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Glyphomitrium davesii (Black-tufted moss) was a fairly frequent occurrence on the recent BBS meeting on Jura. This is an easy species to overlook unless it happens to be fruiting, which fortunately it often does! This abundantly fruiting specimen was spotted by David Long, on the side of a boulder near Glenbatrick on the west coast.
From a specimen collected at Merthen Wood in Cornwall on the 2022 BBS Spring Meeting. Sharon Pilkington led a couple of very successful searches along the creeks around the Helford River, where it was frequently found growing with Cephaloziella turneri (Bryophyte of the month for April) . It is quite a tricky species to photograph in the field though, thanks to its habit of growing in shady underhangs along creek banks.
Calyptrochaeta apiculata (Southern Hookeria) was much admired on the BBS Spring meeting in Cornwall, March 2022. It really does look like a baby Hookeria lucens, but look more closely and you will spot the pointed leaf apex. The image above was taken by Jonathan Sleath at Frenchman's Creek, and gives some idea of the habitat on creek banks.
Calling all #WomenInBryology The International Association of Bryologists are looking for contributions from women bryologists throughout the world to their project ‘Raising the profile of women in bryology’. All you need to do is write a short biography saying where you come from, how you came to study bryophytes and why you enjoy bryology. Biographies […]
This microscope image of a shoot and perianth of Cephaloziella turneri (Turner's Threadwort) was taken from a specimen collected on the BBS Spring Meeting in Cornwall, 2022. Several populations were found in creeks along the Helford River, but this one was actually growing inland on a private estate near Bodmin. (Click below for the full image).
You may remember that last year, a team from the US studying Physcomitrium pyriforme requested specimens from Europe to assist in their studies (you can read the post here). The team are still short of European samples, and have just circulated the following request on Bryonet: Given the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, our ability to […]
(or how to put a BBS grant to good use) BBS member Frankie Richardson received a grant from the BBS last year to pay for a bryophyte identification training course. Here she reports on the course and what she learned. I recently completed a 6-month bryophyte identification course with Ptyxis Ecology, led by John O’Reilly. […]
The long anticipated Supplement to Jean Paton’s Liverwort Flora of the British Isles is now available to pre-order, at a special price for BBS members only, from the Publications section of the website. For more details, please see here. Publication is expected in late March, and it is hoped that there will be copies available to purchase […]
Glaucus Beard-moss, photographed by Sharon Pilkington at its only known British site in Wiltshire in February 2022. It is growing on soft shaded chalk in a disused chalk pit, and Sharon reports that it seems to be doing quite well!
Riccia beyrichiana (Purple Crystalwort) growing on the margins of an old reservoir in the Brecon Beacons. A relatively large Riccia, easily recognised in this case by the swollen margins to the thallus.