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Because of technical difficulties, Alan Hale's BBS Field Guide site has had to be shut down from June 2013, but the species accounts and some of the content can be accessed here.


The want of a field guide has for many years greatly hindered further spread of interest in British and Irish field bryology. By filling this gap in the market, the guide has made a group that has largely been the realm of specialists into an accessible and popular interest for naturalists, reaching far beyond the current pool of bryologists, and into the wider community of naturalists beyond. Indeed, the guide makes an attractive, modestly priced Christmas or birthday gift for friends and relatives who are or might become interested in bryophytes. The BBS has published the guide, minimizing the price.

This book is the only up-to-date, user-friendly guide to identifying British and Irish bryophytes in the field, with hundreds of colour photographs and black and white drawings showing what species look like, together with notes on how to identify and distinguish similar species, and habitat notes and distribution maps showing where they occur.

It is available at 30 per copy plus postage. We would prefer it if you can order online using Paypal (Paypal account not required) using the links below. You can order multiple copies. If you wish to order 10 copies or over, there is a reduction in cost only for UK orders with a price of 25 per copy. Please e-mail Sean O'Leary if you wish to take advantage of this.

There is a small number of slightly damaged copies available at a bargain price of 20 per copy plus postage. The damage consists of very slight staining on a few pages which occurred during storage. If you would like one or more of these copies, please contact Sean O'Leary. Note that there will be no extra discount for ordering multiple copies.

If you have any queries please contact Sean O'Leary.

Could booksellers please contact Sean O'Leary and not the librarian.


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The price of sending the Field Guide outside Europe has increased considerably because of reduced airfreight due to coronavirus. If you would like a copy delivered outside Europe, please contact Sean O'Leary for more information on postage charges.

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