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Welcome to the British Bryological Society

The British Bryological Society exists to promote the study of mosses and liverworts. With a full programme of field meetings, a paper reading meeting, recording and research projects, an international academic journal and a lively membership magazine, there is something for everyone interested in learning about bryophytes.

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Save Scotland's Rainforests

Scotlandís rainforest is one of our most precious habitats. It is as important as tropical rainforest, but even rarer. Yet few people in Scotland know it exists and fewer still know how globally significant it is.

The BBS is a partner organisation in the Alliance for Scotlandís Rainforest Ė a voluntary partnership of more than 20 organisations that are all committed to collaborative action for the benefit of the rainforest. Check out this video explaining their work:

Help us with Physcomitrium pyriforme specimens

Researchers in the US have recently contacted the BBS to request help with finding specimens of Physcomitrium pyriforme. For the last 2 years they have been working on a research project on plant genome evolution using this species as a model organism.

They have been running a citizen science program called PhyscoHunt, asking for the help of professional and amateur naturalists to obtain samples of this moss, and this has been quite successful in North America. However they have received very few samples from Europe and so are approaching us directly.

You can read more about this request from Raphael Medina and download their specific instructions on the type of sample needed and what to do with them from this link: Help us finding Physcomitrium pyriforme.

The US team, Raphael Medina, Bernard Goffinet and Matt Johnson, would like to thank you in advance for any samples you can provide.





Upcoming Events



POSTPONED Spring Meeting 2021: 9-16 April 2021, Central Lake District.

Given the ongoing issues with the Covid 19 pandemic, the Spring Meeting scheduled for April 2021 will be postponed. As we already have a meeting planned for 2022, the Lake District meeting will be re-scheduled for Spring 2023 - dates to be determined.

Summer Meeting 2021: 19-26 June 2021, Jura.

Autumn Meeting 2021: 13-17 September 2021, Plas Caerdeon, North Wales.

Spring Meeting 2022: 5-13 April 2022, Hungary (dates preliminary).

Please also consult our local meetings page for more information about one-day field meetings in your area.

If you would like to contribute to future years' programmes, please get in touch with Lucia Ruffino. Lucia has also put together some guidelines for meeting organisers, which you may wish to look at to get some idea of what is involved.



  • ** New ** English Names for British Bryophytes Version 5.02 (January 2021)
    Sean Edwards has updated his English Names for British Bryophytes with recent changes and the latest version is available to download from the Resource downloads page.

  • Cumulative Index of BBS Publications Version 16.2 (November 2020)
    The latest version, 16.2, (November 2020) of the Cumulative Index is available for downloading from web page The index covers all of the printed publications of the Society and the version includes entries up to the Journal of Bryology, up to vol. 42 Part 3 and Field Bryology 123 (May 2020). The format is a searchable pdf file of some 66 thousand entries. The website also contains data and history about the Society and its publications.
    Dr Philip Stanley

  • Provisional dates and information for the Spring 2022 meeting in Hungary now available on the Forthcoming Meetings page.

  • Lucia Ruffino took advantage of some free time during lockdown earlier this year to put together a video for her local Record Centre. Entitled 'Introduction to Mosses and Liverworts Recording' you can watch it on the SEWBrec YouTube channel. Highly recommended for anyone new to mosses and liverworts.

  • Save the date! The Plas Caerdeon meeting originally scheduled for Spring 2020 has been rearranged for 13-17th September 2021. More details will follow in due course.

  • The Autumn Liverwort workshop has been postponed due to Covid-19 concerns. Please read the full announcement on the Local meetings page.

  • T&F Journal alerts Those of you who use the Taylor & Francis website to access Journal of Bryology online may be interested in a new option to register for email alerts whenever a new article is published online. You will need to create an online account (free), then click on the New content alerts button on the main JoB page and follow the instructions. If you have any problems with this, please contact T&F, not the BBS.



New Atlas of British and Irish Bryophytes

A reminder to all bryophyte lovers that the Atlas of British and Irish Bryophytes is available for sale from this link.

This flagship publication of the BBS not only holds the most up-to-date set of distribution maps for all British and Irish bryophytes but also a wealth of information about each species’ ecology, altitudinal range, associated species and world-wide distribution.

A stupendous achievement by the authors as well as a tribute to the work of the BBS: it is difficult to know why anyone would not be anxious to secure a copy.

BBS Field Guide to the Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland

This book, produced by the BBS, is the only up-to-date, user-friendly guide to identifying British and Irish bryophytes in the field.  It contains 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.

An essential field companion for any serious bryologist.

To order click  here .


Future Meetings

Would you like bryologists from all over Britain and Ireland to come and help you record your county or local area?

If the answer is yes, then you could host a BBS Spring or summer Meeting! Spring and Summer meetings are usually 5 -7 days long and all you need to do is find sites that need recording. A bunch of friendly bryologists will then come and record in the chosen locations and you can watch the record cards coming in... Meetings are also a great opportunity for beginners to learn from expert bryologists in the field.

If you think you could host a Spring or Summer meeting in 2022 or 2023, please get in touch with Lucia Ruffino at or on Twitter.


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