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These pages provide a wealth of information that you might find useful, organised as far as possible into different themes.
Some of the resources provided are downloads of PDF files or spreadsheets, others link to other useful websites, and there are many suggestions for books and papers that may be of interest.
Many of the resources are aimed at bryologists in the UK and Ireland, but we also have checklists and literature references for other parts of the world, including the tropics. These were built up over a period of almost 20 years, largely by the Tropical Bryology Group.
There is a separate page dedicated to resources for recording bryophytes in the wild which includes the BBS Bryophyte Recording Handbook and downloads of recording cards in different formats. You will find these recording resources in the Recording section.
Finally, another useful resource is an email discussion list called BRYONET, set up by the International Association of Bryologists (IAB). Its purpose is to provide discussion among bryologists and any who wish to learn about bryophytes. You have to register in order to use it, but anyone from complete beginners to top level scientists can – and do – post questions and participate in discussions. Find out how to register on the Bryology.org website http://iab-bryologists-website.blogspot.com/2009/11/bryonet.html
In this section you will find identification keys to groups of species, useful downloads and links to additional online resources.
Tabulated and codified attribute data for species can be very useful in ecological research. 2 datasets are provided here.
The BBS maintains a database of bryophyte records for the UK and Ireland, which is used to produce various distribution maps, checklists etc. This page pulls together all these resources and provides links to similar resources for other parts of the world.
Red lists and lists of nationally rare and scarce plants are commonly used conservation tools, used to focus conservation effort and influence policy and decision making.
The Tropical Bryology Group was active for many years, and accumulated / compiled many useful resources for tropical regions.
There is a wealth of literature about bryophytes, as a search of the internet will soon show – and it’s impossible to include them all here. However, we do list some of the most popular and useful books to get you started.
The BBS provides access to a range of physical resources in addition to its various publications. These are managed by the BBS Librarian, and you will find details in this section, including how to borrow or purchase items.
The BBS awards a small number of grants each year, with the aim of promoting bryological activities at home or abroad, including field work, attending meetings and publishing the results of research.
The BBS runs courses and workshops when a need is identified; these are available to BBS members and details will be published in Field Bryology and in the Events section of the website. However, a few organisations offer courses in Bryophyte Identification and you will find their details here.
The BBS Herbarium (BBSUK) is hosted at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff. In this section you’ll find historical information and information about accessing BBSUK.
What were the early bryologists like and who were the key players in the development of bryology in Britain and Ireland? Several members have researched this subject in the past, and you can read all about their findings here.