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Call for UK specimens of alpine bryophyte species

Alain Vanderpoorten has a research project, entitled ‘Hiding for surviving? Last-glacial maximum phylogeography to inform spatially-explicit predictions on the ability of Alpine biota to migrate as a response to climate change in the Alps (GEN4MIG)’. For this, he would appreciate contribution of decently recent (<5-10 yrs at most) and sufficiently abundant (for DNA extraction) specimens […]

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Teesside Autumn Meeting 2022 update 1

The autumn meeting is getting organised, and I thought of sharing some information to help everybody prepare their trip. I am also putting together the programme for the paper reading session – the session does not have a specific theme and if you would like to present something, whether finished work, plans or bouncing some […]

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Learning about bryophytes in Berkshire

(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. […]

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A Supplement to the Liverwort Flora of the British Isles

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 […]

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Guide to common bryophilous fungi

BBS member George Greiff has become fascinated by bryophilous fungi over the last couple of years, and is keen to get other bryologists out there looking. He has written a couple of articles in Field Bryology and is putting together a guide to some of the more common bryophilous fungi you might see. We are hosting […]

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A new home for the Cumulative Index

As many members will know, for many years, Phil Stanley has maintained an index to the contents of the main BBS publications: Field Bryology, Journal of Bryology, the Field Guide and others. He publishes this index along with other publication-related information on his website www.lumiweb.com. Earlier this year, Phil approached the BBS Council to see […]

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New Species name dictionary files

Dr Phil Stanley has generated new dictionary files corresponding to the 2020/2021 species checklists for the UK and Europe. These can be used in Microsoft Word and similar applications to check the spelling of the new species names. The files can be downloaded from the Resources area, on the Checklists page. They will download as […]

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Draft key to the Pottiales

Feedback requested The BBS Field Guide has been a wonderful resource for beginning and improving bryologists since it was published in 2010. However, one complaint that has been levied against it, is that the lack of any microscope characters in the keys mean that some species simply cannot be keyed out – and also may […]

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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. This will be a ‘light touch’ revision updating the nomenclature and maps, correcting any errors and including a greater range of drawings. As part of […]

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The Mosses and Liverworts of Brecknock

Ray Woods has several copies of his 2006 book ‘The Mosses and Liverworts of Brecknock’ available for just the price of postage. You can find more details about the book on the VC42 Breconshire (Brecknock) page, along with an update to the species list produced by Graham Motley in 2014, which you can download. Note […]

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