Another forecast for heavy rain in the mountains! The North Wales Group have not had much luck with the weather this winter.
A last minute change of venue to Flagstaff quarry on Anglesey saw a small group of six stalwarts gather outside the ruins of Penmon Priory in the teeth of a gale. A short time was spent inspecting the medieval stonework for all the usual suspects, and then the group moved off to spend the day in a huge limestone quarry, sheltered from the wind, but in anticipation of the arrival of imminent rain. Happily the rain held off and a respectable list of 65 species was gathered including a very handsome fruiting Tortula lindbergii. There were luxuriant sheets of Porella platyphylla, cushions of Eucladium verticillatum and many of the species that are characteristic of limestone, but there was also a puzzling absence of other things that you might expect to see, such as Mesoptychia (Leiocolea) turbinata.
Many thanks to Mark Lawley for coming over to share his expertise with us baby bryologists here in North Wales.