There is a wealth of literature about bryophytes, as a search of the internet will soon show – and it’s impossible to include it all here. Listed below are some of the most popular and useful books, with brief descriptions to help you find the ones that might interest you.
There are also many scientific papers and monographs that you may find useful, some of which are free to download or published in Field Bryology or the Journal of Bryology and hence available to BBS members. These aren’t covered here, but see the Literature searches section below for help on locating what you are looking for.
Those who are interested in growing bryophytes – either for scientific research or for a garden – should check out Michael Fletcher’s Moss Grower’s Handbook, available to download below.
And Sean Edwards’ English Names for British Bryophytes is a fascinating book to browse through when you have a spare moment. Again this is available to download below.
Details of Local Floras, where available, are given on the relevant vice-county pages.
Details of books and papers dedicated to species groups are included in the Bryophyte identification page or on the relevant species pages.
The Tropicos database – available at https://www.tropicos.org/reference/Search – contains details of many thousand scientific publications – book and papers. It can be searched by author, date and several other criteria.
The Biodiversity Heritage Library, https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/ is a wonderful resource, especially (but not exclusively) for older publications.
In addition to this, Dr Phil Stanley maintains an index of all BBS publications which is updated regularly and is available to download in the Publications section of the website, here.