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We cover Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset and Hampshire and always try to arrange our program to to include a good range of habitats and sites.
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 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.
Since 2020 we have asked all participants in our field meetings to book a place. This allows us to let everyone know if a meeting has to be postponed, cancelled or changed at short notice and also enables us to implement any restrictions and guidance to safeguard the health of leaders and attendees.
If you would like to come to one of our field meetings you must book a place in advance with the respective group leader. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis and can only be booked one meeting ahead at a time.
10 December 2023 (10:30 - 16:00)
If you like Sphagnum, this meeting at Oakers Bog won’t fail to impress. This SSSI is a magnificent and relatively intact L-shaped valley mire on deep wet peat in an extensive complex of heathland, valley mire and woodland in the Poole Basin.
19 November 2023
Chancellor’s Farm is a Somerset Wildlife Trust reserve held on a lease from the Ministry of Defence. Access is by permit only, but the Trust has kindly allowed us to visit and record the bryophytes of this unspoilt, historic landscape in the Mendip Hills.
21 October 2023
The annual joint New Forest field meeting of the Wessex and Southern groups will this year support National Moss Day on 21st October.
12 March 2023
19 February 2023
15 January 2023
11 December 2022 (10:30 - 15:30)
13 November 2022
30 October 2022 (10:30 - 16:00)
20 March 2022