BBS Bulletins 1963-2003

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Introduction

The Bulletin of the British Bryological Society started with issue no. 1 in December 1963, as a foolscap, 3-paged, Gestetnered publication, and produced by the then Secretary E.C. (Ted) Wallace, under the Presidency of Dr E.F. Warburg. Over the next few years, about two issues per year were produced, each stapled in the top left-hand corner. The contents consisted of notices of forthcoming meetings with listed accommodations, sales from the Library, notes from the BBS Mapping Scheme, and the Annual Bryophyte Exchange which was run by Ted. Lists of New Members, reports of other Society activities such as the Reading Circle, slide collection news, and so on, appeared in later numbers.
Dr D.H. (Kery) Dalby became the Secretary in 1970 and produced his first Bulletin, no. 14. The Bulletin was still mostly Gestetnered and foolscap, though occasional A4 copies were produced. An Income & Expenditure Account sheet for 1971 was distributed to the Membership in 1972.
Roy Perry became Acting Secretary in late 1973 and produced the last foolscap Bulletin, no. 22, in September. With Council’s approval as the newly elected Secretary/Bulletin Editor/Membership Secretary in 1974, he set about producing two bulletins a year which were sent as camera-ready copy to a local printer who stapled them as A5 booklets. Members were encouraged to supply news of bryological interest and short articles for the Bulletin, so that gradually its size grew, and by no. 26 in July 1975, it had 36 pages and contained New Vice-county Records and Amendments to the Census Catalogues (which had hitherto been published in the Transactions and later in the Journal of Bryology), as well as notes on various genera, and keys to bryophyte species. Card covers were given to no. 28 onwards, and from no. 41 Roy used bryological images taken from various old bryophyte works, to enhance them.
After relinquishing the post of General Secretary at the end of 1981, Roy carried on as Bulletin Editor until he was joined by Marcus Yeo as Assistant Editor in 1998. Marcus became Editor from no. 72 in February 1999 and was responsible for the evolving of the Bulletin to the new Field Bryology.

Roy Perry

The reports

These reports were scanned and made available to the BBS website by M. Duffell and Dr. Phil Stanley.

1960-1969

No. 1, December 1963
No. 2, July 1964
No. 3, December 1964
No. 4, July 1965
No. 5, January 1966
No. 6, July 1966
No. 7, December 1966
No. 8, July 1967
No. 9, January 1968
No. 10, July 1968
No. 11, January 1969
No. 12, August 1969
No. 13, December 1969

1970-1979

No. 14, July 1970
No. 15, November 1970
No. 16, February 1971
No. 17, August 1971
No. 18, January 1972
No. 19, August 1972
No. 20, November 1972
No. 21, May 1973
No. 22, September 1973
No. 23, January 1974
No. 24, July 1974
No. 25, January 1975
No. 26, July 1975
No. 27, January 1976
No. 28, July 1976
No. 29, January 1977
No. 30, July 1977
No. 31, January 1978
No. 32, October 1978
No. 33, March 1979
No. 34, August 1979

1980-1989

No. 35, January 1980
No. 36, August 1980
No. 37, March 1981
No. 38, July 1981
No. 39, February 1982
No. 40, July 1982
No. 41, February 1983
No. 42, July 1983
No. 43, February 1984
No. 44, September 1984
No. 45, February 1985
No. 46, July 1985
No. 47, February 1986
No. 48, July 1986
No. 49, March 1987
No. 50, July 1987
No. 51, February 1988
No. 52, July 1988
No. 53, March 1989
No. 54, July 1989

1990-1999

No. 55, March 1990
No. 56, July 1990
No. 57, March 1991
No. 58, July 1991
No. 59, February 1992
No. 60, July 1992
No. 61, February 1993
No. 62, July 1993
No. 63, February 1994
No. 64, July 1994
No. 65, March 1995
No. 66, July 1995
No. 67, February 1996
No. 68, August 1996
No. 69, February 1997
No. 70, July 1997
No. 71, August 1998
No. 72, February 1999
No. 73, August 1999 SUPPLEMENT, The New Census Catalogue
No. 73, August 1999

2000-2003

No. 74, February 2000
No. 75, July 2000
No. 76, February 2001
No. 77, July 2001
No. 78, February 2002
No. 79, July 2002
No. 80, February 2003
No. 81, July 2003