-counties in which it has been recorded, and is a useful tool for regular recorders. The last full catalogue was published in 2008.

The new Census Catalogue is due for publication in late 2021 and will be available in print and as a PDF file. More details will be included with the November issue of Field Bryology.

The Field Meeting and AGM in Barmouth were a great success and we would like to thank Margaret Crittenden for all her hard work in persisting and organising this over the past 3 years! Photos and anecdotes will be published on the website shortly (here), with the full report to follow in Field Bryology next year.

Local meeting organisers are now planning meetings for the coming season. Contact details for each group and for many of the meetings can be found under the Events heading, Local category. Some groups publish meeting details on their own website or by email to group members, so please check the contact information for the group(s) in your local area.
You don’t need to be a member to attend these meetings, so why not come along and see what it’s all about.

And for those rainy days, why not have a look through your bryophyte photos and see if you can contribute any to the new Species pages on the website. A (very) small number of volunteers are working on these pages, uploading images and writing additional identification notes. Progress is slow but we will get there!

Second edition of the Field Guide

The Publications Committee is looking into the production of a second edition of Mosses and liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a field guide, originally published by the BBS in 2010. We are asking anyone who has spotted errors in the current edition to please contact us at FGeditor@britishbryologicalsociety.org.uk with details. You can read more here.

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

Biantheridion undulifolium

(Nees) Konstant. & Vilnet

Biantheridion undulifolium (was Jamesoniella undulifolia), Marsh Flapwort, growing through Sphagnum rubellum.

Photographed by Des Callaghan during a survey of a site in mid-Wales. It seems quite fussy about which species of Sphagnum it grows through, and was predominantly found with S. rubellum at this site.

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Our upcoming events

The BBS Autumn Meeting in North Wales will now be going ahead, and local groups may start meeting again. Please click the link below for details.

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Gloucestershire Group: Hillesley

5 December 2021 (10:30 - 15:30) | Hopkins Hall, Hillesley

This will be an indoor microscope day and booking is essential.

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North Wales Non-flowering Plant Group: Coed y Gwmannog and Grinllwm above Trefriw

11 December 2021 (10:00 - 16:00)

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