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Marchantia quadrata

Previously known as Preissia quadrata, or Narrow Mushroom-headed Liverwort. This image shows immature female receptacles, each of which can have up to 8 sporophytes which develop inside a protective involucre. This specimen was growing in crevices in a wall at Visegrád Castle near Budapest in Hungary.

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Entosthodon hungaricus

One of the many beautiful bryophytes seen on the recent meeting in Hungary. This species was growing in saline grassland at Apaj, and was obviously very happy. Thank you to Peter Erzberger for arranging the meeting, and shepherding our group of around 20 errant bryologists around some of the most interesting sites in the region of Budapest without losing anyone (or his temper)!

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Celebrating Daniel Angell Jones in Harlech

On 4th April this year a small group gathered in Harlech around the former home of school master Daniel Angell Jones (1861-1936), at 5 Bronwen Terrace. Daniel Angell Jones was a founder member of the BBS in 1923 and its first Secretary. Mark Lawley as a representative of the BBS, and Liz Saville Jones, MP […]

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Hypnum cupressiforme

Bryophytes really repay a little more study - they are not just beautiful in the field! Here you can see the antheridia (male organs) of Hypnum cupressiforme in various stages of development. To observe these, you need to find a shoot with diminutive male side branches, then just dissect one of these, removing all the subtending bracts.  This specimen was collected in January, but antheridia may not be present throughout the whole year; we don't know a great deal about the timing of sexual reproduction stages for many bryophytes species.

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Art by Emily Meilleur

Emily Meilleur is a botanist and social artist from North Wales, engaging people in creative activities and working with community groups. The moss prints were made as a community workshop to study the form of bryophytes and the shape and arrangement of leaves. Everyone at the workshop took part in making a giant moss mural.

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New recording cards

New versions of the recording cards and spreadsheets are now available to order, or to download from the Recording section of the website https://www.britishbryologicalsociety.org.uk/recording/recording-cards/. The nomenclature of these cards follows the 2021 Census catalogue with some additions and amendments. Note that, if you had downloaded the first version of the spreadsheets (published on 2nd March), […]

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Sphagnum-inspired art by Alison Cutts

Alison Cutts is a botanical and natural sciences illustrator based in Scotland. You can read more about her background and work on her website at https://www.alisoncutts.com/, and will be able to see more of her work in the forthcoming second edition of the BBS Field Guide!

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Dicranella howei

Not the best photo, but a beautiful specimen of fruiting Dicranella howei (Howe’s Forklet-moss) nonetheless.  This species can often be seen fruiting in late winter / early spring and was spotted here on Gilwern Hill near Abergavenny at the start of January.

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Art from Ukraine by Alla Rasskazova

Alla Rasskazova is a Ukrainian botanical artist based in Kyiv, and a member of the British Society of Botanical Artists. She has been researching the endangered plant species of Ukraine, but – being unable to go out and search for specimens to work with at present – turned to photos on the internet for inspiration. […]

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