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Field Bryology

Field Bryology is published twice a year by the British Bryological Society. It is the official record of the society and its business. All members receive a copy as part of their annual subscription.

A brief history of this publication, written by Roy Perry, is available here.

Current issue - Volume 122 November 2019

The contents of the current issue of Field Bryology are as follows:

Bryophytes on Ben Nevis. Gordon Rothero
Arthur Weyman (18601935). Jim Lawley & Mark Lawley
Tortula cernua: the flamingos of the Don Valley in 2018. Steven Heathcote & Tom Blockeel
A brief introduction to bryophilous fungi in Britain and Ireland. George Greiff
William Mitten, Hurstpierpoint and the bryophytes of the world. Brad Scott
The epiphyte flora of roadside trees in the London conurbation with a North American perspective on its possible future. Jeff Duckett & Silvia Pressel

Rare and Interesting. Oli Pescott

Meeting reports
BBS Autumn meeting 2018: Llanrwst, 57 October. Lucia Ruffino

News and Society business
Future Meetings. Lucia Ruffino

Lophocolea semiteres - perhaps not so harmless? Gordon Rothero

Previous issues

A selection of articles from previous issues of Field Bryology are available in .pdf format via the following links:

Guidelines for Authors

Items for publication and enquiries for advertising space should be addressed to the Editors (C. Preston & M. Whitelaw, email:

Items for inclusion in forthcoming issues of Field Bryology should be sent to the Editors at least 2 months in advance i.e. by the following dates:

November issue  1st September
May issue           1st March

Articles on all subjects related to field bryology will be considered, including ecology, conservation, recording, distribution, taxonomy and identification, and reports of field meetings. They should be of general interest to all of our members both in the UK and worldwide. Remember that the reader may not necessarily be a professional scientist and may not be familiar with the subject of your article.

However, Field Bryology is not a peer-reviewed scientific journal and is not a suitable place for primary scientific publication. Full scientific studies and descriptions of new species that require full peer review should be submitted to a research journal such as Journal of Bryology . Papers reporting taxa new to British and Ireland should also be submitted to a peer-reviewed research journal, but authors of such papers are encouraged to also publish a ‘lighter’, less rigorous article in Field Bryology following publication of the main paper.

Articles for inclusion in some of the new regular sections, such as Bryophytes Abroad, Conservation Corner, Ecology Matters, etc., will normally be solicited by the Editor, but the Editor will always be happy to consider unsolicited material for these sections.

Images are always welcome and add immensely to the readability and interest of all types of article. Field Bryology is printed in colour and attractive colour photographs are always welcome. Permission must be obtained to reproduce photographs and legends must be supplied.

Authors should supply brief biographical information and details of their title, name, job title, full address, telephone, fax and e-mail address.

Please note that published articles become the copyright of BBS and may be reproduced on our web page.

Submission of copy

Material submitted for publication should be provided as word-processing files, either on disk (preferably CD or DVD) or by email . Authors are encouraged to circulate drafts of their articles to fellow bryologists for comment prior to submission. In addition, the Editors may invite other bryologists to comment on submitted articles before they are published.

There is no strict upper or lower limit on the length of articles. However, ideally they should be somewhere in the range of 500-5,000 words (approx. 1-8 printed pages, excluding images). Ultimately, the article will have to fit into the available space and it may have to be edited to make this possible. However, you will receive a proof for approval before publication.

Submission of images

Photographs should be supplied as TIFF, JPEG or EPS files. The resolution should be at least 300 dpi at final size (approx. 2,000 pixels wide for a double-column figure) – the standard output from most digital cameras will usually be sufficient . For photomicrographs, magnification should be shown by a scale bar.

Line drawings should be of a quality suitable for direct reproduction. The maximum printed size is 135 x 205 mm. Artwork can be sent to the Editor at the address above for scanning; alternatively, line drawings can be sent in PowerPoint, Illustrator or EPS format (fonts embedded), or TIFF/JPG files of scans [please note that scans of line drawings should be at least 600 dpi, preferably 1,200 dpi, at final size (approx. 4,000 or 8,000 pixels wide for a double-column figure)].


References in the text should be cited as follows: two authors, Laurel & Hardy (2007) or (Laurel & Hardy, 1996); three or more authors, Laurel et al. (2007) or (Laurel et al., 2007). References to papers by the same author(s) in the same year should be distinguished in the text and the reference list by the letters a, b, etc. (e.g. 2007a or 2007a, b). The style of references in the reference list should follow the examples shown below.

Sample reference to a paper in a journal:

Sotiaux, A., Pioli, A., Royaud, A., Schumacker, R. & Vanderpoorten, A. (2007). A checklist of the bryophytes of Corsica (France): new records and a review of the literature. Journal of Bryology 29, 41-53.

Sample reference to a whole book:

Smith, A. J. E. (2004). The Moss Flora of Britain and Ireland , 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sample reference to a book chapter or section:

Porley, R. & Hodgetts, N. (2004). Woodland and epiphytes. In Mosses and Liverworts (New Naturalist Series No. 97), pp. 147-186. London: HarperCollins.

Only papers accepted for publication but not yet published may be cited as 'in press' in the reference list, and the reference must include the name of the journal. References to papers not yet accepted should be cited in the text as unpublished results, giving the surname(s) and initials of all the author(s). Such papers should not appear in the list of references. Permission must be obtained for any personal communications or citations of other workers' unpublished results.


Taxonomy should aim to follow the current census catalogue ( Hill, M.O., Blackstock, T.H., Long, D. L. & Rothero, G.P. (2008). A Checklist and Census Catalogue of British and Irish Bryophytes Updated 2008. British Bryological Society ) available here .

Institutional Subscriptions

Institutional subscriptions to the British Bryological Society’s bulletin, Field Bryology, are now available at £20 per annum, including postage.

If you wish to subscribe, you should send details of the delivery address to the BBS Treasurer, Dr David Chamberlain, 10 North Park Terrace, Edinburgh, EH4 1DP.

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Back numbers and Index

Back issues of Field Bryology are available for £5 per issue plus postage. If you wish to purchase back issues, please contact the BBS Librarian .

Back issues of the Bulletin (the predecessor of Field Bryology) from No 23 are available at £1.00 each and from No 82 at £ 2.00 from the Librarian .

The cumulative index to Field Bryology is incorporated in the Cumulative Index of BBS Publications (1896 - ) which is regularly up dated by Phil Stanley and includes the Transactions, Bulletin and other publications. It is available for downloading as a pdf or rtf file on Phil's web page (



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