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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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Biantheridion undulifolium

Biantheridion undulifolium (was Jamesoniella undulifolia), Marsh Flapwort, growing through Sphagnum rubellum. Photographed by Des Callaghan during a survey of a site in mid-Wales. It seems quite fussy about which species of Sphagnum it grows through, and was predominantly found with S. rubellum at this site.

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2024 International Botanical Congress in Madrid

Updated information about the 2024 International Botanical Congress in Madrid Earlier this year it was announced that due to the pandemic the next International Botanical Congress will be delayed one year and held in Madrid, Spain, in July 2024. The dates for the rescheduled Botanical Congress are as follows: Nomenclature Section, July 15-19, 2024 Congress, […]

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Ricciocarpos natans

The terrestrial form of Ricciocarpos natans (Fringed Heartwort) looks quite different to its aquatic counterpart, being more fleshy and often with a purplish tinge. This photo was taken in a muddy, cattle-poached pingo in Norfolk, where it was growing in great abundance.

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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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Gymnomitrion crenulatum

Gymnomitrion crenulatum (Western Frostwort) skilfully photographed on the Autumn 2021 meeting in North Wales by Calum McLennan. It doesn't always look as beautiful as this, as the leaf margins frequently become eroded, giving the cushions a whitish appearance.

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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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Whixall Moss news

Long Term Monitoring Networks vegetation survey of Fenns, Whixall and Bettisfield Moss Past President Martin Godfrey and Council member Philippa Thompson have just returned from a week with Natural England assisting at a Long Term Monitoring Network (LTMN) vegetation survey of Fenns, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses, a lowland bog National Nature Reserve (NNR) that straddles […]

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Sphagnum rubellum

Sphagnum rubellum (Red Bogmoss) shown here with S. palustre for comparison. S. rubellum is much more delicate, with a stellate appearance when viewed from above. S. rubellum used to be regarded as a subspecies of S. capillifolium, but has been elevated to full species in the latest British list.

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