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Meetings of the BBS - Local
Note that for insurance purposes BBS Local Groups have to be formally registered with the General Secretary; they should be listed on the BBS Website with contact details. The organiser or group leader needs to be a member of the BBS and the activities must take place with the authority of that person.
COVID-19 - 10th September 2020
The season is approaching when BBS field meetings traditionally start across the UK and Ireland. So, this is an opportune moment to clarify the position of the BBS regarding local group meetings and remind organisers and participants of their responsibilities. We wish to encourage these meetings wherever possible, and in reality the risk of catching a coronavirus infection at a BBS field meeting is very small indeed.
The government’s guidelines are changing frequently and often rapidly, but at the time of writing [10th September 2020], restrictions are still in place which are summarised below together with links to more detailed information. The devolved UK nations and Ireland have different regulations in place covering outdoor meetings. There are limits to the number of individual households (equal to the number of people unless more than one attend from a single household) that may form a socially distancing group. It is possible to have groups taking part in mini-meetings at different localities within a given site.
We will try and keep this information up to date, but the meeting organiser is responsible for ensuring that the current national and local guidance is followed. There may be occasions when local lockdown measures are in place, although these usually relate to urban areas. A record should be maintained of attendees, to be kept for 21 days.
As always, organisers will exercise their usual common sense and ensure that social distancing is observed at all times (including travelling) and that areas are avoided where large numbers of the public are likely to be encountered, such as parks and beauty spots.
As noted above, these regulations will change over time and let us hope that we can return to normal meetings very soon.
Socially distanced bryologists at Pod Gill, Yorkshire, 2018
Covers: Welsh borders: Herefordshire, Radnorshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire
Group contact - Mark Lawley, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our meetings are to help beginners learn their mosses and liverworts, rather than high-powered recording sessions. All are on Sundays, and start at 10.30 a.m. unless stated otherwise. Please bring sandwiches.
You may wish to bring with you a copy of the British Bryological Society’s Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a Field-guide (2010), files for which are also on-line at http://rbg-web2.rbge.org.uk/bbs/Activities/BBSFGspac.htm (or click on the book cover of the Field-guide on the left-hand side of the BBS web-site’s home page at http://britishbryologicalsociety.org.uk/ and follow the links).
You are very welcome to suggest venues for future outdoor meetings; please include grid references and details for parking.
Please let me know in advance if you plan to come to a meeting, as the government has implemented limits to the number of people allowed to attend meetings. These limits may change in future, and vary according to whether a meeting is in England or Wales.
October 11th 2020
Caynham churchyard and Fort near Ludlow.
Park in Caynham village (SO 554733). There is a layby near the eastern end of the churchyard, and we also have permission to use the gravelled area off the road at the western end of the churchyard. There is an arable field behind the churchyard that may be worth examining for annual species, and we could walk up to the hill-fort if time permits.
November 8th 2020
We will explore the limestone bryophytes of the Montgomeryshire side of Llanymynech Rocks, near Oswestry. Meet in the car park (SJ 271219) at the west end of Underhill Lane, off the A483 at the south end of Pant village.
January 10th 2021
Ian Draycott has kindly offered to guide us over the limestone of The Doward in south Herefordshire. Leave the A40 at the signs for Doward and Ganarew and after half a mile look for the turning up the hill and follow the signs to Doward Park Campsite and Biblins. Towards the top of the hill turn right down a gravel track past the entrance to Doward Park Campsite and stop at the parking area nearby at SO547156.
February 21st 2021
Like most built-up places, Llandrindod Wells in Radnorshire has an assortment of habitats, including the lake, tarmac, mature trees and the river. Meet at the north end of the lake (SO 062606).
March 14th 2021
Meet in the car park in the village of Llangynog, Montgomeryshire (SJ 053262), from where we will examine disused quarries and nearby cliffs.
Mark Hill email@example.com Mobile 07496 279664 Home 01223 571574
This is an informal group to encourage the study of bryophytes and recording in Cornwall. Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend meeting. Beginners are welcome as well as those experienced and confident at identifying bryophytes. The only equipment required is a hand lens (x10 or x20) and perhaps some paper packets for collecting specimens for later study. Site visits can be cold, wet and muddy so it’s advisable to wear good boots and bring warm waterproof clothing. All meetings start at 10am and usually finish before 4pm and we usually carry a packed lunch. Booking is not usually required but is desirable. Meetings can be cancelled at short notice if adverse weather is forecast.
Group contact - Matt Stribley
February 9th 2019 – Saturday
February 20th 2019 – Wednesday
March 30th 2019 – Saturday
April onwards – TBC – any suggestions welcome
We are an informal group aimed at anyone interested in Devon’s mosses and/or liverworts; all are welcome (regardless of level of expertise) and there is no fee. We hold approximately six field meetings each year, normally on Saturdays. All meetings start at 11 a. m. unless otherwise stated, and participants are recommended to bring packed lunches. The meetings so far planned for 2019 are detailed below. Please contact Tim Purches (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mark Pool (email@example.com; tel. 01803 316154; mobile (not always available, but texts will be picked up) 07787 955 455) for more details or to suggest future venues.
Saturday 1 February 2020: Great Haldon (SX 88). Leader Mark Pool. The hope is to visit areas which were missed in 2017. Meet in the main Haldon Forest car park (SX 882847). N. B.: there is a parking charge of £7 per day here, so car sharing is advisable; it will also pay to park elsewhere and walk to the rendezvous if possible! Wellies recommended, as the ground is likely to be muddy.
Saturday 18 April 2020: Solland Farm, Exbourne EX20 3QT (SS 6101); by courtesy of James and Alison McIlwraith. Leader Mark Pool. Joint meeting with the Devonshire Association’s Botany Section.
Saturday 20 June 2020: Bellever Meadows (SX 67). Further details to follow.
Saturday 1 August 2020: Fernworthy (SX 68). Although a lot of recording has been done at Fernworthy, there has never been a Devon Group visit as such, and the work done so far is at least twelve years old.
Saturday 3 October 2020: Eggesford Forest. The intention is to build on Roy’s single-handed visit last year and Mark’s incomplete earlier surveys. Further details to follow.
Saturday 5 December 2020: Bioblitz at the Donkey Sanctuary (Trow Farm) near Sidmouth; further details to follow.
If you would like details of forthcoming meetings, or would like to be on the mailing list for the group, then please e-mail Joanne Denyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone 00353 (0) 862379153 for further information
All meetings start at 11am, bring good footwear and packed lunch for all meetings.
Saturday 17th November 2018
Thursday 22nd November 2018
Covers:Gloucestershire, with an occasional sortie into Wales
We are an informal group aimed at anyone interested in the bryophytes of Gloucestershire. A key aim of the group is to encourage those who are relatively new to the subject to become more experienced and confident at identifying bryophytes (although we will also be recording what we see at each site). Beginners are welcome at all our meetings.
We will still arrange some meetings over the 2020-21 season, however will need to be flexible to handle the changing situation and booking will be required to restrict numbers. If you are interested in receiving information about the meetings, please contact Peter Martin: 07745844076 or Claire Halpin 07771768180, email email@example.com..
Here are the dates for the coming bryophyte season. These meetings are open to everyone with an interest in bryophytes. The field meetings start at 10.00 and take as long as people are interested and weather conditions allow, so it is always best to bring a packed lunch. Apart from weatherproof clothes, it is useful to bring a hand lens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets or small containers for collecting specimens. The BBS field guide ( Mosses and Liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a Field Guide, 2010) is very useful. The BBS Field Key can be downloaded from the BBS website (http://rbg-web2.rbge.org.uk/bbs/Activities/BBSFGspac.htm). Please contact Uta Hamzaoui (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phone (07852 682 790) if you would like to take part and to organise car sharing.
Saturday, 25 January 2020
Saturday, 29 February 2020
Saturday, 28 March 2020
Accounts of previous field meetings: Mountsorrel and Rothley Marshes 2018
If you would like details of forthcoming meetings, or would like to be on the mailing list for the group, then please e-mail David Adamson (email@example.com) or phone 07914 070741 for further information.
Sunday 24 February 2019
Sunday 24 March 2019
A bryophyte group for those in The Peak District and its surrounds, including Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the fringes of Sheffield and Greater Manchester.
We are a newly formed group in 2016. We welcome all bryologists who want to increase their confidence in recording and improve their knowledge. All members have access to our MIDBRYG Google Groups forum, and are encouraged to take part in visits / recording events. All events are advertised via the forum.
Date: Saturday 22nd February 2020
Location: Laboratory T2.05 in the John Dalton Building of Manchester Metropolitan University (https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/travel/manchester/). If coming from the town centre and the train stations, walk south on Oxford road and turn right into Chester Street after Costa Coffee. There are parking meters on Chester street and various car parks. Postcode M1 5GD.
Norfolk & Suffolk Bryological Group Meetings 2019 - 2020
Beginners are always very welcome - the only equipment needed is a handlens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets (old envelopes are fine) for collecting specimens. Meetings begin at 10.30am and will only be cancelled if there is snow or hard frost. The Norfolk and Suffolk Bryological Group (a sub-group of the British Bryological Society) is an informal interest group with no formal status or legal identity. All attendees at the events set out in the annual programme participate in those events entirely at their own risk and no responsibility for any injury loss or damage shall lie against the organisers of the events. The distribution of the programme of events is not intended to and does not form any contract or any other legal relationship between the organisers and the participants.
Sunday 20 October 2019 – Lake House, Postwick Lane, Roman Drive, Brundall NR13 5LU. Wooded valley with ponds, big trees, shrubs, steep paths. Turn onto Postwick Lane at TG 3194 0857, quickly south onto Lake View Drive, then west again onto Roman Drive. Park on opposite side of road to house - signs will be out.
Saturday 26 October 2019 – Microscopy Workshop at Wheatfen Study Centre, The Covey, Surlingham NR14 7AL. Turn right at T-junction at TG 3206 0649 and continue down increasingly rough track - reserve is signed. Bring any specimens you need help with.
Sunday 10 November 2019 – NNNS Beginners' meeting at NWT Foxley Wood, led by Julia Masson - a full day meeting. Meet at the main car park on Themelthorpe Road on the west side of the wood at TG 0487 2282. Beginners very welcome - bring a hand lens if you have one and your lunch.
Saturday 23 November 2019 – return visit to Houghen Plantation, part of Felthorpe Woods. This is an area of wet mixed acid woodland. Turn west at the crossroads at TG 1845 1754 and park in the car park at TG 181 175.
Sunday 8 December 2019 – Hindringham Hall - moated garden with fishponds, walled garden, bog and stream gardens. Turn NW off A148 at Crawfish Pub, turn left into Blacksmith's Lane in Hindringham; parking at the Hall.
Saturday 4 January 2020 – Witton Hall, Old Hall Road, North Walsham NR28 9UF - a woodland garden. Parking at the hall. Access off the N-S road at TG 3185 3166 onto small road called Briar Lane on Street Map.
Sunday 19 January 2020 – Hills & Holes, Great Hockham, a mix of dry and damp woodland, pingoes and grassland. Park opposite Sewage Works at TL 9524 9156 on FC track, being careful not to block any access.
Sunday 2 February 2020 – morning: meet at Wormegay church TF 673 120; we can also walk down to the northern part of Shouldham Warren. Leave there at 12.30pm to go short distance to old carrstone quarry, Blackborough, home of King's Lynn Field Archery Group. To reach the quarry, at the southern end of Mill Drove (TF 6724 1428) turn east where there are two rough tracks - take the right hand one. Hopefully we will be in convoy.
Sunday 16 February 2020 – return visit to Hassingham (current focus of NNNS research committee) to look at a different area: water, wet & dry woodland and damp grassland. Park behind Broad Cottage at approx TG368057 (postcode NR13 4HH). To get there from Brundall, drive east along Brundall High Street & take 1st right after railway bridge, marked Stone Rd and signed 'Recycling Centre'. At 2nd crossroads turn right downhill, again marked Stone Rd. Follow road round to left, passing brick & asbestos barn on right. After 200yds turn right at post box(Carrs Lane). 250 yds before Broad Cottage there are park railings & laurel hedge on right. At end of railings, turn right through gateway. Broad Cottage is by the water, parking behind.
Saturday 29 February 2020 – Joint meeting with Cambridge Group at Dersingham Bog SSSI. Meet at Wolferton Car Park at TF6627 2834 situated west of the A149.
Sunday 15 March 2020 – Somerleyton Estate, Suffolk. A return visit to this varied site, looking again at more of the woodland, wet in places. Park in the wider verge on the road between Ashbyhall Farm and Decoy Lodge at TG 4927 0004.
Saturday 28 March 2020 – still to be arranged! will be forwarded on, or email Chris if you've not been out with us before.
British Bryological Society Recorders:
Programme : Chris Roberts, 21 The Street, Burgh-next-Aylsham NR11 6TP. 01263 732772 firstname.lastname@example.org (please note the underscore before 500) Mobile: 0788 7914047
Covers Northumberland (VCs 67 & 68) and Cumbria (VCs 69 &70)
3rd November 2018 - Calder Woods along River Calder (NY 055 068)
8th December 2018 -Brundholme Woods (NY 28109 24208)
12th January 2019 -Irton Pike (NY 12180 01238)
2nd February 2019 -Setmurthy Common (NY 16746 31271)
24th March 2019 – Kielder Forest – Contact: John O’Reilly email@example.com
We are a friendly, informal group based in North Wales. Why not join us if you are in the area? Beginners are welcome. For further information on planned meetings please email Lucia Ruffino: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the 2018-2019 programme of meetings please click here
North Western Naturalists’ Union: Bryophyte and Lichen Section Field Meetings 2018
Section Secretary: Norman Bamforth, 1 Corporation Road, Audenshaw, Manchester. M34 5LY (0161 336 3914)
All meetings are on Saturdays starting at 10:30 and will commence whatever the weather.
Please bring food and clothing adequate for a full day in the field and check with the leader or Section Secretary a day or so before the meeting in case of venue changes. Beginners are welcome at ANY meeting and there is usually a more experienced field bryologist present who will be more than happy to name and talk through the identification features of species encountered. There may not always be a Lichenologist present.
Saturday 24th March 2018
Saturday 7th April 2018
Saturday 12th May 2018
Saturday 7th July 2018
Saturday 4th August 2018
Saturday 15th September 2018
Saturday 20th October 2018
Saturday 17th November 2018
Saturday 8th December 2018
The Oxfordshire Botany Group arrange occasional recording meetings for bryophytes. Details can be found on their website http://oxbot.blogspot.com/p/botanical-events.html.
We are a newly-formed group aimed at bryophyte recording in vc 78 Peeblesshire, vc 79 Selkirkshire, vc 80 Roxburghshire and vc 81 Berwickshire. The aim is to record poorly-known but potentially interesting sites and we welcome all levels of expertise, especially beginners. Equipment needed is a packed lunch, hand lens, knife and paper packets for specimens. The BBS Field Guide is the most useful reference work. We plan to meet monthly, most on Sundays, meeting at 10.30 am. For further details contact David Long 01578 740 210, email@example.com
Covers: Hampshire and West Sussex (and occasionally parts of neighbouring counties).
Details of meetings can also be found on the Hampshire Bryophytes web site.
Covers: Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
We are a friendly group of enthusiastic bryologists with members at all levels of ability. We try to get a programme of events from October through to April covering parts of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. So if you would like to find out where we are going and hopefully join us, please contact either:
Meetings are open to everyone, not just members, so friends are welcome. Please remember to wear warm clothing and waterproofs, and bring food and drinks if you’re planning to stay for the whole meeting. The only equipment you’ll need is a hand lens if you have one although a camera, notebook and small collection bags are extremely useful. All meetings will be suitable for all levels of expertise from absolute beginners through to specialists. If you wish to purchase a field guide to bryophytes then the best book is the British Bryological Society’s Mosses and liverworts of Britain and Ireland: a field guide (2010).
More details on the group's blog
Eridge Rocks - East Sussex - November 2014 - Brad Scott
Dungeness - East Kent vc 15 - November 2016 - Stephen Lemon and Jan Hendey
We do not have a formal program, but I maintain an email circulation list to let members know when and where we are going to be recording and there is a certain flexibility to enable as many people as possible to join in. The meetings are held at the weekends and we aim to have one meeting a month. Beginners are very welcome. The group consists of both BBS members and non-members.
For more information and to be added to the email circulation, contact E.Kungu@rbge.org.uk
Visit the Wessex Bryology Group page at www.wessexbryologygroup.org
Wessex Bryology Group Programme 2020-21
Here is the programme of meetings for the coming season. We have tried to include a good range of habitats and sites across Dorset, Wiltshire, Somerset and Hampshire. A key aim of the group is to encourage those who are new to the subject to become more experienced and confident at identifying bryophytes. Beginners are most welcome at all our meetings. There is no formal membership or constitution and each person goes out at his/her own risk. The only equipment needed is a hand lens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets for collecting specimens. Many of the sites we plan to visit include wet and muddy areas so boots are advisable. We will usually eat a packed lunch on site. All meetings start at 10.30am and finish between 3pm and 4pm. In the event of poor weather/ treacherous driving conditions, please call or email Andrew or Sharon to check the meeting is going ahead.
Important – coronavirus precautions
Sunday 25th October 2020
Leader: Andrew Branson
Described in the Flora of Hampshire as ‘one of the most beautiful and spectacular parts of the Forest’ Bramshaw Wood is an extensive wood in the north of the Forest. Parts of the wood is dominated by tall beech and sessile oaks, and also contain a good range of flushed habitats. Apart from an excellent number of species of acid soils and epiphytes of old trees, there are records for Saccogyna viticulosa and a nearby record for the western Harpalejeunea molleri.
Meet at the car park at SU 257172 in the north part of Bramshaw Wood, near Nomansland.
Sunday 15th November 2020
Leader: Sharon Pilkington
Langport lies at the confluence of the Rivers Yeo and Parrett in the southern Somerset Levels. The area floods regularly in winter and is very humid. Not surprisingly, it is rich in bryophytes; Hygroamblystegium humile, a speciality of the Levels, has been found, as well as Dialytrichia saxicola and Oxyrrhynchium speciosum. Bankside trees in the flood zone support characteristic floodplain communities and Leptodon smithii is one of many epiphytes.
Meet at the river end of the free public car park in Langport (off the A378) at ST 4192 2665. The ground in this area can get very muddy after rain or flooding so wellies are recommended. Note: this meeting may have to be cancelled if the river is in flood – please watch for announcements on the Wessex Bryology Group website or contact Sharon beforehand for an update.
Saturday 12th December 2020
Leader: Andrew Branson
Hilfield Friary is hidden away in a rich part of West Dorset. The Friary is very conservation minded and keen to have a list of the bryophytes on their land, which includes meadows, woodlands and streams. There are also some excellent woodlands adjacent, such as the Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Hendover Coppice and nearby promising-looking chalk grassland at Batcombe Down and Telegraph Hill.
Meet at the car park at the Friary at ST 631044. If you are travelling from the east take the A352 south of Sherborne and then after Lyon’s Gate the second minor road right signposted to Evershot. Just past a Dorset Council local nature reserve car park at Hilfield Hill, there is a steep road right, down to the Friary. The woods are steep and slippery, so please wear appropriate footwear.
Sunday 17th January 2021
Leader: Andrew Branson
A trip to the far west of Somerset to explore Weir Water and Chalk Water which flow west to join the East Lyn River. There are few records from these headwaters. A recent trip turned up a nice selection of classic western river species, epiphytes and species of acid rocks, as well as some nice flushes, with species such as Campylium stellatum, Scorpidium cossonii, Climacium dendroides, Pellia neesiana and Marchantia polymorpha subsp. polymorpha, as well as some good epiphytes. It is wet in places so please wear wellies.
Park at the car park at Robber’s Bridge at SS 821464. This is accessed via the minor road signposted to Oare and Malmsmead off the A39, west of Porlock.
Sunday 14th February 2021
Leader: Sharon Pilkington
The eastern part of Salisbury Plain is rich in bryophytes and the group has visited it before. This time we will look at a slightly different area, to the north of Sidbury Hill. An intimate mixture of disturbed flinty ground, bare chalk and rich chalk grassland occurs here and we should find Abietinella abietina var. hystricosa, Pottiopsis caespitosa, Tortula lanceola and Lophoziaperssonii. If we’re lucky we could also see Seligeria calcarea and Aloina rigida. This area also has one of Wiltshire’s last remaining fragments of Scapanietum asperae (southern hepatic mat).
Because of potential military training in the area, the meeting place will be confirmed to attendees in early February.
Sunday 14th March 2021
Leader: Sharon Pilkington
Velvet Bottom lies in the heart of the former Mendip lead mining area and forms part of the large Cheddar Gorge Complex SSSI. It has areas of lead mine waste, drystone walls, natural limestone outcrops and heath and has not been fully explored for its bryophyte interest. Similar habitat at nearby Blackmoor has Ptychomitrium polyphyllum, Bryum donianum and Bryoerythrophyllum ferruginascens. This meeting was planned for 2020 but had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Park near Charterhouse in the large layby along the minor road at ST 5034 5550.
We are a small informal group that goes out to Worcestershire sites to record and learn about bryophytes. Our broad aim is to assist everyone, especially those who are new to mosses and liverworts, to become more experienced and confident at identifying bryophytes. We have no formal membership or constitution and each person goes out at his/her own risk. Beginners are always very welcome, the only equipment needed is a hand lens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets for collecting specimens. Whilst we usually spend the morning concentrating on bryophyte identification, during the afternoon our attention tends to wander towards more general natural history, dependent on the interests of the individuals present on the day. Some people stay all day whilst some people leave at midday.
Please get in touch with Ann, firstname.lastname@example.org, for futher information.