Wessex Group: Langport (Huish Moor and River Parrett), Somerset

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21 November 2021 (10:30 - 16:00)

Leader: Sharon Pilkington

Langport lies at the confluence of the Rivers Yeo and Parrett in the southern Somerset Levels. The area floods regularly in winter and is very humid. Not surprisingly, it is rich in bryophytes; Hygroamblystegium humile, a speciality of the Levels, has been found, as well as Dialytrichia saxicola and Oxyrrhynchium speciosum. Bankside trees in the flood zone support characteristic floodplain communities and Neckera (Leptodon) smithii is one of many epiphytes.

Meet at the river end of the free public car park in Langport (off the A378) at ST 41922665. The ground in this area can get very muddy after rain or flooding so wellies are recommended. Note: this meeting may have to be cancelled if the river is in flood – please watch for announcements on the Wessex Bryology Group website www.wessexbryologygroup.org or contact Sharon beforehand for an update.