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Forthcoming meetings 2020/22


Organising meetings

The Meetings Secretary, Lucia Ruffino, has drafted some guidelines for organising meetings, which can be downloaded here. This document is a work-in-progress and Lucia would appreciate any comments or questions you may have. Download the Word document if required, and / or email Lucia at

Safety in the field

For all meetings, whether local, regional or national, please, read the BBS Safety Code before attending any meeting and always follow the safety instructions from the meeting leader. The BBS Risk Assessment template can be downloaded from here.

Local Meetings

Many areas also have BBS local group meetings and details of these can be found on the Local Meeting page. Please contact the relevant local Secretary if you wish to attend any of these meetings, and for further details.



Summer Meeting 2020 Week 1: Isle of of Jura, Saturday June 20th – Saturday June 27th 2020.

Please see the following announcement from Fiona Cameron, Local Secretary:

Due to the spread of Covid-19 and government advice to avoid non-essential travel and social contact, the June 2020 summer meeting on Jura has regrettably been postponed until further notice. We very much hope to be able to host the group in 2021.

I will be in touch shortly with those who registered their interest, but in the mean time feel free to contact me if you have any queries.

Please note: Medical facilities on the island are very limited, so please do not be tempted to come over anyway for a holiday, as you would put yourselves and the island population at increased risk.

Thank you for your understanding.

General Information

The Isle of Jura in the Southern Hebrides is one of the most spectacularly remote and unexplored of our western Scottish islands, and approximately half of its tetrads lack a single record. In addition to investigating previously unrecorded areas of moorland, bog, mountains, lochans and coastline there will also be the opportunity to re-examine the habitats of its known specialities including; sea-caves and Cyclodictyon laetevirens; ravines and Dumortiera hirsuta and the Hepatic Mat constituent Adelanthus lindenbergianus up on the Paps. It is hoped that a boat trip to take recorders to the northernmost tip of the island may also be an option.

To further explore the many ravines, cliffs, raised beaches and localised machair characteristic of the West coast, those adventurous recorders who are physically fit might be interested in a second week (prior to the core week), camping and bothying. I am happy to provide any information/guidance required for this. The Cicerone publication “Walking on Jura, Islay and Colonsay” is an excellent resource to start with.

Evening Microscope-work and Accommodation

The village hall in Craighouse has been hired for the week's evening work as it provides a more central location close to most of the holiday cottages, shop and hotel. (A small charge will be made for the use of the hall – the exact amount depending on the numbers of people attending). Craighouse also has a camp-site and a direct foot-passenger RIB service to Tayvallich on the mainland, in addition to a bus service to Feolin for the car-ferry to Islay and Kennacraig.

Booking accommodation will now be the responsibility of those attending. However, to those of you who are happy to share please indicate this when you register your interest, and I will put you in touch with each other and provide contact details for suggested local cottages.

Contact details
To register your interest and/or for further information please contact Fiona at

Local secretary: Fiona Cameron


Annual Meeting 2020: Saturday September 12th 2020, 10am.

The BBS Annual General Meeting will now be held on Saturday 12th September 2020 at 10.00am. It will take place in the form of a ZOOM online video conference.

You will need to register to attend the meeting via an online form (link below), and those who register will be contacted by email nearer the time with a link inviting them to join the meeting and further instructions.

Please note that this year the AGM will be confined to the business of the main agenda.

Register for the meeting


Introduction to Liverworts Workshop - Treborth Botanic Gardens, Bangor, North Wales. 23-25 October 2020.

Covid-19 announcement

With great regret, it has been decided to postpone this workshop indefinitely because of the ongoing Covid 19 situation. The workshop will be mostly indoors, working with microscopes in a laboratory, and it would be very difficult to maintain social distancing. The workshop will be rescheduled once the situation improves, so please keep an eye on the website for future announcements.

Workshop details

An opportunity to learn about the main liverwort genera and species, the workshop will consist of lectures, microscope work and a couple of field outings and is being organised by local Secretary and Trainer: Lucia Ruffino.

The workshop will be held in the lab facilities of Treborth Botanic Gardens, near Bangor, North Wales (nearest postcode LL57 2RQ – SH5504 7103).
Arrival: 6pm Friday 23rd October – workshop ends: 4 pm Sunday 25th October 2020

Please note:

Numbers will be limited to 15 to fit comfortably in the lab room.
You will need to book your own accommodation in the Bangor area.
There will be an admin cost for the workshop of £15.00 per person.

To express an interest please email Lucia at


Spring Meeting 2021: Central Lake District, Friday April 9th – Friday April 16th 2021.

The meetings will be based roughly around the central Lake District area.  The high fells are under-recorded, so there will be a focus on recording these.  However, there will be a number of more lowland sites/sites close to parking available to do each day as well.  Sites include areas around Wastwater, Derwentwater, Loweswater, Ullswater, Ambleside and Thirlmere.

Further information about the meeting will be provided closer to the time.

Accommodation can be booked in Keswick and other areas such as Ambleside and Grasmere, it is advisable to book in advance because it is such a popular area with tourists.

To express an interest in taking part in the Spring meeting, please contact the Meetings Secretary, Lucia Ruffino –


Summer Meeting 2021: Isle of of Jura, Saturday June 19th – Saturday June 26th 2021.

Dear recorders,

For those of you who were looking forward to coming to the summer meeting on Jura this year, some cheery news: we are hoping to reschedule the event for June 2021, (Saturday the 19th to Saturday the 26th), and the village hall has been booked for evening microscope work again for that week, (pending the easing of travel restrictions etc of course). I've been able to get out and recce access to local sites and identified some interesting-looking new ones, and look forward to seeing you all here to explore them together next year. If you have any queries please get in touch. 

Best wishes to all of you.

Local secretary: Fiona Cameron


Autumn Meeting 2021: Monday September 13th - Friday September 17th 2021, North Wales

General Information

We will be exploring the county of Merioneth (Vice-county 48) which has everything from high, volcanic mountains to the great species-poor uplands of the Migneint. There is a coastal strip with dune systems and saltmarshes as well as numerous lakes and fantastic hidden river valleys. There are even the remains of a Carboniferous limestone quarry and a few scattered lime-kilns on the Ordovician ‘limestone’.

We will be based at Plas Caerdeon, which is an Outdoor Education Centre in North Wales owned and run by Liverpool Hope University. It is situated between Dolgellau and Barmouth on the A496 (postcode LL42 1TH).

Further details will be provided closer to the time.


Spring Meeting 2022: Tuesday April 5 – Wednesday April 13 2022, Hungary (dates preliminary),

We will travel to different locations in the country by bus from Budapest and Eger, where we will stay for some nights each. Excursions will include calcareous grasslands and limestone rocks in the vicinity of the capital and in the Bükk Mts (NE Hungary) (expected highlights: Asterella saccata, Mannia fragrans, Oxymitra incrassata, Riccia ciliifera, Crossidium squamiferum, Mannia triandra, Bryum [Ptychostomum] funkii), volcanic grasslands and siliceous boulder scree at Börzsöny and Visegräd Mts (Grimmia plagiopodia, Syntrichia caninervis var. gypsophila, Crossidium squamiferum, Brachythecium geheebii, Lescuraea saviana), saline grassland (Entosthodon hungaricus) and loess cliffs (Hilpertia velenovskyi) in the lowlands and forests in the colline Cserhát Mts (Anacamptodon splachnoides, Zygodon [Codonoblepharon] forsteri).

This plan may be affected of course by changes which could be imposed by the Covid 19 situation at the time, supposing that travel to Hungary is then possible. Further information about the meeting will be provided closer to the time.

The meeting will be organized by Peter Erzberger, Berlin, and Beáta Papp, Budapest.

To express an interest in the meeting and for further information, please email



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