BORDER BRYOLOGISTS

Some bryologists bryologising

2013 – 2014

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. 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).

You are very welcome to suggest venues for future outdoor meetings; please include grid references and details for parking. In case of any queries, contact the group leader:

Mark Lawley,
12A Castleview Terrace,
Ludlow
SY8 2NG

Tel: 01584 876564
m.lawley@virgin.net

2013

October

Sunday 20th

Berriew
in south-east Montgomeryshire offers a variety of habitats in and around the village, including the disused Shropshire Union Canal and the River Rhiw. Meet in the car park (SJ 188005).

November

Sunday 17th

Llanelwedd Quarry
Radnorshire has a somewhat limited calcicolous bryoflora so far as anyone knows, but lime-rich ground at Llanelwedd Quarry (SO 0552) near Builth Wells has species such as Aloina aloides, and it will be interesting to see what else is there. Park in the layby near the road-junction (SO 061518).

2014

January

Sunday 19th

Cherry Hill Camp and Fownhope Park Wood
Jonathan Sleath will lead us at Cherry Hill Camp (an Iron-age hill-fort) and Fownhope Park Wood, Fownhope, Herefordshire, where ancient semi-natural woodland overlies calcareous Silurian rocks. Park in the village of Fownhope, and meet by the side of the road that leads to Woolhope (SO 577347).

February

Weekend
14-16th

Round and About Ludlow
This weekend bridges the gap between our one-day meetings for local bryologists and the BBS’s traditional week-long field meetings. It offers an opportunity for local naturalists who may find it difficult to commit the time taken up by the Society’s longer meetings to meet experienced bryologists from further afield, and to improve their bryological skills in the company of BBS members. In turn, bryologists visiting Shropshire from other parts of the country will enjoy the opportunity to see uncommon species that may not occur on their home patches. The meeting is open to beginners and experts alike. Please let me know in advance if you intend coming to this meeting, and note that each day’s adventures start at 10 a.m. (not 10.30 a.m.).

The meeting will be based in Ludlow, and details of various types of accommodation available locally can be obtained from Ludlow Tourist Information Centre (ludlow.tourism@shropshire-cc.gov.uk or Tel: 01584 875053). I can offer bed and breakfast without charge at my home for up to two people who would like to come on the meeting but cannot easily afford serviced accommodation away from home (e.g. students or unemployed).

Ordnance Survey Landranger 137 covers Titterstone Clee Hill and the Long Mynd. Explorer map 203 covers Titterstone Clee Hill, and 217 covers the Long Mynd.

We will follow the programme outlined below if the weather is clement, but may need to divert to more sheltered, low-lying venues if the weather is poor.

Friday February 14th
I will be at The Nelson Inn from 8p.m. until about 10p.m. We can firm up the weekend’s programme in light of the forecast, and perhaps also rationalise transport for driving to the Long Mynd on the following day.
The Nelson is a traditional beer-house that serves excellent draught beer, and a limited menu of hot food in the evenings. It offers B&B, and lies on the outskirts of Ludlow, but within walking distance of the town at SO 524757 on the Kidderminster/Clee Hill road (A4117), about 100 yards east of the A49 bypass.

Saturday February 15th
Meet at 10 a.m. in the car park (SO 456955) at the bottom of The Batch just west of All Stretton. From there we will walk up Nover’s Hill to see Jamesoniella undulifolia, Barbilophozia kunzeana, and possibly Scapania paludicola in the little mire near the top of the hill. Grimmia montana also grows in small quantity on rock nearby, and we may see Schistostega pennata lurking in disused rabbit burrows.
In the afternoon, we will explore a flushed valley on another part of the Mynd. If enough experienced members attend the meeting, I’d like to see what expert bryologists can discover by closely examining one or two selected flushes. Jamesoniella undulifolia, Barbilophozia kunzeana, and Scapania paludicola are all known from other flushes on the Mynd, along with other notable species such as Cephalozia pleniceps, Leiocolea bantriensis, Sphagnum platyphyllum and S. subsecundum. Can we find new sites for these and/or other as yet undiscovered species?

Sunday February 16th
Meet at 10 a.m. in the car park near the top of Titterstone Clee Hill (SO 593776). Block scree on the western side of the hill (to the north of the car park) holds prodigious quantities of Grimmia incurva, along with more modest amounts of Rhabdoweisia crispata and Tetraplodon mnioides. Circling clockwise round the hill and down on to the hill’s eastern flank we may find Gymnomitrion obtusum, and one or two flushes may also repay inspection.

March

Sunday 16th

Hollybed Farm
Meet with the Worcestershire Moss Group in the car park at Hollybed Farm, Chandler’s Cross near Welland, between Castlemorton Common and Hollybed Common. The farm is a nature reserve of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust: a damp, shady valley with a stream and marshy patches, SSSI grassland, old orchard and hedges. Park on the roadside verge by a gate into a field (SO 779382).



You may also be interested in purchasing a copy of "The Mosses and Liverworts Of Shropshire" by Mark Lawley (2103).

The Mosses and Liverworts Of Shropshire

It has 133 pages, illustrated, including

It is available at £19.95 including P&P from Mark Lawley at the address above

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