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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 - 13th November 2020

The season when BBS field meetings are traditionally held across the UK and Ireland is underway. 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 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

Borders Group

Covers: Welsh borders: Herefordshire, Radnorshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire

Group contact - Mark Lawley, email:

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  (or click on the book cover of the Field-guide on the left-hand side of the BBS web-site’s home page at 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.

Accounts of previous meetings


Cambridge Group

Accounts of previous meetings

Mark Hill      Mobile 07496 279664  Home 01223 571574
Mick Burton


Cornwall Group

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
Tel: 01872 279748; Mob: 07715 378034; Email:
8 St George’s Road, TRURO, TR1 3JE

February 9th 2019 – Saturday
St Neot and Goonzion Downs
Organiser: Matt Stribley.
The aim is to record the Goonzion Downs tetrad SX16T to the west of St Neot, for which there are only a couple of records. We’ll also record in the St Neot village area, tetrad SX16Y updating records.
Meet in St Neot car park at SX184678, charges do not apply.

February 20th 2019 – Wednesday
Kilmar Tor

Organiser: Matt Stribley
The target species for this meeting is Mylia taylorii which was last recorded at the west end of the tor in the early 70’s. It’s the only known site for this species in Cornwall. The Tor’s tetrad (SX27M) has a species count of 173 but some 70 species have not been since the 60’s.
Meet park on the roadside at end of the minor road; Map ref. SX258758.

March 3rd 2019 – Sunday
Par Beach and area

Organiser: Ian Bennallick & Matt Stribley
For this meeting we will be joining with Botanical Cornwall Group who are recording in SX0753 and SX0853. There have been 605 flowering plants and ferns recorded from the western monad SX0753 but no bryophyte records. The west tetrad SX04R also has very few records. A good population of Bryum algovicum var. rutheanum is known from the east end of the beach.
Meet in the beach car park at SX086531 which is free this time of year.

March 17th 2019– Sunday (Note change of date from Thursday March 14th)
Port Gaverne

Organiser: Matt Stribley
We will explore the Port Gaverne area within tetrad SX08A which has 7 records to date. The area offers a promising range of habitats, hopefully we will find an interesting range of species.
Meet in Portgaverne (SX003808) where there is limited free parking for a few cars. If no spaces are available parking is available in the nearby Cornwall Council Port Isaac car park (SW999810), charges apply here.

March 30th 2019 – Saturday
Lizard Point and Housel Bay

Organiser: Matt Stribley
A coastal walk from Lizard village exploring the Lizard Point/ Housel Bay area. As well as some good bryophytes we will hopefully see a few choughs along the way.
Meet in the Lizard village car park, SW703125

April onwards – TBC – any suggestions welcome


Devon Group

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 ( or Mark Pool (; 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.
Solland is a 120-acre farm with a varied geology and a considerable variety of habitats; the owners are keen to know what is there! Habitats include Culm grassland (undisturbed for 20 years), several wetland sites (Marsh Orchids present), and an old quarry (3 acres; now wooded, mostly with ash; many mosses and lichens). Meet at the farm at SS 612019. Walking boots or Wellies recommended, especially after rain.

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.
Meet in the main car park at SX 669838. Likely delights include typical moorland species plus a leavening of calcicoles on concrete fence posts. The site also produced Devon’s first record of Colura (in 1980), from Nothofagus; it will be interesting to check willows downwind of this spot to see its current status. Fernworthy also has the distinction of being the only Devon site where Mark has seen fruiting Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus… Walking boots recommended.

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.


Irish Group

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 ( or phone 00353 (0) 862379153 for further information


Essex Group

All meetings start at 11am, bring good footwear and packed lunch for all meetings.
Leaders are Ken Adams and/or Tim Pyner.

Saturday 17th November 2018
Epping Forest 10am-1pm Zygodon forsteri training course for volunteers interested in helping with long-term monitoring. Join City of London staff and Ken Adams to learn to identify Z. forsteri and learn how you can help with long-term monitoring of this RDB species which only grows in 3 UK locations. For more information or to join please email

Thursday 22nd November 2018
As for Saturday 17th November 2018.


Gloucestershire Group

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.
Meetings are on Sundays, starting at 10.30am and finishing around 3pm. We usually eat a packed lunch on site.
The only equipment needed is a hand lens (x10 or x20) and some paper packets for collecting specimens. You may also 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 on the BBS website.

Covid-19 update

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

Leicestershire & Rutland

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 ( Please contact Uta Hamzaoui ( or by phone (07852 682 790) if you would like to take part and to organise car sharing.

Saturday, 25 January 2020
Dimminsdale Nature Reserve and SSSI
This reserve in the far northwest of Leicestershire contains ca. 20 ha woodland in a former limestone and lead mining area, with streams and large pools. While this area is already quite well recorded, the adjacent large acid grassland fields and a tree-lined stream are rarely visited and will be the focus of this visit.
Meet at the car park at SK378219.

Saturday, 29 February 2020
Launde Park Wood Nature Reserve
This reserve is an ancient woodland of which two-thirds have been clear-felled and planted in the past, especially with conifers, but much of the original vegetation still remains. Since taking over the management of the woodland, the Wildlife Trust has taken out most of the conifers and is restoring the ancient woodland. The last thorough survey of the woodland was carried out in 2000, and it would be good to get an update of the bryophyte flora as part of the attempt to record all reserves of the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust. The ultimate challenge is to find Rhytidiadelphus loreus which was last recorded at the beginning of the last century.
Meet at the entrance to the woodland at SK800033.

Saturday, 28 March 2020
Holwell Nature Reserves
This is an area of former ironstone quarries and includes bare rock faces, areas of grassland, secondary woodland and plantations, as well as marshes and streams. There is a good diversity of higher plants of limestone grassland and some unusual bryophyte species have been found in the past such as Dicranum majus, Tortula subulata and Aloina aloides.
Meet and park on the open triangular space where the road forks at SK741235.

Accounts of previous field meetings: Mountsorrel and Rothley Marshes 2018


Lothians Bryophyte Group

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 ( or phone 07914 070741 for further information.

Sunday 24 February 2019
Meet at 10:30 at Edinburgh Park tram stop. Bring hand lens, packed lunch and suitable clothing. The main aim is to record bryophytes in a small area of wasteland on the north side of Edinburgh Park rail station and immediately east of the Premier Inn. Once complete we may follow an access road to Lochside and finish at either Gyle or Edinburgh Park Central tram stop.

Sunday 24 March 2019
Meet at 10:30 at the cycle track by Tesco, Blackburn Road, Bathgate, grid ref NS986677 (the Lothian Country Bus Service X18 is a fast and convenient means of arriving at the destination from Edinburgh).
The main aim of the meeting is to record bryophytes in the east of Bathgate, particularly Kirkton Park. Bring hand lens, packed lunch and suitable clothing.


Midlands Bryophyte Group

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.

Please contact either Margaret Crittenden on or Karen Rogers on to receive an invite to the group.

Date: Saturday 22nd February 2020
Session topic: Liverworts

Location: Laboratory T2.05 in the John Dalton Building of Manchester Metropolitan University ( 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.
Time: 10:15 for a 10:30 start. Please meet at the John Dalton Statue in front of the Chester Street entrance to the John Dalton Building promptly at 10:15. This gives us time to get you all signed in and escorted through the pass-controlled doors! The session will run until approximately 16:00.
Session content:  Martin Godfrey will provide us with some introductory teaching input on liverworts initially, with the remaining session free for you to identify specimens from your own collections. Martin will also provide some 'starter' specimens to get participants moving in the right direction.
What to bring: Please bring unidentified and tricky liverwort specimens with you, although some will be provided. A copy of the BBS Field Guide or other specialist keys will be useful to bring if you have them. Although dissection kit will be available in the laboratory on the day, please do bring your own fine forceps. Safe single-sided razor blades will be available on the day, as needed. Lab coats must be worn but MMU can loan you one for the day.
Lunch arrangements: There are plenty of options locally for purchasing lunch, or you can bring your own packed lunch and sit in the University Café or seating areas.
Booking arrangements: As places are limited, please e-mail Karen Rogers to book a place.


Norfolk and Suffolk Group

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 (please note the underscore before 500) Mobile: 0788 7914047


Northumberland and Cumbria Group

Covers Northumberland (VCs 67 & 68) and Cumbria (VCs 69 &70)
Beginners are very welcome on these meetings and more experienced bryologists will help with ID tips. Contact: Diane Dobson -

3rd November 2018 - Calder Woods along River Calder (NY 055 068)
Meet at 10am – small car parking area (room for a very small number of cars so car sharing preferable) just up the track near bridge (not track to house). Access permission kindly given by Lake District National Parks Authority. Mixed woodland down the Calder valley. Some steepish slopes in places so sturdy footware.

8th December 2018 -Brundholme Woods (NY 28109 24208)
Meet at 10am – small area to park cars by gates (room for about 3-4 cars so car sharing essential – single track so no obstructing track please). Access permission kindly given by Mirehouse Estate. Mixed woodland near the River Greta near Keswick.

12th January 2019 -Irton Pike (NY 12180 01238)
Meet at 10am at small car park (at NY 12180 01238). Access permission kindly given by Forestry Commission. Mix of habitats on small hill near Santon Bridge.

2nd February 2019 -Setmurthy Common (NY 16746 31271)
Meet at 10am at small layby (room for about six cars – but popular with dogwalkers, so may get filled up – some more parking at NY 16478 31283 for a couple of cars and at NY 16088 31359 – but don’t obstruct entrance into the wood). Access permission kindly given by Forestry Commission. Largely conifer plantation, with areas of broad-leaved and some streams.Located between Cockermouth and Bassenthwaite Lake.

24th March 2019 – Kielder Forest – Contact: John O’Reilly
Meet at 10:30am at Elf Kirk viewing point (NY694861). We will aim to make species lists for a number of interesting quarries and areas of rock outcrop nearby in the forest. We will be accessing the sites via tracks with locked barriers, so we will leave some cars at Elf Kirk and travel together.


North Wales Non-flowering Plant Group

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:

For the 2018-2019 programme of meetings please click here 


North West Group (British Bryological Society and North Western Naturalists' Union)

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
Swallow’s Wood and Devil’s Bridge. Meet at Meadowbank Farm, Green Lane, Hollingworth. SK007967. Park without causing an obstruction. From end of M67 follow the A628 (Woodhead Road) past A57 junction for a 1/4 mile Green Lane is on the left just after a chapel on the right and follow to the farm. SK14 8JW. (Could be very muddy at beginning of walk)

Saturday 7th April 2018
Healey Nab, Botany Bay, Chorley. Meet at fisherman’s car park by Healey Reservoir SD60461927.Turn off M61 at J8 and follow A674 then take R turn onto Blackburn Road, B6228, as far as The Lock and Key pub by canal (PR6 9AE) (open from 12.00 onwards). Turn R into Heapey Lane for half a mile then turn right onto Higher Lane for car park a few yards beyond, sharp left. From there, we have a 10 minutes walk to reach footpath for Healey Nab, mixed woodland and heathland. Leader John Watt

Saturday 12th May 2018
Longworth Clough. Meet on minor road Belmont-Egerton at SD693157. Leader John Lowell.

Saturday 7th July 2018
Haslingden Grane. Meet at Visitor Centre Car Park (SD752232) Off Haslingden to Blackburn Road B6232. Leader John Lowell.

Saturday 4th August 2018
Cuerden Valley Park. Meet in the car park just past The Barn. (SD563237) off Shady Lane running between A49 and B5256. (Charge). Leader Phil James.

Saturday 15th September 2018
Bradford Dale. Park in centre of Middleton-by-Youlgrave village. SK196632. Leader Joan Egan. (Joint meeting with Sorby NHS)

Saturday 20th October 2018
Lower Knotts Nature Reserve, Tosside. Meet at Tosside village which is on the B6478 road from Long Preston to Slaidburn. As you approach the village the Vicarage Tea Rooms and the village hall is on the left. Turn left (south) there at the village cross. There is a public car park about 100m from the junction on the right SD769559. We will then head down to Lower Knotts in two or three cars where there is a variety of semi-natural habitats including grassland, wetland, gill, sizeable rock outcrops, eroding river-cliff and plenty of mature trees. Leaders Gordon Haycock and Stephanie Peay

Saturday 17th November 2018
Roych Clough, near Chapel-en-le-Frith. Meet in lay-by on Chapel to Castleton Road at SK091824. It is about 30 minutes walk from the lay-by to the site. Leader Tom Blockeel.

Saturday 8th December 2018
Jumbles Reservoir, Bolton. Meet 10.30 in the Jumbles car-park SD736140.  From Bolton take the A676 Ramsbottom Road and just over a mile north of Bradshaw there is a road on the left leading to the car park.  Leader: Norman Bamforth


Oxford Recording Group

The Oxfordshire Botany Group arrange occasional recording meetings for bryophytes. Details can be found on their website

Alternatively, email David Morris or Oli Pescott for more information.


Scottish Borders Bryophyte Group

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,


Southern Group

Covers: Hampshire and West Sussex (and occasionally parts of neighbouring counties).

Coordinated by June Chatfield and John Norton. Please contact John ( to be put on an e-mail notification list. Most meetings are on Sundays, starting at 10:30. Everyone welcome.

Details of meetings can also be found on the Hampshire Bryophytes web site.

Accounts of previous meetings



South East Group

Covers: Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Accounts of previous meetings

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:

Brad Scott
Sue Rubinstein

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).
Meetings will start at 10.30am and finish around 3-3.30pm.

More details on the group's blog

Illustrated Meeting Reports

Eridge Rocks - East Sussex - November 2014 - Brad Scott
Abinger - Surrey - December 2014 - Brad Scott
Knepp - West Sussex - January 2015 - Brad Scott
Ashburnham place - East Sussex - April 2015 - Brad Scott
Scotney castle - East Sussex/West Kent - October 2015 -Brad Scott
Friezland Wood - East Sussex -November 2015 - Brad Scott
Bignor Park - West Sussex - April 2016 - Brad Scott

Dungeness - East Kent vc 15 - November 2016 - Stephen Lemon and Jan Hendey


South West Scotland Recording Group

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


Wessex Bryology Group

Visit the Wessex Bryology Group page at

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.

Contact: Andrew Branson tel: 01747 838223; e-mail andrew(at) or Sharon Pilkington tel: 01373 827074/07801 627449; e-mail: sharon.pilkington1(at)

Important – coronavirus precautions
We follow British Bryological Society coronavirus guidance to safeguard the health of all participants in our field meetings. This season we shall therefore be limiting maximum numbers of participants in line with current rules. If you would like to come to one of our field meetings you must book a place on field meetings in advance with the respective group leader. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis and can only be booked one meeting at a time.

Sunday 25th October 2020
Bramshaw Wood, New Forest

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
Langport: Huish Moor and River Parrett, Somerset

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
Hilfield Friary, Dorset

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
Oareford, Exmoor, Somerset

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
Salisbury Plain, South Wiltshire

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
Velvet Bottom, Charterhouse, North Somerset

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.


Worcestershire Group

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,, for futher information.


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